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    Default Let’s End the Muslim Ban Once and For All

    Let’s End the Muslim Ban Once and For All

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    Dear Chris,

    This week, the Trump administration is back in court, fighting to keep its bigoted Muslim and refugee ban alive.

    It seems as though Trump won’t stop fighting to advance his agenda. But neither will we! We won’t stop until the Muslim Ban has been stopped permanently.

    Are you with us? Add your name to say: No Muslim Ban Ever.

    This week, we are proud to join a national week of resistance. Together with partners across the country, we’re sending a loud and clear message: No Muslim ban ever!

    President Trump can keep trying to ban Muslims and refugees, but we will continue to fight back. We won’t let him write xenophobia into our history.

    Trump’s first attempt at a Muslim ban failed because Amnesty activists like you stood up to stop it. Now, we must take action once more.

    Tell Congress: Stand Up to Trump’s Muslim and Refugee Ban.

    Make sure your member of Congress knows you oppose this order. Tell them to demand Trump back down, stop fighting in the courts, and abandon this administration’s discriminatory agenda.

    Together we can get President Trump to back down, get on the right side of the law, and respect human rights.

    Thank you for taking action,

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    Default Trump administration threatens to deport tens of thousands of Haitian refugees

    Trump administration threatens to deport tens of thousands of Haitian refugees

    By John Marion

    11 May 2017

    Using a mixture of claims that conditions in Haiti have improved and a witch hunt for “criminal aliens,” the Trump administration is pushing to end Temporary Protected Status for more than 50,000 Haitian refugees living in the US.

    Temporary Protected Status for qualified Haitians in the United States—granted after the 2010 earthquake—will expire on July 22. The Department of Homeland Security must decide and publish in the Federal Register at least 60 days before expiration whether it will extend the status for Haitians. Acting U.S. Customs and Immigration Services Director James McCament is seeking to shut down the program.

    Emails obtained and summarized by the Associated Press show that Kathy Nuebel Kovarik, the new head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office of Policy and Strategy, has been pressuring staff—at the request of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly—to dig for information on crimes or welfare “abuse” committed by Haitians covered by TPS.

    Kovarik wrote to her staff that “I know some of it is not captured, but we’ll have to figure out a way to squeeze more data out of our systems.” Given the record to date of the Trump administration and the wording of Kovarik’s email, it is likely that DHS will manufacture data to meet its needs if none is found.

    In an April 28 email Kovarik wrote that “we should should also find any reports of criminal activity by any individual with TPS.”

    Looking for ways to hide the cruelty of deporting tens of thousands of people to one of the poorest countries in the world, Kovarik requested that her staff “please dig for any stories (successful or otherwise) that would show how things are in Haiti … we need more than ‘Haiti is really poor’ stories.”

    Temporary Protected Status, by law, stipulates only that an immigrant can live and work in the United States. It does not provide welfare, SNAP benefits, or other government aid. Nonetheless, the Trump administration is preparing to use allegations of welfare fraud as a pretext for planned deportations.

    TPS does not lead to non-immigrant status, but also does not restrict a beneficiary from applying for that status. The total number of Haitian beneficiaries since the earthquake has been 58,700.

    Kovarik’s emails are part of deportation plans which are being formalized. An April 10 letter from McCarment to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly recommended that the Temporary Protected Status for Haitians be extended six months from July 22 of this year to January 23 to “allow … for a period of orderly transition.” People who have been living, working, and raising children in the United States for years would have only six months to prepare for deportation. While McCament wrote that six months would give Haitians time to “prepare for their departure,” he made no mention of the conditions in the detention centers through which this “departure” will occur.

    McCament is a career official at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, having served under George W. Bush and Barack Obama before Trump’s election. His USCIS biography calls him “a founding member of DHS” who served as a special advisor to Homeland Security Secretaries Ridge and Chertoff.

    Facts and statistics cited in McCament’s letter demonstrate both the arrogance of the Trump administration and the perverse logic of using of further calamities that have struck Haiti in the wake of the 2010 earthquake as a formal pretext for not extending TPS. Because Haiti’s misery doesn’t stem only from the earthquake, McCament argues, deportations should proceed.

    The letter states that “in September 2016, an estimated 3.2 million people (approximately 30 percent of the population) suffered from food insecurity. However … Haiti has historic food security challenges, and … currently, Haiti’s food insecurity problems seem related to tropical storms in 2012 and a drought rather than from lingering effects of the 2010 earthquake.”

    Similarly, “since October 2010, close to 800,000 Haitians have contracted cholera, and nearly 10,000 people have died from the disease… Nevertheless, Haiti faces longstanding public health challenges, where 40 percent of the population lacked access to basic health services before the 2010 earthquake.”

    In September 2016 the Obama administration announced that it would begin deporting thousands of Haitians who had entered the U.S. on humanitarian parole after traveling from as far away as Brazil through Mexico. McCament’s letter cites and builds on that decision: “Haitian nationals may safely return to Haiti as evidenced by DHS’s decision to resume removals to Haiti in 2016.”

    McCament’s letter cites a 2015 growth rate of 2 percent in Haiti’s economy. It doesn’t mention that inflation has risen to 14 percent, or that, as of March, 1.4 million of the people affected by Hurricane Matthew still didn’t have enough food or safe drinking water. A May 2 letter from the Congressional Black Caucus to Homeland Security Secretary Kelly argues that food shortages caused by the storm have contributed to inflation throughout Haiti.

    On April 27, citing parliamentary delegate Max Serge Daniel, Haiti Libre reported that five days of rain had severely affected areas in the south of Haiti that have yet to recover from the hurricane. Fishing, livestock, and as much as 80 percent of the spring harvest suffered from flooding that damaged 10,000 homes and affected 350,000 people in the Sud Departement.

    McCament’s letter is silent on the benefits to the U.S. economy of immigrant workers. An April report by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center on upcoming Temporary Protected Status renewals estimated that the 300,000 Salvadorans, Hondurans, and Haitians currently in the country on TPS would add $45.2 billion to the U.S. economy in a decade. Workers on TPS contribute to Social Security and Medicare through payroll taxes, and would effectively be robbed of this money when deported.

