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spicy_guy
06-02-2010, 07:37 PM
Guys, please come forward and donate. We just have a few days left.

wait_2010
06-02-2010, 10:07 PM
HI Guys,
I know its a funding drive forum but my question is relevant if not directly tied to subject..
Are you guys planning to suggest any measures to reduce the backlog once the CIR creates additional visas? I mean will USCIS be ready to process the visas in a short time? My suggestion is that we propose a premium processing in all the 3 stages..This will open an avenue of funds to USCIS and create additional incentive to hire staff to process the applications.. also employess themselves should be allowed to pay for the premium processing as employers/corps have little incenstive to pay extra money espaecially when they benefit from the stuck status of employees...
I am sure thousands of applicants would be willing to pay extra $$ ( may be a couple of thousdand dollars per application) to get out of the limbo...atleast all people i know are willing to shell out any amount for the freedom..
I understand today I140 can be processed in premium..but the scope and payee should be changed...
I guess the agenda and points have alredy been finalized, but wanted to share a thought that many already have in mind...

I have contacted many friends and hope several will contribute soon or already have done so

Thanks

rajchadha
06-03-2010, 08:46 AM
Thank You gc_freedom, jjava100, Rish, Ramesh, Mukesh, horscorp, chnaveen for your contributions

Total $11,900


Okay here is another 100 to make it 12000
Transaction ID: 9C951347K2867834G
An email with your order summary has been sent to rajchadha1975@yahoo.com

That would be $450 upto now for advocacy week in addition to $25 monthly contribution.
Guys -please call your friends again and again and insist on donation. Give them IV phone no so that they can donate directly if becoming member is too much for them ( I did and had sucess too).

pappu
06-03-2010, 09:28 AM
We have a $500 contribution from Attorney Prashanthi Reddy. We thank her for the contribution. She will also be coming to DC to join us in our meetings, volunteer her time on 8th June and attend Congressional reception. We thank her for her support. She has also posted on her blog. Law Offices of Prashanthi Reddy | American Immigration Attorney (http://www.prashanthiblog.com/) and will be sending emails to all her clients to take part in this event.

Murthy.com has also posted on her website about this event and we expect her participation in the reception.

Please forward the information about this event to your lawyers and seek their support and contribution. Please ask them to post on their website. Immigration Voice will publicly acknowledge their contribution and help them in publicity effort on our site.

GSingh
06-03-2010, 09:29 AM
I have dontaed $100. Good Luck!!!

imv77
06-03-2010, 09:43 AM
$50 for advocacy efforts.
(Unique Transaction ID #6UG80696T8470434V

Abhinaym
06-03-2010, 10:13 AM
100 more for the advocacy.

Transaction: 80B05794W05743158

newyorker123
06-03-2010, 11:12 AM
Did anybody had any count ?

GreenMe
06-03-2010, 11:31 AM
Added another $50 in addition to last month's $100

Transaction ID: 0MY5196896015745V


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$25 recurring contribution

spicy_guy
06-03-2010, 01:11 PM
We have a $500 contribution from Attorney Prashanthi Reddy. We thank her for the contribution. She will also be coming to DC to join us in our meetings, volunteer her time on 8th June and attend Congressional reception. We thank her for her support. She has also posted on her blog. Law Offices of Prashanthi Reddy | American Immigration Attorney (http://www.prashanthiblog.com/) and will be sending emails to all her clients to take part in this event.

Murthy.com has also posted on her website about this event and we expect her participation in the reception.

Please forward the information about this event to your lawyers and seek their support and contribution. Please ask them to post on their website. Immigration Voice will publicly acknowledge their contribution and help them in publicity effort on our site.

Thats really a great push for our efforts!
Hope Murthy will join us in this march.

We WILL succeed! :-)

amitjoey
06-03-2010, 01:47 PM
Thank you GreenMe, Abhinaym, imv77, GSingh, rajchadha for your contributions.

Thank You Attorney Prashanthi Reddy for your generous contribution.

Total $12,800

kcforgc
06-03-2010, 03:47 PM
Transaction ID: 66L04241875053945
Donation to Support Immigration Voice (User: kcforgc) $50.00 USD

Thank You

pappu
06-03-2010, 07:44 PM
We will also be providing an opportunity for members coming to the event to meet with senior official/s (Name and title withheld on the public forum).

This will be a great avenue for everyone to directly interact with the officials whom people on the forums only know by name or look up for leadership in solving Immigration issues and seek their intervention.

EAD
06-03-2010, 10:20 PM
donated $ 50

coldcloud
06-03-2010, 10:48 PM
Donated $50

Transaction ID: 12U47831AF3950749

MerciesOfInjustices
06-04-2010, 12:14 AM
Donated $100 yesterday. All the very best! Keep fighting!

gsc999
06-04-2010, 01:07 AM
Keep up the momentum guys! Good work.

spicy_guy
06-04-2010, 06:30 AM
Guys,

We just have a couple of days left. Could you please come forward to donate?
We need to stand for ourselves.

Thanks in advance.

coldcloud
06-04-2010, 06:52 AM
Does any one know what is the target and how much we have made?

pappu
06-04-2010, 08:49 AM
Does any one know what is the target and how much we have made?

Target is 50K to cover the expenses of the event. Amitjoey is counting all the contributions and will update on the actual figure. Roughly we should be between 13-14K .

amitjoey
06-04-2010, 11:40 AM
Target is 50K to cover the expenses of the event. Amitjoey is counting all the contributions and will update on the actual figure. Roughly we should be between 13-14K .

Thank you kcforgc, EAD, coldcloud, MerciesOfInjustices for your contributions.

