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stopracism 07-10-2010 10:50 AM

Margaret Harner Promotes Illegal Immigration in Michigan
 
Margaret Harner Promotes Illegal Immigration in Michigan

Margaret Harner organized an event in Ann Arbor Michigan to promote illegal immigration. Here is the original article from the Ann Arbor News:

Sunday, March 23, 2008
By Geoff Larcom
The Ann Arbor News

Her voice cracked and tears welled in her eyes as she spoke in Spanish, her children by her side.

"They took my husband away last Wednesday and left me alone with my children,'' the woman said through a translator. "I don't understand. I just came here to work. Please help me find a way so my children can see their father again.''

The woman said she doesn't want to be sent back to El Salvador. Her family had fled poverty and unemployment for a chance to work in the United States.

"It's not about me,'' she said. "It's about my children. I don't want my children to suffer.''

The emotional moment crystallized the concerns voiced by a group of more than 100 people who gathered for an emergency meeting Saturday morning at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Ypsilanti.

The contingent included members of area religious groups, immigration rights organizations, activists and University of Michigan Law School students who form the Washtenaw County Interfaith Coalition for Immigration Rights.

They gathered to raise awareness and plan a response to a series of recent raids on area immigrants' homes by federal agents from the U.S. Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

U-M law student Josh Ludmir, a member of a student group that educates about immigrant rights, translated during the meeting, which lasted about two and a half hours.

"There is a huge, diverse community in Washtenaw County that won't tolerate these violations of human rights,'' said Laura Sanders, a longtime Ann Arbor social worker who helped to organize the event.

Sanders spoke of what she called several "horrific'' violations of human rights that have occurred in Washtenaw County in recent weeks.

About two dozen immigrants attended the meeting, where about a half-dozen shared their concerns or stories with the audience.

A man who works in an auto shop tearfully spoke of his fears after officials came by and took down employees' license plate numbers.

"The only reason we are here is because of our families,'' Ludmir quoted him as saying. "I hope at some point to be able to obtain documentation and (we'll have) immigration reform.''

Minsu Longiaru, an attorney with the Washtenaw County Workers' Center, said that in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the federal government has greatly stepped up its efforts to detain immigrants and is pressuring local law enforcement officials to get involved. About 300,000 undocumented immigrants were detained last year, Longiaru said.

Last week, four members of the coalition went to Detroit to speak with immigration officials in a failed attempt to post bond for an area man recently detained by agents.

Margaret Harner, a member of the First Congregational Church who also helped organize Saturday's event, said the group was well-received. But they hope federal officials will come to a future public meeting of the coalition to discuss the treatment of immigrants.

The group discussed strategies to help, including talking to politicians, writing an economic impact statement, fundraising and establishing a sanctuary for those affected by raids.

"The most important thing is to listen and learn what is happening,'' Saunders said.

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According to the Michigan Independent, you can get involved by contacting Margaret Harner at:

Margaret Harner
nsharner@comcast.net

http://www.michiganindependent.com/2...d-local-homes/

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Margaret Harner is married to Ivan Harner. They are members of The First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t...van_harner.jpg
Ivan Harner


The First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor
608 East William Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: (734) 662-1679
Fax: (734) 662-0302
office@fccannarbor.org
www.fccannarbor.org

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Ivan Harner is the Executive Director of the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan. Here is information about him from the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan web site:

Mr. Harner is Executive Director of the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan. As the organization's chief administrative officer Mr. Harner is responsible for resource development, management and supervision of all operations. Mr. Harner also serves as the Regional Director for the Hemophilia Treatment Center Network that includes 19 treatment centers in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.

A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Mr. Harner holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Arts degrees. Mr. Harner is a member of a number of professional organizations including, Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE); Fellow and Certified Member, Association of Behavioral Healthcare Management; and an Advanced Member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.


Ivan Harner
Executive Director
Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan
1921 West Michigan Avenue
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 544-0015, ext. 26
(800) 482-3041
http://www.hfmich.org/
hfm@hfmich.org

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Margaret and Ivan Harner are supporters of an Ann Arbor social service agency called Ozone House. Ozone House provides a safe place, shelter, and continued support to runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth in the community.

Ozone House
1705 Washtenaw Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3548
phone: (734) 662-2265, (734) 662-2222
fax: (734) 662-9724
info@ozonehouse.org
www.ozonehouse.org

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Michigan State Representative Rebekah Warren thanked Margaret and Ivan Warner for their support. In addition, Rebekah Warren thanked Arbor Brewery and Corner Brewery owners Matt and Rene Greff. Matt and Rene Greff flaunt hiring illegal aliens and were previously featured on this ALIPAC thread:

http://www.alipac.us/ftopict-178397.html


Rebekah Warren
Michigan State Representative
234 8th Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
rebekahwarren.com

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Margaret Harner is the treasurer for the Washtenaw Area Council for Children.

http://www.washtenawchildren.org/index.htm

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Margaret Warner is part of the Student Advocacy Center of Michigan.

