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Inquiry Into Working Conditions for Immigrants Set!

Join us 4-6 PM Saturday, April 1, at Oak Cliff Methodist Church (Jefferson & Marsalis in Dallas) as we begin our inquiry into the working conditions of immigrants in North Texas. Panelists have begun to come forward, evidence is being collected, and immigrants with personal experiences are being solicited to testify.

Among the panelists will be:

State Representative Roberto Alonzo is one of the foremost Latino leaders in the state, and has been since he was in High School in Crystal City. Oak Cliff Methodist is within Alonzo's district.



Dr. Joerg Rieger, of the Perkins School of Theology at SMU. Dr. Rieger is just back from a trip to the Texas border area, where he investigated the situations of Maquiladora workers. Elsewhere on this site, Dr. Rieger talked about his experiences with religious leaders and community workers in Brazil








Tunde Obazee is a sindicated radio commentator who continues to work with Africans in their home countries and with those who have emigrated to the U.S.






Dr. Isabel DoCampo of the Perkins School of Theology at SMU has long been active with the Interfaith Committee on Worker Justice. She is pictured here during the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride in 2002.







Steve Dooley is a top organizer at ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. He has long experience in organizing low and middle-income workers.






Dr Ron Wilhelm of the University of North Texas has been an expert on Latin American affairs for decades. He has made numerable trips into Central America to talk with labor leaders, religious leaders, community organizers, and ordinary workers. Although Dr Wilhelm will not be available for the first of our inquiries, he will be an important resource for the entire investigation into working conditions for immigrants




After Jobs with Justice made our decision and began petitioning for fairness, we learned that we had boarded a fast-moving train. The Dallas Area Interfaith, the leading umbrella organization of religious groups in North Texas, had already scheduled a press conference favoring fair legislation in Congress. Click here for an account. We joined that press conference with our own Jobs with Justice statement. The statements of religious leaders were inspiring, particularly that of Lutheran Bishop Kevin S. Kanouse.

For updates about the situation in Congress, check the Catholic web site:

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