immigration activism

Because of you:

For everyone who DID something, small or big, your efforts have been successful. Because of you:

  1. Federal hiring freeze is reversed for VA (Veteran Affairs).
  2. Green card holders can get back in country.
  3. Court deemed the Immigration Ban unconstitutional.
  4. Uber pledges $3M and immigration lawyers for its drivers after #DeleteUber trends on Twitter.
  5. Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) enrollment ads are still going to air.
  6. The ACLU raised 24M over the weekend (normally 3-4Mil/year).
  7. HHS, EPA, USDA gag order lifted.
  8. EPA climate data no longer scrubbed from website.
  9. More people of different career/religious/economic/race backgrounds are considering running for political office than ever before.
  10. MOST importantly, since we live in a participatory democracy, the people are engaged.

While more is needed, sometimes you have to celebrate your wins. Stay vigilant, but also take self care seriously. Activist burnout is a thing. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

10/17/17

Asian-Americans Hold Week-Long Protest Against Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Policies

More than 30 organizations participated in #AAPIAction, a weeklong campaign from Oct. 7-14. The groups protested a variety of Trump administration moves that affect the Asian-American community, including the termination of DACA as well as the proposed RAISE Act, which would significantly cut legal immigration.

“It is important to address all of these issues together because they all stem from deep-seated xenophobia and exclusion,” Janelle Wong, an American studies professor at the University of Maryland (UMD) told HuffPost. She helped organize an anti-racism rally at the school, which included students of a variety of backgrounds and races.

Perks that you get if you are worthy enough to date me:

1.I understand the struggles people go through better since I’m fat. My fatness gives me more empathy for those that are bullied

2.I can bake really well. I especially love making cookies

3. I’m an intersectional feminist so I have a deep understanding of problems marginalized groups go through

4. I have friends of different backgrounds to help me combat my problematic behavior

5. I am very loyal, but if I’m unhappy about our relationship I will tell you. If I find someone better I will tell you and then break up with you. I do not cheat on people

6. I’m sex positive so any kink you have I will not shame and I will discuss sex openly and honestly

7. I have good hygiene. It is a myth that fat people can’t have good hygiene and in my case, it is false. My hygiene is so good you don’t have to worry about me being unpleasant to be close to

8. I am great at cuddling. My extra fat allows for more cushion and warmth

9. I don’t have a job yet, but I consider my activism a job. If I’m not making body positive posts on Tumblr, I am going to protests and getting in touch with local leaders to promote LGBTQIA+, Feminism, POCs, Muslims and immigrants as well as those that are fat like me. Since I keep up with these issues, you won’t have a dull conversation and I still contribute to my community.

10. I have many talents that include writing, drawing, baking, dancing and leadership.

concept: instead of saying shit like “I’m not X-American I’m just American uwu” how about we think critically about why PoC must hyphenate their identities when white people can just be “American”, and also recognize that assimilation into the popular image of “America” should not be the goal of immigrant communities’ activism

So I’ve implemented this rule where I can’t post about an issue until I’ve personally made a call about it. I notice that I often slide into “awareness raising” online as a substitute for direct action. Sometimes all we can do is retweet and share, and that absolutely has value, but there’s so much more to be gained by making your voice heard with your representatives. If you’ve been putting off making a call, give it a shot today! DACA and DREAMers in America need our support. If your representative supports the bills listed, call and thank them. If they’re opposed, call and let them know you disagree with their actions and demand they allow these folks, who are arguably the definition of Americans, to remain in the country. I believe in you. Go get ’em.

"Druidry, A Wandering Faith"

My faith is a wandering faith,
A path over mountains,
A trail through the woods,
A passage from door to door.

It is a welcoming wander,
Reaching out with care;
It is a bright door that opens,
Offering a hand to the stranger.

It sees the value in others,
However they have come to me;
It holds them dear and worthy,
Recognizing them in me.

My faith is a wandering faith,
And as such, it welcomes those unsettled.
I invite all those who wander in good faith
To stand by Fire and Well and Tree with me.

-Rev. Michael J Dangler

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Today has been a day of fear and hurt for those who wander; for immigrants, for refugees, and for families who seek better for their children. The end of DACA does not improve us as a people, it dims the light we lift beside that golden door.

Today, I remember that however we come to a new land, we bring with us hope and light. And I kindle a flame, and offer a light of welcome and hope in turn.

When Being Indo-Caribbean is Just a Number

I live in New York City. One of the most diverse cities in the world, you don’t need me to tell you. Most of the activist work I do is in NYC and centers around South Asian communities. Here’s something interesting: 

Guyanese folk are the 5th largest immigrant group in NYC. (largely Indo-Guyanese)

Indians and Bengalis are 9th and 10th respectively. 

