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I apologize for the political tone, however, I thought some of you might be interested in this movement, and in the forum.

Stop the Raids!
Stop Disappearing Latino Workers!
Public Forum on the Situation in Danbury

7:30 P.M.
· Representative, Campaign to Stop the ICE Raids in Danbury
· Isaac, Day Laborer arrested and jailed by ICE
· Jim Welcome, Attorney for the Danbury 11
· Simon Moshenberg, Yale Law School, Attorney in Lawsuit against
Homeland Security
· Fr. Thomas Mitchell, Pastor, St. Augustine Church
· Representative, SEIU, Local 32BJ

What Happened in Danbury, Connecticut?

On September 19, 2006, eleven day laborers were approached by an
unmarked van with hardhats on the front seat. The workers jumped into the
van expecting to go to work, but were instead taken straight to jail.

The government refused to release their names, leaving their families
unsure of the fate of their loved ones. They were taken 150 miles away
to impede their defense. Soon six were shipped to two prisons in Texas.

The Danbury 11 joined the nearly 16,000 Latino workers currently being
unjustly held in a system of local and national prisons.

This raid, like all the other raids being carried out by ICE
(Immigration & Customs Enforcement –arm of Homeland Security) is designed to
induce terror and keep workers from fighting for decent wages and

Expert legal help and demonstrations have freed 9 of the Danbury 11 on
bail. However, ICE has since arrested 6 more immigrants in Danbury.
The mayor and chief of police have vowed that raids will become a normal
part of life in Danbury.

Join us in the defense of immigrants in Danbury and elsewhere! Stand
up for immigrant rights and STOP THE ICE RAIDS!

Initiated by the CT Regional Coalition for Immigrant Rights. Sponsored
by the Western Connecticut Central Labor Council. For more information
go to http://www.stoptheraids.org, or call 860-538-3920.
I'm in love with my NY man.

Just a little introduction

Hi kids, I'm Sonnya and I am a product of immigrants.

Both of my parents were born in Colombia, but came to the US a couple of years before I was born so they can live a better life.

I was born and raised in NYC. Spanish was the first language I learned because both of my parents didn't know English. I learned English when I went to Pre-K. Now I speak better English than Spanish. C'est la vie.

I visit my family in Colombia as often as I can, but now that I'm older, its gotten more difficult due to responsibilities such as work and school. But I finally got some free time and I'll be returning to Colombia tomorrow (!!). I think its been about 6 years since I've been there so I'm super nervous.

Even though I was raised in the USA, I retained a lot of the Colombian customs and attitude. I consider myself to be more Colombian than American, but I definatly won't deny my American-hood.

I feel very strongly about immigration issues, especially here since Bush is starting to become more harsh towards the laws. My father almost got kicked out, but luckily was allowed to stay after 3 years of court dates. When we got the verdict, I think I cried for about 5 hours out of happiness that he can stay. Unfortunatly, this isn't the case with most people out there.

Anyways! Hi! This is my travel journal, so feel free to add. I'll be updating a lot with pictures and videos of my trip to Colombia. Or you can add my other journal, s0nified
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Hello all. I came accross this community and I was emediately interested in joining. I have always been interested in cultures other than my own, as well as traveling to other countries. The Country I am most intrested in is England. If you knew me personally, you would probably be sick of hearing me talk about it (lol) because I am obsessed with England. I have wanted to go there since I was 12 (I am 25 now) and plan on going sometime in the next year. Not only do I want to visit and "test the wters" so to speak, I also want to live there for at east 2 years (like the visa would permit). But I would need a lot fo money first.
Here are my answers to the questions from the main page:

Do you speak your family's language?   Not really.  My family is from Puerto Rico so we would speak Spanish, but I had meningitis when I was a baby so the doctors (surprised I even suvived the illness) told my parents to not teach me Spanish.  Even though I was born in Puerto Rico, I grew up in Massachusetts since I was a baby.

Did you often visit their home country? I consider it my home country too, even though we aren't technicaly our own country since the US took over in 1898.  I have gone back 2 times.

Did you grow up among other immigrants from the same country or was your family background unusual?
I grew up in the City with African-American kids. Not so many hispanic kids.

What was your family's attitude to education?   Education was and still is very important in my family.  My grandfather was apublished poet (I say was because he past away a few years ago) and was known to many people from Puerto Rico.  In fact, I learned that my friend who grew up in California heard of him.  Because of there, there was a lot of pressure to learn and study.

