The next meeting of the Board of the Community of Friends in Action will be on Thursday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Leonia. In addition to the regular business meeting, the session will include a presentation by Johanna Calle, Executive Director of a new immigrants rights organization, the NJ Alliance for Immigrant Justice (NJAIJ).
The NJAIJ is a coalition of immigrant advocacy groups, labor unions, and other organizations. As of this date there are at least 20 organizations in the coalition. Currently the goals of the coalition are to share information about the Obama Executive Action on Immigration, and to let people know about initiatives that could be passed at the state and local level that would be helpful to immigrants. One of these that would be extremely valuable would be the provision of valid drivers licenses to immigrants without Social Security numbers. Several states already provide such licenses, and, working together, a coalition of New Jersey groups could have a major impact on legislators to achieve this goal.
CoFiA is considering becoming a member of the coalition. Please join us to participate in the discussion and the decision. All welcome. To learn more about NJ Alliance for Immigrant Justice go to www.NJimmigrantjustice.org.