WUFT News

Group to hold organizing meeting for immigration reform coalition in Alachua County

By on April 18th, 2013

Gainesville Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice will hold an organizing meeting  to form a coalition for immigration reform.

The group will meet Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church Meeting House, located at 1236 NW 18th Ave.

“This will be our first effort at organizing in Alachua County,” said Richard MacMaster, spokesman for the alliance.

He said the goal of the meeting is to bring a lot of people to the table in the hopes of discussing the common goal of immigration reform.

“We hope to have a good cross section of the community of people from different groups and different groups that don’t perhaps always work together, but who agree on the need for immigration reform,” MacMaster said.

Edwin Enciso, an organizer with Comprehensive Immigration Reform Now!, will be traveling from Ybor City to help the group plan for action.

Enciso has been working with other areas in the 3rd District and has been doing organizational work for immigration reform for some time, MacMaster said.

Ultimately, the group hopes to host an immigration summit in Gainesville and to have Congressman Ted Yoho — who represents the 3rd District — attend.

MacMaster said the time has come to work on immigration reform.

“We can’t just continue to sweep it under the table and say, ‘Well, it’ll be something we can deal with some other time,'” he said. “There needs to be a path to citizenship for those who want it.”

Michal Higdon reported for WUFT-FM.


This entry was posted in Local and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Local

Bo Diddley One

Tallahassee Homeless Ordinance Creates Conversation In Gainesville

A potential ordinance in Tallahassee, which would strictly limit the presence of homeless people in public places, was discussed Friday. Some Gainesville officials are advocating for a more collaborative way to address the issue.


The band members of Guts, from left to right: Kara Smith, bass and vocals; Samantha Jones, guitar, bass, drums and vocals; Kentucky Costellow, drums; and Rebecca Butler, keys and tenor ukulele. Guts plays for campers in the Gainesville Girls Rock Camp on Friday after lunch. The camp, which is in its third year, focuses on using music to empower young girls. Christine Preston / WUFT News

Rock Camp Empowers Young Girls In Gainesville

The Gainesville Girls Rock Camp uses music to empower young girls and teens. Girls gain self-confidence throughout the program and learn to encourage each another.


Signs indicating unsafe levels of bacteria in Hogtown Creek were posted in June, according to Linda Demetropoulos, nature manager of the city of Gainesville Parks Department. Visitors can find these signs around various areas of local parks.

Hogtown Creek Bacteria Levels Unsafe For Human Use

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department has found unsafe levels of bacteria in Hogtown Creek waters.


I-75 at MM385 is backed up due to manhunt. Photo via @GACSmarttraffic.

I-75 Shut Down After Trooper Involved In Shooting

Update 7/27/2015 at 7:15 p.m.: The suspect has been identified as Earl Jackson, according to a news release from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.


Kristen Hadeed, founder of Student Maid, and Rich Blaser, co-founder of Infinite Energy, explain how Josh impacted the start-up community in Gainesville. They were part of a group of young entrepreneurs in Gainesville who met monthly to discuss their work.

Memorial Held for Gainesville Entrepreneur

A memorial for Josh Greenberg, the co-founder of music streaming service Grooveshark, was held Friday evening at the Phillips Center. He was found dead in his home July 19.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments