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Amalgamated Bank and We Are One N.J. Team Up to Make Citizenship Easier for Aspiring Americans

Amalgamated Bank and We Are One N.J. Team Up to Make Citizenship Easier for Aspiring Americans

Amalgamated Bank, the largest majority union-owned bank in the United States, is teaming up with We Are One New Jersey to make it easier for aspiring Americans to apply for U.S. citizenship.  The new program will offer short-term, low-interest loans to legal U.S. residents who are unable to afford the $680 citizenship application fee. Borrowers will be offered below market interest rates and will have six months to repay the loans. We Are One New Jersey will offer the loan applications at their centers in Hudson and Union counties in May.  

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New Jersey’s First Labor-Led Naturalization Center Empowers Immigrants, New Voters

New Jersey’s First Labor-Led Naturalization Center Empowers Immigrants, New Voters

The AFL-CIO’s national campaign to build stronger communities by empowering eligible immigrants to become citizens and fully engage in the democratic process has become a reality in New Jersey, with the opening of the state’s first labor-led naturalization and community center.

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AFL-CIO's Gebre Inspires Immigrant Voters in Denver

AFL-CIO's Gebre Inspires Immigrant Voters in Denver

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre joined community leaders and immigrant voters in Denver on Wednesday to remind workers of the importance of voting in this year's elections. Gebre, the labor federation's first immigrant executive officer, visited Colorado as part of an action to encourage immigrant voters and workers to support working family candidates.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Building Democracy on Citizenship Day

Building Democracy on Citizenship Day

On Saturday’s Citizenship Day 2014, the AFL-CIO and the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) will help eligible immigrant workers across the country become U.S. citizens. AFL-CIO locals will assist NPNA in putting on some of their large-scale naturalization workshops in 15 cities around the nation.

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Through Art, Inside Out/11m Celebrates Nation’s Legacy of Immigration

Inside Out photo

There is no single face that makes up the American portrait. A true picture of the nation is made of a wide and diverse population, almost all of whose families at one time were immigrants.  

Now a unique three-day, outdoor art exhibit in Washington, D.C., will celebrate America’s history of immigration and rally support for a road map to citizenship for our neighbors, friends, co-workers and loved ones.

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From Housekeeper to City Council: Help Tell Carmen’s Story

Carmen Castillo is a UNITE HERE union steward, immigrant and 19-year veteran hotel housekeeper. In November 2011, the single mother of three from the Dominican Republic won election to the Providence, R.I., City Council. Since then filmmaker Margo Guernsey and her crew have been following Castillo at home, work, on the council and in the community.

 

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Early Reports in on May Day Actions for Workers' and Immigrant Rights

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO photo

Several major May Day/International Workers' Day marches and rallies—especially in Los Angeles and Las Vegas—are set for late afternoon and early evening start times. But here’s a quick look at some updates from May Day events and tweets from the day’s early actions.

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Faith, Labor Communities United in Family-Focused Immigration Policy Reform

Photo courtesy of the We Belong Together campaign Facebook page.

With reports that comprehensive immigration reform legislation being shaped by the U.S. Senate’s “Gang of Eight” may reduce the number of family visas for aspiring citizens, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and a group of faith leaders today reiterated that family reunification is a core tenet of creating a commonsense immigration process.

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Labor and Immigrant Groups Can Move Forward Together

One of the most oft-repeated lessons of the 2012 election is that America's growing population of immigrants is a force to be reckoned with. While many of us in the labor movement have known this for a long time, recently released figures drive this lesson home—bucking the national trend, California has witnessed rising union membership largely due to organizing drives in sectors with high immigrant populations, including home care aides, car wash workers and scientific researchers. This powerful partnership between the labor and immigrant communities is key to strengthening the worker's rights movement and will be a major factor in immigration reform.

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