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Old 01-17-2006, 10:34 AM
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Great work guys, Thanks to all the people who went to DC, I have recomneded my friends who are effected by retrogression to this site and asked to doante. Other who are still reading the forums and had not yet Donated please open up ur wallets and donate.. as its race against time., we should be ready before the bill hits the floor.

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At the outset, I would like to thank the other participants for spending so much of their personal time and money in this effort in making a channelized approach to our lawmakers. The participants - WaldenPond, EB_Retrogression, StuckLabor, Sandeep, LogicLife, GCBronco, BlackLogs, Vin_A_99 - flew in from as far away as FL, GA, NV and KS and the rest made a long drive from PA & NJ to attend this 2 day meeting.

The objective was to meet with a lobbyist used by ISN (Rick Swartz) over the weekend (Jan 14th and 15th) . Mr. Swartz was kind enough to spare a lot of his time to explain to us his insights gained over 30 years of being in this field. We also had the benefit of meeting reputed people in this field like Denyse Sabagh (ex AILA general counsel and chair of legislative advocacy committee), Bo Cooper (ex General Counsel of the INS) and Judy Golub (ex Senior Director of Advocacy and Public Affairs at AILA) during this meeting.

We also had an opportunity to meet a prominent immigration lawyer Mr Rajiv Khanna whose portal - http://boards.immigrationportal.com - is one of the most frequented sites by the immigration community. It was really encouraging to get his support and guidance for immigrationvoice and we are really thankfull for his insights

We had a wealth of information, ideas and insights communicated to us by the people mentioned above. After this process of gathering inputs, we are currently evaluating the options and negotiating so as to arrive at an optimum arrangement representative of our needs and resources. A consistent message that has come across in all these meetings is not doing anything is the worst thing we can do.

Another point which has been consistently highlighted is the lack of resources - almost all of these lobbying efforts would involve a minimum of 25k upfront retainer fees at the minimum followed by an amount close to about 100k at the end of about a month. Hence we ask you to contribute and encourage friends, acquaintances, relatives who are in a similar position or have gone through this traumatic experience to contribute soon. If a thousand people contribute $100 each, we will reach our target. $100 is a lot of money but in the bigger scheme of things, it is twice the average monthly cable bill, and if we win our fight, it will have a lot more positive impact on our lives than cable does.
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Old 01-17-2006, 10:49 AM
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Thumbs up Great work guys

Also, please announce meeting times/teleconference numbers next time a meeting is held. I am sure many, like me, would like to make a more meaningful/active contribution.

I would have loved to join you guys had I known about this. I did not know about the first teleconference meeting that I read about somewhere out here and was not aware of this meeting in DC either

In any case, please keep us updated on when the next meeting is (Waldenpond and EB_Retrogression, please check your IM). I live in Philadelphia and can volunteer to come to DC if needed.

Also, do we want to make a list of states and members in those individual states so that we know which states' lawmakers can be contacted by whom. Basically the responsibilty to contact the state senators/representatives can delegated to those ppl. What say?
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Old 01-17-2006, 10:58 AM
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Also, please announce meeting times/teleconference numbers next time a meeting is held. I am sure many, like me, would like to make a more meaningful/active contribution.

I would have loved to join you guys had I known about this. I did not know about the first teleconference meeting that I read about somewhere out here and was not aware of this meeting in DC either

In any case, please keep us updated on when the next meeting is (Waldenpond and EB_Retrogression, please check your IM). I live in Philadelphia and can volunteer to come to DC if needed.

Also, do we want to make a list of states and members in those individual states so that we know which states' lawmakers can be contacted by whom. Basically the responsibilty to contact the state senators/representatives can delegated to those ppl. What say?

Yes, we absolutely need local representation. Infact it was one of our top To-Dos to have local teams and leadership formed.
As a voluteer, do u want to take ownership of this effort ragz? ofCourse we will all be helping, but we do need one person to take ownership of that. Pls let me know.
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How do we contribute? I want to send some money. Where is the link? It should be displayed prominently. Thanks.
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Yes, we absolutely need local representation. Infact it was one of our top To-Dos to have local teams and leadership formed.
As a voluteer, do u want to take ownership of this effort ragz? ofCourse we will all be helping, but we do need one person to take ownership of that. Pls let me know.
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please look for the paypal link to the left in the home page. thx a lot for your contributions.
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Look Left bottom corner and click the text " Why Contribute " in the home page
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How do we contribute? I want to send some money. Where is the link? It should be displayed prominently. Thanks.
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Default Wonderful job !

Guys,

I thank all of you guys who met in DC.

I am asking all my friends to visit this site and contribute the cause.
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Thumbs up Good work and Good luck

Even though we have a lot of ground to clear, glad to hear about the progress made. Your time and effort are well appreciated by us.

Keep up the good work.

I have pointed my friends and colleagues to your website.
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Guys,

Great job and thanks a lot!

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