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    Default 5/12 National Call-in Day: STOP THE RACIST ATTACK ON BISHOP T AND HIS CHURCH


    5/12 National Call-in: Save Bishop T's Church*Call Mayor Carpenter 508-580-7123

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    Stop the attacks on Bishop T and his church, SAINT MARTIN DE PORRES CATHOLIC CHURCH OF THE AMERICAS!

    Bishop Filipe Teixeira has been on the front lines of battles for justice in Brockton, Boston, and throughout the region and the country. He has marched shoulder to shoulder with people’s movements fighting against racism, police brutality, sexism, anti-Muslim and anti LGBTQ bigotry. He has fought tirelessly for the rights of Immigrants, workers and unions, people with disabilities, for fully funded public education. He has been a stanch defender of the Black and Brown communities. His militant outspoken advocacy has earned him the hatred of oppressors and exploiters from Brockton to Boston to Washington DC. Bishop T, and his congregation need our solidarity in action NOW!

    Statement of Bishop T; “On April 19, 2017, after a nearly decade long legal battle, Brockton Housing court ORDERED the demolition of our religious sanctuary within sixty days for the false politically motivated racist charge of failure to meet the building code/permit and safety issues. Brockton is seeking to silence an out spoken Religious leader by closing theParish/Church, a well-known self-declared sanctuary congregation that is a pillar of support to Brockton’s Immigrant community. This is a clear violation of freedom of speech, assembly and worship. We have been fighting this injustice for over 20 years. This is the second time that the Brockton establishment has made our congregation “homeless”. When we were unjustly evicted from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in 2006 for the “crime” of feeding the poor, our congregation with solidarity from our supporters build our current church. We have been battling in Brockton court since then, represented by our wonderful Peoples lawyer, John Pavlos. John is now exploring all legal tactics. It was the people that built our church, we have faith that it will be the people, our congregation with solidarity from all of our supporters who will defend our church now! We call on all of you to join our just struggle to Save our Church! We will be waging a multifaceted campaign. Stay tuned. For now, please call Mayor Bill Carpenter to demand he STOP the demolition of our church! PHONE: (508) 580-7123 EMAIL: [email protected] Brockton City Hall 45 School Street Brockton, Mass. 0230”

    Bishop T has demonstrated his concrete solidarity with all the peoples struggles and movements, It's time for the movement to demonstrate Solidarity in Action for him and his church. An Injury to One is an Injury to all!

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    Default Hundreds of US citizens arrested in joint immigration-police roundup

    Hundreds of US citizens arrested in joint immigration-police roundup

    By Niles Niemuth

    13 May 2017

    While the Democratic Party and mainstream media obsess over allegations of Russian hacking of the 2016 election, the Trump administration is implementing its ruthless war on immigrants with little public notice and no significant opposition.

    Agents with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), working with a host of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, concluded a six-week operation last weekend in which they arrested 1,378 people, of whom 993 were US citizens. Major raids were carried out in Houston, New York City, Atlanta and Newark, New Jersey.

    Although agents with ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations do not have the legal authority to arrest US citizens, the operation was overseen by the Homeland Security Investigations Unit, which claims much broader authority to enforce federal laws.

    Gang activity in the United States, including drug and sex trafficking, has been used as a justification for the broad expansion of the powers of ICE agents over the last decade, bloating the size of the police apparatus responsible for arresting and deporting undocumented immigrants.

    The arrests were part of ICE’s Operation Community Shield, raids coordinated with state and local law enforcement agencies initiated during the administration of Republican president George W. Bush in 2005 and continued under Democratic president Barack Obama. In 2016, Obama’s last year in office, ICE agents arrested more than 1,100 people, mostly US citizens, on suspicion of gang activity.

    Many of those targeted in the raids have been identified as “gang members” or “gang affiliates” without any due process. ICE determines that someone they have arrested is a gang member or affiliate if they have a prior conviction for gang related activity, declare themselves to be a member of a gang, have tattoos which ICE declares to be gang related, or are fingered as a gang member by a “reliable source.”

    ICE claimed that 1,095 of those arrested were confirmed as members or affiliates of a number of transnational gangs including the Bloods (137), the Sureños (118), the Crips (104) and MS-13 (104).

    The Bloods and Crips are predominantly African-American gangs which have their roots in the impoverished working class neighborhoods of Los Angeles. MS-13, which also has its origins in Los Angeles, developed as a result of the wars stoked by US imperialism in El Salvador from 1979 to 1992, which devastated the small country and caused massive human flight, particularly to Southern California.

    Among the 280 immigrants arrested in this latest round up, three had been granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program implemented in 2012. Ten of those arrested had crossed the border into the United States as unaccompanied minors.

    President Donald Trump has scapegoated immigrants for the United States’ social and economic problems, painting Mexican immigrants in particular as criminals, drug traffickers and rapists. He kicked off his campaign for the presidency in 2015 by calling for a crackdown on immigrants and the construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border. Trump’s administration, with retired general John Kelly as the director of the Department of Homeland Security, has initiated a raft of measures targeting immigrants.

    Trump signed executive orders in January calling for the construction of the wall and expedited arrests and deportations, measures that could ultimately directly impact the lives of tens of millions of people living in the United States. The administration’s effort to implement a ban on travelers and immigrants from a number of Muslim-majority countries has so far been blocked by the courts.

    ICE has carried out widespread roundups, arresting people in their homes, as they drop their children off at school, while they apply for legal status, and during once-routine check-ins with federal authorities. DACA is being targeted so that thousands of people who were brought to the US as children can be deported.

    In an echo of the Nazi press, which published the pictures of Jewish criminal defendants to whip up anti-Semitism, ICE has established the Office of Victims of Crimes Committed by Removable Aliens [VOICE] in order to publicly denounce immigrants accused of crimes. The anti-gang and immigrant round-up is intended to bolster the administration’s false claims that immigrants are largely “criminals,” as the president said in 2016. In fact, immigrants have a lower crime commission rate than US citizens.

    Trump’s xenophobic initiatives have emboldened the most reactionary, fascistic elements of American society.

    Republican Oklahoma state representative Mike Ritze and the 21 other members of the Republican Platform Caucus recently proposed rounding up the state’s 82,000 non-English speaking students and turning them over to ICE as a “cost-cutting measure.” While states cannot legally deny an education to a child based on their immigration status, they could save money by having all those without proper papers deported.

    “Identify them and then turn them over to ICE to see if they truly are citizens, and do we really have to educate non-citizens?” Ritze asked, claiming that tearing children out of school and away from their families would have the benefit of saving the state of Oklahoma $60 million.

    If the Democrats have nothing critical to say about all of this, it is because they fully supported a slew of federal laws making it more difficult for immigrants to obtain legal status in the United States. Trump has cited these laws, passed with bipartisan support, in his reactionary executive orders.

    Under Obama, just under 3 million people were officially deported, more than under any other president in US history. Most Democrats, including Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, have voted for greater legal restrictions on immigration. Clinton, as well as Senator Charles Schumer and former Senators Obama and Biden, voted to construct more barriers and fencing along the southern border with Mexico.

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    Default Emergency protest and call-in campaign against ICE detaining immigrants in Saint Paul

    Emergency protest and call-in campaign against ICE detaining immigrants in Saint Paul

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    Saint Paul, MN - On May 11 at 8:18 a.m., a video was posted publicly on Facebook which shows a brief clip of plainclothes Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents terrorizing a local family in St. Paul when, according to witness accounts, their unmarked car swerved in front of a vehicle with four Latino men and stopped and detained them. A man from El Salvador and a man from Honduras were detained. Family members arrived on scene but could not get answers from ICE agents about who they were or why the men were being detained - instead they were shouted at and one of the detained men's wife had a gun pointed at her. Neither man had any criminal conviction.

    In response, the MIRAC (Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee) No More Deportations Campaign together with several allied organizations called an emergency response protest, sending a text blast asking people to protest the same day at 4:00 pm at the Whipple Federal Building, where ICE operations are housed. On about an hour’s notice, more than 25 people came to the Federal Building to protest, joining together with family members of one of the men who had been detained, holding signs saying “no more deportations!”

    A call-in campaign to ICE has been initiated, demanding the release of the two men detained in the incident on the east side of Saint Paul, as well as another local man who was also detained in a separate case. Details on the call-in campaign are here.

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    Default URGENT: Stop Trump from deporting 50,000 Haitians

    URGENT: Stop Trump from deporting 50,000 Haitians

    Add your name: Tell President Trump to renew TPS (Temporary Protected Status) for Haitians by May 23rd to stop 50,000 working people from facing immediate deportation to a country still recovering from natural disasters.

    Dear Chris Kaihatsu:

    My name is Gerdine Vessagne, and I am a housekeeper at the Fontainebleau Resort on Miami Beach. I am a proud union woman, and I love my job.

    I was born in Haiti, country that’s seen its fair share of devastation. But I’ve been living and working in the U.S. for eight and a half years because of something called “Temporary Protected Status,” or, TPS.

    TPS has allowed me to provide for my five children, including two back home, and three born here. But this isn’t just about me.

    Over 50,000 Haitian nationals working in the U.S. have TPS. And this protected status will expire if Donald Trump doesn’t renew it by May 23 - so we need to push him to stop that from happening.

    If Donald Trump does not extend TPS for Haitians by May 23rd, then 50,000 of us face an impossible choice -- return to a country still recovering from national disaster or lose our jobs and be forced to live in the shadows as undocumented immigrants.

    We are the engine of Florida’s hospitality industry, much of which greatly depends on our labor. Please add your name to a petition calling on Trump to renew TPS for thousands of hardworking, taxpaying Haitian immigrants proudly serving Florida and beyond for years.

    In solidarity,

    Gerdine Vessagne, UNITE HERE Local 355 Member
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    Default Take action with the moms who lead our movement [y Español]

    Take action with the moms who lead our movement // Toma acción con las mamas que lideran nuestro movimiento

    We Belong Together

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    "This Mother’s Day was a special day for me. After almost 3 months, I was able to go home to my children and my grandchildren - this fight is for them. But while I celebrated, my friend Ingrid couldn’t go home. My struggle is not over and, over the next two years, my energy will go towards fighting for her.” – Jeanette Vizguerra

    Dear Chris Kaihatsu,

    Yesterday Jeanette Vizguerra celebrated Mother’s Day and her freedom. On Friday morning, she was finally able to walk out of the Denver church that has been her refuge for the past 86 days after being granted temporary relief from deportation.

    Thanks to Jeanette’s courageous leadership and all of your support, Roberto, Luna, and Zury were able to spend Mother’s Day at home with their mom.

    This is a victory for Jeanette’s entire community that stood with her against Trump’s deportation force. When we stand together we are stronger than hate.

    And now Jeanette is standing up for her friend Ingrid. Click here to help Ingrid too

    Ingrid Encalada Latorre has called the United States home for half of her 33 years. She lives in Colorado with her two US citizen children, Bryant who is 8 years old and Anibal who is one year old. Last November, Ingrid sought sanctuary in a church in Denver, fearing that she would be deported and separated from her young children.

    Join Jeanette in demanding that ICE grant Ingrid relief from deportation so she can pursue her case and care for her sons. Ingrid’s family and community need her home now.

    Across the country, moms are standing up for their families and their communities - leading trainings, sharing information, telling their stories and marching - to protect their loved ones and their children’s futures.

    On mother’s day and every day we celebrate the strength of moms like Jeanette, who are leading our movement, and we fight to bring Ingrid home next. Because #WeBelongTogether.

    Thank you for taking action with Jeanette,

    Anna, on behalf of the entire We Belong Together team

    “Este Dia de la Madre fue muy especial para mí. Después de casi 3 meses, pude regresar a casa con mis hijos y nietos - esta lucha es para ellos. Pero mientras yo celebraba, mi amiga Ingrid aún no puede regresar a su casa. Mi lucha no ha terminado y en los próximos dos años usare mi energía luchando por ella.” – Jeanette Vizguerra

    [email protected] Chris Kaihatsu,

    Ayer Jeanette Vizguerra celebró el Día de la Madre y también su libertad. El viernes finalmente logró salir de la iglesia en Denver que ha sido su refugio durante los últimos 86 días, después de haber recibido un alto temporal a su deportación.

    Gracias a la valiente liderazgo de Jeanette y el apoyo tuyo, Roberto, Luna, y Zury pudieron celebrar el Dia de la Madre en casa con su mama.

    Esta es una victoria para toda la comunidad de Jeanette, quienes lucharon a su lado en contra de la maquinaria de la deportación encabezada por Trump. Cuando nos unimos, somos más fuertes que el odio.

    Ahora Jeanette está luchando por su amiga Ingrid. Haz clic aquí para unirte apoyando a Ingrid.

    Ingrid Encalada Latorre ha vivido en los Estados Unidos durante la mitad de sus 33 años. Vive en Colorado con sus dos hijos que son ciudadanos Estadounidenses, Bryant que tiene 8 años y Anibal que tiene un año. El noviembre pasado Ingrid se refugió en una iglesia en Denver, temiendo ser deportada y separada de sus hijos pequeños.

    Únete con Jeanette exigiendo a ICE que paren la deportación de Ingrid para que ella pueda seguir peleando su caso y cuidar a sus hijos. Su familia y su comunidad la necesitan en casa ahora.

    Alrededor de todo el pais madres están luchando por sus familias y sus comunidades - dando capacitaciones, compartiendo informacion, contando sus historias y marchando - para proteger a sus seres queridos y los futuros de sus hijos.

    Durante el Dia de la Madre y todos los días celebramos la fuerza de mamas como Jeanette, quienes están liderando nuestro movimiento, y luchamos para que Ingrid también pueda regresar a casa. Porque nos mantenemos unidas. #WeBelongTogether.

    Gracias por tomar acción con Jeanette,

    Anna, de parte de todo el equipo de Nos Mantenemos Unidas


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    Default I work at the Senate. I could be deported.

    I work at the Senate. I could be deported.

    Dear Chris Kaihatsu,

    My name is Ana Gomez, and I need your help.

    When I was 14 years old, I fled violence in my home country of El Salvador to come to the United States, because I believed in the promise of America. And now, I’m a contract worker at the U.S. Capitol, serving food to Senators and their staffers every day.

    I’m proud to serve our country and our lawmakers. I’m proud to be a working mom who is raising 3 beautiful girls. And I’m proud to be a DREAMer and a worker leader in the federal fight for $15 and a union.

    As a DACA recipient and Good Jobs Nation activist, I am fighting to raise wages, not walls.
    But as I told the Huffington Post, I live in fear of deportation by President Trump. [1]

    I try to be brave, but activists like me are being targeted for speaking up. I’m the sole breadwinner for my sick husband and our young daughters, who are U.S. citizens. I’m afraid I could be deported, and they could have no one to take care of them.

    So I have a request to ask you: Will you sign this petition, and say that you stand with me, and other activists who are speaking up? We should not be threatened because we are standing up and demanding our rights.

    I hope to never have to use this petition, but activists like me are being rounded-up. If I am threatened with deportation, I want to show that thousands of Americans like you are standing with me. And no matter what happens, I want to be able to tell my three beautiful daughters that they are loved, and valued, and that our family is welcome in America.

    Please, add your name to defend DREAMers like me.

    Just two weeks ago, I told my story at a rally outside the US Capitol. I was proud to stand with Bernie Sanders and Keith Ellison as they announced that they will soon introduce legislation to raise the wage to $15 for all workers. Some people tell me I should keep my head down and be silent, but I’m committed to speaking out for immigrant workers.

    Why? Because I know that when we fight, we win. Over the past 4 years, we’ve gone on strike over 20 times to help 20 million workers defend themselves from wage theft and win higher pay. And now we’re fighting to make sure working families like mine aren’t torn apart.

    I’m frightened for the future, but I know that when we act together, the Good Jobs Nation community can make the American Dream real for every worker.

    As a member of our Good Jobs Nation community, will you sign my petition?

    Thank you for supporting me, my family, and the millions of other working DREAMers struggling to make America a Good Jobs Nation once again.


    [1] Here's the Huffington Post story about me.

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    Default Trump needs Caterpillar to build his wall

    Trump needs Caterpillar to build his wall

    Trump wants heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar to help build his $21.6-billion symbol of hate, xenophobia and intolerance along the border with Mexico.

    Caterpillar: Don't help build Trump's border wall!



    US President Donald Trump is about to take the next big step to make his 1,600-km (1,000-mile) concrete wall along the US-Mexican border a reality. And he wants Caterpillar Inc, one of the world's biggest construction equipment manufacturers, to help build it.

    Most of the world already sees this wall for what it is: a racist waste of resources and an international symbol of hate. With a majority of Americans against Trump's wall, we think Caterpillar ought to reconsider the business opportunity.

    Caterpillar CEO Douglas Oberhelman himself has talked about how important immigration is to the company’s own success. And with world leaders and ordinary people in every country that Caterpillar does business outraged at this atrocity, we have the opportunity to show Caterpillar it won’t be alone in making the right choice.

    Tell Caterpillar, Deere, Raytheon and other construction companies: Don't help build Trump's wall.

    Any corporation with a shred of a commitment to human rights won’t stand for the Trump administration’s campaign to separate immigrant families, detain and deport children, and stoke the flames of xenophobia.

    Caterpillar is seeing a rise in its stocks, which have climbed 16 percent since Trump’s election and his promises for infrastructure investment. It stands to rake in massive profits off the backs of migrant workers, refugees and cross-border families. That’s why it’s going to take all of us coming together to convince Caterpillar that being complicit in Trump’s massive human rights violations isn’t worth the short-term profits.

    As the biggest manufacturer of construction equipment in America and one of the biggest anywhere, Caterpillar has the power to make a real statement by refusing to work on the wall. It’s up to us to call on Caterpillar to get on the right side of history and refuse to build a symbol of hate.

    Call on Caterpillar and others to stand for human rights and refuse to participate in the construction of Trump's border wall.

    Thanks for all that you do,

    Reem, Glen, Angus, and the team at SumOfUs

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    Trump Wall Stocks Caterpillar, Materials Firms Breaking Out, Investor’s Business Daily, January 25, 2017.

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    Default Correction: Immigration agents target a fourth grader

    Correction: Immigration agents target a fourth grader

    We wrote you an email the other day that misstated a fact. I wish we were wrong about the fact that federal immigration agents attempted to question a fourth grader last week. That is correct. The fourth grader is safe and that event did happen. But it wasn't ICE agents who had attempted to question the fourth grader -- it was an officer with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. We apologize for misstating this, and a corrected version can be found below.

    At United We Dream, we organize to give safety to all people. That means less policing in schools and in communities.

    Trump's deportation forces are threatening our communities -- but we are fighting back. That is another fact.

    Thank you for your support today

    Cristina Jimenez


    This is out of control, Chris Kaihatsu.

    A federal immigration agent tried entering an elementary school to question a fourth grade student last week. A fourth grader. It's clear that Trump and his administration have no limit to the cruelty they will inflict on immigrants. Unjust deportations, illegal searches, and raids are forcing immigrants and people of color to live in fear in this country.

    This is why we helped create local Deportation Defense Teams. From Las Cruces, New Mexico to Yonkers, New York, these teams provide rights trainings, legal resources, and support to the undocumented community. Our national group staffs the deportation defense hotline and provides additional resources to these local teams.

    With ICE raids and deportations increasing under Trump, our small team has reached our capacity to keep up with the overwhelming demand for help. That’s where you come in.

    Your donation today can help us expand our deportation defense teams to protect more of our immigrant community. Will you contribute $27 to United We Dream Action right now?


    Trump and his AG Sessions will stop at nothing to criminalize people of color in this country. We're not ignoring this reality; we're fighting back.

    That's why we hold rights trainings and encourage others to organize their own. That's why we help organize the Deportation Defense Teams. Our communities will not be intimidated by Trump and Sessions. We are #HereToStay and our movement will not give in to Trump's fearmongering.

    That's why I'm asking you to help us expand our team right now with a donation of $27. We'll use your donation to expand our Deportation Defense Teams and provide more resources to immigrant communities across the country.

    Without the support of our strong network, none of our work would be possible. Thank you for supporting United We Dream Action.

    In solidarity,

    Cristina Jimenez
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    Default Urgent Action Needed to Free Claudia (detained at Chula Vista immigration detention

    Urgent Action Needed to Free Claudia (detained at Chula Vista immigration detention center)!


    Dear sisters and brothers,

    Immigrant right activist Claudia Rueda and her family were the targets of a raid conducted by Border Patrol the morning of Thursday, May 18 in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles.

    While Claudia was moving her mother's car, agents attempted to gain entry to the residence she shares with her family. Although the agents were denied access to the house for failing to provide a warrant, they spotted Claudia outside the house and detained her without notifying anyone.

    After a few hours of searching and confusion, organizers and loved ones located Claudia in Chula Vista, where she is being detained at an immigration detention center.

    Claudia had been organizing and fighting her mother's deportation. And the fight was successful. Her mother was released on Thursday, May 11. But now they have detained Claudia!

    Please take action and share widely:

    1. Join us to demand Claudia's Immediate Release -- Share her story! #FreeClaudia

    2. Make a call and demand her release!

    3. Make a tweet!

    In struggle,

    Yadira Sánchez

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    Default Immigrant rights groups occupying MN Governor Dayton’s office, demand veto of anti-im

    Immigrant rights groups occupying MN Governor Dayton’s office, demand veto of anti-immigrant bill

    By staff

    St. Paul, MN - On the evening of May 23, dozens of members of Minnesota immigrant rights groups occupied Governor Mark Dayton’s office in the State Capitol indefinitely to demand that he veto SF 470 - the Public Safety Budget Bill - which was passed by the Republican House and Senate the previous day. The protesters are planning to stay all night or as long as it takes to get the governor to veto the bill.

    If Dayton signs the bill, as he initially stated he would, it would strengthen the unjust ban on undocumented immigrants’ obtaining drivers licenses. Currently, immigrants cannot get drivers licenses in Minnesota, but that is only due to an administrative rule put in place by a prior governor. The new bill would put that administrative rule into law, making it harder to change.

    The occupation was called to put pressure on Dayton. The special legislative session is set to end Wednesday, May 24.

    Protesters chanted “Governor Dayton, meet with us! Don’t throw immigrants under the bus!” and were impossible to ignore in the capitol.

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    By staff

    Saint Paul, MN - More than 70 immigrant rights activists and concerned community members packed the May 24 Metropolitan Council meeting at a protest called by the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC). The Met Council oversees Metro Transit buses and trains as well as the Transit Police. The protesters held signs that read “Fire the cop,” “No more deportations” and “Metro Transit: Don't be Trump's anti-immigrant shock troops.”

    The protest was called after an incident on Sunday, May 14 in which a transit cop on the Minneapolis Blue Line light rail train was video recorded by Minneapolis artist and activist Ricardo Levins Morales. In the video the transit cop asks a train passenger about his immigration status (see video here). The video went viral with more than a million views, spreading outrage about local police acting as immigration agents.

    There have also been several reported incidents of groups of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officers carrying out operations on the light rail train. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is one of several agencies under DHS.

    The protesters demanded that Metro Transit fire the transit cop who asked a rider about his immigration status on May 14; that they stop carrying out immigration enforcement on trains and buses; and that they stop cooperation with ICE and the DHS on the buses and trains.

    About a dozen community members spoke out at the meeting, including Ricardo Levins Morales, who had filmed the viral video. Other speakers were with the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC), Communities United Against Police Brutality and others. After community members finished speaking out, Metro Transit police chief John Harrington began to give his testimony to the Met Council about the May 14 incident. Part way through his testimony, community members began speaking out and challenging him. Community members then retook control of the meeting and began speaking out again until the Met Council members decided to adjourn their meeting. The group left their list of demands with members of the Met Council.

    Many of the immigrant rights supporters at the Met Council meeting then left to go to the state capitol building to join in with the ongoing occupation of Governor Dayton’s office that is demanding that he veto an anti-immigrant bill at the legislature. The occupation began May 23 and will continue until Dayton vetoes the anti-immigrant bill that legislators are trying to push through in a special session. The occupation grew into massive protests throughout the day May 24 as many unions and other organizations converged on the capitol expressing solidarity and demanding that Governor Dayton also veto other bills that Republicans had attached anti-union language to. The chant of “Veto everything!” grew throughout the day.

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    Why Austin matters to everyone

    Fund the SB4 Resistance!

    We will make history together on May 29. Help make this resistance a success by contributing today. Be a freedom fighter!



    I want to tell you about why our May 29 day of action in Austin, Texas matters to everyone.

    Racist laws like SB4 must be challenged. I was just home in Houston, and my mother is feeling afraid. She’s afraid about my father’s day-to-day work, which requires him to be driving around all day. I’m sure she’s wondering if he’ll make it home tonight. This is the uncertainty that immigrants in Texas are feeling knowing that looking brown can lead to deportation.

