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“No Match = No Sense” Action in LA, 10/3/2007

By September 28, 2007 No Comments

STOP SSA from using no-match letters as weapons against workers!
Please sign-on to the letter for California groups and join the action at the local SSA office in Los Angeles next week!

What: Press Event & Rally at Local SSA Office
Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: SSA office in Los Angeles, 4000 Wilshire Boulevard (@ Wilton)

Background
On August 31, 2007, a federal judge in San Francisco issued an order temporarily blocking the government from implementing the new Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) “no-match” rules. The order came in response to a lawsuit filed by the AFL-CIO, ACLU, NILC, and the Central Labor Council of Alameda County charging that the new DHS rules would threaten the jobs of US citizens and legally authorized workers due to errors and inaccuracies in the social security database. On Monday, October 1, a judge will hear arguments on whether to permanently bar implementation of the DHS rules.

We need to keep up the pressure on SSA to stop sending no-match letters to employers and to stop hijacking the social security database to use for immigration enforcement! If implemented, the new rules will result in massive firings, widespread discrimination at the workplace, and increased exploitation and abuse of workers.

What can you do
If you are based in California:
Please add your organization, union, or group as a signatory to the attached letter, urging SSA to stop sending no-match letters to employers. Please send your name and the organization’s name to rchakraborty@igc.org no later than next Tuesday, October 2 by 5 p.m.

If you are based in Southern California:
Please join us for a press event and rally at the local SSA office in Los Angeles next Wednesday, October 3 at 10 a.m.

Endorsers (list in formation)
ACLU of Southern California, ANSWER Coalition, Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Enlace, Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA), Koreatown Immigrant Workers Advocates (KIWA), Korean Resource Center (KRC), Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Multiethnic Immigrant Worker Organizing Network (MIWON), National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund, No More Sweatshops, Pilipino Workers Center, Strengthening Our Lives (SOL), Sweatshop Watch, and UNITE HERE.

For more information, please contact
Rini Chakraborty, Sweatshop Watch, 213.252.5945, ext. 1, rchakraborty@igc.org
Sookyung Oh, NAKASEC, 323.937.3703, ext. 206, soh@nakasec.org
Liz Sunwoo, MIWON, 213-550-6042, liz@miwon.org