Immigrant-Youth

I made these when I was feeling all types of ways and in a frenzy. Here they are! You can buy a pack of 10 of these for $5, all profits going to Atlas DIY. Atlas DIY is a center for immigrant youth in Brooklyn, NY. I chose Atlas because I want the donation to have as much impact as possible instead of donating to corporate non-profit where our donation wouldn’t make too much of a dent. 

More on Atlas–> Atlast: DIY, Powered by Immigrant Youth, is creating a world powered by the joy, freedom, and endless possibility of all youth everywhere. We do this by working with immigrant youth to unlock access to legal services, learning opportunities and leadership development, in a space owned, run and governed by the youth themselves.

Check everyone around you with these direct (yet kind of chill) cards!

Fight for America: Summary of Political Activism Action Items (11/20-11/28)

DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE

 - CALL  to speak out against DAPL and to stop violence against the protestors:

1.) North Dakota Governor 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58505-0100 | 701.328.2200: phone | 701.328.2205: fax | web contact form

2.) The White House at 202-456-1111

3.)  Energy Transfer Partners, the pipeline owner ― Lee Hanse, executive vice president, 210-403-6455; Glenn Emery, vice president, 210-403-6762; Michael (Cliff) Waters, lead analyst, 713-989-2404.

4.)  Army Corps of Engineers, which issued the permit allowing construction of the pipeline, even though it would cross under the Missouri River within a half-mile of the Sioux reservation boundary, at 202-761-5903.

- DONATE

- FAQ (How to Help, Send Supplies, Amazon Wish List, Legal Defense Fund)

- Sign Petition


AUDIT THE VOTE

Audit the vote will investigate not just the veracity of votes but also uncover voter suppression, voter purges, insecurities of our election system and find evidence of vulnerabilities to hacking, WHICH A RECOUNT WILL NOT DO.

- CALL DOJ:  Comment Line: 202-353-1555 | Switchboard:  202-514-2000

- Contact Ohio and North Carolina officials on alleged voter suppression efforts

related: contact officials on challenging the Electoral College

- AVOID DISINFORMATION ON RECOUNTS: Read Hillary Campaign’s Attorney on responding to Audit the Vote and Recounts


ELECT FOSTER CAMPBELL FOR SENATE (LOUISIANA)

Democrats have a chance to add another seat in the senate during LA’s senate run-off elections on Dec. 10. Early voting has already started. Donate to fund the campaign’s GOTV efforts: 

www.fostercampbell2016.com


TRUMP CORRUPTION, CRONYISM AND KLEPTOCRACY

- Sign Petition to Congress on Trump’s Conflict of Interest

- Call Members of the Oversight Committee to investigate on Donald’s conflict of interest and pay for play between his businesses and foreign countries, as well as his children’s direct involvement with his transition team: SENATE: 202 224 1700 | HOUSE:  (202) 225-5074

- Read and share NY Times report on Trump’s Conflict of Interest on using the presidency to benefit his businesses 


AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Respond to Paul Ryan’s Obamacare survey

Demand your representatives to retain ACA’s pre-existing condition insurance coverage requirement


IMMIGRATION

Contact your mayors and governors to pledge to protect undocumented immigrants and not tear families apart in their cities and states. New York, San Francisco and Chicago Mayors have already gave their pledge!

Contact your Senators to vote down appointment of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

Contact your Representatives to speak out against Muslim Registry

SCOTUS WATCH: Jennings v Rodriguez

Immigrants: Know Your Rights


LGBT YOUTH

A Texas Lawmaker wants to force teachers to out LGBT students to their parents, voice your opinion to why this is a dangerous idea: Sen. Konni Burton’s contact page

LGBTQ students have much to fear from Trump’s Education pick Betsy DeVos - Contact your senators to oppose her confirmation


RESOURCES:

- Surviving Anti-Feminism Backlash

- 10 Tips for Showing Solidarity

How to call your reps when you have social anxiety

- Find your local food bank | Donate to your local food bank

- Post Elections Help Resources

- Charities and Organizations to Avoid

- Things you can do to help aside from calling or making donations

Fight for America - Four year action plan


PREVIOUS WEEK’S ACTION ITEMS

- Lots of items on that list are still on-going/needs follow up, such as calling Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell; #StopBannon; supporting various civil rights organizations that will help the fight against Trump; monitoring Trump’s cabinet appointments; and various resources and tools for political activism. 

If you haven’t had the chance to do some of the action items, you can still do so! If you already have, make the follow up phone calls! You can also send them letters.