There are smaller groups of Indo-Caribbeans who migrate here from other countries, mainly Trinidad and Jamaica. 

Despite this, I can say with complete honesty and even regret, that not a single South Asian space I have ever been in has been run by Indo-Caribbeans. 

Not a single South Asian space I have ever been in has had more than 3 Indo-Caribbean participants at a time, myself included. 

In comparison with the few Indo-Caribbean specific spaces there are, to the many general South Asian spaces there are, the numbers are low and disheartening. 

There is an abundance of Indian, Bengali, and Pakistani participation in South Asian activism, which is great. But what does it say about the subcontinental diaspora when, although we outnumber them, they have access to greater amounts of resources? What does it say about how little Indo-Caribbeans are regarded as “real” South Asians when the solidarity South Asians seek and mission to build a community never reach us? 

I do not feel in solidarity with my diaspora. I do not feel like we are yet a whole community. 

I have always known, as my family has always known, and as I’m sure many other Indo-Caribbeans have always known, that subcontinentals have several issues with including Indo-Caribbeans in the diaspora and community spaces. This ranges from ethnic bigotry, to anti-blackness, to casteism, to just a pure lack of knowledge in their own history. 

Whatever the reason may be, to find out that there are empirical numbers that prove what we’ve all long suspected to be true, is sad to say the least. 

To all the South Asian organizers, activists, and leaders- Do more. Do better. 

The history of the painful colonization of the country you call home, is living, breathing, and manifesting in every Indo-Caribbean. Do your best to remember that. Use the tools and resources which you have privileged access to, to include Indo-Caribbean communities in your South Asian activism, otherwise call it “me activism”. Because without Indo-Caribbeans, that’s what it is. 

It hurts me to say this. It hurts me to acknowledge that even after fighting our way halfway across the world, and then some, my people are still not seen as good enough. 

South Asian solidarity can never exist, as long as the diaspora keeps pretending Indo-Caribbeans don’t either. 

- Shabana B.

Something that deeply bothers me about most mainstream social movements is their lack of inclusion for Hispanics and Latinx. The bigger part of the feminist movement and the racial injustice movements literally do nothing for undocumented immigrants, who face the same problems they do but on a much bigger scale. No, this is not a competition of who suffers more, but it is deeply alarming that a group who suffers so much is given such little attention. Also not to say that ALL activists from these groups ignore the following, because truly there are some amazing activists out there. But here’s a few things I’ve noticed: Hispanic & Latina women (and gender fluid people, non-binary, others who identify as women, etc) make the lowest amount of money for every white man’s dollar, yet I rarely see that mentioned. Undocumented immigrant women (same as the last parenthesis, and for any time I mention the extremely simplified word: “women”) are raped in massive numbers and at much higher rates than other women, yet I rarely see that mentioned. Undocumented immigrants are one of the groups that fall under modern slavery, and yet I rarely see that mentioned. And those are only some problems they face in America, don’t get me started on the atrocities they are faced with in their home countries which force them to flee here to somehow look for something better (while they’re met with this bullshit).

Recently a group of activists with Black Lives Matter interrupted a talk about immigration reform with presidential candidates, Sanders and O'Malley. I’ve always deeply respected Black Lives Matter, but that day they lost a good amount of my support (not the entire current civil rights movement, of course, but that specific group of activists within BLM). The injustices that immigrants face are massive, and an injustice allowed against one group of minorities makes it easier to oppress all. I’ve always stood by BLM but some of their members seemingly decided not to stand by their Hispanic & Latinx brothers and sisters and steer attention from their issues. Thats not right. Immigration reform needs to be talked about. Police brutality needs to be talked about. Neither at the expense of the other.

Now, I understand that any conversation about big issues such as immigration with presidential candidates probably won’t be very honest or candid. But then that’s exactly what we should be protesting at that time and place. Just like the heckler who stopped Julian Castro at the civil rights summit in Austin, Texas pleading for him to speak of DREAMer issues while he spoke of immigration. That was the time and place to request better, more honest answers for that particular marginalized community. It would not have been the time to completely stray from their hardships and steer it to another group.

Essentially what I want to get at in this post is that we really need to be paying attention to ALL injustices proportionally. Black lives DO matter, their struggles are asinine and could not be more clearly unjust, AND Hispanics and Latinx need more comprehensive immigration reform and better treatment in this country. Neither are mutually exclusive, and neither should be overshadowed by the other. They don’t have to be. We can join together and fight both, and attempt bring justice to ALL without ignoring a huge group of oppressed people. So please, if you’re part of an activist movement, PLEASE don’t forget your Hispanic and Latinx brother and sisters. We haven’t forgotten you, and we do our best to educate those who have. Please do the same.

