AKIN held its Annual Meeting on July 8, 2016, and it was a successful evening that boosted our spirits.
In planning for the event, we assumed it would be a small affair. After all, on June 23 we had mounted a major push, strongly urging all members and supporters to turn out for actions called by Knoxville’s immigrant-led grassroots group, the Comité Popular.
June 23 was a watershed — and severely disappointing — moment for the immigrant community, because it was the day the US Supreme Court announced its split decision in the case of United States v. Texas. That result allowed a provisional injunction against Obama’s 2014 “deferred action” programs to stand, thereby postponing a final decision until after the President will have left office, and leaving in limbo hundreds of thousands of people across the country who had hoped for temporary relief under that program. (Click here to read AKIN’s statement on the ruling.)
So our expectations for turn-out were low, but in fact we garnered quite a respectable showing from both immigrant and non-immigrant communities, despite a lightning-laced storm that hit Knoxville that evening.
This is my song, O God of all the nations,
a song of peace for lands afar and mine;
this is my home, the country where my heart is;
here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine:
but other hearts in other lands are beating
with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.
My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean,
and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine;
but other lands have sunlight too, and clover,
On June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court released its ruling on US v. Texas, a 4-4 split decision that results in a continued injunction against DAPA and expanded DACA. (To read AKIN’s official statement on the ruling, click here.)
In response, members and allies of the Comité Popular and AKIN marched in downtown Knoxville to express our disappointment over this outcome.
At 6pm tonight, AKIN and other allies will join the Comite Popular at the Birdhouse to give a statement on the Supreme Court’s Decision in US v. Texas, which continues the injunction of President Obama’s executive orders on Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
From 7 – 7:30 pm, we will gather at the intersection of Gay and Magnolia to begin a sidewalk procession through Downtown Knoxville, ending at Krutch Park.
At 8pm, we will have a program with speakers and music at Krutch Park Extension.
Join us to learn more about the Supreme Court decision and what we can do next to support immigrant families in our communities.
Tie in Supreme Court Means Immigration Program Still Blocked for Now
AKIN Deplores Decision and Will Join Events Tonight at 6 and 8
Knoxville, TN – This morning, Allies of Knoxville’s Immigrant Neighbors (AKIN) greeted with severe disappointment a tied decision in the U.S. Supreme Court that will leave in place an injunction presently blocking President Obama’s 2014 administrative program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and its companion program of expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (expanded DACA). Tonight AKIN members and allies will join events called by local immigrants’ rights group, the Comité Popular, at 6 pm at the Birdhouse and 8pm in Krutch Park Extension to condemn this decision and pledge on-going commitment to making our community, state and nation a welcoming place for immigrants and refugees.
The Supreme Court will rule any day now on the DACA/DAPA case. On that day, immigrants and their allies across the state will gather at 6:00pm to either celebrate or protest. Please join us.
Knoxville folks will gather for a press conference at the Birdhouse (800 N. Fourth Ave.) and then head to the public parking lot under the interstate at the corner of Gay Street and Magnolia Avenue, park there and march down Gay Street to Krutch Park.
The announcement could be made on Thursday, June 16, Monday, June 20, or Monday, June 27. Stay tuned!
Over the course of the spring 2016 session of the General Assembly, in anticipation of a vote on Tuition Equality in the Tennessee House, AKIN convened a working group of people of faith to try to make sure that area representatives heard from faith leaders supportive of Tuition Equality. Eventually two letters were circulated within local faith circles. The texts were similar, with one speaking from a Christian perspective and the other from an interfaith perspective. Together the letters were signed by ninety faith leaders from Knoxville and surrounding communities, from a range of different denominations and faith traditions, people who live and worship in many legislative districts across our area. The letters were sent to over a dozen members of the Tennessee House.