Juntos is hosting a Day of Action at the Pennsylvania State Capital in Harrisburg on Monday, May 7th in opposition to Arizona-style legislation.
SB9, HB 439, and all the E-Verify bills were introduced as anti-immigrant bills in Pennsylvania but in reality they will affect thousands of poor and working families across our state. SB9 if passed will leave many American families vulnerable to poverty and HB 439 could leave many of our local business vulnerable to closure.
E-Verify is an attack on workers who deserve protections and will only make all workers vulnerable to pay decreases and exploitative conditions. Passing E-Verify will not bring back jobs nor will it decrease the unemployment rate; rather, it will increase it.
Pennsylvania must avoid the mistakes that states before us have made, like Arizona, which endured a $141 million economic loss due to their anti-immigrant legislation SB1070. This kind of legislation will hurt our families, our businesses, and our communities.
Join us as we tell our legislators to say NO to bills SB9, HB 439, and all the E-verify bills. Make Pennsylvania really the place where America starts and where all the hate stops!
We will depart from Juntos in South Philadelphia (2029 S. 8th St. on the corner of 8th and Snyder) at 9:30am to Harrisburg and returning by 6:00pm.
Get on the bus! Seats are $25 for non-community members and if you cannot attend you can sponser a seat for someone else. Hope to see you there!
What is Fuerza…
Fuerza is the youth leadership committee of Juntos, a Latino Immigrant community-led organization fighting for our human rights on issues such as education, labor, and immigration. Fuerza was founded in the fall of 2011 by student leaders in South Philadelphia to address these issues from a youth perspective. Fuerza youth identified the Latino drop-out rate in the city of Philadelphia as an issue to address as well as college access for undocumented youth. Juntos sees the importance of youth leadership and guidance in empowering our communities.
Many youth in our community have felt at one point or another discouraged by the education system. For immigrant youth, many have felt the burden of learning without knowing English, have struggled through underfunded schools, and have experienced depression and isolation when thinking of life after high school. For many youth applying to college is a daunting task and having a counselor to help through that process is a blessing. But when you are undocumented it becomes even more challenging; you have many questions. What most youth in Fuerza have experienced is not far from the experience of most undocumented youth in our city… many counselors do not know how to support them. They are not clear on what rights these youth have to a college education and how to navigate the application and financial process to obtaining a college education.
Latino youth in Philly come from many different experiences; some were born here, some came to the US as young children, and some recently arrived.
FUERZA meets every Wednesday evening at 5pm @ 2029 s 8th st (corner of 8th st and Snyder Ave)