In last week's election the majority of Americans rejected Trump's vision of hate and fear, instead affirming a return to the long-held American principles of diversity, inclusion and opportunity. On the heels of many historic wins, we are proud to announce that some of the biggest champions of immigrant and refugee communities will be with us at NIIC 2018.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA), both of whom won re-election last week, along with Congressman Luis Gutierrez (IL), newly elected Assemblymember Catalina Cruz (NY) and nationally renowned activist Linda Sarsour of the Women's March and MPowerChange will be among the featured speakers NIIC 2018.
Will you be there?
A former organizer and Founding Co-Chair of National Partnership for New Americans, Congresswoman Jayapal, was one of the first elected officials to speak out against the Muslim ban and in June, she was arrested for protesting against the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" approach to illegal immigration.
Along with her long record of defending working people, Senator Warren has been a staunch opponent of Trump's border separation policy and has visited children who were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border.
Congressman Gutierrez needs no introduction. He has been a staunch defender of immigrant rights in his 25 years in Congress and was a pivotal figure in the fight to implement Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. In 2019 the Congressman becomes a Senior Policy Adviser to NPNA.
Linda Sarsour co-chaired The Women's March and launched MPowerChange, a leading Muslim-led social and racial justice organization, and is a fierce advocate for our communities and in support of intersectional alliances.
Assemblymember-Elect Catalina Cruz will be the first former DREAMer to hold office in the NY State Assembly and is only the third to do so anywhere across the country. And NIIC will also include leaders like Delegate Kathy Tran, the first Asian to be elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, and Delegate Elizabeth Guzman, the first Latina to hold the job, and Mayor Wilmot Collins, a Liberian refugee who is the first Black person ever elected as Mayor in Montana. And the list goes on.
Join us and these visionary leaders at NIIC. Register today.
The election brought some big victories, and there is still much to be done to build a democracy that welcomes, uplifts and creates opportunity for all and advances our New American Dreams. Join us at NIIC in December.
---Becky Belcore, Co-Director, NAKASEC, NIIC Co-Host
---Gustavo Torres, Executive Director, CASA, NIIC Co-Host
---Joshua Hoyt, Executive Director, NPNA, NIIC Lead Host
---Eva Millona, Executive Director, MIRA, NIIC Executive Committee
---Steve Choi, Executive Director, NYIC, NIIC Executive Committee
---Sulma Arias, Immigration Field Director, FIRM, NIIC Executive Committee
P.S. There is still time to book your discounted NIIC hotel room. The deadline has extended to Nov 20, but don't delay!