GOP wants Congress to be on break by Dec. 9. They want to pass the CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT by then to overturn Obama’s regulations in his last 60 days or anything he might do to minimize Trump admin ability to gut his policies. More specifically, they want to use CRA to get rid of the filibuster, so they can do anything they want without Democratic obstruction. Contact your Representatives to vote CRA down!

The time to act is now!

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2015 - The BBC went with a group of British Muslims from the Peterborough Active Youth organisation who are bringing water, food and clothing to the thousands of refugees living in primitive conditions in “the Jungle” refugee camp in Calais, France.

There they meet up with French volunteers who are also doing their best to help the refugees out. They also talk with refugees there, who have some important things to say about the situation, although for some reason one of them seems to be under the impression that David Cameron has a heart. [video]

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Migration Is About Survival, Short Documentary By grass-roots community based organization We are San Juan and Erika Martinez

San Juan Capistrano is famously known for the return of the swallows coming from South America to old mission town. Every year, thousands of people visit to celebrate the migration of the swallows. While the city prides itself in this yearly event, they continue to disregard the voice of the migrant community. San Juan has a large population of undocumented immigrants, and because it is small and isolated, border patrol strategically targets the community, harasses them, deports them, and instills a sense of fear in their daily lives. Just like the swallows, the migration of the undocumented community of San Juan is largely driven by survival. A survival that is continuously violated by destructive and invasive immigration policies.

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Meet Maryora, A Teen Who May Be Deported To Her Death In The Next Month
"I'm afraid because they tried to kill me one time and I know that there's a lot of violence."

WASHINGTON D.C. — Maryora Nicole Urbina is an effusive 15-year-old in her freshman year at a Chicago, Illinois- area high school. She enjoys her science classes and dreams about becoming a pediatrician one day. But there’s something that sets Maryora apart from her classmates: She spent two months last year traveling to the United States from Honduras after a gang member tried to kill her.

Leaked Photos Show Immigrant Children Packed In Crowded Texas Border Facilities

SAN ANTONIO — Photos leaked Thursday from a U.S. Border Patrol facility in the Rio Grande Valley show overflowing holding facilities of immigrants, many of whom are children.

The photos show hundreds of immigrants believed to be in the country illegally from Central America and Mexico being held in crowded concrete rooms similar to a jail cell. Many of the children appear to be teenagers but some clearly are younger.

The photos have a timestamp of May 27, 2014.

A spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the agency has not “officially released any photos at this time in order to protect the rights and privacy of unaccompanied minors in our care.”

Full families challenge US-Mexico border with mass reentry
March 11, 2014

Any day now, President Obama, whom immigrant groups call the “deporter in chief,” will make history by surpassing the two million mark — separating two million families through deportation during the course of his administration’s five-year reign.

In response, migrant families are making history of their own.

On March 10, 250 migrants, who have lived in the United States most of their lives, attempted to reenter the country after being deported. Many entire families are returning, while others are coming to rejoin family members still living in the United States. The group is chanting “undocumented and unafraid” as they cross through the U.S. portal that separates Tijuana from San Diego. This action, part of the #not1more campaign, marks the third mass border crossing organized by the National Immigrant Youth Alliance. The action comes as immigrant justice groups are increasingly moving beyond advocating for legislative reform and are instead turning to direct action to protest the record deportations. The group says that these actions are calling attention to the immigration crisis and the way millions of families are separated by an arbitrary boarder.

Last year, 150,000 U.S.- born children were separated from at least one parent. The majority were under the age of 10. One of these stories is that of Manuel, who spent 10 years living in Ohio with his U.S.-born children and wife. According to the National Immigrant Youth Alliance’s Facebook page, “Manuel was placed in deportation proceedings after he hired an immigration attorney who he later found out was a fraud.”

All 250 families participating in yesterday’s action have lived in the United States for a large portion of their lives, creating homes and community in this country.

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Reducing mental health stigma in the Filipino community

Recent studies have indicated an increased need for preventive mental health and social services among Filipinos, in part because of higher rates of problem behaviors such as substance use, high school dropout, and teen births compared to other Asian subgroups. Filipino adolescents were also found to have increased reports of depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts and attempts.

Despite these behavioral health challenges, Filipino adults and children have low rates of mental health care and preventive care utilization. Barriers to accessing mental health care include stigma, cultural factors (hiya or shame to the family), lack of knowledge about mental health and services, and conflicting messages about mental health received from professionals and other community leaders.

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For the thousands of unaccompanied, undocumented minors fleeing brutal violence in Central America and attempting to enter the U.S., making the case to stay isn’t easy

Because they aren’t guaranteed a lawyer, about half of these children are forced to navigate the complex immigration system alone.

Watch our in-depth report:
With no lawyers, child migrants fight alone in court to stay in the U.S. 

