Action Alert: Support Community College Access for ALL North Carolinians
NC STATE BOARD OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES
In September, the State Board of Community Colleges agreed to allow undocumented students into NC Community Colleges with certain conditions after nearly two years of intense debate. However, this will not take effect until this policy proposal goes through a “Permanent Rule-Making Process,” which could take 6-12 months. This process begins with a Public Hearing, an opportunity for community members to express their opinions on the issue. This is an essential step in ensuring that the State Board of Community Colleges continues to do the right thing by allowing all students to enroll in any NC community college. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
When: Friday, December 18, 2009
Time: 10:00 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
Where: Archives and History/State Library Building
109 East Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
Why: We have demanded access to higher education for all of our students and we must now demonstrate that we support this step in the right direction that the State Board of Community Colleges has taken. We must have enough speakers lined up to speak in favor of an open door policy, especially because we know that our opposition will also be lined up to speak against this proposal.
How YOU Can Support Education for ALL
Before Day of Hearing:
o Written Comments: Provide written comments in support of the decision to allow all students, regardless of immigration status, into NC Community Colleges. The deadline for submitting written comments is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18, 2009. Written comments may be submitted at the public hearing or may be sent as follows:
Q. Shanté Martin, Rule-making Coordinator
200 W. Jones Street, 5001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-5001
Day of Hearing, December 18, 2009:
o Oral Comments: All persons desiring to provide an oral comment must be present by 8:30am to sign in. When you sign in you will be required to provide your name, affiliation, city and state prior to speaking. Oral comments will be limited to three (3) minutes per person. The Hearing Officer prefers that any person desiring to make an oral presentation at the public hearing present a written copy of the presentation prior to addressing the hearing.
o Be Present: The room in which the Hearing will be held accommodates 215 people. We need to fill as many of those seats as we can!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How Do I Get Access to the Hearing?
You may need to provide a photo identification to enter the building. If you have questions about this, call the NC Justice Center at 919-856-2178 and leave a message – English or Spanish.
Am I Allowed to Speak at the Hearing?
Anyone is allowed to speak if they have signed up between 8:30 and 10am at the hearing location. The sign-up sheet for speakers is a public document open to inspection and scrutiny by everyone. Oral comments are also available to the public the day of the event and afterwards.
The Adelante Education Coalition recognizes the rights of all people-- regardless of national origin, immigration status or citizenship status-- to have a voice in the policies that affect them. Therefore, we encourage participation by a wide range of community stakeholders in this debate, including students, parents, teachers, business leaders, faith leaders, service organizations, and beyond. We also ask participants to consider the risks or consequences in terms of immigration issues before identifying themselves or their friends/classmates in a public way. Participants 18 years old and younger are welcomed and needed, yet we recommend they discuss their decision to speak out with close family members and other trusted advisors.
If you are not a US Citizen, and you have questions about speaking at the hearing, call the NC Justice Center at 919-856-2178 and leave a message – English or Spanish.
It is important to understand that anti-immigrant leaders and groups may be participating in the public event, both inside and outside the building. Please avoid debating and negative interaction with the people with whom we disagree. If you are feeling unsafe while attending the event, please use your best judgment in deciding your level of participation. Ask for help if you need it-- we expect you will be able to identify supporters of the Adelante Coalition at the event as those wearing a sticker saying “Access to Education for All.”
For More Information Prior to the Event Contact:
Adelante Education Coalition