Tag Archives: Resistance

Rally Against Grad Tax Hikes 11/29

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The Republican tax plan would be absolutely devastating for grad students. Categorizing tuition waivers as taxable income—while also ending many important tax waivers—is an attack on our livelihoods and an attack on the accessibility of higher education to low income students, women, LGBQT students, disabled students, and students of color.

Grad students from Syracuse University will rally together to condemn this proposal and all that it represents. We will further call on our institutions to commit to concrete contingency plans in case the Republican senate prevails in passing this harmful legislation.

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Link to Facebook Event Here

SIGN AND CIRCULATE PETITION TO DEFEND GRADUATE EMPLOYEES AT SYRACUSE

Civil Disobedience Training 11/20

On Monday, Nov. 20th at 5pm at University United Methodist Church, we will be having a civil disobedience training and we will continue preparing for the action on the following day. While we will not be engaging in civil disobedience at this particular action, it is a tactic we might use later on in the struggle for immigrants rights here in Central New York and of course, it never hurts to be prepared! Please join us Monday evening! For more info: nslade@workerscentercny.org

Protest Border Patrol at Regional Transportation Center 11/17

Friday, Nov. 17th at 4pm
Protest Border Patrol at the Regional Transportation Center

Border Patrol continues to harass and detain people at the Regional Transportation Center. This Friday the Syracuse Rapid Response team will be continuing to speak out against this injustice in our community! Join the RR team this Friday! Bring your signs!

The William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center is the site of regular sweeps by ICE and Border Patrol, in which local residents are profiled, harassed, and intimidated, community members are detained, and families are separated. The Syracuse Rapid Response Team and our allies will protest to draw attention to these actions, to demonstrate our determination to protect our neighbors, and to put the government on notice that the Syracuse community is watching.

Inhuman policies at RTC are representative of a larger policy approach in the current administration that is also operating through the “travel ban” which targets Muslims who are twice terrorized by this brutal policy. The first time is when innocent civilians in countries largely populated by Muslims are victimized by US bombs (all these countries are under drone attack by the US and Saudi Arabia). The list of those not welcome here is growing and growing. Who will be next?

As we came together at the airport in January, as we came together against Islamophobia on June 10, and as we most recently came together at the RTC on July 8, we again come together to say No ban, No wall, our vision of America is to welcome all.

Link to Facebook Event Here

Art in the Age of Trump 11/10

Fri. Nov. 10th – 8:00pm & Sat, Nov. 11th – 8:00pm
This weekend at ArtRage, our friends with the Building Theater Company will be hosting an event for performers, activists and other members of the community to publicly respond to the actions and policies of the Trump administration through performance art. Witness these performances, using art as a catalyst for community activism, resiliency and well-being in the time of Trump.

Check out the event here

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.

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.

Undocumented But With a Voice Discussion with Cesar Vargas 10/25

Undocumented but with a Voice. Discussion with Cesar Vargas, national immigrant rights activist, hosted by Citizens Response Network of Wayne County, Ohmann Theatre, 65 Williams St., Lyons.

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day – Not Columbus Day 10/9

Date: 10/9/17    Time: 4:30-5:30

Location: Columbus Circle Syracuse, New York 13202

We gather to celebrate the many and varied contributions of the world’s Indigenous Peoples. We gather at the statue of Columbus because it is a clear reminder of his legacy of attempted genocide and land theft. Standing atop the heads of indigenous peoples, located squarely between the Church and Government buildings, located on land stolen from the Onondaga Nation, it is a clear monument to the Doctrine of Discovery, racism,and the oppressive structures of colonialism that continue to affect all of us today.

We gather here during a teachable moment to discuss the ongoing impacts of that legacy and to commit ourselves to reversing it.

Speakers and Music to be announced.

Organized by Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON), a grassroots effort of Central New Yorkers and project of the Syracuse Peace Council. NOON supports the sovereignty of the Onondaga Nation’s traditional government, their Land Rights Action and collaborates with them on environmental protection and restoration.

JOIN THE FACEBOOK EVENT HERE

9/28/17: Silent protest “Enough”

For all of us who are feeling we have had Enough, in silent protest of the Trump Care Bill we will gather in complete silence for one hour. Bring signs that simply say “Enough”. Come in silence, we will stand in silence, we will leave in Silence. Sometimes no words speak volumes. We need all activists who are fed up with the assault from Washington on our basic human rights. May our silence reach the heart of Congressman Katko.

We need you for one hour this Thursday from 6-7pm. We will gather in silence holding a sign that says ENOUGH. Enough of the erosion of our right to healthcare, enough talk about walls, and deportation, enough tweets, enough, enough, enough! Enough of being ignored by Katko as if we are not his constituents. ENOUGH! See you in Hanover Square @ 6pm. Please change your maybe to a going and let’s give a real showing of ENOUGH. Stand or kneel on one knee in solidarity proclaiming ENOUGH!!!

Link to the Facebook Event Here