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Florida Politicians Vote Against Drivers License Bill – We Continue Fighting Back!

– Alicia Gazga


Raíces in Tampa has struggled the past two years for all undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in Florida; we had meetings with members of the city council of the City of Tampa. Then got together with five of the seven members who seemed very supportive of the idea of ​​giving licenses to the undocumented, they privately, told us they would sign our resolution showing their support. When we finally attended a City Council Meeting and put our drivers license resolution up to a vote, the City Council acted as if Raíces in Tampa did not know we were talking, typical politicians! They lied by saying they had never seen our resolution and when confronted with having them show support – they backed out. As Raíces in Tampa we understand how City Council will take to opportunism and be against the people of their own city (undocumented or not).

As recently as April 2015, City Council and Tampa City Mayor Bob Buckhorn publicly SIGNED their support in favor of DAPA (the November 2014 executive action of the President)! Time and time again, City Council members like Charlie Miranda have said that City Council cannot and would not support anything outside of the “power of City Council” – giving the excuse that a State of Florida matter was outside of their jurisdiction and even further, that licenses should be attacked through a national angle. But with the recent DAPA support they both signed, they very publicly acknowledge that they INDEED DO have the ability to sign their support in areas outside of the City of Tampa. Raíces in Tampa agrees that supporting DACA and DAPA is a great step for Tampa and Florida, but why are Bob Buckhorn and City Council remaining silent and not supportive of licenses? Their logic makes no sense and their behavior contradicts their own excuses! Raíces in Tampa demands they both do something locally, NOT give us more excuses.

In Tallahassee last week politicians voted against the SB300 bill that would give driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants in Florida, and while some say the law was for “safer roads”, Raíces in Tampa continues in the overall struggle for equality! We demand drivers licenses for all of the undocumented immigrants in Florida! The problem is not unsafe roads, we the undocumented, are not the ones who make roads unsafe! The government and politicians can not cover the sun with a finger and attempt to make us think we cannot see through their lies and excuses. Drivers licenses are a basic necessity; to go to work with our heads held high, having an ID to say ‘I am valid’, take our children to school, go to church, all without fear! We demand liberation and equality, not repression and deportations.

SB300 died this year but that does not mean Raíces in Tampa will stop fighting, we will continue pressuring the City of Tampa to support us and the undocumented, we will continue collecting signatures and seeking support from our city. We will continue pressuring Mayor Bob Buckhorn. We want legalization for all and drivers licenses in the state of Florida. Please follow us as we plan our next steps for licenses. Yes we can!

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Raíces en Tampa Event! Stop the Heartbreak – Feb 14th


Our speaker panel will be starring Chicano and Civil Rights leader Carlos Montes of Los Angeles. California State just started issuing driver’s licenses to the undocumented!

Join Raíces en Tampa, alongside other community groups, members and allies, as we discuss how to move forward with immigration reform. Many celebrated the announcement that relief was being extended to more undocumented after millions of deportations. However, we know that we must move forward until all are protected from the pain of deportation from their loved ones.

We gather on Valentine’s Day in the spirit of love and unity to have a panel discussion on how we can join together to fight for basic rights. Speakers representing many immigrant rights organizations will discuss using the momentum the community has already built and fighting to win more.

First United Church of Tampa
7308 East Fowler Ave. Tampa, FL 33617

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Raíces en Tampa Viaja Para Exigir el Cierre de SOAWatch!

– Marisol Márquez

Raíces en Tampa viaja a Georgia este fin de semana!

Estaremos publicando noticias de nuestra misión a unirnos con otros grupos de no sólo este país, sino de toda América Latina! Juntos vamos a unirnos para luchar contra el establecimiento de bases militares de los Estados Unidos en países de América Latina! #Ayotzinapa vive!

Que es SOAWatch? Por favor mire el video siguente:

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Join us to demand #DACA4ALL! | Nov 3rd Tampa

On November 3rd, 2014, Raices en Tampa will be joined by supporters and organizations who believe that enough is enough: No more broken promises from Obama and the Democratic Party. We will gather outside the Democratic Party headquarters in Tampa to stand up to the Deporter-in-Chief and say no more excuses!

Politicians are jockeying left and right for votes during election season. However, the politicians must realize that the more broken promises and the more excuses they give for delaying DACA for all will result in backlash from the Hispanic and Latino communities they claim to support. Each day that President Obama delays executive action on immigration, over a thousand people are deported and thousands more have lost a loved one. While some feel that we must support the Democratic Party and Obama at all costs, we reject this idea. This is not a game; people’s lives are at stake. If the Democratic Party continues to play political games with our communities, we must respond.
This administration under President Obama, has overseen more deportations than any President before him. To this we must ask: is this what we support? If year after year we continuously give our unflinching support to a Party that breaks its promises, we will never gain anything. Although Republicans in Congress have been a major roadblock to legalization for all, Democrats have done little to fight back, aside from making promises that they never uphold. President Obama has the ability to sign an executive order giving relief to the millions of undocumented immigrants who have been patiently waiting. Instead of living up to his promise, he has instead lived up to his name as Deporter-in-Chief. To Obama and the Democrats, their political lives are worth more than immigrants’ actual lives.

We need Obama and the Democrats to feel the heat! Our lives matter and our votes matter! As the anger swells in immigrant communities over the Democrats failed leadership, the politicians must realize that if their inaction continues, our actions against them will only intensify. People of conscience have begun to see that change will only come through the people. If the people come together and organize independent of the two parties, which only represent big corporations and the ruling class, a new dynamic can be formed and present a real challenge to the parties’ political power.

Join us on November 3rd, the day before the election to let Obama and the Deportation Party know that if we don’t get it, we’ll shut it down!

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