Third National Web Conference
Cities for All: Integrating our Communities
August 21st 2010, 9:00 AM
In the web: http://www.livestream.com/aliadi
Location: Clinica de la Raza, 3451 East 12th st. Oakland CA 94601
The Alianza Latinoamericana por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes (ALIADI) Would like to cordially invite you to a national conference focusing on the social integration of marginalized communities by implementing a successful Municipal Identification Card Program. Since we have not seen any commitment from the Obama administration to support a federal immigration reform this year for over 12 million immigrant workers, and even if it happens, these millions of workers will have to wait at the end of the line for many years. We have been working on alternatives to integrate them and their families in our communities. We need to work on alternatives. As well, we encourage social workers and civil rights defenders who repeatedly face the bureaucratic wall of prejudice and discrimination against homeless, people of low income or in the trans identity process and other marginalized sectors, to join us.
The purpose of this conference is to highlight and explain the implementation of municipal identification cards as a tool for the social, economic and political integration of our communities. As you have probably already learned there are currently two cities–New Haven CT and San Francisco, CA– in the United States that have adopted municipal identification card programs that offer ID/resident cards to all city residents.
These programs, initially pushed by the undocumented community have turned into inclusive, community-wide positive projects that help provide proper governmental identification cards to those that otherwise do not posses one. For an array of reasons many in our cities often lack a valid government issued identification which prevents them from accessing bank accounts and libraries and exposes them to identification verifying issues with local police and businesses. Many of these residents are already marginalized members of our community like those with low income, the homeless, youth, elderly, youth, LGBT, domestic violence and immigrants; the lack of an ID only exacerbates and entrenches the economic and social marginalization that already exists.
For these and many other reasons we are hosting the third National Cyber-Conference; Cities for All: Integrating our Communities, to share the experience of the SF and Oakland ID Card programs, as well as other cities updates on similar projects like New Haven, and Trenton New Jersey, Chicago, Minneapolis, Marin County, Richmond, but also to brainstorm with you about how similar programs can be established in your cities to help integrate all our residents. Such programs are legally valid and well within the general powers of our municipal governments.
At first the concept of a municipal ID may seem unnecessary. However, in addition to providing an official ID to those who would otherwise lack one, groups working on these programs have learned that the implementation of municipal identification cards can creatively and effectively spur local economic activity and make our communities safer. For example, groups in Oakland local business and recreational activity discounts have been attached to the ID project, helping stimulate the economy. In New Haven, public safety has improved as individuals who were once afraid of being harassed for not having some form of identification, are now more willing to cooperate with police. In the case of San Francisco, cardholders have discounts in business and access Healthy San Francisco Program.
The Third National Cyber-Conference; Cities for All: Integrating our communities, will be taking place on August 21th 2010, Oakland California.
The conference’s main goals are to:
a) Consolidate the implementation of municipal ID’s in different cities country wide. (In addition to the adoption of a municipal ID program in SF (there are four other cities where community organizations have been taken the lead to implement such a program)
b) Present the numerous benefits of implementing a municipal ID program and demonstrate how such a program benefits marginalized sectors of society, including (but not limited to) low-income workers, the homeless, youth, elderly, LGBT, domestic violence victims and immigrants from every nationality
c) Share current experiences of municipal programs already implemented and those that are under way with other organizations and political authorities from different states.
d) Break barriers and convince, with valid justifications and facts, that the municipal ID card is the solution to many of the community problems.
e) Involve the participants in a national movement.
a) Community panels: Experiences shared Community members
b) Back ground information: What is a Municipal ID Card? And FAQs
c) Overcoming barriers and introducing strategic planning.
d) Supporting new coalitions and offering community presentations.
e) Establish a timeline by which to launch a national movement.
- People Privacy-Inclusiveness
- Economic/Social/Political Context for Federal Law Immigration Reform.
- Identity and Safety.
- What is a Municipal ID Card and its Multiple Uses
- Legal Basis/ Municipal Government Legislation/ Yale Report.
- Grassroots Strategies to Integrate Our Communities.
- Local Commerce and Economic Sustainability for Marginalized Communities and new technologies.
- Overcoming Politics of Division Cross-Alliances.
- Implementation, Key Studies: New Haven/San Francisco/Oakland
Among the panelists we have confirmed: Journalist/Writer David Bacon, Phil Hutchins (Black Alliance for Immigration Reform, Nativo V Lopez, President of MAPA, Professor Raul Hinojosa, as well as elected officials from different cities.
A short list of endorsers include: ALIADI Bay Area Chapters, Black Alliance for Just Immigration Reform BAJI, Oakland City ID Coalition, Centro Latino Cuzcatlan, Community in Action (Chicago), FMLN Northern California, General Brotherhood of Workers, Global Exchange, Hermandad Mexicana Latinoamericana, The California League for United Latin American Citizens LULAC, Mexican American Political Association MAPA, Marin Immigrant Rights Coalition MIRA, MUAI, Mujeres en Liderazgo )Minneapolis), National Latino Congreso, Nuestra Casa East Palo Alto.
We would be truly grateful if your organization joined us in this important effort to integrate our communities. As the national conference date is coming up soon, please let us know as soon as possible if you will able to join us.
If you would like to support the integration of marginalized communities giving a presentation, endorsing or becoming a cosponsor, of this conference, please contact us to talk about the different ways you can collaborate.
Latin American Alliance for Immigrant Rights (ALIADI)
ALIADI stands for the Alianza Latinoamericana por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes, a network of community members throughout California who share information and resources to uphold the rights and social integration of our immigrant community. www.aliadi.org