Steps to create a movement–#2 form groups and coalitions

This is the second in a series on creating a grassroots movement for immigration reform.   Of course, this group formation is already happening and organizations concerned about immigration are proliferating throughout the country.   There are old established groups like FAIR (now a distinguished hate group), NumbersUSA, Grassfire and so on.  Then there are little state and local groups.  In Maryland the grassroots group, Help Save Maryland, is on a roll and starting local chapters throughout the state.  I suspect the same is happening from coast to coast.  

It’s the local groups that are of interest to me here.  In Step 1 (research) I pointed out the importance of getting your facts which you will use in various parts of this campaign, but it’s especially important for the group formation stage.   You want to lead your fellow citizens and they will want to know that you know what you are talking about before they will follow.

Find like-minded people by talking to the people around you, in your neighborhood, town, at work.  You will be surprised how many people across the whole political spectrum feel the way you do about the need for immigration reform.  So, talk!  Start sharing information about the issue and about the situation in your town or city.  Identify those who are an impediment to reform and gather facts about the individuals, elected officials and groups that are blocking reform.

Have small meetings in peoples’ homes and make friends.  This is very important because it’s going to get rough when the opposition attempts to divide you by tactics like the “racist” namecalling and you will need the moral support of your new friends.

Choose some reasonable political goals and divide the work load.    Remember this is not about you, it’s about changing America, or better still restoring America.

I’ll talk more about the group action in coming posts on creating a movement, but do want to make this last point before this gets too long and no one reads it.

The more groups there are, the better off we will be!   Look at the Enviromental movement as an example.  There are hundreds and hundreds of groups promoting environmentalism across a wide spectrum and every one, large and small, has its own issues and concerns.  Sometimes they get down and dirty with each other, but they all march in the same general direction.  And, when the big issues come along, such as an important bill in Congress, they will meet and plan joint strategies.  The message they send out is tailored to the interests of their members but it is generally the same message.

We need  now to build coalitions.   We need to continue our individual group projects, then groups large and small need to be connected so that communication can happen quickly.  Someone needs to pull together, in one location, contact info. for all the groups, local, state and national (and don’t forget to link individual activists who might not have formed a group).     Obviously when action is needed the word goes out and each group contact person sends the message to its members.  

And, finally don’t forget to form coalitions with groups that have a tangential interest in immigration reform.  Groups that come to mind are taxpayer groups, groups concerned with the spread of radical Islam, gun owner groups and so on.

Note:  We have a new category called ‘creating a movement’.

They are really cranking up the “racist” labeling machine

Update  January 22, 2008:  Here is FAIR’s response to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The extreme leftwing Southern Poverty Law Center last month gave one of its most distinguished awards for racism to The Federation for America Immigration Reform (FAIR) by placing this old established group on its “Hate groups” list.   (Hat tip:  Dennis)

Dec. 11, 2007 — The country’s leading anti-immigration organization — whose leaders have testified repeatedly before Congress and are frequently quoted in the media — has ties to known racists and a long track record of bigotry, according to a new report released today by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).


The SPLC today added FAIR to its list of hate groups operating in the United States.

I went to FAIR’s meeting this past fall, and no offense FAIR, but I thought it was populated by kind of a reserved,  old-line, well-connected group of men and women from a broad spectrum of America— even included some grassroots activists from the environmental movement.  I had no idea I was among a bunch of radical, xenophobic, hate-mongering racists.  Wow!     

Since we are talking about the “R” word, check out Jerry Gordon at the American Congress for Truth for the story on the Florida Seminole Chronicle calling the United America Committee (UAC) “racist.”    And, then the really funny thing is that the newspaper chickened out and took its comment section down when they started getting flooded with comments criticizing the newspaper for trying to silence people with the racist label.

If after you read the ACT post and wish to let the Seminole Chronicle know that the “racist” name-calling isn’t going to silence you e-mail    But, be polite about it!

I think I smell a rat!  The extreme leftwing thinks that it can silence us by that old name-calling tactic and they have obviously begun some sort of orchestrated talking points campaign.    If you are one of millions of Americans who want to see immigration policy reformed in this country, get ready to be called names.  Lets have a little fun with it.  I’m not very clever with names but lets have an award of sorts, maybe an honor roll.  If you or your group is called a “racist” in print (“bigot” will count too) send it to us and we will place you on the honor roll.    Suggestions for names for this distinguished award?

Afghan refugees being pushed out of Iran

Here is an article that puzzled me.   It seems that millions of Afghans left Afghanistan, some at least 25 years ago, and sought refuge in Iran.  Now Iran wants them all out.  Many have voluntarily returned to Afghanistan but Kabul isn’t ready for a huge wave all at once.    What really caught my eye was the last couple of lines in the story.

Since 2002, some 4 million refugees have returned to Afghanistan under a coordinated voluntary repatriation of refugees from Iran and Pakistan. They receive limited assistance from the UNHCR to resettle in their homeland.

Why would the UNHCR (United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees) not help these people, especially since the UN has such a cozy relationship with the Ahmadinijad regime (or is that just all about embarassing the US with speeches)?     Here are my guesses:

a) Helping the Afghanis go home would indicate their homeland is improving since the US pushed the Taliban into the mountains.  Giving the US any credit is not part of the UN agenda.

b) There are no big bucks involved from a guilt ridden country.  Can’t soak the US taxpayer for this as they are for the Iraqi displaced persons.

c)  They would be moving Muslim refugees from one Muslim country to another instead of moving Muslims to the west.

d)  The UN is afraid of Iran.

Maybe its a combination of all the above?   I invite our readers to suggest your guesses, or if you know the answer tell us!