Immigration Rally @ Suffolk Legislature 12/2/08

Rally at Suffolk Legislature Tuesday Dec. 2 at 8:30am

Long Island Immigrant Alliance is urging all people concerned about the hate killing of Marcelo Lucero to go to the Suffolk Legislature Tuesday morning December 2 at 8:30AM to speak out against the Legislature’s role in fostering a climate of intolerance.

This event will include a rally and press conference, and it will provide an opportunity for you to make your voice heard.

If you want to speak, go to the Legislative Building at the county complex in Hauppauge between 8:30 and 9:30am (the rally is at 8:30, press conference at 9, speaking begins at 9:30). You should sign a card indicating that you want to speak at the “Public Portion” (not the “Hearing”). You will then be assigned a number and cards are called beginning after 9:30AM. You will have three minutes to speak. Generally legislators will not comment and will not answer questions, just (hopefully) listen.

If you go to the legislature on Tuesday, please make the following points in your statement:

1) End the cynical rhetoric demonizing immigrants;

2) Stop introducing legislation that results in profiling immigrants;

3) Create a 5-year plan to improve how we integrate immigrants coming into Suffolk County.

Other Suggestions:

– We want an end to anti-immigrant legislation. It does not address Suffolk’s real problems and it just stirs up resentments.

– Stop campaigning by scapegoating immigrants.

– County Exec. Levy says he is creating a liason between the Latino community and the police. Ask the legislators to make sure that the person appointed is accountable to Latino victims.

– The Legislature must hold a hearing to look into the dramatic 93% drop in reported hate crimes against Latinos since Levy took office. Is anti-Latino bias really going down, or are hate crimes not being reported or are they miscategorized?

Here is the Legislature’s address
725 Veterans Memorial Highway
William H. Rogers Building
Smithtown, NY 11787-4311
Telephone: (631) 853-4070

If you are looking for more information and updates, check or be in touch with any of the group admins.

We look forward to seeing you all there Tuesday!

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