Total $ 13,050

rsamudrala
06-04-2010, 11:49 AM
Contributed $100
Receipt ID: 4235-7446-5296-4075

pappu
06-04-2010, 02:25 PM
We have recieved 2K from Law offices of Sheela Murthy. Immigration Voice thanks for their contribution.

spicy_guy
06-04-2010, 02:52 PM
Thanks much, Sheela Ji.
Her presence in the meeting is even more important than her contribution.

PD200711
06-04-2010, 03:55 PM
Hi IV Team
I wish to join the Advocacy events in DC but due to my work situation i can't make it. Will try to come in person in future events. Right now i making a small contribution.

Donated: 200
Transaction ID: 54N38689YS976105J

Thanks
PD200711

sanju_dba
06-04-2010, 03:56 PM
Thank you Sheela Murthy!

Its very inspiring for us learning your contribution.

ak_2006
06-04-2010, 04:33 PM
Thanks for law firm.

nomad
06-04-2010, 04:34 PM
My second contribution of $50 for this event .Transaction ID: 1X9584060X9070114

Total contribution for this : $100 in addition to recurring monthly contribution.


-thanks

rayoflight
06-04-2010, 04:35 PM
Attorneys Prashanthi Reddy & Murthy Law Firm.

THANK YOU

We sincerely appreciate your gesture
& looking forward seeing you at the event.

newyorker123
06-04-2010, 04:35 PM
Date : 6/4/2010
Contribution : $100 (Paypal)
Transaction ID : 4MH01079V37942402

I appreciate the IV efforts and wish them all success in advocacy.


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Date : 5/19/2010
$100 through Paypal.
Transaction ID: 91R50089TG454100N

rayoflight
06-04-2010, 04:43 PM
IV Members,

If you have not yet contributed yet you can still make a difference. We are on course but behind our target and every $ counts. I sincerely urge you to make some contribution especially if you are stuck in the backlog.

IV is working on matters that are very important to me, you and ALL of US.

Sincerely,
Rayoflight

amitjoey
06-04-2010, 04:50 PM
Thank you rsamudrala, pd200711, nomad, newyorker123 for your contributions

Special Thanks to Attorney Sheela Murthy.

Total: $ 15450

amazon_kp
06-04-2010, 06:16 PM
Hi everyone,

I just made a one time contribution of 50$.

Receipt No: 4084-5218-2969-3205

And thanks again to IV for the great work,

Kalyani Peri

amitjoey
06-04-2010, 06:21 PM
Hi everyone,

I just made a one time contribution of 50$.

Receipt No: 4084-5218-2969-3205

And thanks again to IV for the great work,

Kalyani Peri

Thank You Kalyani Peri

andycool
06-04-2010, 06:37 PM
Pay Pal Id - ID #5CK8655014042374H

$ 50


Thanks

ca_immigrant
06-04-2010, 07:03 PM
Thanks a lot to murthy dot com

prem_goel
06-04-2010, 07:10 PM
Transaction ID: 3CU06349V2980523Y

I won't be able to join you in DC though. Here's my contribution above. Keep it up.

amitjoey
06-04-2010, 10:50 PM
Thank you prem_goel, andycool

Total: $15,600

amitjoey
06-04-2010, 11:08 PM
I will be travelling to DC tommorrow and will not be able to update the total. Can some members help me with this?.

rssb
06-05-2010, 08:30 AM
Unique Transaction ID #1F740088GN992925T

Contributed $50

indrachat_75
06-05-2010, 11:16 AM
Total Contribution - $100

Transaction ID: 4LD716748U821414G - $50 - 06/05/2010
Receipt No: 2505-4860-0454-6062 - $50 - 5/26/2010

what_now
06-05-2010, 03:06 PM
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ita
06-05-2010, 04:49 PM
Just made a contribution. Transaction Id 1MF43332L4094811C(paypal).
Thank you.

amaruns
06-05-2010, 05:23 PM
Contributed $100 #2N56381802544660Y

dkjariwala
06-05-2010, 07:31 PM
IV Team,

Unfortunately, I can't attend Jun 7 Advocacy day but I contributed 200$ dollars to the funding drive.

Go IV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Receipt ID: 2883-3247-3430-5354
Amount: 200$

v2010
06-05-2010, 08:41 PM
Hello IV Team,

I am new member of the forum. I have also donated a very small contribution of $50 and $25 few weeks ago.

Good luck to everyone. Hope your efforts make some impact on this backlog situation.

Eternal_Hope
06-05-2010, 11:53 PM
Thank you - V2010, dkjariwala, amaruns, ita, indrachat_75, rssb

All of us who are not in DC must keep this drive going on with full vigor, as a THANK YOU, to all those who are there at DC representing all of us.

Let's show our friends out their in DC that we have got their back!!

Keep this drive bumped up.

Total collections so far: $ 16,150

Ita, has not mentined how much s/he contributed. I have assumed it's $25. Ita, pls. let us know if it's higher and I will accordingly update the figure.
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Eternal_Hope
06-05-2010, 11:58 PM
Thank you - ek_akela for your contribution.

BTW: you are not "akela", we are all with you, we are all in this mess together!

Total contributions so far - $16,250

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ebizash
06-06-2010, 09:33 AM
I won't be able to make it to DC but I just added my tiny contribution.

Paypal Transaction ID #14948645AL480224X

go9559
06-06-2010, 10:42 AM
Paypal transaction ID: 1VB12958NN4567501

SDdesi
06-06-2010, 11:25 AM
Transaction ID: 3LJ64543JG217402T

Jitamitra
06-06-2010, 11:55 AM
2565-9272-6720-5687

catchupvijay
06-06-2010, 12:17 PM
Transaction ID: 90T76219TV8040450

mmanurker
06-06-2010, 12:38 PM
Contributed $100...
Transaction ID: 0LE04357M8091673D

Good luck to all...

anand2007
06-06-2010, 12:47 PM
I just started my 12 month subscription. $25 every month.
here is my transaction no for today Transaction ID #81670930AS5848810

contributed 225 so far.

manugee
06-06-2010, 02:06 PM
Unfortunately, I can't make it to DC this coming Monday and Tuesday but I contributed a small amount towards this effort.

