Events

Date/Time Event
01/17/2019
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Virginia Immigrant Advocacy Day
Suntrust Center, Richmond VA

VACOLAO – VIRGINIA LATINO/IMMIGRANT ADVOCACY DAY

Thursday, January 17, 2019, Richmond, Virginia (Scholarships available)

WHAT: Join the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO)’s annual Immigrant Advocacy Day to meet with elected representatives and advocate for legislation and issues important to Virginia’s immigrant communities. The top priorities of VACOLAO’s legislative agenda are: Driver’s License Access for all immigrants in Virginia, expanding in-state tuition for immigrant students regardless of their legal status, among other important legislation.

WHEN: Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. (We will provide light breakfast and lunch)

Transportation available from Falls Church. It will leave from 6066 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041 at 6:30am that morning. Please arrive by 6:15am. We will be returning to northern Virginia at 5:00pm.

WHERE: We will convene at 919 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219 (Tidewater Room) and will meet of our representatives at the new building of the Virginia General Assembly.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

Registration fee: $ 20.00. Please register here: https://2019vaimmigrantadovacyday.eventbrite.com

If you pay by check, please make payable to the order of VACOLAO and send us at 6066 Leesburg Pike, suite 520, Falls Church, VA 22041

SCHOLARSHIPS: Limited scholarship assistance is available to cover the event registration fee. To apply for a scholarship, please proceed with your registration and choose “scholarship”. Applications will be evaluated on a first-come first-serve basis.

CONTACT: Contact us at vacolao@gmail.com or by phone at 703-772-1555.

For more information, please visit www.vacolao.org

01/10/2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Legislative Advocacy Training on Upcoming Immigrant Advocacy Day
Legal Aid Justice Center, Falls Church VA

Legislative Advocacy Training on Upcoming Immigrant Advocacy Day.

WHAT: Every year before the Immigrant Advocacy Day, VACOLAO organizes a training where we provide information on our legislative agenda that we will be advocates for during the general assembly as well as provide tools on how to become an effective advocate with state elected officials. This meeting will also provide an overview of what to expect during the actual advocacy day in Richmond.

 WHERE: 6066 Leesburg Pike, suite 520, Falls Church, VA 22041

 WHEN: Thursday January 10 at 7pm-8:30pm

 REGISTRATION: https://goo.gl/forms/dmqGETeUmGfMUdC72

For more information: Please call 703-772-1555 or write us at vacolao@gmail.com

 

11/27/2018
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Information Session for Service Providers on Proposed Changes to Public Charge Rule and update on Immigration Issues 
Unitarian Universalist Church, Arlington VA

Information Session for Service Providers on Proposed Changes to Public Charge Rule and update on Immigration Issues 

WHAT: You are invited to a discussion on potential changes to the public charge rule and its impact on access to nutrition and healthcare programs.

On October 10th, DHS published a proposed rule change to the public charge determination made during immigration admittance proceedings. If enacted, the proposed rule change would expand the kinds of benefits deemed a public charge to include non-cash benefits such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and others.

This change would in practice force legal immigrants into a situation of choosing between feeding and providing healthcare for their families or preserving the ability to change to a more permanent status at some point in the future. These programs were designed to promote the health and welfare of children, the majority of whom are US citizens, and it is intolerable to jeopardize their lives in this way.

before the proposed rule was made public, news of the change has already had disastrous consequences for some legal immigrant families who are asking to be dropped from WIC, a federal nutrition program that provides parents of children including US citizens access to affordable formula, immunizations, and free health and nutrition classes. These programs were designed to help children and ensure their healthy development.

Come learn about the proposed rule change, the rule-making process and what you can do.

We will also provide an update on other immigration issues.

WHERE:  4444 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington 22204 (Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington)

WHEN: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 from 9:00 am to 11:00 a.m.

If you have questions, please email us at vacolao@gmail.com or call us at 703-772-1555.

REGISTER HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/RPKuOmo3c2aMhykr2

Organized by Legal Aid Justice Center’s Immigrant Advocacy Program and VACOLAO.

11/15/2018
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
9th Virginia Immigrant Advocates Summit
Annandale United Methodist Church, Annandale VA

9th Virginia Immigrant Advocates Summit

REGISTRATION OPEN

We are excited to announce that the registration for the 9th Virginia Immigrant Advocates Summit is now open.

