Here are more reflection on the kick-off town hall in Atlanta, GA of the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations’ One Community United campaign for civil and immigrant rights. This time we’re hearing from Nureen Gulamali, intern at ACLU-Georgia (one of the cosponsors of the town hall):
I’m lucky to be interning at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia this summer and was grateful to be a part of the SAALT/ACLU forum. After attending the Immigration Forum, my perspective has been enlightened and truly widened. Immigration is a hot topic in today’s world – tell me something I don’t know. But how it affects the actual immigrants is truly the issue at hand. I’ve heard accounts of the trials and tribulations that so many people have had to go through in order to get a better start in this world, and my heart goes out to them. The forum itself not only provided more information to the uninformed, but allowed for a healthy and knowledgeable discussion for both the informed and uninformed. It’s so important to stand up for what is right and immigration rights are, in essence, human rights. What knowing individual wouldn’t stand up for human rights?
So, I suppose the more important question is, what can we do about it? Well, really, everyone who was able to make it to the forum has already taken the first step – stay informed. It’s as simple as that. You can make a difference by staying informed, whether that’s catching up on the current issues on Google News, or joining a human rights advocacy group (GA Detention Watch, Human Rights Atlanta, Raksha, SAALT, etc.). The more allies we have, the bigger the impact we can have – not to mention strategic pull. So, take ten minutes a day to read what’s going on in the human rights/immigration front and from there, I swear, it will be plenty easy to get involved!
For more information about the One Community United campaign for Civil and Immigrant Rights, visit here <http://www.saalt.org/pages/One-Community-United-Campaign.html>.