Student Advocacy Center of Michigan
1921 West Michigan Avenue
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
phone: (734) 482-0489
fax: (734) 482-0737
http://www.studentadvocacycenter.org/index.shtml

Leslie Harrington (Executive Director) - leslie@studentadvocycenter.org
Laurie Flemington (Advocate) - laurie@studentadvocycenter.org
Margaret Harner (Advocate) - margaret@studentadvocycenter.org
Ashley Blake (Educational Advocate) - ashley@studentadvocycenter.org
Joy Lange (Advocate) - joy@studentadvocycenter.org
Mary Jackson (Advocate) - mary@studentadvocycenter.org
Michael Patterson (Clinical Therapist) - michael@studentadvocycenter.org
Cara Talaska (Therapist) - cara@studentadvocycenter.org
Victoria Gross (Administrative Assistant) - victoria@studentadvocycenter.org
Penny Laperriere (Accountant) - penny@studentadvocycenter.org

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Margaret S. Harner (born 1917)
1350 Huron River Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 483-3464

Margaret Harner (born 1944)
1350 Huron River Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 483-3464

Ivan C. Harner (born 1945)
1350 Huron River Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 483-3464

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Margaret Harner pushed the Ann Arbor City Council to pass a resolution opposing Arizona’s immigration law.

“This is an issue of fairness and safety for all of our communities. The Arizona law endorses racial profiling, and it hurts public safety. Police should be spending their time protecting neighborhoods, not chasing around immigrant workers, families and students. I’m glad that Ann Arbor stood up for civil rights today, because this misguided law in Arizona could very easily come to Michigan.” – Margaret Harner

Here is the complete article:

Ann Arbor City Council adopts resolution opposing Arizona's controversial new immigration law
mlive.com
July 6, 2010

http://www.annarbor.com/news/ann-arb...migration-law/
Ann Arbor became the first Michigan city to go on record opposing Arizona's controversial new immigration law when the City Council adopted a resolution tonight in a 9-1 vote.
http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t...andi_smith.jpg
Council Members Sabra Briere, right, and Sandi Smith convinced their peers on council to approve a resolution Tuesday night urging repeal of Arizona's controversial immigration law.

That resolution opposes Arizona's Senate Bill 1070, which has caused national
controversy since it was signed into law in April. The local vote came just hours after the U.S. government filed a federal lawsuit against Arizona to stop the law from taking effect in three weeks.

Federal lawyers claim the law encroaches on the federal responsibility for immigration enforcement and say Arizona has crossed a constitutional line. The Arizona law would require police to question the immigration status of suspects when there is reasonable suspicion they are in the country illegally.
"Certainly I'm in agreement with what is before us tonight," Mayor John Hieftje said in offering his support for the resolution.

Council Member Tony Derezinski, D-2nd Ward, noted that anyone who looks around the council table will see a lot of "curious names" like his own, and Hieftje, Hohnke and Rapundalo.

“This is an immigrant nation. We are all immigrants," Derezinski said.
The resolution was sponsored by Council Members Sabra Briere and Sandi Smith, both Democrats from the 1st Ward.

Council Member Stephen Rapundalo, D-2nd Ward, was the only one to oppose it. He said he didn't like the Arizona law, but didn't believe it was a matter that warranted council action.

"This really is not an issue for the City Council at the moment," he said. "We really do have more pressing issues to be dealing with at this moment, which are our roads and our budget issues."

A native of Canada, Rapundalo noted he is an immigrant to the United States.
The federal government claims the Arizona measure threatens to give rise to a "patchwork of state and local immigration policies throughout the country" prohibited by federal law.

A community coalition led by the Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrants Rights urged passage of the resolution tonight, saying Ann Arbor could send a message to other municipalities across the country that racism won't be tolerated.

Other supporters at the meeting came from groups like the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, the University of Michigan, One Michigan, the Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission, the local Latino community, the Ann Arbor Workers Center, Michigan Peaceworks and Reform Immigration for America.
Several people spoke on the issue, and dozens more watched from the sidelines, cheering and applauding as the resolution passed.

“This is an issue of fairness and safety for all of our communities,” Margaret Harner of the Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrants Rights said in a statement. “The Arizona law endorses racial profiling, and it hurts public safety. Police should be spending their time protecting neighborhoods, not chasing around immigrant workers, families and students. I’m glad that Ann Arbor stood up for civil rights today, because this misguided law in Arizona could very easily come to Michigan.”

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Margaret and Ivan Harner still have their home for sale for $485,000.

http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t...arner_home.jpg

“Enjoy the peaceful setting of this beautiful home located in Ypsilanti, MI in a great family neighborhood. Single family, four bedrooms, four baths. This is a great looking home in a well established neighborhood. Conveniently located near Ypsilanti school district.”

http://www.fizber.com/michigan-buy-s...-10662836.html

Ypsilanti schools is generally not for people who live in $485,00 homes.


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