Good luck to all of us.

Contribution: $100
Transaction ID: 6DP64708JF424572G

Cheers,

MJ

kanshul
06-06-2010, 08:57 PM
IV leadership...

Sorry won't be able to make it contributed $100.

Transaction ID: 5GV58879E9962645B


Go IV...
:)

spicy_guy
06-06-2010, 11:27 PM
Lets make it a great success! You are on, IV!
Guys, please contribute.

Thank you for all who already contributed!

Eternal_Hope
06-06-2010, 11:59 PM
Thank you - ebizash, go9559, SDdesi, Jitamitra, catchupvijay, mmanurker, anand, kanshul, and manugee - for your contributions.

Total contributions - $17,000

Let's keep this momemtum going. Everyone sitting on the sidelines jump in now and contribute. The time is now to help make a difference.

This funding drive has been outstanding so far, however, everyone who has a stake in the reform of the employment based immigration system should step forward and do their part.

Let's wish the best to our friends in D.C. Let's show them that we are all with them.
.........

Eternal_Hope
06-07-2010, 12:11 AM
Thank you - Bharam - for your contribution. Much appreciated.

Total contributions - $17,200.

Every member must contribute. It's the participation that counts.

GreenMe
06-07-2010, 10:19 AM
another $50 to make it total $200
Transaction ID: 5V13674322729792C

Waitnwait
06-07-2010, 10:45 AM
Just contributed 100 $ to the cause.

Transaction ID: 41C589404Y8028016

lacrossegc
06-07-2010, 11:40 AM
50$
Transaction ID: 68H42541BE586491B

All the best. IV rocks

patbose
06-07-2010, 11:42 AM
Here's my small contribution .

Contributed $50
Transaction ID #9VG84943XG942521S

sundarpn
06-07-2010, 11:43 AM
Here is mine: Transaction ID: 3K6548102A255544U
$100.

Thanks to IV for the efforts.

onemorecame
06-07-2010, 12:06 PM
Contributed $50...
Transaction ID: 0376-4645-8164-2141

Eternal_Hope
06-07-2010, 12:19 PM
Thank you - GreenMe, Waitnwait, lacrossegc, Patbose, sundarpn, va_jan_03, and onemorecame - for your contributions.

Total contributions - $17,625.

No contribution is small, it's the participation that matters. No one should shy away from contributing thinking that their $10, $15, $25, .... is small and insignificant. In order to reach the goal of $50K, to be able to do serious advocacy, all members should participate.

Thank you all .... let's keep this going ....

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pappu
06-07-2010, 12:36 PM
Contributed $50...
Transaction ID: 0376-4645-8164-2141

Thanks

RNGC
06-07-2010, 12:50 PM
donated $50
Transaction ID: 7RG45358LM876324G

Good luck and thanks for the hard work IV. We are really greatful to you!!

looneytunezez
06-07-2010, 01:37 PM
Cannot attend.
Donated $ 100 towards the advocacy efforts.

Donated $ 100.
Transaction ID: 7SL86323H5344213X

Good Job, IV! Hopefully we can get some results from this effort.

pappu
06-07-2010, 03:11 PM
Cannot attend.
Donated $ 100 towards the advocacy efforts.

Donated $ 100.
Transaction ID: 7SL86323H5344213X

Good Job, IV! Hopefully we can get some results from this effort.

Thank you

what_now
06-07-2010, 03:14 PM
Go IV go...

ca_immigrant
06-07-2010, 03:39 PM
Thank you - GreenMe, Waitnwait, lacrossegc, Patbose, sundarpn, va_jan_03, and onemorecame - for your contributions.

Total contributions - $17,625.

No contribution is small, it's the participation that matters. No one should shy away from contributing thinking that their $10, $15, $25, .... is small and insignificant. In order to reach the goal of $50K, to be able to do serious advocacy, all members should participate.

Thank you all .... let's keep this going ....

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Thanks for keeping track of the total !!
I see that in an effort to get the better response Pappu has started another thread "Urgent Action Item if you are unable to come to DC " and some of the folks are replying there specifying how much they have contributing...

Do we know if anyone is taking those contributions also into the total ?

Thanks IV !!

Eternal_Hope
06-07-2010, 05:10 PM
Do we know if anyone is taking those contributions also into the total ?

Thanks IV !!

Yes, I am trying to keep track of that too. The total above factors those contributions also (although it's getting harder because some people are posting their contributions in both threads, while others are just posting it in one). It's no biggiee though....I will try to do it as accurately as I can till AmitJoey relieves me .....

pappu
06-07-2010, 05:25 PM
Yes, I am trying to keep track of that too. The total above factors those contributions also (although it's getting harder because some people are posting their contributions in both threads, while others are just posting it in one). It's no biggiee though....I will try to do it as accurately as I can till AmitJoey relieves me .....

Amitjoey is busy in DC. Thank you for taking care of the contribution threads

Eternal_Hope
06-07-2010, 05:30 PM
Thank you – RNGC, looneytunezez, ashokmohan, GCplease - for your contribution.

Total contributions - $17,850

santb1975
06-07-2010, 06:46 PM
Had a very productive day. Met 7 Congressmen/ Women today. More meetings for tomorrow

spicy_guy
06-07-2010, 08:00 PM
Thanks much for keeping us posted, santb1975.

Appreciate it VERY MUCH!!

newuser
06-07-2010, 09:47 PM
Just got back from DC. A very successful day and nice to meet some of IV folks after the 2007 rally. Had a productive day. Met two Senators and two congressmen's staff people.

