◼ The open-borders arm of the Center for Community Change - Discover The Networks
The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) was established in 2000 as a project of the Center for Community Change (CCC), whose Immigrant Organizing Committee (IOC) functions as the governing body of FIRM and is itself composed of some 30 organizations, including: the Gamaliel Foundation, the New York Immigration Coalition, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and Casa de Maryland.
FIRM describes itself as “a national coalition of grassroots organizations fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level.” "Deeply committed to long-term social change," FIRM aims to diminish "the crushing impact that America’s broken immigration system has on immigrant families."
...Following the Saul Alinsky model of social-change activism championed by CCC luminaries like Heather Booth, FIRM funnels a large portion of its financial resources into activist training programs. Many of its top trainers are prominent figures serving in prestigious and powerful positions. Three of them -- Marshall Ganz, Michele Rudy, and Jake Waxman -- work at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Another FIRM trainer, Joy Cushman, serves as the Organizing Director at the New Organizing Institute. She also worked as a coordinator for the Obama Organizing Fellows Program, and as a trainer and Deputy Field Director in several states during Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. ...read the rest.
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