VamosTogether’s newly designed website includes new communication features ranging from Twitter to automatic translation (see: En Espanol) to our “What They’re Saying About HB56” page. VamosTogether is continuing to accept testimonials for our “The Voices” projects, but we decided to launch “What They’re Saying About HB56″ to provide an evolving portrait of the discourse and perspectives surrounding HB56 from those of supporters, opponents, clergy, law enforcement, political leaders, community members, business leaders, immigrants, civil rights leaders, teachers, professors, doctors, and lawyers.
VamosTogether recognizes the power of language and the power of voices. So VamosTogether invites you to join others from around the nation in a more insightful conversation about a complex issue, immigration. Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) a quote (please include your name, town, and occupation if possible) for our “What They’re Saying About HB56″ page and see your quote added under the “Newly Lifted Voices” section. On the new page you can also pledge to drop the “I” word (“illegal”) and to join the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas in a new conversation on immigration.
Currently the “Newly Lifted Voices” section features the voices of Anthony Johnson of the Birmingham Metro NAACP, Attorney General Eric Holder, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, Laura Vazquez of La Raza, Joanne Lin of the American Civil Liberties Union, Matt Chandler of the Department of Homeland Security, and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Collectively, they argue interesting and opposing points regarding the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement, the image of Alabama, the impact of HB56, the role of government, the meaning of “criminal,” the meaning of “secure communities,” the meaning of “justice,” and the hypocrisy and counter-productivity of the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security policies on immigration. VamosTogether will continue these important discussions in upcoming articles.
We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can withstand the power of millions of voices calling for change.
-Barack Obama, January 8, 2008, after losing the New Hampshire Primary