What a difference a year makes!
A new Congress, a Democrat majority and the first woman speaker in the House of Representatives!
This time last year, the anti-immigrant faction had the upper hand in Congress and we were just beginning to mobilise the Irish.
This year, everyone in Congress knows the Irish are in the immigration battle , and, even better, the American voters voted a resounding NO to the anti-immigrant faction.
This could be the year we've been waiting for; the year of comprehensive immigration reform.
On March 7, the ILIR will be going back to Washington to make our case to Congress. Between now and then we will be holding several events in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
The ILIR will be holding a major rally in San Francisco on Thursday Feb 1 at the United Irish Cultural Center 7.30pm (2700 45th Ave @ Sloat).
The Irish Center is right in the middle of the new Speaker Pelosi's district. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take our case right to the door of the most powerful person in the House of Representatives.
Please urge everyone you know who lives near San Francisco to attend.
There are plenty of ILIR meetings and fundraisers for DC taking place in early 2007, so please save the following dates or email firstname.lastname@example.org for detailsSat Jan 13 Yonkers Fundraiser "Culchie of the Year"
Thurs Feb 1 San Francisco Rally
Fri Mar 2 NY Dinner Dance
TBA Boston Dinner Dance
TBA Philadelphia Fundraiser/Meeting
TBA Chicago Fundraiser/Meeting
Weds Mar 7 Washington National Lobby Day
2007 is the year we can make it happen.