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Update on Detained WCCNY Member, Hector & How You Can Support!

Today, a longtime Syracuse community member, husband, father,  worker, and Workers’ Center of CNY, member Hector Navarro was detained by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) outside of his home after taking his wife Arely, to work. He was taken to and detained at the immigration office at 401 S. Salina Street (which is right behind Katko’s downtown office) this morning. The Syracuse Rapid Response Team and the Workers’ Center of CNY held a protest outside demanding Hector be freed and to speak out against this grave injustice. It is completely and utterly unconscionable that this barbaric and unjust immigration system will be keeping Hector away from his wife, Arely, and their three kids on Christmas. This is a double blow as their family has already been rocked by Arely’s fight against deportation as well. Below are a few immediate concrete steps you can take to be in solidarity with Hector and Arely at this time:

  • Donate to their YouCaring Fundraiser Page

Arely is still accepting donations through her YouCaring fundraising page for her legal fees and now for basic necessities for her family as her husband, Hector was the primary wage earner for their family. Please donate

  • Tell Katko Hector’s Story and Why We Need a CLEAN Dream Act

Hector was detained at the immigration office at 401 S. Salina Street (which is right behind Katko’s downtown Syracuse office) this morning.This horrific incident, tearing away fathers from their families just a few days before Christmas demonstrates why we are calling on Katko to push for a CLEAN Dream Act. More immigration agents and more border enforcement mean that more parents, like Hector will be ruthlessly torn away from their families and communities. When you call Katko, please tell him about Hector’s story and tell him we need a clean DREAM Act now!  Call details are here!

***Katko Action Rescheduled to Jan. 3rd***
Also please join us on January 3rd canvass John Katko’s neighborhood and tell him we need a clean DREAM Act.

  • Donate Money & Gift Cards for Hector and Arely’s Kids

Lastly, we will be taking donations for Christmas gifts for Hector and Arely’s 3 amazing kids. They have a young son who’s six years old and two daughters who are nine and eleven years old. This is certainly going to be a difficult Christmas for the kids, so we want to gather donations as a small show of solidarity with them for the holidays. Please drop off your donation at the Workers’ Center sometime this evening or tomorrow. If you’d like to donate email Nikeeta at nslade@workerscentercny.org.

We will continue fighting this cruel and inhumane immigration system. No more deportations.

Solidarity,

WCCNY

UPDATE 1/02/18

We have been in contact with lawyers to find out when Hector will have his court date (no word yet), we are currently working with United We Dream to create and circulate a petition to get Hector out of detention, and continuing to support Arely and the kids. We will have more details about all of this and more at the meeting so please let write me back and let me know if you can make this urgent and important meeting.
We are also encouraging people to write and send letters to Hector. Support is so important in times like these to remind Hector that he is not alone and there are lots of people in the community that are in solidarity with him. Please send letters to:
Hector Navarro Miranda
A205-021-464
Also Alrey and the kids are urgent need of some winter boots. Sizes are below.
Boots:
Lisania – size 6
Karen – size 6
Jesus – size 3
Arely – size 7
Please let us know if you are able to help help with the boots.
Some of you have asked about the letters of support.
UPDATE 1/10/18
We know many of you have have had few interactions with Hector, but you can talk on your letter about Arely and your support for her family which includes Hector. Hector has been a source of strength and support for Arely on her own immigration case. Both of them have complied with everything ICE has asked of them. Hector case was administratively closed on January 2017, so his detention was totally unexpected and devastating for their three US children who live in Syracuse and their two children who are in Guatemala. Hector has volunteer his time at the Workers Center in events like our yearly soccer tournament and workers rights trainings. He likes to play with his children and spend time with his family as much as possible.
Attached are two letters that Hector and Arely’s children wrote recently about how they feel after he was detained. You can see on the drawing how this is affecting the children. If you can write on your letter something about this, on how this separation is affecting their children that will help a lot. You can also say your are willing to continue to help once he is released, with rides, food, etc. We want to show the judge that Hector and his family have support and are part of the community.
 FYI, Hector does not have any criminal record and the only thing he is accused of is of working without documents to support his family.
He has lived in Syracuse since 2008.
here are the guidelines for the letter:
1. Introduce yourself to the judge and explain the relationship to Hector
2. Explain Hector’s good qualities and stress his dedication to his family and community, the fact that he is trustworthy, etc.
3. If you are willing, write if you could help with room and board in case it was necessary after Hector is out on bond.
 
