Quaker Action Spring 2013

This issue of Quaker Action highlights the ways current immigration policy affects the immigrant community and offers powerful stories of immigrants and allies working for change.

Read stories of today's immigrants of all ages and backgrounds, including youth in California and Iowa who are standing up to be included in policy and cultural conversations that affect them. Learn about the dangerous enforcement policies that AFSC has seen in our years working with border communities. And hear about one community's approach to welcoming newcomers.

We invite you to learn how you can add your voice to the current dialogue

Standing up to keep families together

Every day, children lose their parents to deportation. Many of us have difficulty taking in the reality of this tragic situation.

How can it be that U.S. citizens do not have the right to petition on behalf of their parents to keep their families together? Is there really no path to citizenship for the immediate family members of these children?

Nothing about us without us

All too often, when immigration issues are discussed, there is an empty chair at the table. The people at the center of the debate are unseen and unheard.

In AFSC’s San Francisco office, Pablo Paredes is working with immigrant youth to change that. “We have to tell their story and not hide it. A movement has to be led by those most affected,” he argues. By making their stories visible, they can humanize and inform the immigration debate.

Q&A: Borders, not war zones

Pedro Rios

Pedro Rios, director of AFSC’s San Diego program

We sat down with Pedro Rios, director of AFSC’s San Diego program, to get his perspective on border policy. He explains how the militarization of borders is ineffective, costly, and dangerous.

Immigrant workers get wages back

Gabe Camacho with Unsung Hero Award

The Chelsea Collaborative named Gabe Camacho the community's "Unsung Hero of the Year" for his dedicated work on the wage recovery effort between 2010-2012.

Two and a half years, 1,000 brave workers’ complaints, and the collaboration of four economic justice organizations add up to a $649,000 settlement for immigrant workers in Massachusetts.

Redefining recovery

Dayton World Soccer Games

The Burundi team at the soccer games.  Back row (left to right): Nsabimana Dieudonne, Nijebariko Damiyano, Hubert Matumaini, Santino M., Pascal Muhiziwintore, Kali N., Yolo K., Roston Kanyembo, Ruben C. Front row: Elias Bizimana, Lumbala Moses, Emmanuel Makamu, Mohamed Ahmed, Paul Ngendakuriyo, Paul M.

Dayton, Ohio is making a statement: Ours is a city where everyone can contribute. Its 2011 Welcome Dayton resolution to be an immigrant-friendly city takes a positive, economically driven approach to integrating immigrants into the community as part of the city’s recovery.

But the resolution did more than make space for immigrant friendly policies; it is also building community among neighbors in a place that suffers from racial segregation and alienation.

The right direction: Deferred action policy is not the final word for DREAMers

DREAMers at Iowa capitol

small group talking in Iowa capitol rotunda

Iowa DREAMers visited the state capitol on March 20 to thank state senators for co-sponsoring a bill allowing them to pay in-state tuition at state universities. They also spoke with legislators still opposed to bill or on the fence. See more photos.

There’s a secret about dreams. Roberto,* a young man in Iowa dreaming about his future, can tell you all about it: “You can never see the [mountain] peak; you just climb the mountain until you depart from this earth.”

As a young child, Roberto was brought to the United States from Mexico by his parents. Twenty years later, like the hundreds of thousands of other undocumented young people known as “DREAMers,” Roberto is struggling to fulfill his vision of school, career, and family.

To Heal the World: Building an immigrants' rights movement in Denver, Colorado (PODCAST)

What do safe communities really look like? That question has been the focus of many in Denver, Colo., a city that has been home to many immigrants over the past 20 years. For AFSC, the answer can only be found by bringing together immigrants and non-immigrants to work together to ensure the fair treatment of all of the city's residents and work for equal human rights. Listen to the voices of community members working with AFSC to support the rights of immigrants in the Denver area.

Giving back: A family tradition of giving, acting for peace

Lloyd family with their parents in the background

Family photo of the Lloyds

From left: Bill Lloyd, his wife Lenore Migdal, Lola Lloyd Horwitz, Robin Lloyd, Chris Lloyd, and his wife Vassie Sinopoulos, with a picture of their parents in the background.

Waging peace has been a generations-long tradition for the Lloyd family. It’s a tradition that includes a history of giving to AFSC.

The Lloyd siblings—Lola Lloyd Horwitz, Robin Lloyd, Dr. William Bross Lloyd, and Christopher Lloyd—are all AFSC benefactors who have supported the mission and vision of AFSC for decades.

Quaker Action Spring 2013

Download a PDF of the spring 2013 issue of Quaker Action. The stories in this issue are also available to read and share online.

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