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This is a follow up to the April 2 Pastors meeting where we discussed the national immigration legislation with a chance for a path to citizenship and the state legislation on access to driver's licenses......We are having a follow up planning meeting on Tuesday April 9 at 1:30 at the Olive Garden Restaurant located at 1 Worcester Road in Natick, MA.We will discuss these issues and what possible joint action that Brazilian pastors and their congregation members can take together to impact these issues.Issues for discussion:1. National Immigration Reform legislation that is moving forward in the US Congress. A lot depends on how much time will be required before someone can get citizenship.....community groups, labor unions, religious congregations and most Democratic Congressman want a 7 year path to citizenship and most Republicans want a 15-20 year path or not path to citizenship.2. Stopping deportations of non-violent offenders....the Obama Administration has said they will only deport those who commit serious crimes called felonies but it seems that many others are being deported for minor violations3. State legislation to allow undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses4. State legislation to raise the minimum wage from $8 an hour up to $10 or $11 an hour.....580,000 people in Massachusetts earn $8-$12 an hour and a large number of immigrant earn low wagesAction to discuss---what action would Brazilian pastors want to take with their congregation members? A joint action of many hundreds of congregation members meeting with members of Congress and state legislators this spring would be very timely and helpful?Latino Evangelical Churches that we are working with are taking action like this so it would be important for the voice of Brazilian pastors and congregation members to be taking your own action at this time when these major national and state issues affecting Brazilian immigrant are being decided.Who is Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN)?We approached Josimar Salum about meeting with Brazilian pastors.We have worked with some Brazilian pastors in our community work in Fall River, Peabody, and Framingham/Marlborough too.MCAN is a faith based federation of faith based community improvement organizations of congregations in Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Lynn/North Shore, Worcester, and Springfield. We also work in Boston and FraminghamWe worked on recent actions for national immigration reform held in Brockton on February 23, in New Bedford on March 9, in Boston on April 6, and the upcoming one in Lynn on April 20.We worked to found the Metro West Immigrant Workers Center to help Brazilian and Latino immigrants with problems where they work if their employers don't pay them wages they are due or make them work in unsafe conditionsContact persons: Lew Finfer LewFinfer@gmail.com (617) 470-2912, Tomas Gonzalez (617) 905-1123 firstname.lastname@example.org
--Lewis Finfer, Director
Massachusetts Communities Action Network
1803 Dorchester Avenue Boston, MA 02124
(617) 822-1499 www.mcan-oltc.org <http://www.mcan-oltc.org>
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