4.01.2011

Young People Spend Spring Break Learning to Organize for Fair Immigration Policies

During Spring Break, while other young people were enjoying the sandy beaches, some chose to stay in Houston and learn how to organize for the state's upcoming legislative debate on immigration reform.

The Texas League of Young Voters Education Fund, FIEL Houston, and Mi Familia Vota, convened a organizing training entitled, "Don't Let Texas Be The Next Arizona" on March 18, 2011 from 8am-5pm at United Way of Greater Houston Community Resource Center, 50 Waugh Drive.

The purpose of the training was to provide an educational platform for young people to understand what's at stake regarding immigration reform in Texas, and how they can make their voices heard during the state's legislative session.

"The debate around immigration is one of the most volatile issues of our generation. It is crucial that young people take a stand to ensure that laws protect and enfranchise people rather than marginalize and oppress. By educating our community, organizing and taking action, young people can affect the direction of our democracy", says Michael Espinoza, Texas State Director, Mi Familia Vota.

Currently, the Texas Legislature has proposed over 40-plus anti-immigration bills that would unfairly prosecute fellow Texans. The recent passage of Arizona's SB 1070 has been a hot-button issue across America, which threatens civil liberties and infringes on the basic principles of justice.

"We cannot let Texas become the next Arizona", says Christina Sanders, State Director of the Texas League of Young Voters Education Fund. "We plan to equip young people with the training and resources necessary to effectively organize and educate their communities around issues they care about."

"It's time for our youth to start engaging lawmakers on issues that affects us and our families directly. This is the beginning of a movement where youth will take on the issues of their communities", says Cesar Espinoza, Executive Director, FIEL Houston.

The training was a first step to engage young people around issues that are most important to them. Participants will join together in Austin on April 6, 2011 for the, “Save Our State” March and Rally. Click the image below for more information or visit www.youngvoter.org/texas