Hope the IV core will give an official update soon.

Best of luck to all the others who are continuing their advocay day tomorrow.

gk_2000
06-07-2010, 11:14 PM
Advocacy Jay ho..!

Pls be sure to speak for us poor EB3 guys too, and for have-140-need-485

Thanks!

spicy_guy
06-08-2010, 12:28 AM
Just got back from DC. A very successful day and nice to meet some of IV folks after the 2007 rally. Had a productive day. Met two Senators and two congressmen's staff people.

Hope the IV core will give an official update soon.

Best of luck to all the others who are continuing their advocay day tomorrow.

Nice to hear that. Hope IV would post the update soon. Awaiting that :-)

spicy_guy
06-08-2010, 12:28 AM
Advocacy Jay ho..!

Pls be sure to speak for us poor EB3 guys too, and for have-140-need-485

Thanks!

Yes, please :=)

pappu
06-08-2010, 11:37 AM
/\/\/\/

Bumping it up. This is the most important action ite we can take part in. Please contribute if you have not contributed to this drive yet.

Eternal_Hope
06-08-2010, 12:16 PM
Thank you Ė add78 - for your contribution. Really appreciate it.

Total contributions - $17,950

The rally day is just the start, and not the end, of the advocacy effort. The push for reform is real and the time is now to get our voices heard. Please contribute now.

We have seen this story before, once the national media starts debating the reform, "employment based immigration" just becomes a side note, or gets overshadowed by H-1B issues. At that time getting the attention of congress people is extremely difficult. Now is the time when we can achieve a larger bang for the buck.

Please contribute now and help the efforts (and help yourself!).
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mars
06-08-2010, 12:27 PM
Thanks for your efforts..

Contributed $50 .

Transaction Id: 5DW13791AD882544P

Best of luck..

Eternal_Hope
06-08-2010, 12:32 PM
Thank you Ė mars - for your contribution. Really appreciate it.

Total contributions - $18,000

All recent filers or those waiting to file since 2007 must participate. Logically, they should be the most active ones!! Sitting on the sidelines is just not an option now.

patfanboston
06-08-2010, 01:00 PM
Just contributed $100 towards the effort. All the best.

(Transaction ID: 10B06506LX8147324)

Eternal_Hope
06-08-2010, 01:21 PM
Thank you – patfanboston - for your contribution. Go Patriots!!

Total contributions - $18,100.

I encourage everyone to contribute, and participate in the IV Action items. It's a joint contributed effort from all of us that's required.

The spate of new (junior) members coming forward and contributing is a very encouraging. It would be really nice to see these members stepping forward and taking on increasing roles in the organization and its efforts.

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pappu
06-08-2010, 01:25 PM
Thank you Ė patfanboston - for your contribution. Go Patriots!!

Total contributions - $18,810.

I encourage everyone to contribute, and participate in the IV Action items. It's a joint contributed effort from all of us that's required.

The spate of new (junior) members coming forward and contributing is a very encouraging. It would be really nice to see these members stepping forward and taking on increasing roles in the organization and its efforts.

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Thank you Eternal Hope for leading this thread

mukuraj
06-08-2010, 02:04 PM
Big thanks for your efforts. Unfortunately I was not able to participate in the DC meet this year. 2007 DC rally was fun to be.

Contributed a drop in the ocean: $50.
Transaction ID: 64R51403A60745504

Will make sure to contribute at least when I renew my EAD and AP every year, and assume myself USCIS increased the fee!!!

hpandey
06-08-2010, 02:30 PM
Contributed 50$ towards the advocacy campaign.

Best of luck.

Thanks

Hpandey

Eternal_Hope
06-08-2010, 05:00 PM
Thank you - mukuraj, hpandey, continutedProgress, anyluck?, cleopatra, and seshadr - for your contributions.

With your contributions the total is now $18,400.

If contributing members don't mention the amount they contributed, I just assume it to be $25. These members can let me know (either in this public forum or via private message) what their amount is and I will go ahead and accordingly update the total.

It is truly heartening to see so many people come together and contribute.

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ca_immigrant
06-08-2010, 06:56 PM
Thanks Eternal_Hope for keeping the count/total !!

There is HOPE afterall !!

anyluck?
06-08-2010, 08:46 PM
Thanks Eternal_Hope for doing this.

Eternal_Hope
06-08-2010, 10:41 PM
Pappu, ca_immigrant and anyluck?, thank you for saying "thanks".

Note to other members - if there is something you can do for the IV community, just go ahead and do it, don't wait on the IV core to request it, they already have a lot on their plate!

I request all members to participate at this time by contributing. Unlike the past few times, we don't want to be in a "too little too late" situation.

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santb1975
06-09-2010, 12:23 AM
Keep the funding drive going

Winner
06-09-2010, 09:49 AM
This thread needs to stay on top.

santb1975
06-09-2010, 11:11 AM
Nope. I didn't meet our President. I wish I did though. Oil spill is at the top of the list in D.C and was discussed in most offices. Hopefully all these IV league dude's will find a solution soon :-)


Did you meet the Harvard Law President - whom you wildly supported because of his hunkish looks - and ask him why all the Harvard/Chicago/Princeton/Yale dude(th)s in White House can not stop the mascara like oil in everyone's fawcett?

pappu
06-09-2010, 11:19 AM
Nope. I didn't meet our President. I wish I did though. Oil spill is at the top of the list in D.C and was discussed in most offices. Hopefully all these IV league dude's will find a solution soon :-)

IV did have a meeting in the White house during advocacy day but with the officials.

mmk123
06-09-2010, 12:02 PM
Contributed $100
Receipt ID: 2032-6878-1457-1016

Keep up the good work and Thanks!

Eternal_Hope
06-09-2010, 12:11 PM
Thank you - mmk123 - for your contributions.