The current administration has made drastic changes to immigration policy with an intent to detain and deport as many undocumented and documented immigrants as they can, separate families, and restrict future immigration into the country including those fleeing violence. We will be discussing all these changes at this year’s Summit as well as the changes to the political panorama at the state level and its impact on policies impacting immigrants and how the upcoming mid-term elections could affect immigration policy going forward.

We will also discuss ways to improve our collective advocacy efforts as we work to protect the rights of immigrant communities in Virginia.

We will be sending out a detailed event program soon.

WHEN: Thursday, November 15th 2018 from 8:30am to 5:00pm

WHERE: 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003 (Annandale United Methodist Church)

REGISTRATION: You can proceed with your registration at this link: https://9thvirginiaimmigrantsummit.eventbrite.com

COST: $ 35.00 plus a processing fee.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Limited scholarship assistance is available to cover the full event registration fee. To apply for a scholarship, please proceed with your registration and choose “scholarship”. Applications will be evaluated on a first-come first-serve basis.

PROGRAM: Please click at this link: http://vacolao.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Program-FINAL.-9th-VA-Immigrant-Summit.pdf

 

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Edgar Aranda-Yanoc at edgar@justice4all.org. or 703-772-1555.

We hope to see you at this year’s summit!

ORGANIZED BY: Legal Aid Justice Center’s Immigrant Advocacy Program (LAJC), Mason DREAMers, Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP), Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO), DREAMer Mothers in Action (DMIA), Just Neighbors, Centreville Immigration Forum, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), Herndon-Reston Indivisible Immigration Issues Committee, DMV Sanctuary Congregations Network, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia, Virginia Organizing (VO), Sin Barreras and Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington.

09/15/2018
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Taller Sobre Instrumentos de Equidad Racial
Arlington VA, Arlington VA

TALLERES SOBRE INSTRUMENTOS DE EQUIDAD

CUANDO: sábado 15 de 2018 (Desayuno estará disponible a las 8:30am)

EL ESPACIO ES LIMITADO.

QUIEN: Este taller está destinado solo para los miembros de las BASES de la comunidad Latina de Virginia.

PORQUE: Muchos de nuestros desafíos en la región de Washington, DC están arraigados en una larga historia de desigualdad e impactan desproporcionadamente a las comunidades de bajos ingresos y comunidades de color, incluyendo a los inmigrantes. Los de bajos ingresos y las comunidades de color continúan experimentando inequidades profundas y persistentes en la atención de su salud, ingresos, riqueza, infraestructura vecinal, vivienda asequible, empleo estable y educación. Los inmigrantes también están experimentando inseguridad con amenazas de deportación, falta de acceso a programas básicos de red de seguridad y prohibiciones de viajes. Lo que mantiene estas desigualdades en la salud y los resultados sociales es el racismo estructural. También creemos en la necesidad de crear políticas, programas y procesos que ayuden a compartir la prosperidad y darles a todos en la región la misma oportunidad de vivir una vida sana y digna.

OBJETIVOS: Los objetivos de los talleres son:

  • Participar en conversaciones sobre el racismo estructural y la equidad racial, practicando con herramientas y recursos
  • Fortalecer los conocimientos y las habilidades necesarias para elevar las voces comunitarias con el fin de influir en los responsables de tomar decisiones
  • Aplicar un análisis de equidad racial a asuntos comunitarios que podrían incluir la expansión de Medicaid, las licencias de conducir, la matrícula estatal, la inseguridad alimenticia y la dinámica de liderazgo en movimientos de justicia social. Inmediatamente después de la sesión, los participantes obtendrán herramientas que pueden usar para orientar su pensamiento estratégico y aplicarlas a su trabajo. Se requiere una participación previa en un taller de equidad racial.

Los talleres se realizarán en español.

LUGAR: El evento será en Arlington. La dirección exacta se le brindara una vez que se registre y verifiquemos su identidad.

REGISTRESE AQUÍ: https://goo.gl/forms/XtY5kzfYiT33V9pU2

PARA MAS INFORMACION CONTACTE A Edgar Aranda-Yanoc, Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations, edgar@vacolao.org, (703) 772-1555

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