Immigrant & Labor Groups Convene Community Assembly for TPS Holders
When: Saturday December 9th 2017
Where: CARECEN-Los Angeles (2845 W. 7th St. Los Angeles, CA 90005)
Immigrant & Labor Groups Convene Community Assembly aimed to Protect Temporary Protected Status
Los Angeles, CA – On Saturday, immigrant rights groups from southern California aim to convene over 200 TPS holders to discuss issues affecting the TPS community, organize efforts to advance national legislation leading to permanent status, and provide legal services and information for attendees. The national campaign aimed at saving the Temporary Protected Status program is currently advocating for federal legislation that is inclusive to all TPS holders and creates a pathway towards permanent status. Additionally, local efforts are geared towards mobilizing constituents to inform and educate and moreover humanize the lives of TPS holders, to their representatives and the public.
On Saturday, “Southern California Community Assembly to #SaveTPS” will consist of political education workshops, legislative trainings, and legal services. TPS holders and allies are invited to attend to find out ways to support this community.
WHAT: Community Assembly to #SaveTPS
WHERE: CARECEN- LA [2845 W. 7th St. Los Angeles, CA 90005]
WHEN: Saturday December 9th 2017
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
WHO: TPS LA Coalition (UNITE HERE Local 11, SEIU-USWW,SEIU Local 99, LA County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, BAJI, Haitian Bridge Alliance Inc, CARECEN, NDLON, CHIRLA, CLUE, LA VOICE, CISPES, SALEF, United We Dream, Dream Resource Center, growing list…)
The National TPS Alliance, a coalition of TPS holders from across the country has called for a national campaign to #SaveTPS. This has included public education focused on humanizing the lives of TPS holders, their struggles and demonstrating the strong roots that many of these community members have here in the United States. Through public pressure and advocacy TPS holders have provided education and critical information to local representatives and elected officials in order to demonstrate the importance of saving this critical program and extending its benefits.
Through a series of mobilizations in Washington DC and localities across the country, TPS holders have generated support and will continue to shift the narrative that increasingly attempts to criminalize and dehumanize the immigrant experience.
The Community Assembly is an opportunity to not engage diverse community members throughout Los Angeles, but most importantly to share experiences, skills, make decisions and provide necessary legal support for those that require it. TPS holders held their first community assembly in Los Angeles on September 9, 2017, where they began to build a base of engaged community members. Since then the groups have not only grown but have generated sympathy and support from organizations and institutions from throughout the region.
The second Community Assembly, to be held on December 9th will be a continuation of those efforts. Over 300,000 immigrants have both benefited from the program for decades, but have been left in limbo due to constant renewals & fees every 18-months. Most TPS holders have US Citizen Children, homes, full time jobs yet they have been recently threatened with possible deportation if the program is cancelled. TPS for several other countries including Nicaragua and Haiti have been cancelled while TPS for Honduras was extended for 6 months with no conclusion on its status.
If you would like to attend RSVP here http://www.savetps.com/latpsassembly for any press, please RSVP contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Armando Carmona, email@example.com, 323-250-3018,
Maria Elena Jauregui, firstname.lastname@example.org, 818.355.5291
Jorge Mario Cabrera, CHIRLA, email@example.com, (562) 243-5559
Andrew Cohen, firstname.lastname@example.org