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Support Immigrant Workers Freedom Riders

Sept. 12, 2003

Working families across America are uniting their voices
for the rights and freedoms immigrant workers--and
you can take part.

Immigrant workers work hard, pay taxes and want a fair
chance at the American Dream, but their rights are
routinely violated. And when one group of workers is
exploited, it hurts all workers.

Please read on to learn more and find out how to get
involved.

The Freedom Riders will depart from 10 major cities
and will converge in Washington, D.C., New Jersey and
New York in early October. They're riding buses to
raise awareness about the plight of immigrant workers
and advocate a clear road to citizenship, family reunification, workers' freedom to form a union without regard to immigration status and full civil rights protections.

On their way, they'll stop in dozens of communities
for local rallies. Find out about welcoming the Freedom
Riders to your community by contacting your local labor
council or checking the schedule at:

Immigrant workers want good jobs, access to health
care and rights on the job--the same things all workers
want. Immigrant workers make up 12.4 percent of the
U.S. labor force, and pay an estimated $133 billion
in taxes a year. Almost 43 percent of immigrant workers
are paid less than $7.50 an hour, compared with 28
percent among all workers.

Immigrants toil in some of the country's toughest,
lowest paying and most dangerous jobs. They suffer
higher rates of on-the-job injuries, illnesses and
fatalities than other workers.

But when they stand up for their rights on the job,
employers often threaten deportation. Employers regularly
harass and intimidate workers to block their freedom
to form unions--but immigrant workers are especially
vulnerable.

These are outrageous attacks on the rights and freedoms
of immigrant workers, who deserve the fruits of their
contribution to the American economy. And they are
an affront to every person concerned about workplace
and social justice.

Learn more by visiting the Freedom Ride website:

And read the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride cover story
in the new issue of America@work:

Look for upcoming action opportunities to support the
Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride.

Thanks for all you do.
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Visit the web address below to tell your friends, family
and co-workers about this.

If you received this message from a friend, you can
sign up for Working Families e-Activist Network at: