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20 are arrested during protests against ICE’s detention of undocumented activists

  • A group of 20 activists and faith leaders were arrested in front of Boston’s South Bay Detention Facility on Monday, according to protest organizers.
  •  The 20 arrestees were part of a larger group of activists who staged a sit-in to protest the recent detention of an undocumented immigrant rights activist from Vermont.
  • “What we’re hoping to accomplish is to make it clear to the community that we’re going to be protecting every organizer — even if they’re undocumented,” said Maria Fernanda, an undocumented volunteer organizer and with the group the immigrant workers’ rights group Movimiento Cosecha, who came to America as a child.
  • In March, three Vermont-based immigrants and activists associated with the advocacy group Migrant Justice were arrested and detained by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Read more (4/24/17)

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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.

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Hundreds of people are volunteering to translate for lawyers fighting Trump’s Muslim ban

  • In the process of rushing to get detainees released and offering pro-bono legal services to those affected by the ban, another challenge emerged: the language barrier.
  • “We needed people who spoke Arabic, Farsi and Somali,” Francey Youngberg, a former tax attorney who volunteered at Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., said in an interview. 
  • “So we started recruiting attorneys and non-attorneys who speak those languages. We’re creating a national database of translators.”
  • Youngberg — herself an immigrant from the Philippines — said she’s received an overwhelming response to the call-outs she’s made through her personal networks and on social media since Sunday.
  • “Close to 300 translators signed up from across the country,” she said. After combining her list with two others that were circulating, the estimated number of people in Youngberg’s database clocked in at more than 500, she said. Read more

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

Who are we to turn away refugees?

The sudden influx of asylum-seekers from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq has left many countries in Europe in a dilemma. On one hand, it is against the international law of human rights, not to mention morally wrong, to turn away refugees who have nowhere to go to; on the other hand financial, social, and political reasons have made countries hesitant to open their borders to refugees. 

Some people argue against accepting refugees on the basis that they are not responsible for how they became refugees, and thus should not have to share their country and its resources with them. The truth is, many have become desensitised to the sufferings of these refugees, reducing them to merely a number. Often times we forget these refugees have a life just as complex as ours, and when we turn them away, we are essentially sending them to starve and die, including children. Refusing to sacrifice a little, either by paying more taxes or enjoying less government welfare, to make room for refugees only shows that you believe the value of your life is higher than that of refugees. History has already proven to us that this belief never leads to anything good; in fact, it is this very same belief that started most genocides throughout the ages.

Accepting immigrants is a wise move that would benefit a country’s economy in the long run. Germany, the country with the highest number of asylum applications, realises that these refugees can increase the size of the working population in the country, sustaining its high economic growth in the future. These people could be your future doctors, lawyers, spouses, if only they can be given a chance to survive and start over. Bystanders become perpetrators if we do not act. For every refugee we refuse, we are partly to blame for their deaths. It’s time for us to start accepting our responsibilities over these lives.

Article submitted by 16-year-old Marie Dukats from France. Marie is passionate about issues involving human rights, and wishes to become a journalist in the future.

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Hello, my name is Maiga and I’m an immigrant. This month is National Immigrant Heritage month and to celebrate I’ve decided to do a year-long project on the vibrant immigrant community in the U.S. I hope to learn a lot about myself and others who also feel like outsiders looking in, no matter where they’re from. 

If you or your family are immigrants living in the US, and you want to be part of this project, please contact me - I’d love to include you. We are like wildflowers - we will survive (thrive even!) anywhere there is a little sun. I’m very excited (and scared) to start on this journey! 💛

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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.

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~

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.

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?

Dear big German trade unions, I’d like to be able to join you like you invite me to, but as long as my membership fees go to pro immigration activism and other hard left destructive causes, that’s not going to happen.

If suggest you focus your activities and promotional material on supporting workers and bettering working conditions, not politically correct crusades for ethnic replacement that ultimately hurt your working class members most.