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09-18-2007, 02:32 AM
Best Wishes for the rally guys. Put on your best faces & march on. This is a big day for IV & the employment based immigrant community.

"We set this nation up ... to vindicate the rights of man. We did not name any differences between one race and another. We opened our gates to all the world and said: “Let all men who want to be free come to us and they will be welcome.” --Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924), U.S. president. Address at Independence Hall, Philadelphia (July 4, 1914).

"America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts." --President James Madison

09-18-2007, 04:32 AM
My spirit and energy is with you all.
God Speed.

09-18-2007, 04:37 AM
Its 4AM in the east coast and we started our journey to DC on this historical day. Long live IV.

09-18-2007, 05:23 AM
Thanks everyone who is attending!! My thoughts are with all of you! A big thanks!!

09-18-2007, 05:42 AM
Hates off to anyone and everyone coming to rally. Best Wishes !!!!!!!!!!! A very big thanks and appreciations.

- A proud San Jose rally walker

09-18-2007, 05:44 AM
c u there in couple of hours guys! time for driving!

09-18-2007, 06:22 AM
We are all extremely proud of all those who made it to D.C. today.

Top News September 18, 2007, 12:01AM EST
Skilled Immigrants' March on Washington
While immigrant advocates want more green cards, tech companies also seek more work visas. As workers hit the streets, the debate is just beginning
by Moira Herbst

Frustrated with the standstill on federal immigration reform, thousands of high-skilled immigrants plan to march on the nation's capital Sept. 18 to call for radical change in the way the U.S. treats them. The protesters—engineers, software developers, computer programmers, and the like—are calling for a doubling of the number of green cards allotted to them each year so more of them can stay in the country permanently. They say the waiting list for green cards, which can be five years or more, cripples careers and puts lives on hold.

The protests represent a marked change in strategy. At the beginning of 2007, groups representing skilled and unskilled immigrants worked side by side in an effort to push comprehensive reform through Congress. Now, skilled workers are breaking out on their own (BusinessWeek, 9/11/07) in hopes of distancing themselves from the controversial issue of what to do about the 12 million low-skilled workers who are already in the country illegally.

"We want to create momentum around these issues and show that there is an immediate need for them to be fixed," says Aman Kapoor, founder of Immigration Voice, an advocacy group spearheading the rally. "With hundreds of thousands of workers stuck waiting, it's a great waste of human talent."

Whether Kapoor and the other protesters can make progress remains in doubt. Immigration has become a radioactive issue in Washington. Even after President George W. Bush and a bipartisan group of senators threw their weight behind comprehensive immigration reform this summer, the effort went down in flames (BusinessWeek, 6/8/07) as anti-immigrant groups put intense pressure on politicians throughout the country. Since then, the Administration has taken a tough stance on illegal immigration, leading to workplace raids and a planned crackdown on employers (BusinessWeek, 8/14/07) who hire workers with false Social Security numbers.

Building Strength
Still, Kapoor's group is not to be taken lightly. Immigration Voice has evolved quickly from a small Internet community set up for skilled workers to share ideas and experiences into a well-organized political force (BusinessWeek, 7/19/07). Over the summer the group organized a series of events modeled after the nonviolent protests of Mahatma Gandhi and won reversal of a key U.S. State Dept. decision (BusinessWeek, 7/17/07). Now, Kapoor and other top members are in regular contact with elected officials and heads of government agencies such as the Homeland Security Dept.

Immigration Voice, which is predominantly Indian, is jointly organizing the Sept. 18 rally with the Legal Immigrant Assn. The LIA, founded earlier this year, is a group of U.S.-educated Chinese professionals with advanced degrees. "This green-card marathon is exhausting the energy and creativity of talented people," says Ming Jiang, a core member of LIA. "We want to change our lives, and we are doing it the American way, though this rally."

Immigration Voice is also receiving support from major technology companies. Before the rally and march, a tech-company coalition called Compete America will join Representative Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Representative John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) to outline their goals. Compete America, which includes Oracle (ORCL), Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT) and Intel (INTC), will echo Immigration Voice's call for an end to the green-card backlog. "We need an immigration policy that adapts to the changing economy—and one that not only helps fill jobs but one that welcomes innovators who create jobs," says Robert Hoffman, a spokesman for Oracle and co-chair of Compete America.

Raise the Cap?
Kapoor argues that the situation for skilled immigrants in the U.S. is becoming untenable and that dramatic change is needed. Tens of thousands of foreign workers enter the country on temporary work visas each year, and many apply for green cards. But government rules limit the number of people who can be admitted to the U.S. from any one country to 9,800. The result is that for populous countries such as India and China, the wait for permanent U.S. residency stretches as long as eight years. To help clear the queue, Immigration Voice is asking Congress to raise the annual cap on green cards from 140,000 to 300,000. They also want to make available 218,000 green cards that the government failed to issue from 2001 to the present.

