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walking_dude
01-30-2008, 12:38 PM
Media coverage of the situation faced by Highly-skilled immigrants has been negligible or nil. As a result many of the lawmakers are unaware of the situation faced by us. IV has come forward to make a Press Release on our behalf to educate the media on the impact of the issue on our community.

Now that IV has done it's part and issued a Press Release outlining the issues faced by highly-skilled employment immigrants in Michigan, onus is on MI members, and others, to call upon the MI newspapers and media to cover our issues as outlined in the press release.

I request all MI members, and others, to call up and/or E-mail the newspapers urging them to feature a newstory covering the issues faced by our community citing IV PR as the source. We are also in the process of collecting and collating stories from people who were rejected licences due to the new rule.

If we can get our stories to the media it will provide publicity to our issues and get noticed by Michigan lawmakers while deciding on the new law. Hence it's really crticial for all of us to participate and make this action item a success story.

Here's a template you can use to E-mail. Put your name and address as newspapers don't normally respond to E-mails sent anonymously. Also customize as required. Please kep the reference to IV Press Release as it's important to get coverage for our issue.



Dear Editor,

I'm a regular reader of your newspaper, and would like you to cover the issues faced by legal highly-skilled immigrants due to decision by Michigan Secretary of State Ms. Terri Lynn Land to deny Driving Licences to residents on temporary visa status. This rule impacts thousands of legal immigrant workers in Michigan, like me, by impacting our ability to commute to work. It also affects a large number of International students studying in the state universities.

As a regular reader , I feel disappointed by the lack of media coverage for an issue affecting thousands in the state, including yours. Immigration Voice (http://www.immigrationvoice.org) , a non-profit grassroots organization working to fix the issues faced by legal employment-based immigrants has issued a press release on the issue.

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/1/prweb661904.htm

I urge you to cover this issue through a news story. Immigration Voice has been collecting stories from affected members of our community. If your newsreporters need any help in developing the story, Immigration Voice can certainly help you on this issue. Michigan chapter of Immigration Voice can be contacted by E-mailing - vivek AT ImmigrationVoice DOT org

Sincerely,
xxxx

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IV Press Release - http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/1/prweb661904.htm

IV update on the Press Release - http://immigrationvoice.org/forum/showpost.php?p=218184&postcount=30

Contact info for MI Newspapers - http://action.aclumich.org/michigannewspapers

sj2273
01-30-2008, 12:41 PM
Emailed Detroit News and Free Press
and NPR(Miradio.org)

walking_dude
01-30-2008, 12:46 PM
Thanks.

Also, E-mail them the IV Press Release too so that they understand that a whole community is impacted by the issue and there is an organization working on this issue. We are collecting stories from members and can provide to media if they contact us.

Anyone with licence rejection contact - vivek AT ImmigrationVoice DOT org

We want to get our issues covered by media. Everyone please help us get our DL issues covered by them.

Thanks again for doing the right thing.

Emailed Detroit News and Free Press
and NPR(Miradio.org)

walking_dude
01-30-2008, 01:24 PM
Here's a template you can use to E-mail. Put your name and address as newspapers don't normally respond to E-mails sent anonymously. Also customize as required. Please kep the reference to IV Press Release as it's important to get coverage for our issue.

Contact info for MI Newspapers - http://action.aclumich.org/michigannewspapers



Dear Editor,

I'm a regular reader of your newspaper, and would like you to cover the issues faced by legal highly-skilled immigrants due to decision by Michigan Secretary of State Ms. Terri Lynn Land to deny Driving Licences to residents on temporary visa status. This rule impacts thousands of legal immigrant workers in Michigan, like me, by impacting our ability to commute to work. It also affects a large number of International students studying in the state universities.

As a regular reader , I feel disappointed by the lack of media coverage for an issue affecting thousands in the state, including yours. Immigration Voice (http://www.immigrationvoice.org) , a non-profit grassroots organization working to fix the issues faced by legal employment-based immigrants has issued a press release on the issue.

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/1/prweb661904.htm

I urge you to cover this issue through a news story. Immigration Voice has been collecting stories from affected members of our community. If your newsreporters need any help in developing the story, Immigration Voice can certainly help you on this issue. Michigan chapter of Immigration Voice can be contacted by E-mailing - vivek AT ImmigrationVoice DOT org

Sincerely,
xxxx

<<name>>
<<address>>
<<phone>>

niklshah
01-30-2008, 01:49 PM
Sent email to detroit free press and detroit news

zCool
01-30-2008, 02:41 PM
Sent email to all the ones below..
Use following list!

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walking_dude
01-30-2008, 03:10 PM
Thanks. Hope you sent individual E-mail to each one of them.

My request to everyone is don't send Bulk E-mails addressed to all newspapers. It will get ignored. Only individually addressed E-mails have a chance of getting read.

Also, please don't resort to the short cut of using BCC for all the E-mails. There is a high likelihood that your E-mail will get labelled SPAM and get deleted or land in 'SPAM'/'Bulk Mail' folder.

If your E-mail is ignored as Bulk mail it doesn't serve our purpose. So please customize the message and send individual E-mails to your local newspapers. Local papers in your city/county are more likely to give weightage to your E-mail than a newspaper based in a faraway city or county. Target local newspapers first.

Sent email to all the ones below..
Use following list!

mbartosik
01-30-2008, 05:19 PM
Tomorrow we will have something more substantial to release.
I would recommend that tomorrow when we release this that people phone up the local media, speaking with someone is better than email.

ps57002
01-30-2008, 05:49 PM
oops wrong post

walking_dude
01-31-2008, 10:39 AM
A friendly reminder to all MI members. Write personalized E-mails to your newspapers. This may be our chance to make the lawmakers and the media aware of our issues.

Please participate in a campaign which is very important to all of us.