Erika Murcia to speak about El Salvador at Fritanga TUESDAY May 8 — 7pm

IFCLA ‘s Program Coordinator Marilyn Lorenz led another delegation of students from Nerinx Hall High School to Guarjila, Chalatenango, El Salvador in March.   IFCLA and Guarjila have been Companion Communities since January 1988.  Marilyn will report on advances at the Clinic and the highway being built with US money through the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

Immigration Update – Action

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights of any U.S. citizen.  And few people appreciate that more than immigrants and refugees who have made their way through the naturalization process.

But HB 2109, sponsored by State Representative Shane Schoeller, would make it next to impossible for some naturalized citizens to register to vote.  Currently, when a citizen registers to vote, there is a place to indicate citizenship on the registration form.  If a non-citizen falsely claims citizenship, there are steep penalties in place.  HB 2109 would require anyone registering to vote to present proof of citizenship, including passports, birth certificates, or naturalization documents.   For naturalized citizens who have lost their citizenship documents, this could mean having to pay hundreds of dollars and waiting months for the replacment of those papers to be able to register to vote!

This is unacceptable!  Every U.S. citizen has the right to vote, and it shouldn’t be harder for someone who has naturalized.  Click here to tell you legislator to VOTE NO on HB 2109.  

Protect every citizens’ right to vote!

Please click here to send your representative a message to Vote No on HB 2109.

Cuba: “New” Economic Model — Report and Commentary

New steps updating Cuban economic model

By Waldo Mendiluza*  * Head of the National Editorial Department of Prensa Latina
domingo, 29 de abril de 2012

Havana (Prensa Latina) The experimental creation of non-agricultural  cooperatives, the promotion of a new Tax System Act and the proposal to improve the Ministry of Agriculture stand out among the recent steps to update Cuba”s economic model.

These actions are under the guidelines of the 16th Congress of the  Communist Party -held in April 2011-, forum which established criteria for changes aimed to increase productivity and efficiency, as the principles of development on the island.
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Supreme Court to hear arguments on AZ SB1070: Prayer Service and Action!

TODAY, THE SUPREME COURT HEARD oral arguments in the landmark civil rights case Arizona v. United States, the federal government’s challenge to SB 1070, Arizona’s racial profiling law. The only issue before the court was whether the federal government has the exclusive authority to regulate immigration enforcement.

see also NYTimes report: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/26/us/rallies-as-supreme-court-discusses-arizona-immigration-law.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120426

Mandel Ngan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

As the Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday on an Arizona law on police questioning of immigration status, protests against the law were held outside.

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Argentina – A Great Step Forward

Argentine Government expropriated today 51% of the biggest oil company that had been privatized in the ninetees, thus having now full control of same.  The draft bill has to be approved by our Congress.

Today is a historical date for Argentina.  Let us hope that in the future, the rest of the privatized companies be also expropriated.

http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/98349/cfk-sends-to-congress-draft-bill-to-expropriate-repsolypf
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THE HISTORY AND RESURGENCE OF DEATH SQUADS IN CENTRAL AMERICA:

Rights Action – April 16, 2012

THE HISTORY AND RESURGENCE OF DEATH SQUADS IN CENTRAL AMERICA:  The March 24, 2012, massacre of four public health workers in Guatemala

BELOW: A comprehensive article by Annie Bird, co-director of Rights Action

EDUCATIONAL / SOLIDARITY DELEGATIONS TO:

  1. Honduras, May 19-28, 2012
  2. Guatemala, July 7-15, 2012

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April Days of Action for Colombia follow up and 24 hr Prayer for Colombia

Over the weekend, tens of thousands across the country joined our call for a U.S. policy based on peace, justice and a sustainable economy as part of the National Days of Action for Colombia.

A huge THANK YOU to the thousands of you that:

  • remembered the victims of Colombia’s violence through worship services, film screenings and vigils,
  • signed postcards to President Obama calling for an end to war funding and increased aid to war victims,
  • cut out houses to join our “Place to Call Home” campaign for Colombia’s 5.2 million internally displaced people.

Today, I’d like to ask you to take one minute to help us set the record straight on U.S. policy toward Latin America.
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April Days of Action

 Join the Delegation to Honduras May 19-28
deadline  April 19
cost:  $850 plus airfare

Honduras Delegation The Coup vs. Democracy: Struggle of the Popular Movements

http://www.ifcla.net/site2/?ai1ec_event=honduras-delegation-the-coup-vs-democracy-struggle-of-the-popular-movements&instance_id=3611

Suspend Operations at WHINSEC (SOA)

CALL YOUR REPRESENTATVIES TO COSPONSOR HR3368 AND SUSPEND THE SOA/WHINSEC.

Starting April 14-17 human rights activists will be gathering in Washington DC to demand
for Members of Congress to take action to close the School of the Americas and to end U.S. militarization.
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