Immigrant rights are human rights.
That’s right. We said it. And we believe it. There is no such thing as “immigrant rights.”
There are only human rights for all — and that includes immigrants. RITA is beyond immigration because we fight for a better U.S. for every one. It starts now and it starts in Texas.
We learned during the fight to keep Arizona out of Texas in 2011 that we cannot just fight as immigrants for immigrants. Our communities, our neighborhoods and our families are more than that. We are Texans, workers, business owners, teachers, students and a whole lot more. We won that battle because we showed Texas that anti-immigrant laws don’t stop at hurting immigrants, but that they actually hurt every person who calls Texas home.
Armed with this truth, the vast RITA network is embarking on a process to create a community agenda for Texas rooted in the best traditions of the U.S. — a process that is democratic and by the people.
This U.S. movement for human rights is strong in Texas, but it is also strong in the Northeast, which is why RITA has joined forces with communities across the country who are part of the Human Rights at Home (HuRAH) campaign.
This is the Voices from the Human Rights at Home Campaign Organizing Video that was presented at the Austin Human Rights Convention on Saturday, September 1, 2012.
The Human Rights at Home Campaign (HuRAH) arose out of the need for a national effort to achieve greater U.S. accountability to all human rights. HuRAH is an initiative that brings together diverse communities across the country in alliance with national human and civil rights organizations. HuRAH is currently building a community agenda to address the abusive economic and political structures we all face, and demand new social systems that democratize power and wealth and ensure human dignity, freedom and equality.
For further information on the Human Rights at Home Campaign (HuRAH) please contact hurah AT bnhr.org.
To ignite the movement, a series of human rights conventions are happening right now across Texas and across the country.
Check out photos from recent HuRAH events in Texas organized by RITA and in the Northeast organized by our partners in New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Maryland.