Microchips implanted in undocumented immigrants? Landmines on the border? Those are some of the outrageous things that candidates for public office were calling for during the last election. Others used stereotypical and menacing images of Latinos in their campaign ads.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t stopped. Elected official after elected official and state after state seem to be playing a game of “Can you top this?” in fashioning extreme, draconian proposals against the immigrant and Latino communities. Legislation under consideration in several states now include taking citizenship away from U.S.-born children, eliminating ethnic studies programs, having emergency rooms ask for the immigration status of patients before they are treated, and forcing schools to report students without papers to the police.
What was once unthinkable is now on the table, and it’s time for us to take a stand. That’s why Ozomatli and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) are joining forces once again to launch a new campaign: Pledge for Respect. On March 9, Ozomatli addressed Latino leaders at the 2011 NCLR National Latino Advocacy Days in Washington, DC to introduce them to the campaign. On March 10, those hundreds of leaders visited their members of Congress and asked them to sign a pledge to respect the Latino community.
You can participate in the campaign even if you aren’t in DC! Join NCLR, Ozomatli, and Latino leaders and ask your members of Congress to sign today. Just enter your information here to send letters to your senators and representative encouraging them to sign the Pledge for Respect.
It’s time to tell Congress that we won’t stand for this anymore. We need to know who is with us and who is against us!