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What happens when someone is undocumented and uninsured and they get sick?

This infographic shows what an estimated 1 million undocumented and uninsured Californians might face. Even as the Affordable Care Act (also called Obamacare), brings health insurance to millions of Americans, many people, including undocumented youth, are left out of our changing health care system. Health care is a human right. Join the #health4all campaign.

Undocumented and Uninsured is the first study about and by immigrant youth on health care access. Researchers surveyed 550 immigrant youth throughout California–including undocumented youth and youth recently granted Deferred Action status.

We Beliebe that Another World is Possible

5 truths about immigration and criminalization that are more important than Bieber

by Isabelle Nastasia and Jenny Marks

Teen pop singer Justin Bieber was arrested last week in Florida on charges of drunk driving and resisting arrest. Because he is living in the U.S. on an O-1B Work Visa, many people reacted by demanding that he be deported. Given the American peoples’ affinity for organizing around inconsequential causes, it is no surprise that the “Deport Bieber” White House petition hit 100K signatures this week.

While Bieber’s case has captured public attention, there are a few things that we could be paying attention to instead!  In his State of the Union address, President Obama didn’t mention deportations once. He commented vaguely that we need to “get immigration reform done this year,” as he has said every year since he’s been in office. (The not-so-Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, however, remains nowhere.)

While the White House has been working on “getting it done,” groups like National Immigrant Youth Alliance and United We Dream threw down in 2013, orchestrating multiple border-crossings of undocumented immigrants, blockades of ICE bus routes, and hunger strikes. These forms of direct action escalation are challenging the very existence of ICE, detention centers, and borders.

As a result of the 100K-strong petition calling for Bieber to be be “removed from our society”, the White House is required to make a statement. As the Beliebers wait anxiously for their response, we’d like to put forth five points that are helpful in understanding the limitations of immigration reform:

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This video captures the lives of three undocumented individuals in Los Angeles, really powerful piece that puts their own stories through their own respective lens. 

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This is Hope Mathe, Andy’s courageous mother. I am sure, by now, most of you have heard of Andy’s dire situation. And I have told you my personal encounter with Andy’s brother Malcom last weekend.

Hope is going through her second fight against our broken immigration system. She, herself, has already been through detention center with Andy when they first fled here to the United States, the land of the Free, seeking asylum from death treats back in South Africa.

So why is that this beautiful mother of three has to go through this travesty not only once but twice?

She is my hero. I admire her so much for her strength.

I cannot even dare to convey the pain she is going through right now.

Please, keep-signing-the-petition. Reunite Andy with his family, where he rightfully deserves to be. No family should be going through such obstacles and pain to seek safety and freedom for their lives, for their children’s lives, for their future.

If our government and our politicians are turning a blind eye to this precious family, it is up to US to set things straight. Make the government see what they are doing right now. What are they doing?!?


The Undocumented, Unafraid, Unashamed, and Unapologetic

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Undocumented Asian Americans Step On Stage to Share Stories - NBC News

roup of undocumented Asian-Americans stepped into the spotlight in New York this month to share their personal stories – not for political points, or for a public service announcement, but for a play.

The performance, “Letters From UndocuAsians,” was written, produced and performed by members of RAISE (Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast), the first pan-Asian, undocumented, youth-led group on the East Coast.

“A lot of times our stories are pushed down or silenced,” said co-organizer and RAISE member Neriel David Ponce. “Our community makes it scary to tell our stories because it puts our family in danger.”

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SAHRA VANG NGUYEN RAISE Youth (L-R: Jefferey Louie, Maritza L., Sulgi Cho (Behind), Neriel Ponce, Razeen Zaman) perform a skit expressing the alienation they feel when others discover their undocumented status, as part of the “Letters From UndocuAsians” performance.

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Remember when President Obama said: “DREAM Act! First 100 days, for sure!” or “Now is the time for CIR.” or “Raids and separating families is not an American value.” and all the other things he used to get everyone excited?

Or maybe you remember him passing the 1,000,000 people deported mark this year. Or setting the goal of deporting 400,000 people per year. Or how he supported the expansion of [In]Secure Communities across the country, against the will of local jurisdictions and in the face of evidence of just how flawed the program is. Or how he said his administration isn’t deporting DREAMers- except when it does. Or how ICE enjoys the use of cowboy offices across the country who don’t follow what comes out of the DC offices. Or how divisions within his own party helped defeat the DREAM Act in 2010. And how certain Senators of his party continue to justify their inaction by referencing the shell of token legislation that Senator Menendez introduced….

Well, here’s a good way to remind President Obama that the Immigrant Youth Movement wants to start 2012 off on a better foot with him. Help his heart to grow for 2012 :-)