In a span of nine weeks, The “Dollar-A-Person” National Immigration Reform AD Campaign raised over $73,000 from 14,000 individuals and 261 groups to place prominent ads in The Washington Post and The New York Times. A quarter-page ad appeared on the Federal Page of The Washington Post on October 19, 2005 and a full-page ad appeared in The New York Times on October 21, 2005.
“The ad is the first of its kind placed in major newspapers to demonstrate broad community support for comprehensive immigration reform,” said Courtni Pugh, president of the NAKASEC Action Fund, the organization that anchored the campaign. Ms. Pugh continued, “Across the country, immigrant rights, labor, faith-based, and business organization along with concerned constituents have rallied together to make our voices heard in Washington D.C.”
Please read below to learn more about our campiagn.
With an undocumented population of more than 10 million people, growing public awareness that the immigration system is broken and introduction of the bi-partisan McCain-Kennedy bill (Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act of 2005), immigrant communities have an unprecedented opportunity to make a difference in the enactment of comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) legislation in the coming year.
Our communities can lead the debate and ensure that any immigration reform bill that passes includes:
– A path to legal permanent residency for hard-working immigrants who are now forced to live and work in the shadows;
– Reform that reunite families by reducing the immigration backlogs;
– A plan to manage the future flow of migrant workers that is designed to prevent abuse and exploitation, and that allows those who grow roots here to eventually apply for permanent residency;
– Features that strengthen and protect worker rights so that our immigration laws can no longer be used as a tool to reduce wages and working standards;
Bullet Provisions to defend and protect immigrants’ civil liberties and civil rights; and
– Immigration relief for undocumented immigrant students who have grown up in this country and farmworkers whose work feed our nation.
About the Campaign
In an encouraging sign of unity, national and local organizations have come together to launch the National Immigration Reform Ad Campaign to generate funds and endorsements for the placement of a full page AD in the Washington Post. The AD will outline support for comprehensive immigration reform and that the McCain-Kennedy bill is an important step towards achieving this. Contributions from national and local organizations as well as community members through the Dollar-A-Person drive will cover the purchase of the AD.
The campaign will utilize the media to educate and draw attention to the American public and lawmakers on the need for CIR. By making a contribution, the AD represents a message from the American public to their elected representatives. Endorsements will be gathered late August/early September and the AD will be placed in September, 2005. A final copy of the AD will also be delivered to all Members of Congress and the White House.
The AD Campaign will enable immigrant communities to:
– Show broad national support for CIR
– Articulate clearly the kind of CIR communities want in legislation
– Mobilize to realize CIR legislation
National Immigration Reform Ad Campaign (2005)
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