    But I am hopeful. In Houston, communities defeated the country’s largest 287g contract, the policy that allowed collaboration between local police and ICE. The community got the Mayor of Houston to develop recommendations on changes to make Houston a safe city for immigrants.

    This May 29th we are loudly and boldly proclaiming that in Texas, immigrants of color are united with freedom fighters. Thousands are ready to fight back against SB4 and Greg Abbott.

    This day will be historic. But in order to make it happen, we still need to raise over $20,000 to bring supplies and other critical resources to Austin for the people who are taking action all day and the hundreds of people who are descending into Texas.

    We still need to hit our goal with just a few days left to go. This is urgent: Will you contribute $27 to our May 29 day of action right now?

    Thank you for helping us make May 29th historic.

    In solidarity,
    Adrian Reyna


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    Default Undocumented immigrants are being hunted, one cell phone at a time

    Undocumented immigrants are being hunted, one cell phone at a time

    Chris Kaihatsu,

    In Michigan, deportation officers “tricked” the cellphone of a young undocumented immigrant into thinking a squad car was a cellphone tower -- and now that young man is facing federal charges, on top of deportation.1

    His name is Rudy Carcamo-Carranza, and he’s one of who knows how many undocumented people on the wrong end of a cyber manhunt. ADD YOUR NAME: Click here to demand that the Department of Homeland Security stop using counter-terrorism cell phone surveillance equipment to locate undocumented immigrants.

    Deportation officers have started using devices designed for counter-terrorism2 known as Stingrays and Hailstorms.

    They’re suitcase-sized military-grade surveillance equipment that mimic cellphone towers, and give deportation officers access to phone records from any cellphone within range.

    In Michigan, Homeland Security agents needed a search warrant to hunt down Carcamo-Carranza’s cell phone. But that’s not a requirement in every state.3 Because of that, surveillance watchdog organizations like ours can’t be entirely sure how often deportation officials use Stingrays and Hailstorms to hunt undocumented people.

    Tell the DHS to immediately stop using Stingray and Hailstorm devices for deportation cases.

    These cyber man-hunts are made possible because of the increasingly militarized state of our law enforcement. The Department of Homeland Security owns about 194 Stingray and Hailstorm devices, and on top of that, they allow police agencies to use DHS terrorism prevention funds to purchase their own.4

    Welcome to Trump’s America, where instead of using high-tech high-grade surveillance devices to fight terrorism, government agents use them in our own backyards to hunt down undocumented people.

    Tell the DHS to stop using Stringray and Hailstorm devices to deport undocumented people.

    Reuben and the Demand Progress Team



    The Detroit News, “Feds Use Anti-terror Tool to Hunt the Undocumented” May 18, 2017
    The Detroit News, “Feds Use Anti-terror Tool to Hunt the Undocumented” May 18, 2017
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    Default URGENT: sign the petition to stop Martin Martinez's deportation

    URGENT: sign the petition to stop Martin Martinez's deportation

    Dear Chris,

    Last month, it seemed like ICE was ready to deport Martin Martinez, a father of two U.S. citizens who has lived here for more than 30 years. Maria Martinez, his daughter, carried more than 20,000 petition signatures from Presente members into their meeting with ICE. ICE delayed Martinez's deportation, and told him to apply for a stay of removal. It was a great sign that the pressure is working – but we don't know what will happen next.

    Martin Martinez has another meeting with ICE this Tuesday, June 6th. Can you help get the number of petition signatures over 25,000 before then, so that the Martinez family can show ICE their support is growing?

    Tell ICE not to deport Martin Martinez.

    You can read the original email we sent (below) for more information.

    Thank you for all you do and ¡adelante!

    – Matt, Favianna, Erick, Reetu, Oscar, Erica and the team.

    P.S. Once you've signed, can you also make a phone call to ICE? It just takes a minute – our call tool gives you the number and a short script you can use.

    My father has lived here for 30 years, but ICE wants to deport him next week.

    Will you sign our petition calling on ICE not to separate our family?



    Dear Chris,

    ICE has ordered my father, Martin Martinez, to check in next week on Wednesday, May 3rd and bring a one-way ticket to Mexico.

    My father has been living in this country for more than 30 years with my mother, Julia Ochoa. They raised my brother and I here in New York, and they have a new 3-month-old granddaughter, Olivia Grace.

    ICE can use its discretion and decide not to separate our family – they did it once before, after members of the community joined my family in speaking out.

    Can you sign our petition asking ICE to stop my father’s deportation – and ask your friends and family to do the same?

    My parents applied for asylum in 2004, but were denied, despite the fact that my brother and I were still children. The judge determined that we couldn't prove deporting my father would cause "exceptional and extremely unusual hardship" for my brother and I, even though we were just 10 and 15 years old at the time. The judge told my parents that they would get a letter providing a date for them to leave the country, but it never came, so they continued to work, pay taxes, and raise my brother and I.

    My parents are not a danger to the public. Julia has no criminal record. Martin has two DWI charges from nearly two decades ago but has learned from his mistakes and has not been pulled over since.

    My parents were detained in 2013,1 but ICE decided against deporting them after hearing from my family, community members, and leaders.2 Will you join us speaking out again now?

    Please join my family in calling on ICE to allow my father to stay with his family in the country he has called home for 30 years.


    Maria Martinez

    P.S. Can you donate $5 to support our work? We rely on contributions from people like you to see campaigns like this through.

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    2. "Teen wins fight to free parents from detention." Daily News. May 1, 2013.

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    Default Despite Court Losses, Trump Has Found A Backdoor To Continue The Muslim Ban

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    Shayan Modarres, Contributor

    Legal Counsel at the National Iranian American Council

    Despite Court Losses, Trump Has Found A Backdoor To Continue The Muslim Ban

    The administration continues to impose unreasonable administrative hurdles on visa applicants from Muslim-majority countries.

    06/02/2017 04:51 pm ET


    Trump’s Muslim ban is currently on life support after several court losses. Yet, it remains very much in effect thanks to a backdoor Muslim ban – granting ‘carte blanche’ to unlawfully discriminate against visa applicants from the same six Muslim-majority countries listed in the travel ban, under new “extreme vetting” measures.

    Since the overt Muslim ban has largely been defeated in court, the Trump administration has opted for a more piecemeal approach to banning all Muslims which overwhelmingly targets Iranians and has already caused a significant drop in visas issued to Iranians.

