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March to Support DACA and DAPA

Photo Credit: Ralph Hutchison

Join us on Tuesday, May 19 from 7-8:30 pm for a sidewalk march, rally, and vigil to support #DAPA and #DACA.

The Comité Popular de Knoxville invites you to join immigrant community organizations around the state and around the country to send a clear message:

We must implement DAPA and the DACA expansion!

These programs will allow immigrant families to stay united and they will help our economy grow.

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Tuition Equality Falls Short by One Vote

This statement was released today by the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition:

Nashville – This afternoon, the Tuition Equality bill failed to pass in the House on a vote of 49-47, lacking the constitutional majority (50) required for passage. Three members were not present for the vote. The bill was referred back to Calendar and Rules and can be reconsidered next legislative session, without having to be reconsidered in the Senate or committees it has already passed.

When TIRRC youth members gathered on graduation day in May of 2012 to announce their campaign for Tuition Equality, they pledged to one another that they would educate their community, lobby lawmakers, and tell their stories until Tuition Equality was a reality in Tennessee. After three years of campaigning, we are disappointed but not deterred by today’s vote. The fact that the bill passed the Senate last Thursday by a vote of 21-12 and earned the support of 49 House members is a testament to the leadership and resilience of TIRRC’s youth members.

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Vigil in Solidarity with Arizona

Join Us: April 25, 2012 at 7:30pm
Krutch Park, downtown Knoxville

This is the day the Supreme Court will hear the Arizona immigration law case and folks are being asked to hold solidarity vigils across the country.

Knoxville Vigil to include:
Update on the status of immigration program 287(g) in Knox County, personal stories from immigrants, a skit or two, music, prayer and more.

Sponsored by:
Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC)
Allies of Knoxville’s Immigrant Neighbors (AKIN)

Link to event announcement on facebook:

Facebook link to flyer for the event–English version:

Facebook link to flyer for the event–Spanish version: