ALERTS: Republicans Sponsor LIVE-IN-SIN Bill

Or it could be called the “Cobble the Michigan Wedding Industry Act.” Either way if you think our government should intrude in our lives more, this bill’s for you.

Sponsored by almost two dozen of our state’s Repub legislators. HB 4414 / SB 257 will definitely make it harder for folks to get married in Michigan. Thinking of coming to Michigan to get married? Think again. Divorced and wanting to get married again? You may want to re-consider. Outlive your spouse and want to wed anew? Prepare to jump the broomstick and through hoops. Foreign nationals wanting to wed? You’ve got a constitutional right, but the Republiecan legislators just say NO!

It used to be you just had to be of age, and prove it, just a birth certificate and you’re on your way to wedded bliss. Now the Teapublicons are demanding, in addition to your birth certificate, your Social Security card, a Certificate of Death (of your spouse) if you are a widow or widower, a Certified copy of a Judgment of Divorce if you’re a divorcee, a Naturalization Certificate if you’re a naturalized citizen, and either your driver’s license, state I.D., or your passport. Guess that’s how Repubs streamline government and get it out of our lives.

But wait, there’s more. If you’re a foreign national you will need a valid work visa, or student visa, or foreign passport with a valid visa.

“But wait a second, is this legal?” Well it sure ain’t constitutional, but that didn’t stop them. These legislators need to pander to the racist, extremist wing of their party. Just because it’s stupid, wasteful, and unconstitutional doesn’t mean they’ll reconsider. Not until they’ve spent a bundle of our money fighting this one all the way to the Supreme Court. After all, they got into office, so now we have to sit back and take whatever dumb, hateful thing they try to pass, right? Wrong!

We can let them know how we feel about a bill that may push more people to live together without benefit of marriage. We can let them know how we feel about damaging the Michigan wedding industry. We can let them know how we feel about spending $ millions of our hard-earned money implementing these changes, and on possible court fees. And we can let them know how we feel about them discriminating against our good friends, family members, and neighbors who happen to be foreign nationals. Let them know. Contact your state Representative and Senator now, before this legislation passes, and it’s too late.

March 22nd, 2011

Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (WICIR) is a project of the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, Ypsilanti. Read more about WICIR here.

ALERTS: RALLY  Join Us, Stand Up Tonight!

“Coming Together for a Better Detroit.” Our allies will be addressing important community issues, including youth violence, housing, school reform, and the civil rights of immigrants. It’s time to end the random stops of Latino and Arab-American residents by Border Patrol and local police. Tonight, we’re taking the first step. We need *you* to demonstrate our power and commitment. Please wear white, and bring your friends!
WHEN: Today, Tuesday, March 22nd, 5:30 PM
WHERE: Greater Faith Apostolic Temple
4735 West Fort Street, Detroit, MI
WHO: Ryan, Jonathan, the AIR Team, AND YOU!
Text JUSTICE to 69866 for instant updates!
March 21st, 2011

Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (WICIR) is a project of the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, Ypsilanti. Read more about WICIR here.

ALERTS: Fight Another Bad Bill in Michigan

HB 4388 — Amendments to the Social Welfare Act of 1939 is a bad bill for Michigan. It is wasteful, confusing, redundant, and morally wrong. Further it may violate current federal and state law and policy, and potentially endanger all of the federal funding contributed to Michigan’s public benefits programs. What on earth could possibly justify passing a bad law like this? Simple: it is anti-immigrant. In the minds of the racist Michigan congresspeople who have signed on to this bill there must be some race-hate-for-votes calculus that allows them to support this type of legislation. Get the facts, read more here, then write to your congressperson to make sure this bill doesn’t become law.

March 19th, 2011

Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (WICIR) is a project of the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, Ypsilanti. Read more about WICIR here.

ALERTS: Demand KS Rep. Peck’s Resignation

At a recent legislative budget hearing Kansas State Representative Virgil Peck said, “It looks like to me if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works maybe we have found a [solution] to our illegal immigration problem.”

Since 2003, we’ve seen a 40% increase in hate crimes against Latinos, and the Southern Poverty Law Center just released a new study that counted 1,002 active hate groups in the United States in 2010—a 40% increase from 2009.  It’s in this environment that the shocking murder of Brisenia Flores took place. Clearly, this violence-promoting hate talk is to blame for most of the increase in hate crimes. We cannot be silent. We must stand strong against these atrocities.

This man should be in jail, not in public office. Please do your civic duty and sign the petition to force him to resign. It will take all of the signatures that we can gather, so tell all your friends and family to sign it too.
March 9th, 2011

Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (WICIR) is a project of the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, Ypsilanti. Read more about WICIR here.

ALERTS: Undocumented & Unafraid : Rally and March

For years anti-immigrants have told the stories for thousands of undocumented students. These students have been told to keep their status a secret as they see their stories being exaggerated and made-up. Recently, Arizona style legislation has been proposed in Michigan. Undocumented students can no longer afford to live behind the shadows and have their stories told for them. A group of undocumented students from Michigan will come out of the shadows and tell their stories…their real stories, no exaggeration or lies. They are no longer afraid and will not have their lives dictated by Arizona style legislation. They are undocumented and unafraid. Please come join us and stand in solidarity!


Durante muchos años los anti-inmigrantes han contado las historias de miles de estudiantes indocumentados. A estos estudiantes les han dicho que deben mantener su estatus legal en secreto mientras ven como otras personas exageran e inventan sus historias. Recientemente, una legislación al estilo de la de Arizona fue propuesta en Michigan. Los estudiantes indocumentados ya no pueden seguir viviendo en las sombras y dejando que otros cuenten sus historias. Un grupo de estudiantes indocumentados de Michigan saldrá de las sombras y contaran sus historias… sus verdaderas historias sin exageraciones ni mentiras. Ya no tienen miedo y no dejaran que sus vidas sean dictadas por legislaciones como la de Arizona. Son indocumentados y sin miedo. Por favor, únase a nosotros y acompáñenos en solidaridad.

Where: Spirit of Detroit      2 Woodward Ave Detroit, MI

When: Tuesday, March 15 · 2:00pm – 4:00pm

What: A group of undocumented students from Michigan will come out of the shadows and tell their stories. They are no longer afraid and will not have their lives dictated by Arizona style legislation. They are undocumented and unafraid.

Contact: Dayanna 313-319-5524 or Jose 313-721-5056         Email:

Bus to Downtown Detroit Departs @ Clark Park in front of Western Int High School 1:30PM. $5 to get on Bus / $20 with T-shirt & Bus Ride

ALERTS: Help Us Help People in Haiti

March 7th, 2011

Join us at the 2nd Annual Pilar’s Outreach for Haiti. We are a group of local individuals and small business owners joining forces with Pilar’s Cafe in hopes of helping to alleviate suffering for the people of Haiti. Last year we were moved by the devastation of Haiti’s earthquake and organized Pilar’s Outreach for Haiti, a benefit that mobilized community support and raised $8000 for earthquake victims.  This year, with chronic malnutrition and inadequate health services compounded by a cholera epidemic and over a million displaced people living in tents, we are compelled once again to take action on behalf of our fellow brothers and sisters in Haiti.

  • Where: First United Methodist Church, 209 Washtenaw Avenue, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
  • When: Friday, March 25th, 2011, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
  • What: dinner prepared by Pilar’s, live dance music by Los Gatos, a silent auction, and children’s activities
  • How: Get your tickets ahead of time ($15/adults; $5/kids) at Pilar’s Café located at 2261 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI

Proceeds from this event will go to Partners in Health (PIH), a
501(c)(3) non-profit organization, on the ground in Haiti for over twenty years, 94% of their budget goes directly to serving Haitians utilizing a community empowerment model. In their own words, “We must continue to highlight the plight of the urban and rural poor throughout Haiti whose struggle against poverty and injustice pre-dated the earthquake and has been made immeasurably more difficult by the disaster.”

Please join us in our efforts to raise $10,000 for Partners in Health. In order to make this event, and more importantly, this fundraising effort, a huge success, we are seeking sponsors to commit to one or any combination of the following:

  • Cash donations to Partners in Health
  • Matching-fund sponsors
  • Ingredients for our dinner
  • Items for our silent auction

In appreciation of your tax deductable donation (tax id # 04-3567502), your business will be included in a special section of our program. We are extremely grateful for your time, consideration and generosity.

If you have questions or to make your donation, please contact us
at: 734-829-9978 or


March 3rd, 2011

Yes you can do it. Now!

Please let your opinion be known about the proposed anti-immigrant (racist) bill that is awaiting a vote in Michigan’s house. Read the article in the then vote in the poll at the bottom of the page. Do we want the U.S.A. to turn into something like this…

ALERTS: Go To Lansing: Speak Up

March 1st, 2011

Stand Against Racist Bill: HB 4305

Here’s what you can do to fight this injustice:

  1. Tuesday, 3/1/11, @ 11:00 in Rm 424 of the Michigan State Capitol, join the clergy-led press conference sponsored by AIR (Alliance for Immigrant Rights and Reform). We urge all WICIR members and friends to attend this important meeting to show our opposition to HB 3205 this Bill.
  2. Wednesday 03/02/2011: call and fax Gov. Snyder’s office to urge him to to block this bill in its early stages or veto it if it reaches his desk.

ALERTS: Michigan Isn’t Arizona

February 28th, 2011

Stand Against HB 4305

Last week a group of anti-immigrant legislators introduced Michigan’s own version of Arizona’s controversial racial profiling law – House Bill 4305. Here are some reasons we must act today to stop this racist bill:

  • It would require local police to do a job they didn’t apply for and haven’t been trained for: immigration enforcement.
  • It would require aggressive racial profiling of Michiganders. In fact it would allow for legal suits being brought against our police if they weren’t racially profiling aggressively enough.
  • It would increase expenses for taxpayers
  • It would decrease our police officers’ effectiveness in doing the job they were trained to do since it would take them away from doing that job.

Governor Snyder has said he wants to attract immigrants and entrepreneurs to Michigan to boost our economy – but HB 4305 would drive them away.

Tell Governor Snyder to promise to veto HB 4305.

Governor Snyder wants Michigan to be a place where immigrants feel welcome, but HB 4305 is a direct assault on the immigrant community. Our economy will never recover if we drive off entrepreneurs and throw away tax dollars defending racial profiling laws.

ALERTS: MI Reps. Push Racist Law

February 23rd, 2011

You’re driving home one day and you hear a siren behind you. You see the flashing light of a police car so you stop.

Officer: “License and registration please.”
You: “What is this about, officer?”
Officer: “I’d like to see your license and registration, now.”
You: “Did I break a law? Why did you pull me over.”
Officer: “I have reason to suspect that you are in this country illegally.”
You: “What reason?”
Officer: “License and registration please.”

Michigan Representatives Dave Agema, Thomas Hooker, Peter Pettalia, Bob Genetski, Ray Franz, Matt Huuki, Marty Knollenberg, Joel Johnson, Anthony Forlini, Ben Glardon, Dale W. Zorn, Phillip Potvin, Paul Opsommer, Kurt Damrow, Bill Rogers, Matt Lori, and Paul Scott aren’t giving police officers much to go on. Just the message that there are some people who “should reasonably be suspected of being unlawfully present in the United States.” But we know what they want, they want police officers to target people of color in anti-immigration sweeps. It’s racism pure and simple, and it has no place in Michigan law. But we can stop them. Here’s how.