    Throughout the month of March, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent a series of four internal cables to embassies and consulate offices overseas. On March 10, Tillerson sent a cable entitled “Guidance to Visa-Issuing Posts,” and another cable entitled “Implementing Immediate Heightened Screening and Vetting of Visa Applications“ sent on March 15.

    In the March 15 cable, officers were directed to inquire about a subset of visa applicants’ social media identifiers, handles and email addresses, as well as travel history, addresses, and prior occupation(s) and employer(s) over the last 15 years. For many, providing 15 years of boarding passes and itineraries as well as proof of funds for domestic and international travel, could prove to be onerous at best and impossible at worst.

    The next day, U.S. District Court judges in Hawaii and Maryland granted nationwide preliminary injunctions freezing implementation of the president’s Muslim ban.

    Following near-fatal defeats in court, Tillerson sent another cable the same day entitled “Halt Implementation,” as well as a cable the following day on March 17 entitled “Implementing Immediate Heightened Screening and Vetting of Visa Applications.” Although the cables following the court decisions directed embassies and consular officials to disregard the “extreme vetting” until approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Visa applicants from the six Muslim-majority countries listed in the Muslim ban, however, would still be subject to inter-agency background checks under the Security Advisory Opinion (SAO) process which could significantly delay the visa process by many months. As a result, this hurdle is already being implemented, and appears to be having a deleterious impact on visa applicants from Muslim ban countries like Iran.

    About a month later, the Department of State finally followed the chaotic flurry of cables with an emergency request to OMB for approval of the “extreme vetting” questions that were outlined in the March 15 cable.

    Unsupported by any factual or legal basis justifying emergency review and after a delay of about a month, the expedited emergency review process significantly shortened the time for public review of the proposal and deprived the public of the opportunity to submit fully-informed comments. Comments were due to be submitted just two weeks after the OMB emergency request.

    Almost immediately after public comments were submitted from NIAC, ACLU, and others, it took OMB just five days to approve the emergency request on May 23. Notably, OMB approvals are not subject to judicial review under the Paperwork Reduction Act.

    The result is a subset of visa applicants – likely overwhelmingly Iranian – will be subjected to this disparate treatment and additional layer of scrutiny for at least the next 90 days.

    The courts have temporarily removed the unconstitutional March 6 executive order hurdle – for now. Iranians and Muslims will next have to provide social media handles and 15 years worth of travel history, employment history and other personal information. If they are able to get over the near-impossible “extreme vetting,” they still face yet another obstacle – the SAO hurdle. Iranian visa applicants would be subjected to a background check conducted by virtually every American intelligence and security agency, which could cause several more months of delays.

    Despite nationwide injunctions, the multi-layered Muslim ban is already being implemented – and working. According to a Politico report, visas issued to Iranians dropped by 52 percent in April compared to the average monthly rate last year. Similarly, Somali applicants saw a 68 percent drop, and visa issuance to nationals of all Muslim-majority countries dropped by about 20 percent across the board.

    The University of California saw a drop in international applications for the first time in 12 years, with applications from countries with large Muslim populations falling 10 percent.

    In addition to the requirements, there is almost certainly a chilling effect caused by such barriers to entry that discourage visa applications to the United States. The best and brightest students and researchers throughout the world who present no national security risk may avoid traveling to the United States to avoid being subjected to such intrusive scrutiny.

    Further, if it is found that the administrative Muslim ban is resulting in racial profiling or impermissible discrimination on the basis of nationality and religion rather than well-founded national security threats, the “extreme vetting” backdoor to the Muslim ban is likely to raise serious legal concerns and challenges.

    The Department of Justice has already filed papers requesting the Supreme Court to hear the Fourth Circuit challenge to the Muslim ban which upheld the lower court’s nationwide injunction. They also asked the Supreme Court to fast track the case and hear it before the summer recess, in addition to requesting that the Hawaii and Maryland injunctions be lifted pending the decision of the court.

    But it appears that the desired outcome of the Muslim ban is already being achieved, irrespective of the fate of the embattled executive order. The National Iranian American Council and Iranians across the globe are watching very closely and stand ready to act immediately if Iranians and Muslims continue to be targeted by this administration.

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    Default Signs of the time: Fake U.S. immigration control posters found in Washington

    Signs of the time: Fake U.S. immigration control posters found in Washington



    Fake government flyers urging Washington residents to turn in illegal immigrants, which city and federal officials denounced as inciting fear, are posted in Washington, U.S. June 1, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (REUTERS)


    Thursday, June 1, 2017, 3:29 PM

    By Ian Simpson

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Residents of at least one Washington D.C. neighborhood woke up on Thursday to find the area plastered with posters urging them to turn in illegal immigrants, but federal authorities denied putting up the signs and denounced them as inciting fear.

    The bogus posters bearing the seal of the Department of Homeland Security warned about criminal offenses related to harboring or helping people in the country illegally, and gave phone numbers to report information about them to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

    "If you see something, say something," said the flyer, titled "Sanctuary City Neighborhood Public Notice" and written on the ICE letterhead.

    Washington is among dozens of so-called sanctuary cities that offer safe haven to illegal immigrants, and local police are under orders not to cooperate with federal authorities seeking to deport residents. An attempt by the administration of President Donald Trump to cut off federal funds to sanctuary cities has been blocked by a court.

    Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Twitter that the posters were aimed at scaring residents of the heavily Democratic city and that she had ordered police and the Public Works Department to remove them.

    "Tear it down! DC is a sanctuary city," she said.

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    Carissa Cutrell, an ICE spokeswoman, said the agency had not put up the posters and called them dangerous and irresponsible.

    Remnants of glue sticking fake government flyers urging Washington residents to turn in illegal immigrants, which city and federal officials denounced and ordered removed, linger on a bus shelter in Washington, U.S. June 1, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (REUTERS)

    "Any person who actively incites panic or fear of law enforcement is doing a disservice to the community, endangering public safety and the very people they claim to support and represent," she said in an email.

    Cutrell said she had no information about who might have put up the posters or whether the number of telephone calls to her agency had increased.

    (Reporting by Ian Simpson in Washington and by Jonathan Allen in New York; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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    Your monthly Alianza Americas newsletter is here!

    JUNE 2017
    Monthly Newsletter & Updates

    What do you need to know?

