The meeting is scheduled for St. Patrick's Catholic Church immediately following the 1 pm Spanish Mass. RIC is hoping 500 people will attend, said Raquel Freeman, who is organizing the event for RIC.
Freeman said people at the meeting will tell stories about racial profiling in city neighborhoods by the Racine Police Department.
"Police pull Latinos over for no good reason," she said. Officers "ask them (Latinos) for Social Security cards and information not pertinent to their arrest. It's illegal."
Others at the meeting will address families split apart by deportation, unemployment among Latinos community and other issues affecting the community, Freeman said.
"We're working to create a better place for Latinos to live and work," she said. "There are not a lot of civil rights for people who are illegal anyway, so we're advocating for human rights in Racine."
Here's the press release from RIC:
Mayor Becker will meet with several hundred members of RIC’s Spanish-speaking membership on Sunday, September 21 at St. Patrick’s parish hall immediately after the Spanish Mass (1:00p.m.).
RIC (Racine Interfaith Coalition) is a faith-based community organization composed of religious congregations in Racine County. Their mission is to address the root causes of social problems and lead to new ways of thinking and acting.
RIC members are concerned about instances of discrimination and racial profiling in their neighborhoods. They seek assurance from Mayor Becker that immigrants – and all residents of the county – will be treated with dignity and respect.
RIC is one of nine congregation-based justice ministries in Wisconsin affiliated with WISDOM as well as the national Gamaliel Foundation.