The goals of skilled workers and tech companies do diverge, however. Most important, while both Compete America and Immigration Voice are advocating for more green cards, tech companies are also asking Congress for more temporary work visas, known as H-1Bs. The H-1B visa program has come under fire for keeping immigrant workers stuck in jobs as they wait for permanent residency and for allowing employers to hire cheaper workers from overseas (BusinessWeek, 6/22/07).

Some experts say the companies' push for more visas could obscure Immigration Voice's more specific call for more green cards. "The fundamental problem with the policy discussion is that Compete America has tried to blur any distinction between the H-1Bs and green cards," says Ron Hira, professor of public policy at Rochester Institute of Technology. "But they, and the policy issues associated with each, are very different."

Finding the Right Formula
Several key elected officials have voiced support for the goals of Immigration Voice. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), chair of the House subcommittee on immigration, says while she understands there is a role for H-1B visas, she sees more green cards as a better solution. "Excessive dependence on visas allows some workers to be frozen in positions and paid less than they're worth," says Lofgren, whose district includes Silicon Valley. "There is a better way to do this. We must look at why we're backlogging people we deem to be of exceptional ability."

Lofgren and her fellow members of Congress are working toward legislation for reform. They must decide whether the answer is more green cards or more visas or some combination of both. They'll do so amid pressure from groups opposed to increased immigration, including the Computer Programmers' Guild, which represents American-born tech workers.

While reform for skilled workers appears more likely than comprehensive legislation, the long and arduous debate over the proper approach is just beginning. "We are seeking political consensus to move forward," says Lofgren. "But nothing is ever easy, no matter how easy it looks."

09-18-2007, 07:02 AM
myself, chanduv23, tikka, siddhi,poonam and arun from tristate drove last night to DC.
Its 6.25 am , a beautiful day to start and we'll be heading to the rally soon.

Take care guys

09-18-2007, 08:33 AM

09-18-2007, 08:38 AM
All the best Guys Lets rock at DC

09-18-2007, 08:40 AM
Those of us who could not make it to the rally, we can at least create a curiosity by sending the blogspot link to others who still are not familier with what IV is doing .

Yesterday,I met few folks who claimed that lot of people did not know about IV. So I think its time for us to work behind the scenes to get more people to know about IV.

Also , In addition to people who are contributing already- we need to bring new folks to contribute. I could not get myself to believe more, how much contribution is important for such an effort.

Just a thought

09-18-2007, 08:44 AM
All the best.

09-18-2007, 09:12 AM
Thanks guys!

Getting ready right now to go over to the starting point.

Drona and I are incredibly tired from the last few days so are taking it easy a little.

Keep your eye on the blog today, we are trying to recruit more bloggers so it isn't just me :)

09-18-2007, 09:34 AM
All The Best!!!

IV Rocks !!!!

09-18-2007, 09:48 AM
All The Best Guys!!. Hope We Will See You ALL On National TV..

09-18-2007, 09:54 AM
Best Wishes!

09-18-2007, 09:59 AM
Sorry, Could not make it due to family emergency.

I wish the the IV members and all our folks who are attending the rally. YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!. THANK YOU!!!

09-18-2007, 10:00 AM
My Very Best Wishes And Kudos To The Heros Who Took The Time To Visit Dc.. I Cudn't Make It Due To Personal Reasons By My Mind Is In Dc All Day Long... Wish This Effort A Grand Success... ! !! ! ! !!! ! ! !! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

09-18-2007, 10:04 AM
All The Best !!!! :):):)

09-18-2007, 10:07 AM
Best Of Luck Guys.

09-18-2007, 10:10 AM
Go Iv!
Good Luck And Best Wishes

09-18-2007, 10:21 AM
Gudos to our hero's

09-18-2007, 10:24 AM
Good luck to all in the rally!

09-18-2007, 10:27 AM
Good Luck All

09-18-2007, 10:36 AM
good luck and best wishes

09-18-2007, 10:39 AM
God bless you guys and I wish you the best to make this rally a success.

Good luck.

09-18-2007, 10:45 AM
You are really doing great. Keep it up.
My best wishes are always with you. we will we will we will :)

09-18-2007, 10:49 AM
You are really doing gr8.
Best Wishes for the rally guys.

09-18-2007, 10:50 AM
Best Wishes and Many Thanks to all that are attending. I truely wish I was able to take part.

