If you’ve been following the immigration issue locally, you’ve seen the same kind of divisive rhetoric used against these communities in Loudoun as has been directed against the GLBT community in the recent past. (Yes, the more temperate spokesmen insist that this is only about illegal immigrants, sort of like when the more temperate anti-gay spokesmen insist that our existence isn’t the problem – it’s the “gay agenda”. But when the more candid complaints about salsa music and the racial epithets begin, that claim suddenly seems less credible.)
The ‘gay boogeyman’ strategy for motivating voters has been used at our expense over and over, with African-American churches on marriage equality and hate crimes legislation, with appeals to ‘traditional values’ in the Muslim community, and on and on. This divide-and-conquer nonsense needs to end. How about ending it here and now?
An afternoon of fun and friendship – and civic awareness – and it’s FREE!
Voter Registration * Electoral Education * Solidarity
Sunday, September 23, 2007, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Algonkian Regional Park – Shelter 1
(47001 Fairway Drive, Sterling, Virginia 20165)
Algonkian Regional Park is located 3 miles north of Rt. 7 on Cascades Parkway.
American Dream Alliance is a body of individuals, organizations and businesses which share the vision of a Virginia welcoming to all and actively engaged in creating an inclusive Commonwealth. The mission of the Alliance is to support New Americans in Virginia by creating a welcoming and positive environment for all people through dialogue and reconciliation that will transform our neighborhoods and communities with a spirit of inclusiveness offering everyone an equal opportunity to live the American dream.
Participants: Asian American Justice Center, Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, El Pueblo Unido, Equality Loudoun, La Voz de Loudoun, LULAC-VA, NAACP Loudoun, National Capital Immigration Coalition (NCIC), Tenants and Workers United, Unity in the Community, Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO)”¦
Sponsor: Virginia Muslim Political Action Committee (VMPAC). Contact: Mukit Hossain at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-507-7223
If you are a registered voter, please bring your voter registration card and enter a raffle to win a mystery prize!