On our bus, I've heard talk that white supremacists will be descending on Little Rock, where one of the IWFR buses is set to stop.
To satisfy so many constituencies, the IWFR agenda needed to respond to a variety of concerns, with legalization topping Latinos' list of priorities and family reunification dominant among Asians' worries.
In the IWFR, as its name would suggest, the unifying experience emphasized is that of workers, though the riders describe a struggle for both economic and racial justice.
Those fears were fulfilled all too vividly in Sierra Blanca, Texas, when two IWFR buses were stopped at an INS checkpoint.
Nabil is a volunteer with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), who asked him to represent them on the IWFR.
At the core of the IWFR is an evolving and sometimes rocky relationship between organized labor and the broader immigrant rights community, which have strong common interests but also some different priorities.
But, Sharry cautions, the IWFR should not count on sweeping legislative changes in the short term.
Among other objectives, IWFR organizers--including labor, civil rights, community, immigrant, and business groups--seek a "clear road to citizenship" for immigrant workers, the right of non-citizens to reunite their families, and the protection of immigrants' labor rights and civil liberties.
Now IWFR organizers seek the backing of NEA members and affiliates--to endorse the IWFR, sponsor riders, organize local events, or make contributions.