09-18-2007, 10:50 AM
Go IV Go !!!!!!
Our best wishes are with all of you........:)

09-18-2007, 11:00 AM

09-18-2007, 11:04 AM
myself, chanduv23, tikka, siddhi,poonam and arun from tristate drove last night to DC.
Its 6.25 am , a beautiful day to start and we'll be heading to the rally soon.

Take care guys

Wish you all the best

09-18-2007, 11:07 AM
my best wishes for the rally...GO IV GO...

09-18-2007, 11:07 AM
All The Best For The Rally !!!:)

09-18-2007, 11:08 AM
All the best to you all guys. I missed this historic opportunity for certain personal reasons. I wish you all the best.

09-18-2007, 11:12 AM
All the best!!

09-18-2007, 11:17 AM
Our best wishes for the rally !!

09-18-2007, 11:24 AM
Keep the wishes coming in. This is in fact the least every non participating member can do.

Michael chertoff
09-18-2007, 11:27 AM
My best wisher with everyone who are attending rally, I was supposed to join but last night i had a big accident. sending this email from ER Hospital.
if you guys want any proof , I will prove.


09-18-2007, 11:31 AM
All the people who made it to D.C.....good luck and thanks!!

All the very best!

09-18-2007, 11:34 AM
Hope you are alright. Get well soon.

My best wisher with everyone who are attending rally, I was supposed to join but last night i had a big accident. sending this email from ER Hospital.
if you guys want any proof , I will prove.


09-18-2007, 11:35 AM
Best Wishes and bring GC for all..

09-18-2007, 11:37 AM
Best Wishes for the Rally.

09-18-2007, 11:42 AM
Best wishes for the rally

09-18-2007, 11:48 AM
Keep the wishes coming in. This is in fact the least every non participating member can do.

I like your slogan (slow gun) - Want GC? Go to DC!

09-18-2007, 11:53 AM
Heart felt Thanks to all !!!

09-18-2007, 11:58 AM
all the best to IV folks who r out there in DC....

09-18-2007, 12:00 PM
All the best!

09-18-2007, 12:01 PM
My best wisher with everyone who are attending rally, I was supposed to join but last night i had a big accident. sending this email from ER Hospital.
if you guys want any proof , I will prove.


Get well soon!

09-18-2007, 12:07 PM
Although I could not make it to the rally in spite of my best efforts, my wishes are with you. Best of Luck!

09-18-2007, 12:14 PM
All the Best IV!!! Success will come your way, for sure!

09-18-2007, 12:16 PM

09-18-2007, 12:17 PM
Keep it coming... lots of wishes need at ground zero.

09-18-2007, 01:36 PM
Dear IV Team, All the Best for the DC rally!!!!

09-18-2007, 01:53 PM
Post pic from ER for proof :-)

09-18-2007, 01:55 PM
Does anyone know a rough estimate of people doing the rally. Just curious. I wish they are in couple of thousands.

09-18-2007, 01:57 PM
and send us pics of you in the ER, we want proof.

My best wisher with everyone who are attending rally, I was supposed to join but last night i had a big accident. sending this email from ER Hospital.
if you guys want any proof , I will prove.


09-18-2007, 03:03 PM
Good Luck Guys

09-18-2007, 03:10 PM
I think the speakers are speaking at the rally.

09-18-2007, 03:25 PM
Good Luck Guys

09-18-2007, 03:28 PM
Thanks everyone who is attending, A big thanks to all for the sucess of Rally.

09-18-2007, 03:36 PM
I just attended rally and updating the news... About 1200(it's approximate figure) people attened the rally, IV worked very hard to sucess the rally. we got the attention from the media...Rally started around 11.45AM from the Mounument to Capital building finished around 12.45PM.

09-18-2007, 03:43 PM
Thank you IV for making it. Best wishes to all.

09-18-2007, 04:05 PM
Good Luck Guys

Goodluck and Best wishes folks !! Really proud of what you do and we stand by you 100%. I personally wanted to be part of this rally but couldnt leave my newborn home. Best wishes from me and my Newborn.

We will make OUR presence felt ..WORLD...!!!!

09-18-2007, 04:14 PM
I and a group of 10 more from my office attended the rally today. There was lots of enthusiasm among everyone. It was really nice to see a group of Chinese people also joining us. There were lots of reporters from TV Asia, Voice of America and IBN etc who also walked along with us from the monument to the capitol building taking pictures and interviewing people. There were lots of people honking to support our cause. IV had arranged roses and we passed it along to all the people along the way. I had to leave because some of my friends who drove along with me had to pick thier kids up, but it was really nice to see such a big crowd getting together to fight a common cause.

09-18-2007, 06:09 PM
It seems everyone is at his/her way back to home.

