Freedom Ride Summer Project

Activists who want to spend four to six weeks this summer doing voter registration and direct support actions for immigrant rights can apply to the New American Opportunities Campaign, a project of the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, at http://www.iwfr.org/voterproject.asp.

Prior to working in Arizona or Florida, participants will receive training in Mississippi from leaders of the 1964 Freedom Summer.

In South Florida, say the project’s organizers, Haitian refugees are often detained, families are separated, and civil liberties are denied. In Arizona, where there is an anti-immigrant referendum poised for a statewide vote, immigrants face armed vigilantes, ruthless smugglers, and death in the desert. These and other acts of discrimination require a movement to empower Latino and Haitian communities through mobilizing their voice and vote. Participants will receive a minimum stipend of $150 per week. Accommodations will be arranged at each site.