Arkansas United was founded by Mireya Reith in 2010 after she was inspired by the passion and dedication of the DREAMer movement. Almost ten years later, Arkansas United carries on that spirit as they fight for an equitable and inclusive Arkansas for all.
SUCCESS IN 2019
In 2019, Arkansas United was part of many legislative successes. Thanks to Arkansas United and so many immigrants and allies across the state DACA recipients can now work as nurses in Arkansas and DACA recipients attending college are now eligible for in-state tuition rates, making the dream of higher education and meaningful employment a reality for many.
SETBACKS IN 2019
However, 2019 also saw some setbacks. SB 411, a blatantly anti-immigrant bill was passed, even though the governor of Arkansas said this just days before he signed it into law:
“[SB 411] would lead to profiling and indiscriminate questioning…This is contrary to the fundamentals of our Constitution.”
It’s not an exaggeration to say that immigrants in Arkansas will be under attack when this law goes into effect on January 1, 2020.
With your help, Arkansas United is ready to fight with the energy from past successes against the effects of past setbacks.
NEXT STEPS IN 2020
We intend to carry out a statewide Get Out The Vote and Get Out The Count Campaign to ensure that every immigrant voice is heard. We will also be educating everyone we meet on the dangers of SB 411 and how they can protect themselves from racial profiling through Know Your Rights Training.
Let’s be clear: The DACA Nurses Bill and DACA Tuition Equity were only possible because of supporters like you.
OUR GOALS, OUR PROMISE
Every dollar goes to organizing, educating, mobilizing, and advocating for immigrant rights in Arkansas. If we’re going to meet our goal of reaching almost 100,000 Arkansans in 2020, we’re going to need your help once more. What’s more, all donations given under the #LatinxGive campaign have a chance to be matched by Hispanics In Philanthropy, which means right now your support for these important initiatives could count DOUBLE!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Right now, you can give to this campaign with #LatinxGive and Hispanics In Philanthropy. With every $50, we can put an organizer in the field for an afternoon of voter registration. With every $100, we can fund a census drive in one of our seventeen local member committees. If you donate $250 we can hold a Know Your Rights training session anywhere and anytime we’re called upon. 2020 is going to be a big year. We can’t wait to get started, and we hope you’ll be right there with us. Remember, we are Arkansas United, and we are always #StrongerTogether!
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