The WCCNY is collecting the letters, please sign it and also make a copy of any ID you feel comfortable sharing with the judge.
Sign your letter and bring it tomorrow, along with a copy (or we can make the copy at the center) of your ID.  We need as many letters as possible.
Please also continue writing letters of solidarity and support to Hector personally. He got a letter recently from Ann and Ed and he really appreciated!
This is his mailing address in Batavia:
Hector Navarro Miranda
A205-021-464
Update 2/20/18
HECTOR IS FREE!
Thanks to his lawyer and the community support and organizing, HECTOR IS FREE and back with his family in Syracuse. We had a strong presence in front of the Federal Detention Center and at his bond hearing. Please continue to support the family’s you caring fundraising campaign here

Monthly Greenlight Coalition Call 10/25

Wednesday, October 25 at 11:00am we will have our monthly coalition call. The call is conducted in English. We will report back from the consejo retreat and talk about next year.

El miércoles 25 de octubre a las 11:00am se llevará acabo la llamada mensual de la colación.  La llamada es en inglés.  Vamos a dar un informe del retiro del consejo y hablar del año que viene.

To join with video from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/908728614
Or Telephone:
    Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 646 876 9923 (US Toll)
    Meeting ID: 908 728 614

Como conectarse:

1. Llamar al  +1 646 558 86562.  Marcar clave “908 728 614#”
3. Marcar el signo numeral “#” de nuevo
O para conectarse con video: https://zoom.us/j/908728614

Tell New York State Police STOP Enforcing Immigration!!

Hello friends,

We have written to you all previously about New York State Police enforcing immigration even they though are prohibited from doing so. We nvite you to join us in taking action for a resolution from State Troopers for violating the policy which has lead to immigrant members of ourour community being arrested and thrown into deportation proceedings.  Please take action and fill out the google form so we know you did. Please feel free to forward widely.

New York State Police: Stop Enforcing Immigration!
The Workers’ Center of CNY, Worker Justice Center and others are urging people of conscience to call the Superintendent of the New York State Police, George P. Beach II and Troop E Commander, Major Richard Allen regarding recent violations of the Executive Memorandum: 2014, Immigration Law—Alien Procedures (EM #14-48) This EM states:  “As applied to vehicle passenger- Even when you stop a vehicle containing a passenger who you believe may be an illegal alien, you have no authority to request or demand identification documents from a passenger.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo has gone even further to underscore this by issuing Executive Order 170 which prohibits state agencies and law enforcement officers from inquiring about or disclosing an individual’s immigration status. Unfortunately recent incidents demonstrate that state troopers have in fact violated the EM and newly minted EO, and thus far, there have been no public denunciations of these egregious and flagrant breaches of the policy.

On the morning of June 29, 2017, a yet-unidentified trooper stopped a vehicle in Penn Yan in Canandaigua County, ostensibly because the driver was not wearing a seat belt. Although the officer was not ticketing the passenger, he asked him for identification, which he did not have with him. The trooper let the driver go on his way with a ticket but arrested two Latino passengers and took them to a State Police barracks in Dundee, and held them for immigration officers to assume custody. One passenger has already been deported and the other–a long time community member and father of two–is now facing deportation. This has truly devastated his children and the wider community.

The State government has opened an investigation into this incident. While we applaud them for opening this investigation, we are also demanding that the New York State Police in general, and Troop E in particular be transparent with the public in how they will ensure that the new EO will be enforced and also disclose how offending officers will be held accountable.

Call Details & Script:
Superintendent of New York State Police – George P. Beach
518-457-6721

Troop E Commander Major Richard Allen
585-398-4100

Script:
“Hi my name is ____________  and I am calling from __________________. I am deeply troubled and concerned by a state police officer from troop E’s violation of the Executive Memorandum: 2014, Immigration Law—Alien Procedures (EM #14-48). This policy prohibits state police from asking for the identification from passengers they suspect are undocumented. Unfortunately on June 29th, the Troop E officer breached this policy by asking two Latino passengers for their ID’s and then turning them over to Border Patrol because they didn’t have identification. Now a father of two who’s also a long standing community member is facing deportation which has devastated his family and community. To date, the officer has not been held accountable. Governor Cuomo recently issued an executive order explicitly prohibiting law enforcement asking about immigration status. I’m calling because I want to know what concrete steps the leadership of Troop E will take going forward, to ensure the Executive Memorandum and the newly minted Executive Order will be enforced and how officers will be held accountable when they commit such egregious violations.”

For questions contact Nikeeta Slade from Workers’ Center of CNY at nslade@workerscentercny.org

Please record your results in the online google form.

