Human Rights for Immigrants Conference Feb. 19 in NJ

New Jersey Immigration Policy Network is happy to announce its all-day Human Rights for Immigrants conference to be held on Saturday, February 19 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. We cordially invite you to be an active supporter, endorser and participant at the conference.

Attached is the conference flyer with a registration slip. The flyer also has a list of speakers and conference agenda. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.

The conference will be followed by NJIPN's annual general membership meeting from 3.30-5 P.M. at the same location. If you are an NJIPN member or wish to become a member, please continue your presence at that time.

We look forward to see you at this important, statewide conference on February 19. We need your support.

Sincerely,

Partha Banerjee

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Human Rights for Immigrants: An All-day Conference in New Jersey

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Rutgers University Labor Education Center
50 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

New Jersey Immigration Policy Network, American Friends Service Committee, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey and the International Institute of New Jersey take the initiative to hold an all-day conference on Human Rights for Immigrants.

Conference Topics Include--

Immigrants and law enforcement
In-state tuition and DREAM Act
Day laborers' problems and workers' rights
Access to health care and other services

We need your support, endorsement and active participation

Talk of immigration reform is in the air, yet concrete proposals that would truly address the importance of human rights for all have not been introduced. The recent passage of an intelligence reform bill that provides for increased enforcement and detention space reveals the disconnect between the rhetoric about immigration reform and the direction in which present policies are moving.

With the fifth largest immigration population in country, New Jersey's community of immigrants and immigrant rights advocates must come together to tackle these issues through a human rights framework. A strong, unified voice, a good turnout, and well-thought-out plans of action will make the conference a meaningful one.

Conference from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.
Registration from 9-10 A.M.
Registration: $25 per person (suggested contribution)
(Lunch and refreshment included)

Featured Speakers
Josh Bernstein, Senior Policy Analyst, National Immigration Law Center
Margie McHugh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition
Douglas Palmer, Mayor, City of Trenton
Seema Singh, Ratepayer Advocate, State of New Jersey

RSVP (use the registration slip and send back)
Email: njipn@njipn.org; Phone: (973)-621-0031; Fax: (973)-621-2297
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Partha Banerjee, New Jersey Immigration Policy Network, 973-621-0031
Amy Gottlieb, American Friends Service Committee, 973-643-1924
Parastou Hassouri, American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, 973-642-2086
Nick Montalto, International Institute of New Jersey, 201-653-3888
[with support from Fund for New Jersey]

Send this Registration Slip (and write checks/M.O.) back to:
New Jersey Immigration Policy Network, 89 Market Street, 7th Floor, Newark, NJ 07102.

__ Yes, I will attend. I'm sending registration for ___ people. Enclosed is a check or money order for $______ .

__ No, I cannot attend this time. But please send me information for future events.

Name/s and address/es of participant/s:



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Directions to Rutgers University Labor Education Center
50 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone 732-932-9502

From the NJ Turnpike and Route 18 North:
From Exit 9 of the NJ Turnpike follow Route 18 North towards New Brunswick, to Route 1 South. Travel approximately of a mile to Ryders Lane. Take the exit before you go under the overpass, which is Ryders Lane toward New Brunswick, going up the ramp onto Ryders Lane. Take the second right onto Labor Center Way. The Center is the building closest to Ryders Lane.

From Route 1 South:
Follow directions from Route 1 South to Ryders Lane, the exit the ramp will put
you onto Ryders Lane. Take the second right onto Labor Center Way. The
Center is the building closest to Ryders Lane.

From Route 1 North:
Pass the Route 130 circle and travel approximately 1 mile to Ryders Lane. Go
under the overpass and take the Ryders Lane exit towards New Brunswick.
Follow directions above from Ryders Lane. Take the second right onto Labor
Center Way. The Center is the building closest to Ryders Lane.

From Route 78 and 287:
Follow Route 78 to Route 287 South. Take Route 287 to Exit 9 and make a right onto River Road. Follow about 3 miles to the Route 18 junction. Turn right at traffic light onto Route 18 South. Continue to the first traffic light, turn right onto Commercial Avenue. At the first light, turn left onto George Street. Follow George Street through one traffic light and under a pedestrian bridge. After bridge, make the right hand turn onto Ryders Lane. Take the third left on to Labor Center Way. The Center is the building closest to Ryders Lane.

List of conference endorsers as of January 28, 2005

Afghan Communicator
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Boaz Community Corporation
Coney Island Avenue Project
COPO
DRUM (Desis Rising Up & Moving)
Federation of Turkish American Association
Hispanic Directors' Association of New Jersey
Hudson Perinatal Consortium
Human Rights, Education and Law Project
ImmPACT (Immigrants' Public Action Coalition of Trenton)
Islamic Circle of North America
Local 108, RWDSU-UFCW AFL-CIO-CLC
Manavi
Monmouth County Residents for Immigrant Rights
New Immigrant Community Empowerment
New Jersey Catholic Conference
New Jersey Civil Rights Defense Committee
New York Civic Participation Project
New York Immigration Coalition
New Jersey Outreach Group
New Jersey State Industrial Union Council
SAALT (South Asian American Leaders of Tomorrow)
September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
SEIU-32BJ, New Jersey
United for Peace and Justice
Workers' Awaaz
Workers' Committee for Progress and Social Welfare in Freehold

Partha Banerjee, Ph.D.
Executive Director
New Jersey Immigration Policy Network
89 Market St., 7th Floor
Newark, NJ 07102
pbanerjee@njipn.org
tel: (973)-621-0031
fax: (973)-621-2297
mobile: (917)-741-4331

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Posted January 30, 2005