*Also I just want to say that the group who I’ve seen include Hispanics and Latinx the most in their fight are the Black Panthers and I’m hugely thankful to them for that. A cause so often demonized truly does so much for the good of most (I don’t want to use absolute terms like “all”) oppressed people, and they deserve a lot more great recognition than they get.

~Rant semi-over. I would love to RESPECTFULLY talk to anyone who agrees or disagrees with me, or who finds anything problematic with this that I could learn from. I didn’t proof read this, so I’m sure I let things slip that are problematic even though I tried while I wrote, haha~

Re: The Immigration Ban

I received a good script that can be used for calling senators:

Hi, my name is [name] and I’m a constituent calling to urge [senator name] to go on the record rejecting Trump’s executive orders targeting refugees and immigrants from Muslim countries. Targeting people based on their religion is wrong and unconstitutional. Shutting the doors on some of the most vulnerable people in the world—refugees seeking safety—makes our country look shockingly morally bankrupt. Please vocally and resoundingly reject Trump’s Muslim ban.

cnet.com
Homeland Security plans to collect immigrants’ social media info
The rule would allow the agency to collect info from immigrants' Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts.

“ Last week’s regulatory update appears to continue the collection and retention of data on immigrants’ social media activity long after they’ve crossed the border. The rules would amass data on all immigrants, including green card holders and naturalized citizens, and contain details like handles, aliases and search results. Homeland Security could also collect data on anybody who communicates with an immigrant, according to BuzzFeed. “

robinofnazareth  asked:

My 8 yo cousin came out a week ago my uncle has been awful the school told him to stay in the closet & talk to a counselor I decided to shift my activism from immigration & being the head of the local J20 Resistance team to trans youth activism I wasnt fully aware of myself as a youth & my coming out/transition has been different because I didnt start til 17 if there are any youth who are willing to share their needs with me so I know what kind of things to focus on that would be great

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Meet 16 activists at the front lines of immigration reform

For National Hispanic Heritage month, we’re featuring a wide array of Latino activists at the forefront of immigration reform. The series highlights activists from teenager Carmen Lima, who was just 13 years old when she confronted Speaker of the House John Boehner about pushing immigration legislation, to former Arizona State Sen. Majority leader Alfredo Guiterrez, who has dedicated his life to representing immigrants in Arizona and now considers himself “an old man of the movement.”

In the wide-ranging interviews, activists show that there are many ways to be involved in the immigration reform movement but being fearless is a common denominator across the board. “In the political realm, undocumented people have risked a great deal to stop deportations,” Marisa Franco of #Not1more Deportation Campaign said. “That’s not fearful, that’s courageous, and I think some elected officials should take note and match that courage.”

Whether an undocumented activist or an American activist, there are huge risks to being outspoken in the debate over immigration and even more so in the fight to protect the 11.3 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. While President Obama and Congress have yet to reach a resolution on the issue, these are 16 activists, among hundreds of others, who continue to provide critical support services, legal aid, and compassion to immigrant communities. 

“I can’t just stop now,” Lima said. “People are counting on us.”

What’s up with Natives having some sort of anti-immigration stance?

Why are we upholding the colonial nationalist concept of these borders?

What’s the real difference in Indigeneity between Navajo and Mexica? What about a Yaqui born in Arizona whose cousin was born in Mexico?

Can we stop dividing ourselves in our community by who our colonizers are?

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You know, this question of being an activist or not is interesting to me. I never really thought of myself as one, because I’m not good at (or particularly interested in) carrying placards, attending rallies, or organizing—not that an activist has to be doing propaganda to be an activist, but a part of me defined it in that limited way and then shied away from it. Anyway, all of that is necessary work, extremely necessary, but it’s not where my skills are.

The interventions that interest me personally are different: how we can use art and how we can use images and language to somehow awaken the consciences of people who think of themselves as “basically good,” but in the context of whose privilege all kinds of terrible things happen. We are, ourselves, such people. So, if anything, I wasn’t writing on Twitter in order to reach activists, but to reach people some of whom perhaps don’t think much about these things, some of whom are people who read my work because I wrote what they think of as an interesting contemporary novel. Having said all that, I think I probably am an activist: my work keeps circling back to these questions of justice and equality. I may not approach it in the most direct way, but rarely do I undertake a project “just for the fun of it.”

(Teju Cole, reflecting on “A Piece of the Wall” | CultureStr/ke)

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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]