Friday, April 22, 2011

We are a bridge connecting immigrant rights organizers with local synagogues, mosques, churches, fellowships, student groups, community organizations, and political and academic leaders that seek to be "Good Neighbors" to the immigrant families struggling for justice in our communities and our state.  Our goal is to educate and equip congregations and groups to partner together with immigrants who are working towards a just solution for our local and national immigration crisis.

How can you and your congregation or group get involved?
Many congregations and community groups have partnered with us since our founding in July 2010, but the following have officially joined Gainesville's Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice by (1) signing our "Good Neighbor Covenant," (2) designating one congregation member to act as a liaison (by attending at least one meeting per quarter & distributing information back to their congregation), and (3) committing to host at least one immigrant-justice related workshop at their congregation each year!*
  • B'Nai Israel
  • Emmanuel Mennonite Church
  • Hispana Alachua
  • Ignite Life Center
  • Ministerio Internacional Vino Nuevo
  • United Church of Gainesville
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
  • University Lutheran Church
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church
*If your congregation would like more information about starting an alliance in your city, or if you're local then about officially joining the "Good Neighbor" movement in Gainesville, please contact us at or (352) 377-6577.

Join us for our meetings! We regularly meet at 6PM on the second Monday evening of each month at the Beltram Peace Center/Mennonite Meeting House, 1236 NW 18th Ave, Gainesville, FL.

Gainesville IAIJ will participate in the National Day of Action July 25 urging Chipotle to join other fast food and supermarket tomato buyers in signing with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.  More details soon.

Gainesville IAIJ will meet with representatives of our faith-community allies 7:30 p.m. Thursday August 2 at the Mennonite Meeting House, 1236 NW 18th Avenue, Gainesville, to discuss upcoming campaigns.

If you or your group/congregation would like to collect the following items, please contact the Rural Women's Health Project at (352) 372-1095.
> insect repellent
> sunscreen
> antibiotic ointment
> eye drops
> eye wash
> Motrin.Tylenol, etc...
> Hydrogen Peroxide (small bottles)
> anti-fungus cream or talcs
> toothbrushes
> toothpaste
> small shampoos
> soap
> hand-wipes
> hand sanitizer
> band aids - all sizes
> anti-itch cream
> ointment for bug bites
> chapstick
> q-tips
> cotton balls
> T-shirts
> jeans
> button down, long-sleeved shirts
> new socks
> gently used or new sneakers, work boots

For more information or to schedule a presentation or workshop on a general or specific U.S. immigration issue, please contact us at: (352) 377-6577 or

We can present on the following Topics:

DREAM Act- access to higher education and a pathway to legalization for undocumented students.

Enforcement- What does 287g mean? How secure is secure communities really? What's going on with Anti-immigrant legislation?

Farm Worker Rights- Learn about the Coalition of Immokalee's penny more per pound campaign, the danger of pesticides to the people who harvest our food, realize the issues and what you can do to bring respect back to farm workers.

Other- information on legislative issues, Know Your Rights Presentations, Theater of the Oppressed, and more!

We believe that Arizona Style legislation is not the answer and are concerned about the affects that something like SB1070 would have on Florida. There is a national list generated by the IAIJ of those who have concerns about the ramifications of the recently proposed anti-immigration laws in Florida. Click HERE to add your name, or the name of your organization, faith group, association or business to our growing list!

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