Legal Observer Training 10/23 Buffalo

When: Monday, October 23 at 7 PM – 8 PM

Where: O’brian 107, Buffalo, NY 14260, USA

Legal observers are important members of political events, who observe the event in order to prevent and note legal violations committed against participants by police. These individuals are an important part of the National Lawyers Guild. Come join us and learn how to become a legal observer yourself!

Link to Event Here

Didi Delgado is coming to the ‘Cuse! 11/3

When: Friday November 3 at 7pm

Where: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 109 Waring Rd

Admission: $10-25 sliding scale. Please pay according to your means. No one turned away for lack of funds. All proceeds go directly to DiDi.

Over the past year, we have worked to unpack and understand how the institution of whiteness has created a culture where Donald Trump can be elected president, while Black and Brown people are continually discriminated against, abused, murdered, disenfranchised, endangered, and criminalized with impunity. In a city with the highest concentrated poverty among Black and Hispanic people in the nation, and a county with some of the most segregated schools in the nation, this is not just a Trump problem, this is an old problem and a local problem.

As an organization predominantly composed of white people seeking to act in solidarity with the marginalized, it is urgently crucial we dedicate our whole selves to this work. That means listening to, and following the lead of the directly affected, and educating ourselves on how to operate in social justice spaces while doing the least possible harm to the communities we wish to act in solidarity with.

If fighting white supremacy is something that’s important to you, you will not want to miss out on the opportunity to hear Didi Delgado’s voice on Friday November 3, 7pm at First UU.

Suggested reading: Whites Only: SURJ And The Caucasian Invasion Of Racial Justice Spaces, by Didi Delgado

Link to Event Here

Dream Act Now: Action Report Back

Strong action yesterday in Syracuse! Members of the Workers’ Center of CNY, United We Dream, CNY Solidarity Coalition, community members, and allies delivered 500+ signatures to Congressman John Katko’s office in support of a Clean Dream Act, DACA, and Undocumented People everywhere. We ran into some opposition from security in the lobby of the Mackenzie Hughes Tower, where we were yelled at from the moment we walked through the door, threatened with police, reminded “the federal government is heavily armed,” and one of our group members was assaulted by building staff. In the end, the general manager escorted three members of our group, including a mother and child, to deliver our petition to Katko’s office.

The Precarity of Inclusion and (Be)longing: The Experiences of Incarcerated and Refugee/Asylum-Seeking Youth in Schools 10/19

Featuring Panelists: Valentina Migliarini, Aly Wane, and Janet B. Flores
When: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 4:30 p.m.
Where: Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building, Syracuse University

Urban schools are experiencing increasing numbers of students from immigrant & refugee backgrounds. Students of color, those with disabilities, and English language learners are all at an increased risk in relation to the school-to-prison pipeline. Academically these students are also at a disadvantage because of low teacher expectations, ability tracking, educational barriers, segregated educational placements, and anti-immigrant bias. This panel presentation will explore how schools can better support immigrant, refugee, & asylum seeking youth & their families.

Link to Event Here:

Dream Act Now! 10/19

When: Thursday, October 19 at 1 PM

Where: Katko’s Office 440 S. Warren

Upstate New York dreamers and allies will stage a rally and press conference to call on Rep. Katko to support a Clean Dream Act
Join United we Dream and Workers’ Center of CNY

Defend Puerto Rico – From Floods, Debt, and U.S. Colonialism!

When: Wednesday, October 18 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: Link Hall 103, Syracuse, NY 13244, United States

As Puerto Ricans struggle to recover from a devastating hurricane, the U.S. government has shamefully proposed an “aid” package that will only add to the debt that has crippled Puerto Rico’s economy. Donald Trump, meanwhile, has wasted no opportunity to demean Puerto Ricans as undeserving of aid. What are the reasons behind Puerto Rico’s ongoing crisis, and why does U.S. policy continue to treat Puerto Ricans as second-class citizens?

Free and open to the public | ASL interpretation provided | Please contact us for any other accommodation requests

Link to Facebook Event Here

Green Light NY Driving Together : Luz Verde NY Manejando Juntos 10/15

Central and Western NY were presente yesterday at the Green Light NY: Driving Together campaign’s retreat where we learned together and established our goals for the next year.
El Centro y el oeste de NY estuvieron presentes el día de ayer en el retiro de nuestra campaña para ganar licencias de manejar en NY “Luz Verde NY: Manejando Juntos” donde nos preparamos juntos y establecimos metas para el próximo año. Sí se Puede!