With your contributions the total is now $18,500.

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Getting our "voice" to the "ears thats matter" is a huge accomplishment! We need to keep this momentum going.

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santb1975
06-09-2010, 12:46 PM
We had 320 meetings all in all..God bless the person who was tracking the meetings, minutes etc :-). I will send out my minutes this week. Thanks to everyone who worked 18 hour days for this event.

My foot are all blistered up after walking between 12 different offices in 4 different buildings. it took me 1.5 hours to walk from one of the Senate building to the house building across the capital..I had to take my shoes off in between and just sit infront of capital building..I was ready to walk with bare foot but the dress code on the hill didn't allow it....A few of us were limping yesterday evening..All in all it was good work. We have to keep up the pace for the next year and hopefully someday soon we will all be proud of it :)....

We can't do the work without $$ though. I used to think if Money is the only problem then we don't have a problem but the last two days made me realize that not having $$ could set us back.

IV did have a meeting in the White house during advocacy day but with the officials.

santb1975
06-09-2010, 02:23 PM
Our Goal for this event was $50000 and so far we did not even raise 20k. We are approximately 60% under target. We won't be able to have another event like this if we go down this path. The last thing we want to happen is our efforts to stall due to lack of dollars. it would undo everything we have done in the past 4.5 years

santb1975
06-09-2010, 02:38 PM
Unique Transaction ID #3XP25064H0206643P

ritu_raj
06-09-2010, 02:45 PM
Transaction ID: 8L45335235104135M

rajimmigration
06-09-2010, 02:46 PM
Donated : $100
Transaction ID: 96F155728W757574R

santb1975
06-09-2010, 02:50 PM
We have 31,250$ more to go..

ritu_raj
06-09-2010, 03:00 PM
That's only 625 guys with $50 each or 313 with $100. We definitely have more members than that.

pappu
06-09-2010, 03:56 PM
Our Goal for this event was $50000 and so far we did not even raise 20k. We are approximately 60% under target. We won't be able to have another event like this if we go down this path. The last thing we want to happen is our efforts to stall due to lack of dollars. it would undo everything we have done in the past 4.5 years

This is correct. with 40K + members we expect a lot more support for organizing any event. Let us push hard and keep this thread on the top. If we cannot even have 1000 members contributing $50 each out of our 40 thousand membership it is very disappointing.

santb1975
06-09-2010, 09:37 PM
bump

spicy_guy
06-10-2010, 01:44 AM
Come forward, guys!

I strongly believe, we need to post this link to other forums to get more people on board.

Pagal
06-10-2010, 03:44 AM
^^bump^^

Go IV!

mantagon
06-10-2010, 12:49 PM
...of how people can be so self-centered and myopic!!

Come on guys, for once, think about what your "petty $50 or $100" can do for the entire legal community stuck in limbo!!

Go IV!!

This is correct. with 40K + members we expect a lot more support for organizing any event. Let us push hard and keep this thread on the top. If we cannot even have 1000 members contributing $50 each out of our 40 thousand membership it is very disappointing.

Caliber
06-10-2010, 01:01 PM
My foot are all blistered up after walking between 12 different offices in 4 different buildings. it took me 1.5 hours to walk from one of the Senate building to the house building across the capital..I had to take my shoes off in between and just sit infront of capital building..I was ready to walk with bare foot but the dress code on the hill didn't allow it....A few of us were limping yesterday evening..All in all it was good work. We have to keep up the pace for the next year and hopefully someday soon we will all be proud of it :)....

Santb1975, I am jealous of you. You have a great achievement to tell your children on what you did to get your GC. I missed this opportunity to tell my grand Children any story.

Thanks to you and all who participated in DC event. You guys helped people like me who are either Lazy or found some reason(s) NOT to attend.

pappu
06-10-2010, 01:33 PM
We need lot of support to cover the expenses. If you have not yet contributed, please contribute now. Please post the link on other threads and sites too.

Pagal
06-11-2010, 07:49 AM
^^Bump^^

what_now
06-11-2010, 09:50 AM
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sanatshah
06-11-2010, 10:33 AM
Contributed $50.
Receipt ID: 0552-4596-8612-6814

pappu
06-11-2010, 02:24 PM
Contributed $50.
Receipt ID: 0552-4596-8612-6814

Thanks. Let us continue this drive until we reach our goal. It is important to reach our goal so that we can clear all dues related to this event.

needhelp!
06-11-2010, 06:52 PM
A Great Big Thank You to all of you who have been Contributing to enable IV to organize an event of this proportion.

My sincere gratitude for the countless hours/days/weeks/months that IV leadership has donated in doing the background work and getting the advocacy days put together. Special thanks to Aman, Himanshu, Pratik, Anu, Jay, Sivkanth, Gopal, Puneet, Kiran, Meenal, Prasad, Bimal, Vikrant, Devang, Ravi, Renji, Ameet & all the DC folk who arranged for out-of-staters to stay in their homes and helped with all the logistics. I got to witness your contributions first-hand. Thank You to your families who supported you and to all the other volunteers working remotely and finally to the ones that I inadvertently left out, a humongous thanks to you too! Kudos to the member from California who attended the event despite having a sick baby at home. Many many attendees have made many many personal sacrifices to come for this event and they are worthy of applause.

At first, I was hesitant to join because I hadn't been as actively involved in the past months; there was too much personal stuff going on that needed to be dealt with; too much work load, and taking vacation now meant I would have to take unpaid leave when I needed it later. Plus the cost of tickets and getting away from family responsibilities. I thought I could escape with a $ contribution and let someone else do the real work. However, a few phone calls later, I realized how lame all this sounded when people that didn't need to be doing this were working hard for my issues and volunteering for an effort of which I was going to be a beneficiary. It helped that we had a team of members from Texas chapter who had already come forward to go to DC and others were contributing to enable more members to participate.