    "Breaking through the rhetoric in this moment of polarization and "fake news" requires making connections with people and creating a shared conversation. Alianza Americas is organizing tours and delegations that bring the stories and experiences of groups in Mexico and Central America directly to people in the United States, and vice versa. Alianza Americas brings its unique transnational perspective to fighting for economic justice, as we advocate for equitable budgets and decent jobs. At the same time, the issue of migrant protections remains a priority-with a renewed focus on people currently holding Temporary Protected Status.

    Alianza Americas is uniquely positioned to make these people-to-people connections across borders. We invite you to learn more about this work, and support our HIP Give campaign to keep up the momentum across the country."

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    Northeast & Southeast Speaking Tour
    April & May 2017

    Alianza Americas organized two US Speaking Tours focused on education and advocacy this Spring. In April, Neesa Medina, a defender of women's rights in Honduras brought her story to audiences in Boston,New York, and Washington, DC. In May, the tour turned to the South. Maya Casillas, who works with families and young people seeking asylum in Mexico, joined staff members Cristina Garcia and Yanira Arias for visits in Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina. The tours were a resounding success, with many new invitations resulting from each visit. Even some folks who work on immigration or immigrant-rights issues found themselves surprised by the realities on the ground in Central America and Mexico. Opening up a direct channel for dialogue helped situate their local challenges into a transnational context.

    Read a quick summary of the latest tour here.
    Southeast Tour Media Coverage

    Just this past week, a mini-delegation of Alianza Americas board, staff and members headed to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras calling on governments to step up to the urgent need for protections for their nationals residing in the United States. In the face of rising arrests and deportations, immigrants desperately need consular services of all sorts. Sadly, they are most lacking in the areas where most needed, including the US South.Countries are also woefully un-prepared to take on returned migrants.

    Read relevant media coverage on the visit here

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    Alianza America launches its HIP GIVE SOMOS/WE are Campaign

    Alianza Americas is happy to announce the launch of our mid-year HIP GIVE - SOMOS/WE ARE Campaign. Funds raised for this campaign will go towards the programming for our SOMOS/We are Youth programming and our ongoing educational speaking tours. Become a donor or individual member today! Support an educational tour near you and programming that promotes healthy self-identities in Latin American Youth while combatting xenophobia and recognizing the many positive contributions that migrants make to the United States and to their countries of origin. Help us reach our goal of $5,000 and Donate Now!


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    Congressional Research Committee Report: Temporary Protected Status: Current Immigration Policy and Issues (released Jan 17, 2017)

    When civil unrest, violence, or natural disasters erupt in spots around the world, concerns arise over the safety of foreign nationals from these troubled places who are in the United States. Provisions exist in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to offer temporary protected status (TPS) and other blanket forms of relief from removal under specified circumstances.
    The United States currently provides TPS to over 300,000 foreign nationals from a total of 13 countries: El Salvador, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Liberia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.


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    Keep your eyes out for our TPS toolkit-coming June 13.

    What you should attend?


    Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice: Youth Summit
    JULY 14, All Day
    Youth Summit-Summit-This summit is for people under the age of 30 who are interested in fighting for immigrant justice. 1860 6th Ave S-Irondale-AL-Migratation | Migracion


    Carecen LA: Taller de Ciudadania/ Citizenship Workshop
    JUNE 3, 8:30- 12pm
    2845 W 7th St-Los Angeles-CA-Immigration Procedure/Policies/ Politicas y protocolos de inmigracion

    CARECEN LA: Conferencia Nacional de TPS
    JUNE 20-25

    CARECEN LA: Taller de Conocer sus Derechos -Community Forum
    JUNE 24, 9:30-12pm
    Taller de Conocer sus Derechos -Community Forum | For Comunitario-Educational forum about what to do if detained by ICE agents. W 7th St-Los Angeles-CA-Know Your Rights Conozca sus tus derechos

    CARECEN: Central American Resource Center Annual Awards Dinner 2017
    SEPT 28, 6-9pm
    Celebration dinner. 506 S Grand Ave-Los Angeles-CA-Celebration Dinner.


    Centro Presente: Reunion Informativa
    JUNE 10, 11-12pm
    Reunion Informativa Sobre el TPS Centroamericano-Immigration and human rights lawyer Julio Henri*quez will give a talk about the TPS. 12 Bennington St #202-Boston-MA-Immigration Procedure/Policies/ Politicas y protocolos de inmigracion

    The Chelsea Collaborative: MGH Chelsea Family Summer Safety Fair
    JUNE 17, 12-3pm
    Safety Fair-Home, fire, sun, bike, and car safety tips. Everett Ave-Chelsea-MA-Health | Salud


    Wind of the Spirit: Know Your Rights Facilitator Training
    JUNE 1, 6-9 pm
    New Jersey: Clinic-Training meant for activists, organizers, and leader who plan to bring this important knowledge back to their networks, members, and wider communities. 35 Cleveland St.-Orange-NJ-Know Your Rights Conozca sus tus derechos

    Wind of the Spirit: Benefit Peaceful Self-Defense Seminar
    JUNE 19, 7:30-9pm
    Seminar based on the art of Aikido, a powerful approach to resolution of conflicts physically and non-physically which can help make "no hate, no fear" a reality. W Blackwell St-Dover-NJ-Self-defense

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    Default Guide on Organizing as Defense Against Federal Investigations and Prosecution

    Download this Guide on Organizing as Defense Against Federal Investigations and Prosecution


    Chris --

    Today, we’re releasing a new tool to push back against the Trump regime and protect and defend each other.

    Click here to see the “In Defense of Organizing” Guide published today.

    Under Trump’s Administration, there is an increased likelihood that federal law enforcement agencies such as DOJ, ICE or FBI retaliate against organizers and advocates in an effort to prevent our people’s democratic participation in political dissent and protests. There are new threats in our communities and we must be prepared to fight back.

    We want this guide for community organizers and undocumented folks to help understand the risks, threats, and best practices to protect and defend our communities.

    Click here to learn more of the “In Defense of Organizing” guide. Be sure to download and share the guide with your community on social media.

    This resource is intended to support organizing efforts, because having good organizing practices and a smart security culture is the best tool of prevention. For us to win, we need to understand and navigate the new threats and additional risks to organizing that our communities now face.

    Download the “In Defense of Organizing” guide here.

    In Solidarity,

    Jacinta, Tania, and the Team at Mijente

    Mijente · United States
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