09-18-2007, 06:45 PM
Congradulations to all the brave heroes who marched today, I received my greencard but I still wanted to attend the ralley, I was not able to make due to personal reasons.

keep up the good work

09-18-2007, 06:48 PM
Members from DC who have returned, can you please post about the rally.

09-18-2007, 08:35 PM
My sources tell me that there was a solid turn out of 2000 + members at the rally and the support was tremendous for this event.

09-18-2007, 08:54 PM
Thanks guys to be there. I wish i 'm there with you guys but i live all the way over here at HAWAII. My best wish is always with you guys. I already went to the temple couple of times to sat my prayer about the whole issues. MAY GOD be with us in this tought time....

WE SHALL OVERCOME if we're together and set an example.

09-18-2007, 08:58 PM
I just got back from the DC rally and the people turn out was very impressive.
I got there around 8:45 AM. A little worried as I didn't see more than 50-75 people intitally and the crowd was still around 200 - 300 around 10 AM.

But after 10Am, IV members starting coming in high numbers and within an span of 1 hour, there are more than 600-700 people. My guess about the head count is around 1000+.

1.They had a regristration both where most of the people registered themselves and were given IV T-shirsts if they dont have one.
2.Then there were placards about 500 next to the IV booth and each member took one and were searching to find the best solgan placards.
3. IV volunteers were giving water bottles to the members standing at the curb displaying the placards.
4. There was huge response from the people and were honking to support IV
5. Then IV members were given flowers to pass it to the on lookers.
6. The rally started around 11:50 with a speech from Aman Kapoor and then IV members were given state flags and US flags.
7.There was a huge turn out from CA (Personally I felt let down by the East Coast people).
8.When the rally was in procession, the cops were blocking the street traffic for a smooth passage of the IV memvers and the length of the rally memebers is about 4 to 5 blocks.
9.This created a lot of traffic jam and a lot of people were honking.
10.Saw reporters from Reuters, New York Times, Washington Post.
11. Saw some people joining in the middle of the rally.
12. Almost forgot to mention about our Chinese brothers and sisters who joined in the rally also ( Legal Immigration Association)
13.Once we reached the capitol hill, everyone gathered in front of the podium - Then couple of speeches by IV members and Congressmen.
14. A big thanks to all the IV members who made it to the rally and who also supported IV acitivites and who couldn't make it.

Hopefully some will upload the speeches soon.

09-18-2007, 09:02 PM
Here are some video shots from the event...check out the "more from user" section to see the all the videos. I'm working on uploading everything I captured.


09-18-2007, 09:03 PM
It went very well. People started arriving as early as 8 am. Everyone
yes I mean everyone who showed up got IV tshirts that shows the
american flag. We ran out of it after sometime.

Some members took initiative and started standing on the sidewalk on
two roads ( imagine L shape intersection) carrying placards and that
got good response from people driving by. Soon we had lot of IV
members following that :) Jamie reported Senator Kerry who was driving
by waved at us but we missed taking photos.

We started passing flowers and small american flags to people walking
by. Some time later when it was time to rally, CNN IBN showed up and
interviewed several members and of course Aman. Every state chapter
got their big state flag and combined with big US flags it was a sea of flags

Aman addressed the crowd and we started marching towards capitol
building. We marched on the road. We were given our own lane and we
didn't have to wait in the intersection when the light is red. So the
traffic was stopped while we went through the intersection. Mind you
it took a while for the huge crowd to go through and they stopped
traffic for that time.

When we reached capitol a stage was set with the capitol building as
backdrop. Startted with Abhijeet and others guitar and song. Jay
addressed the crowd and went on offensive, expect to hear from Lou
dobbs soon.

Rep.Mcdormatt address was good but he made the mistake of clubbing
legal and illegal issues together. Dr vivek gupta gave a very eloquent
speech. Mark's speech was very funny but thought provking. Sheela
murthy talked about her support for immigrant community and pointed
out how lawmakers make a mistake of combining our issues with
illegals. Finally Aman's speech was as usual inspiring. We ended it
national anthem sung very well by a IV member
(Sorry forgot the name) and abhijeet finished with a short poem.

what a great team DC has. Sivakand, Arun and the other team members
did an amazing work. At no point I saw chaos or problems. Such was
their coordination.

And forgot to mention. No one taunted as from the public and the cops
were very cooperative.

09-18-2007, 09:22 PM
Congratulations to IV for a job well done!!! I'm SO proud of you guys!!! Thank you so much!!!

09-19-2007, 01:56 PM
Immigration Voice and participants.

You guys are doing incredible jobs and there is not enough words to praise you all.

Since unfortunately I could not make it to the Rally, I wanted to congratulate and wish you guys all the best for taking this rally and demonstrating legal immigration and immigrants importance.

Thanks Much for representing millions of immigrants.