Many conference calls were organized by IV leadership right up to the day of the event and many volunteers made hundreds of phone calls to request our members to participate and represent their state and districts. After all, members of congress are working to solve issues that are most affecting their own constituents and having members from their own district coming to DC carries a lot of weight. Many IV members I spoke with had some problem or another and couldn't make it, and then there were few that really wanted to help out in any way they could. In the background, meetings were being sought from both Senate and House representatives, and confirmations were coming in right up to the last minute.

Situation Room on Sunday:
Got to the Situation Room in Hyatt on Sunday afternoon. Nervous excitement was in the air. Meeting new faces & reconnecting with old ones brought back memories of September 2007 and the atmosphere of college festivals. Training sessions were already in progress, followed by mock sessions which I thought were a terrific idea. There were printers set up and volunteers were at work printing business cards and IV information materials and arranging them into folders. Another row of tables had been set up for signing in, IV coordinator & state chapter leaders were matching up meetings with team members , reaching out to members to confirm their attendance and new members were pouring in throughout the day and evening. Pictures were being taken and posted on the blog. Past and present USCIS Ombudsman visited us there and supported us and spent time talking to us one on one. There were a couple of people that had joined IV just a few days ago and now participating in Lobby Day. Then there was my DC host who was not going to be able to participate in the meetings, but the energy of the situation room got to him and made him change his decision. And how couldn't it! I stayed there helping out until midnight, but a few folks didn't leave until the wee hours of dawn. I must confess that IV Situation Room is THE most fun thing to do in DC. For those of you who missed it, I hope Congress does nothing and you get another chance when IV plans this again. (just kidding...)

Monday - Day 1 of Advocacy:
We met in situation room in the morning. Everyone picked up their schedules for the day and were off to a day of true grass-roots work of educating Congressional staff of our issues and proposing solutions. The most important part was telling our own stories of how the process is affecting our lives and driving talent out of the country. The staff members were very polite and listened carefully to our points. Not one of them argued against any of our issues. The support was there, although we did hear things about political climate causing the delay in action on part of Congress. I was done with meetings at 4 pm on Monday and we walked across the Capitol and onto New Jersey Avenue enjoying the perfect DC weather on our way back to the Situation Room. Folders had to be prepared for the next day and schedules created as well, since there were some last minute meetings coming in & some members not able to make it for the next day. We also had to pack and move and set up the new room upstairs since we switched rooms in the Hyatt. Once again, we got out of there at 3.30 am, and had to get back in by 9am.

Tuesday - Day 2 of Advocacy
Another full day of meetings was in store for everyone. We had fewer members on Tuesday since a lot of them had gone back on Monday and a lot of members did at least a few meetings by themselves. By this time we were all experts at the message we needed to deliver. Once again the response was similar. Some of the offices gave us leads into other representatives that might be able to champion the issue. Some of them were supportive of administrative fixes that could be done while Congress contemplates on larger fixes. Tuesday was the first time I had meetings on both the House and Senate side and we walked through the Capitol to get to the other side. There is a little mini train you can ride and the building has impressive murals and architecture. But we had very little time to appreciate those in detail. I had the opportunity to meet one Senator himself and it was a whole new feeling being face-to-face and talking to someone that shapes American future laws everyday and is directly going to vote on my issue. This is what democracy was all about, and IV was the enabler providing me the opportunity to be heard on the Hill.


Tuesday - Congressional Reception
This was held in the Capitol itself, we had leading lawyers attend as well as Ombudsman and Congressional staff and lobbyists. There was some nice food to be enjoyed by all, informal discussions, humor and brainstorming for the future. After the 2 hour reception many had flights to catch and rest of us went back to wrap up in the Situation room and brainstorm for the future.

At the end of it all, I was a little sad to leave all the excitement and return to "normal" life. But there is tons of work to be done in local chapters and those of us who have been to DC know how important it is to go and seek out the members from each and every constituency from our state, get members to come forward and talk to the media, and finally raise funds so that we can continue lobbying Congress to fix this problem.

Thank You IV for providing us with this platform to get our voices heard where it matters the most. Go IV!

looivy
06-11-2010, 11:42 PM
Just made a contribution towards a cause that is going to help me and many others in EB-3.

Transaction ID 53N105119G113154V

gsc999
06-12-2010, 02:25 AM
Thanks for your feedback. It was great to be part of this amazing Advocacy event. I was inspired to see so many folks working so hard for a common cause.
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A Great Big Thank You to all of you who have been Contributing to enable IV to organize an event of this proportion.

Thank You IV for providing us with this platform to get our voices heard where it matters the most. Go IV!

pappu
06-14-2010, 09:49 AM
Thank you Needhelp for posting your experience from the Advocacy day event.

gclessland
06-14-2010, 10:15 AM
Contributed $50.

ca_immigrant
06-15-2010, 01:51 AM
^^^^^

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Rajeev
06-15-2010, 10:35 AM
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whattodo21
06-16-2010, 09:32 AM
Sorry I could not participate in the DC event. My small contribution ($100) to the herculean effort IV undertook in DC.
I will donate as and when I can.

Thank you IV for working on our issues tirelessly, and making our voices heard where it matters.

My great appreciation to members who took time off from work, and spent money (airline, hotels, meals and whatever else). You represented us all and for that I am grateful.

hpandey
06-16-2010, 09:34 AM
Thanks Whattodo for your contribution .. every bit helps our cause ..

Eternal_Hope
06-16-2010, 10:47 AM
Thanks Whattodo for your contribution .. every bit helps our cause ..


'hpandey', can you please update the total and also take it from here to keep the funding drive energized?

Thank you.

