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Old 01-04-2006, 12:48 PM
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Default Lobbying, Fundraising and conference calls for Retrogression Relief

Yesterday there was a conference call where members of immigrationvoice.org participated and pooled ideas. The structure for fund-raising is up and running and the flow of funds is thick and fast so far.

We need these funds to work professionally this time with the help of a strategist who will act as a field coach when we work to lobby congress for eliminating retrogression etc.

A lobbyist does not write Java, C++ code when he needs a computer program. Similary, we cannot match the quality of work done by lobbyist to get a legislation passed. Its not our expertise. Previous efforts of meeting with congressmen have generated very very limited results. No member of congress is going to be rude to you and say "get lost". Everyone will respond by saying "Sorry, we will work for you next time.". They like to hear you and they like to respond but not each congressman will actually do something about it. I am not saying that those efforts never work. They do. But do we have the luxury of time until that happens??

TO IDENTIFY the ears that listen most, we need a lobbyist. TO KNOW THE TIMING when to write letter, meet a congressman in person WE NEED A LOBBYIST. TO learn how not to talk like an Oracle programmer but to talk in a way that convinces congress, we need a lobbyist.

Go to immigrationvoice.org and contribute generously. I have been asking only for comments/posts/ideas so far but now I am asking for funds. Either you can wait for "Others" to do something and rely on legislation that might never come. Or you can DO SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF and act on it.

Sitting on H1B forever, until hell freezes over is going to be a lot tougher than contributing few dollars to non-profit org that will work to eliminate retrogression, allow you to file you I-485 and put your GC within visible distance from where you are now. Go to immigrationvoice.org now.
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Old 01-10-2006, 01:01 PM
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Default Below is the message sent to my friends for Donations!

Dear Friends;
Happy new year to you all ; And hoping that you all are having a good time. As we all know about the EB retrogression has effected our Green Card processing due to the lack of Visa numbers. and we have been following the news and the events happening and nothing came out positive as a law yet in favor to the retrogression elimination.
I had been following this news from October and I saw many guys have been doing really good work by approaching the law makers / collecting a lot of information about new bills and the most importantly they are looking in all ways and means to get out of this EB retrogression.
In regard to this they are asking for some donations; I had pledged $213 to them; I have faith in these guys; I donít know any of them personally; I saw their interest and motivation; I am confident that these guys have genuine interest in putting all their efforts , my request to all of you is please donate some money for the cause.
The risk is you may not get anything out of this; the benefits are we as immigrants are helping each other, for a good cause.
Please spend some time and go through their web site.
http://www.immigrationvoice.org
Thanks
Anil.
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Old 01-11-2006, 11:12 AM
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Default Involve Sulekha.com/ rediff.com

Folks

Sulekha.com and Rediff.com are good websites, which a lot of Indians visit. Contact them and see if they can run "free" ads in support of the cause.

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Old 01-11-2006, 11:46 AM
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I did send an email last week to sulekha, but I did not get any reply. Looks like unless we show $$ they may not do it. Here is the contact person just incase any body wants to try.

Shama Shirodkar
Director, Business Development
Email: shama@sulekha.net

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Sulekha.com and Rediff.com are good websites, which a lot of Indians visit. Contact them and see if they can run "free" ads in support of the cause.

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Old 01-11-2006, 11:55 AM
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This seems to be an effective initiative.....
Lets spread the word about this site and get some more members.....

Good Luck !

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Default Please have a page to list board of directors, etc

Guys,

I had already contributed to your initiative. But as I was asking my friends to contribute , they are looking to see how this organization is registered and does it have a board of directors etc . It will be nice to have this info to similar to one at http://www.isn.org/member/isn_bylaws.html
http://www.isn.org/isn_officers.html

Also for fundraising, will it be possible to have people meet you at some places such as temple, Desi restuarants for those who are still not sure about the organization but stuck in retrogression.

Maybe you can say in your site that volunteers, board members are available this saturday at Hotel name between certain times to clear your doubts etc. Just a suggestion. It might work in big cities.
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