Did they have access to education at home?   That is an intereting question because we moved to the states due to college.  It isn't because there weren't any coleges at Puerto Rico or even cood ones (because there are) but my dad wanted to go to College in Boston Mass.  There are a lot of good schools on Boston.

Has your family background influenced your choice of work?  Not really.  Right now I have a dumb job at Macy's.  The part that is most like my culture or my family is the push to get a career.  It is hard for me to just switch my jobs.  I have worked at a TV studio and should seriously re-apply.

If you were born abroad but immigrated at an early age are you first or second generation?  I consider myself 1st generation, even though it wasn't my active choice to come here.  It is strange to me to see on my passport my place of birth and still be a US citizen...

Other thoghts:  Sorry folks but I am ashamed to say that I am a US citizen.  I know that there are many people out there who wish that they were citezens so that they could legally work in the US, and I mean no disrespect to them, but I never liked it here.  Ever since I was little, I would refuse to salute the flag of lies.  I always felt that the "freedom" this country promised was just a bunch of lies.  I don't beleive people are truly free here.  Again, I mean no disrespect to those who do genuinely love this country.  Live and let live.  That is just my 2 cents.

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for anyone interested in latin american events in australia, i've come across this website
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for anyone interested in latin american events in australia, i've come across this website
<a href=""http://www.thelatinvoice.com">the latin voice</a>

and <a href=""http://www.latinos.com,au">latinos</a>

there seems to be quite a lot of stuff going on, ranging from band/dj comps to club nights and dance lessons. because music is such an integral aprt of the latino community its no surprise that the majority of events are music based. go have a look and most of all have lots of fun!

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Do you speak your family's language?   Conversationally. I decided at 19 I would pick up Tagalog after many years of just understanding random words. I'm still not fluent but I can pretty much hold a decent dialogue with my cousins and elders. Mostly in Taglish, though. :P

Did you often visit their home country?
When I was younger I used to visit the Philippines yearly. Now, that I'm older and a working student...it's been about 5 years since I've last been there.

Did you grow up among other immigrants from the same country or was your family background unusual? My family was very active in the local Philippine community but because of my dad's businesses and his general outgoing nature I grew up around a myriad of cultures. Some of my dad's closest friends were Jamaican. And at our business I took in an elderly Jewish lady worker as my "bubbie."

What was your family's attitude to education? My parents aren't elitists. They chose a local commuter university over the prestigious one further away as a choice for my education. According to them, 'It's not where you go, but how you go."

Did they have access to education at home? Yes. My mom and dad were both working students in the Philippines.

Has your family background influenced your choice of work? Yes, definitely! My dad is an entrepreneur and I plan on working for myself also.

If you were born abroad but immigrated at an early age are you first or second generation? I was born in the US but somehow I feel more like a 1.5 than a second generation citizen. Weird.
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«Unauthorized Persons... are Welcome!»
Within the framework of European Youth Campaign «All different – All equal»
From 1 July 2006 to 30 November 2006

Guidelines of the contest: Diversity, Participation, Human Rights
We are looking forward to getting ideas that would become basis for official European Actions’ materials already this year
- 1 September – International Action «Europe without Nazism!» www.stopnazism.anti-fa.ru
- 29 September– International Action «Babiy Yar – Nobody have’t been forgotten!» www.antifa.hrworld.ru
- 9 – 16 November – International action Week against Nazism and anti-Semitism «Never again!» www.antifa.hrworld.ru.

It can be any kind of graphics and images which can be placed on information materials or be posted in the Internet. For example:
- sticker, leaflet or poster model,
- logo, banners for actions,
- wallpaper for the desktop,
- comics, animations
and the like

- Creative outcomes are accepted from 1 June to 30 November 2006
- The product should be saved in .jpg format, no more than 1 МB (if it doesn’t fit - please put it in the internet and send us a link)
- The product must have an electronic format
- You should email your work to: antifa-graph@hrworld.ru.
- If it is difficult you can send a disk by regular mail: 125009, Moscow, p/o 143. And also you should fill in «Registration Certificate». You can ask for it at the Organizational Committee.

The Main Award – your work will be published in thousand copies and be disseminated widely across Russia, NIS and European countries.

You can ask for «Registration Certificate» at: antifa-graph@hrworld.ru.

Organizational Committee:
Movement «YOUNG EUROPE», Youth Network against Racism and Intolerance
Eastern and Central-European Network for realization of European Campaign «All different – All equal»
125009, Moscow, p/o 143
e-mail: antifa-graph@hrworld.ru