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New Delegation, Immigration Dialogue, and Colombia Action

WFP Northwest March 2010 Update

Roots of Migration: Trade, Privatization, and Resistance

As immigration reform makes it’s way into the congressional spotlight, it’s time to examine the role of U.S. foreign policy in migration. In particular, we will investigate the privatization of Mexico’s natural resources, and lift up the voices of resistance advocating for fair trade and human rights.  Get the analysis and tools you need to advocate for immigrant rights and deepen your understanding of trade policy in Latin America. This delegation will be from July 12-22nd and includes travel throughout the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico. Contact the Delegation Coordinator to sign up: Colette Cosner, WFP Northwest Regional Organizer,, 206.250.2680.

Immigration and Labor Dialogue
Witness for Peace Northwest co-sponsored Jobs with Justice Portland’s  “Community Dialogue on Immigration and Labor Reform.”  The event took place on March 4th, from 6-9 pm. The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill (CIR ASAP, or Gutierrez Bill) was introduced in Congress on December 15, 2009, and will be debated in the next few months to a year. This event explored our values to determine our stance on this important legislation. The forum discussed the key principles of reform legislation, including language referring to guest worker programs, border security, future flow of immigration, and more. WFPNW will also be a part of regional organizing coalitions for the May 1st rallies for immigrant rights.

Days of Action for Colombia 2010
On April 16-19, 2010 tens of thousands nationwide will gather for the fifth annual Days of Action for Colombia, to stand up for the nearly five million Colombians who have been forcibly displaced from their homes by a debilitating war. Hundreds of universities, faith communities, and organizations will assemble thousands of printed faces of Colombia’s displaced people to create “Face the Displaced” displays, praying for peace in Colombia-focused worship services, and sending messages to the Obama administration asking for policy changes for peace. Sign up to host an event and we will provide helpful organizing materials and tool-kits for the displays, worship services, and letters. Stay tuned to WFPNW to hear where our regional “Face the Displaced” displays will be held!

As the TRADE Act continues to gather cosponsors in the House of Representatives, WFPNW continues to work with our coalition partners OFTC (Oregon Fair Trade Coalition) and WFTC (Washington Fair Trade Coalition) to build momentum for the bill. The Trade Reform, Accountability, Development, and Employment (TRADE) Act calls for a renegotiation of the Free Trade models that have produced disastrous results with NAFTA and CAFTA. It outlines a more balanced and just way to expand trade while prioritizing the rights and values of communities. Contact us to see our letter to Congressman Jim McDermott, urging him to sign on to this important legislation.  

Meet the New Interns at WFP Northwest
WFPNW is excited to welcome two new spring interns: 

Danielle Bradford is a senior at Seattle Pacific University, graduating this spring with a degree in Global Development Studies and Spanish, and a minor in French. She is passionate about justice in Latin America, and women’s rights worldwide. Originally from California, she has learned to appreciate when the sun shines.

Megan is a recent college graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland with majors in Political Science and Human Studies and minors in Religious Studies and African Diaspora Studies. She completed an internship with the Municipalidad of Vina de Mar, Chile last Fall.  Megan is very excited about working with WFP Northwest and learning more about social justice and advocacy.