Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force/L.A.
P.O. Box 2329 / Los Angeles, CA 90078-2329
voice: 323.526.2915 / fax: 323.993.7653 / e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWSLETTER: APRIL 2000
Please join us on Wednesday, April 12 at 7 pm for Immigration Equality’s next general meeting. We will meet at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center (1625 North Schrader Boulevard in Hollywood, 2 blocks west of Cahuenga and ½ block south of Hollywood) in Room 204 (2nd floor). Look for signs and/or ask at the front desk for Room 204.
Our mailing list and hence, our mailing costs, have grown exponentially in the last few months. To lower costs, we need your help! If you can receive the newsletter by e-mail, please let us know your e-mail address. E-mail email@example.com with the information and we’ll update our listserve. If you do NOT have e-mail, let us know also (by calling Jeff Kim @ 323.993.7674) so that we can continue to mail you the newsletter. Thanks!
If you have fundraising ideas or are willing to host a house fundraising party, please contact us. Whether you have any experience in fundraising, or not, we could really use your help. Please e-mail or phone us.
Do you know that your financial contributions to LGIRTF are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE? Your financial support would greatly help us continue our educational outreach and fight for equality for LGBT immigrants, HIV+ immigrants and same-sex binational couples in the US. Immigration Equality is a COMPLETELY volunteer-run organization and depends greatly on contributions/donations. Make your check payable to LGIRTF and send it to Immigration Equality, PO Box 2329, Los Angeles CA 900078-2329.
We are always looking for volunteers to help us with mailings and outreach. If you have some time, please contact............
As of March 31, 2000, the "Permanent Partners Immigration Act of 2000" (H.R. 3650) has 24 co-sponsors! This bill is OUR chance to correct one of the many injustices done to gay U.S. citizens. This bill needs each and everybody's support! On our website (http://loveknowsnoborders.homepage.com) you'll find updated information. Please contact us to find out how you can help!
On February 14, 2000, Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced legislation in Congress that would provide to same-sex couples all the immigration benefits that accrue to legal spouses under current laws. U.S. citizens can sponsor their foreign national husbands or wives to immigrate on the basis of the spousal relationship. U.S. citizens in committed relationships with foreigners of the same sex, however, can not sponsor their partners, no matter how long the couple has been together nor how committed their relationship.
The United Kingdom, Canada, and South Africa are among 13 nations that already provide such benefits.
"Love Knows No Borders" campaign can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. LKNB’s web site—http://loveknowsnoborders.homepage.com--includes moving stories of many same-sex binational couples struggling with discriminatory U.S. immigration laws. We would also like to hear from our straight supporters!
IMMIGRATION RESOURCES AVAILABLE ON THE WEB
The Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force, our parent organization, has a website at http://www.lgirtf.org
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, which has an Asylum Project, is at http://www.iglhrc.org/
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the most prominent U.S. organization devoted to lesbian and gay legal issues, has a section of its website devoted to immigration at http://www.lambdalegal.org/
The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Immigration Law Project provides consultations with immigration attorneys in its evening legal clinic. For more information on making an appointment, see the “Legal Services” web page in http://www.laglc.org/resources/resource_index.html
The Cato Institute and the National Immigration Forum have placed the text of their 1995 report on demographic and economic facts of immigration in the U.S. on the web, at http://www.cato.org/pubs/policy_report/pr_immig.html
The National Immigration Forum has a website at http://www.immigrationforum.org/
The American Immigration Lawyers Association has a very useful website at http://www.aila.org/
The Stonewall Immigration Group, our sister organization in the United Kingdom, has a website at http://www.stonewall.org.uk/
The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) has its official website at http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/
The law firm of Suskind et al has launched a website which has copies of actual INS forms at http://www.visalaw.com/
The Canadian law firm of Smith & Hughes has an OUT/LAW immigration site at http://www.smith-hughes.com/olimm.html
The Queer Resources Directory, the oldest queer internet archive, has a section devoted to immigration at http://www.qrd.org/qrd/www/world/immigration
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M I S S I O N S T A T E M E N T
LGIRTF addresses the widespread discriminatory impact of immigration law on the lives of lesbians, gay men and people living with HIV/AIDS through education, outreach, advocacy, and the maintenance of a nationwide resources and support network.