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pappu
06-17-2010, 05:11 PM
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new_horizon
06-17-2010, 05:21 PM
Donated $100 on 6/17/10
Transaction ID: 3DU96476XK7404724

amitjoey
06-17-2010, 07:58 PM
'hpandey', can you please update the total and also take it from here to keep the funding drive energized?

Thank you.

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Total on this thread is $19,200. Total on the other thread is $650
The Grand total is $19,850.

Thank you Eternal_Hope, hpandey and Pappu

Can we get to $25000 before the end of this week?

willigetgc?
06-18-2010, 10:33 AM
Another $50 from me.

hpandey
06-18-2010, 11:32 AM
Thanks Willgetgc !!

Total now 19,900 ... come on guys another 100 to cross 20,000 at least in the next 1 hour ..

mjdup
06-18-2010, 12:43 PM
- just contributed $100 to reach the target, small little things I could do to keep the momentum and appreciate all the hard work from core and other members.

thanks,

axp817
06-18-2010, 12:51 PM
Among other contributions, I had pledged to sponsor a member travelling to DC for upto $200.

The member that I was in touch with, Shantanup, found another IV member that offered to host him, and he didn't need my $200 anymore.

So here is my $200 contribution, which now goes straight to IV.

Paypal Transaction ID: 6P472796EW947001F

Everyone reading this thread, I highly, highly recommend you take a look at this.

http://immigrationvoice.org/forum/forum16-iv-agenda-and-legislative-updates/1598314-be-unreasonable-and-a-cause-of-progress.html#post1964314

Thanks,

amitjoey
06-18-2010, 12:52 PM
Thanks Willgetgc !!

Total now 19,900 ... come on guys another 100 to cross 20,000 at least in the next 1 hour ..

Thanks hpandey for helping with this thread

amitjoey
06-18-2010, 12:54 PM
- just contributed $100 to reach the target.
thanks,


So here is my $200 contribution


Thanks,



Thanks mjdup and axp817 for your contributions.
Total is $20,200

vbhup2
06-18-2010, 01:43 PM
Just contributed $100.00

hpandey
06-18-2010, 01:47 PM
THANKS VBHUP2 !!!

Every little bit goes a long way..

TOTAL NOW 20300

amitjoey
06-18-2010, 02:54 PM
$150 from the other thread.
Total now $20,450

mightykandy
06-18-2010, 02:58 PM
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amitjoey
06-18-2010, 05:56 PM
6x388477wu509304v

Thank you mightykandy

Total $20,500

pappu
06-21-2010, 03:08 PM
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Eternal_Hope
06-22-2010, 08:38 AM
Contributed $50 through paypal.
Transaction ID: 1PU72694YC425325M

Had sent $50 earlier to support my state chapter's efforts with the rally.

We received our Green Cards yesterday. Earlier this year I filed I-I40 under EB-1 (Outstanding Researcher / Professor). Was frustrated with non-movement of our EB-2 (Nov-05 PD, filed through spouse) and possibility of it getting denied. Over the last year, had to reply to over 6 RFEs (medical, signature, address issues, marriage bonafide,...) and a NOID (AC-21 issue) on spouse's EB-2 petition. When we received NOID, that was it, we decided to go for EB-1 through me. Trying to progress in our careers and still maintaining the green card process has not been easy. Changing addresses, maintaining separare residences, changing jobs .... all become nightmares once the permanent residency process starts.

In the last 10 years, I have seen the worst and the best of USCIS. It has been a very challenging journey. Over this time the collective value all of us provide through IV has been invaluable.

I am surprised that people just joining the EB-based permanent residency queue don't contribute more to IV. Also, EB-3s all over (India, China, Worldwide) and EB-2 (India, China), have to realize that things will just not change on their own. I was of a similar mindset in 2006, I used to think that policy makers know what we are going through and things will be set right. However, 4 years later, I know that that's not the case. Frankly, legislatures just dont know (or care enough) about our issues.

Final words (of more unsolicited advise) from me - join your state chapters. That will give you more confidence and understanding on how IV operates and where funds go. Lastly, contribute .. there can be no excuse... contribute and become involved...sitting on the sidelnes will not help......

Thank you IV ... I will continue to participate ......

Non-contributing members don't double guess yourselves.... become active ..

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pappu
06-22-2010, 10:38 AM
Contributed $50 through paypal.
Transaction ID: 1PU72694YC425325M

Had sent $50 earlier to support my state chapter's efforts with the rally.

We received our Green Cards yesterday. Earlier this year I filed I-I40 under EB-1 (Outstanding Researcher / Professor). Was frustrated with non-movement of our EB-2 (Nov-05 PD, filed through spouse) and possibility of it getting denied. Over the last year, had to reply to over 6 RFEs (medical, signature, address issues, marriage bonafide,...) and a NOID (AC-21 issue) on spouse's EB-2 petition. When we received NOID, that was it, we decided to go for EB-1 through me. Trying to progress in our careers and still maintaining the green card process has not been easy. Changing addresses, maintaining separare residences, changing jobs .... all become nightmares once the permanent residency process starts.

In the last 10 years, I have seen the worst and the best of USCIS. It has been a very challenging journey. Over this time the collective value all of us provide through IV has been invaluable.

I am surprised that people just joining the EB-based permanent residency queue don't contribute more to IV. Also, EB-3s all over (India, China, Worldwide) and EB-2 (India, China), have to realize that things will just not change on their own. I was of a similar mindset in 2006, I used to think that policy makers know what we are going through and things will be set right. However, 4 years later, I know that that's not the case. Frankly, legislatures just dont know (or care enough) about our issues.

Final words (of more unsolicited advise) from me - join your state chapters. That will give you more confidence and understanding on how IV operates and where funds go. Lastly, contribute .. there can be no excuse... contribute and become involved...sitting on the sidelnes will not help......

Thank you IV ... I will continue to participate ......

