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Wisconsin's Largest Gathering of Immigrant Leaders

Hundreds are expected to attend Voces de la Frontera's Annual Assembly to plan the fight for the clean Dream Act and the campaign against 287g in Waukesha and the anti-immigrant state bill AB190.


On Saturday, January 27th, Voces de la Frontera will hold their Annual Assembly to decide organizational goals and priorities for 2018. Registration begins at 9am, press is encouraged to be at the event between 10am and 11am

"This year's Annual Assembly is of grave importance," said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera. "We recently marked the one-year anniversary of Trump's inauguration. In the past two weeks we have seen raids in southeast Wisconsin targeting immigrant fathers who work in the dairy and restaurant industries. We have seen 800,000 Dreamers stripped of DACA protections and hundreds of thousands of refugees lose TPS protections. At the same time, we have seen tremendous solidarity, resistance, and local victories. At the assembly we will define the next stage of our struggle. As a member-based organizaiton, Voces has been able to rise to meet the current threat because of our commitment to democratic, collective organizing.

Hundreds of community members from Milwaukee and from Voces' 7 other chapters across the state are expected. Participants will evaluate 2017 work, celebrate victories, plan the fight for the clean Dream Act and the campaigns against 287g in Waukesha and the anti-immigrant state bill AB190, and discuss the 2018 elections. City of Milwaukee workers will also be present to help community members sign up for the Milwaukee ID, won through Voces' organizing in 2016.

Voces de la Frontera is Wisconsin's leading immigrant rights group - a grassroots organization that believes power comes from below and that people can overcome injustice to build a better world.