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Tell Katko Hector’s Story & Tell Him 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!

Update: Community Member Hector Navarro Detained By ICE 12/21

We are very sad to inform that a dear friend of ours, Arely’s husband Hector has been detained by ICE. He was coming back from dropping off Arely at work and two cars block him and took him. The father of three children and a hardworking person, this is an injustice. So close to Christmas, why ICE? We are asking people to go in front of 401 south Salina in Syracuse, where ICE most likely has him detained to rally and demand they let him go

Hector UPDATE: Thank you all for coming out. We have received word that our compañero, Hector is now being held at the detention facility in Batavia. We have left 401 S. Salina and we are working on next steps and Hector, Arely, and their 3 kids will need lots of support and solidarity (we will have details soon). Arely, Hector’s wife, is still raising funds for her own legal fees to fight deportation! Please support Hector, Arely, and their kids right now by donating and sharing this fundraising campaign.



Call and Tell Katko: Keep Your Promise! Tell Congress to Pass CLEAN Dream Act by end of the Year!

Join the New York Immigration Coalition, the Workers’ Center of CNY, and all other people of conscience who are demanding that our elected officials include the Clean Dream Act in the spending budget before going home for the holidays this Friday, December 22nd. Just two weeks ago, on December 5th, Congressman John Katko (R) signed a letter with 33 other Republican legislators addressed to Senator Paul Ryan calling for a permanent legislative solution for DACA by the end of this year. In these last few days before the session ends, we want to drive calls to Katko to remind him to keep this critical promise to pass a CLEAN Dream Act before the holidays. The same way that legislators like Katko will surely look forward to being with their loved ones, it’s time they ensure that young undocumented immigrants can also be reassured that they will spend this holiday and many future holidays with their families.

Letter Congressman John Katko signed to Support DACA: https://rodneydavis.house.gov/uploadedfiles/20171205110110668.pdf

Call-In Information:
Congressman John Katko’s Offices. Please be sure to call your regional office and the D.C. office to make sure that Katko clearly receives the message! We are asking that you all make calls on Wednesday, Dec. 20th and Thursday, December 21st anytime during open business hours (9am-4:45pm).

Washington D.C. Office
(202) 225-3701

Regional District Offices:
Syracuse & Oswego, NY District Office
(315) 423-5657

Auburn & Lyons, NY Regional Office
Phone: (315) 253-4068

Oswego, NY Regional Office

“Hi, my name is XXX and I live in CITY/ZIP. I am calling to thank Congressman Katko for supporting signing Taylor letter to protect DACA recipients, and to make sure they know it is absolutely critical Republicans take the lead in ensuring Congress passes legislation to protect our immigrant brothers and sisters before the end of the year. Now that DACA has ended, we need a solution urgently, and we are counting on Republicans to show leadership in working across the aisle to reach a deal before going home for the holidays. Without legislation like a CLEAN Dream Act passed with NO concessions, dollars in the federal budget will be used to deport DACA recipients. Will MEMBER/SENATOR keep their promise to do everything they can to ensure a solution for Dreamers by the end of the year, and communicating this priority to Leadership?”

No Dream, No deal! Last push for a Clean Dream Act!

Friday December 22 from 12-1pm meet at the Worker’s center

Let’s canvass Katko’s neighborhood!

Now that DACA has ended, we need a solution urgently, and we are demanding that our elected officials include the Clean Dream Act in the spending budget before going home for the holidays.
It is absolutely critical that Congress passes a Clean Dream Act! Let’s ask Katko to keep his promise to ensure a solution for our undocumented brothers and sisters by the end of the year.

We will meet at the WCCNY office and drive to Camilus together to drop off some lawn signs!!

Also be sure to call Katko’s D.C. and regional offices Wednesday, Dec. 20th, and Thursday, Dec. 21st to tell him to keep his promise to ensure that a CLEAN Dream Act is passed by the end of the year. Sign up for a time to call here:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf_lzCNKdOWe_Pbd2wSCSxWK4-srhMHo6hHoMlPWOBijcJbkw/viewform

Good News for Dolores!

As many of you know, our friend Dolores had an immigration hearing today in Batavia this morning. We are happy to report back that because her interpreter was sick, her court appearance has been rescheduled to May 8, 2018. This means that Dolores will have more time to be with her family and it also gives her lawyer more time to continue strengthening and working on her asylum case. Today Dolores said that she is going to continue to fight to stay with her family and she appreciates the outpouring of support and solidarity from all of you. We would like to thank all of you for coming out this morning and braving the cold to send a message that Dolores is here to stay! Check out this media coverage of the press conference and rally today in The Batavian. Si se puede!

Vigil and Rally For Dolores Press Release


Vigil to Support Dolores 12/19

After fleeing abuse in Mexico, Dolores settled in Wayne County with her young daughter as a single Mom more than 13 years ago. As a valued worker on an apple farm, a community leader of farmworker women, worker rights advocate and active Board member of two organizations, Dolores deserves to stay in Wayne County with her young daughter where she has made her home. She has represented farmworker women and testified at conferences in the US including at Harvard and Washington, DC, helps her fellow farmworkers in need, and contributes to her community. In 2014, when Dolores was stopped for a minor traffic violation, State Police turned her over to immigration authorities and she was placed in deportation proceedings. December 19, 2017, is the trial that may sadly end in Dolores’ removal to Mexico. Let’s say NO to her deportation!!

Stand in solidarity with Dolores!
Keep families together! Stop deportations now!

#DreamActNow Diana Sánchez and Her Daughters Write a Letter to Ellen

This past November we had the honor to organize with Diana Sánchez and her courageous young daughters when we brought thanksgiving dinner to congressman John Katko’s office In Syracuse to ask him to support a Clean Dream Act. This is a beautiful video featuring Diana and her daughters speaking about their wishes for this Christmas. Please continue to call your congress representatives and ask them to pass a Clean Dream Act before the end of the year. Families like Diana’s deserve to live in peace without fear of separation.

Dear Ellen, These Girls Have a Letter for You

The best thing you'll watch today: These young daughters of Dreamer moms skipped a letter to Santa this year and instead wrote to Ellen DeGeneres.Watch then show your support for a #DreamActNow: MoveOn.org/DreamAct

Posted by MoveOn.org on Thursday, December 7, 2017

Worker’s Center Presente!

Worker’s Center presente! Members and friends of the Center are in route to Washington DC to be part of a massive rally to demand a Clean Dream Act and WCCNY organizers are participating in the National Coalition of Occupational Health and Safety conference in Baltimore. Thank you to all of you who support and believe in our mission, we keep resisting and fighting for workers and immigrants dignity and respect. Thank you to New York Immigration coalition and Interfaith Workers Justice for standing with us in la lucha.

Only $265 Away From Rebecca’s #GivingTuesday Goal!!!!!

Hi friends, thanks for all the donations for this fundraising campaign! Your donation will be put to good use: We do outreach to visit farmworkers all over Upstate and Central NY, provide trainings and workshops so workers can organize and fight back unjust working conditions and are at the forefront of the struggle for dignity, respect and sanctuary for immigrants and refugees. More than anytime organizations like the Workers’ Center of CNY need to exist and thrive and you are doing your part with your donations and volunteer work. Muchas gracias!
Recently we were able to hire two more staff: one full time and one part time and that was only posible thanks to your support.
Please help me to get to $1000, we are now at $700. The funds we raise will allow us to have money to pay for transportation, expenses related to trainings and advocacy and much more. Mil gracias!