Thursday, October 7, 2010

Members of the Committee

Bob Grytdhal -- Human Rights Commission
Susana Pelayo-Woodward -- Office of Cultural Diversity and Multicultural Center
Adam Pine -- UMD Geography
Joie Acheson Lee -- UMD, Kirby Student Cente
Cruz Mendoza -- Duluth Public Schools
Adam Ritscher -- Socialist Action
Steve O'Neil -- St. Louis County Commissioner
Gail Schoenfelder
Lyn Clark Pegg -- Peace United Church of Christ
Joel Kilgour

Groups That Have Signed On

Community Action Duluth
YWCA of Duluth
Latino / Chicano Student Association (UMD)
Women's Studies Department (UMD)
NAACP -- Duluth Branch
African Americans Men's Group
Students for Peace (UMD)
Black Student Association (UMD)
Students Promoting Awareness through Teaching (SPAT)
Pilgrim Church Social Justice Committee
Pilgrim Church Council
United Steelworkers Local 9460
Northland Anti-War Coalition
UMD Students for Peace
CSS Center for Just Living
Twin Ports School of the Americas Watch
CSS United for Africa
CSS Earth Action
Socialist Action
Youth for Socialist Action
Lake Superior Greens
Community Action Duluth,
Clayton, Jackson, McGhie Inc.
Duluth League of Woman Voters
Duluth Human Rights Commission
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth
UMD Latino/Chicano Association
Peace United Church of Christ

Duluth Minnesota 2010 Immigration Resolution

Duluth Immigration Rights Coalition / September 9, 2010

We, a community formed of indigenous peoples, the descendants of people forced here in slavery, the descendants of refugees and asylum seekers, and the descendants of immigrants, stand together at this time to voice our support of this resolution as an expression of our understanding of the human rights issues facing current immigrants to our country.

WHEREAS we hold these truths to be self evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, and

WHEREAS residents of Duluth, Minnesota recognize that the government of the United States of America, of our state and of our city were founded by immigrants who traveled here seeking safety for their loved ones and a better way of life, and

WHEREAS residents of Duluth, Minnesota recognize that we urgently need federal legislation to correct glaring failures within our current immigration system, that we must recognize the crucial contributions immigrants continue to make to our community and nation, that we must protect ALL workers from mistreatment, that we value and must promote reunification of families, and that we must restore due process protections to all, and

WHEREAS Arizona's SB 1070 and MN House File 3830 wrongfully place our law enforcement officers on the front line in matters of federal immigration enforcement, and threatens relationships of trust with Duluth residents, and

WHEREAS Duluth residents will NOT condone or participate in the racial profiling of our residents,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that we call for meaningful federal immigration policies that are consistent with civil rights for all people, with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights of the United States of America, and that we treat all residents of Duluth, Minnesota with dignity and respect regardless of appearance, creed or religion, and institute humane and inclusive policies for all,

AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that we stand in opposition to Arizona's SB 1070, and call for the resounding defeat of MN House File 3830.