Non-contributing members don't double guess yourselves.... become active ..

.....................................

Congrats on your Green Card.

Thanks for your contributions. You have said it correctly. Many people do not know the mess they are in. They still think Government knows their problem and it will be solved soon or some magical spillover will happen. Everyone seems to be a so called expert on politics or we blindly follow so called political experts on other blogs just because that person has a law degree. After many years of grind and struggle we realize the reality of the political situation and understand that unless we make efforts ourselves nobody else will do anything for us. Everyone else out there is in for their own vested interests and we as a community have to look out for ourselves.

EB3 India, China, ROW etc are all in a far more greater mess they have not yet imagined. We still believe in useless predictions that only raises false hopes. I see people in EB3 I still thinking that their dates will move in the next quarter or quarter after next.... This goes on every quarter until they give up and contact IV to offer to work with us and fix this problem. Only after some of us have waited for several years and suffered badly in our lives and careers we get desperate for greencard and take part in IV activities.

I agree the sense of urgency is missing in a lot of new filers. This is because the reality has not hit them. Some of us do not even understand or have any idea of the opposition and roadblocks out there for simple fixes. Some of us still do not know about lobbying, how it works and still think that writing junk emails to officials or lawmakers will get any fix done. We have seen so many threads on forums and really wonder why people cannot simply take a day off and meet their lawmakers. Why can't they take time off and come to DC with us and take part in advocacy day. Meeting an official in person is worth more than millions of junk emails we may write to any official.

It will take time, but with time IV platform will grow, educate our members on advocacy in USA and we will surely succeed.

santb1975
06-23-2010, 11:34 PM
It has been a real busy year with long working days and multiple complex projects that have been taking away my weekends when I first saw the news about Advocacy days planned by Immigration Voice in Washington D.C. That was definitely not another thing I had time and energy for. My first thought about the event was that I will make it if I can. As days went by I did not want to miss this event. I thought I would regret if I missed this. After a couple of years of no talks about immigration, Advocacy days provided a good opportunity to focus and advocate for issues we all have been living with for many years with many more to come. My vacation request was sent for approval to all the project managers I have been working with and got approved.
I landed in D.C saturday evening and went to the situation room on Sunday. The situation room was filled with passionate people who have made a choice to dedicate their time to advocate for issues faced by our community. All of us had a lot to accomplish over the next three days. Every one of us had anywhere between four to eight meetings with people who write laws that shape this nation and determine its future. There were a few events happening in the situation room throughout the day like registering members, giving out meeting schedules, tracking schedule changes, training members on how to handle meetings with law makers, mockup lawmaker meetings, preparing meeting materials, printing business cards, making sure everyone has necessary accommodation, making sure everyone knows where their meetings are, who their team members are etc. Towards the end of the day, former USCIS Ombudsman made a visit to the situation room and told all of us how important it is for us to take our issues to law makers and keep up with the work we have done when we go back home. Things donít happen in life if we donít try. He really felt bad for all of us who had to walk between House and Senate offices for our meetings over the next couple of days. It was around 11 PM when most of us were ready for the next day. I met my team before I left the situation room and I knew our team was high performing and would do really well. A few people stayed back to finish up and it turns out everyone who stayed back were up until 4 AM.
We had five meetings scheduled for day 1 in three different buildings on the same side of the capital building. We picked up an additional meeting over the ones we were already scheduled for since we had additional time. Everyone we met knew our issues and were very supportive. No one needed an introduction. Our team accomplished a lot on day and we felt really good. Towards the end of the day and my foot started screaming. Walking between three large buildings which serve as offices for House of Representatives and climbing steep staircases gave me one less blister compared to what I normally get after finishing a half Marathon and next day was not going to be a day of rest.
My second day turned out to be more exciting compared to the first one. I had five meetings scheduled and I was going solo for my first two lawmaker meetings. I had an opportunity to give a process overview of obtaining permanent residency (Green Card) for highly skilled legal immigrants in one office and that felt really good. After my second meeting I met my IV friends from Southern California and we all headed to our next meeting together. We went to the Rayburn cafeteria to get lunch after. Just when I thought I had luxury of having a 90 minute lunch and only two more meetings to go to for the day my foot really started screaming. The dress code on the hill did not allow me to take my shoes off and stretch my foot or wear sneakers. It felt better to sit for the next 90 minutes in the cafeteria compared to walking or standing. Our next meeting was in the Senate building which was on the other side of the Capital. Normally it would take about 10 to 15 minutes to walk to other side but it took over 40 minutes to reach the office we were supposed to get to only to find out that our meeting got rescheduled to 4:30 PM. I had a 5 PM meeting scheduled as well which did not give me enough time to stay for this meeting and head to the building I came from earlier. I split from my team and started walking towards the other side of the capitol hill for my 5 PM appointment almost an hour early because of my foot issues. I couldnít really walk for long after I left the senate building. I walked to the nearest bench in front of the capital. I didnít care about anyone watching me and just took my shoes off and sat down for the next 30 minutes before I could walk again. Our 5 PM meeting was with a Congressman himself and had a Core team member, myself and another member who was later offered an unpaid Internship by a lobbying firm. Just when we were wondering why the position would be unpaid we were told that the reason for being unpaid was because the green card process for the member accepting the position would be reset since It would not fall under same or similar category which made all of us crack up.
Our next stop was the congressional reception which gave us an opportunity to spend the evening with present and former USCIS Ombudsman, representatives from law makerís offices, personnel from our lobbying group and a few prominent Immigration attorneys. Our reception was wrapped out around 8 PM and we headed to the situation room for our closing meeting. Our closing meeting went on until 11 after which each one of us took our Action items and next steps to take back to our districts. Everyone we met over the past couple of days told us to keep up the work we have been doing for the past few years. Good work and great follow through always leads to good results.