Hector Navarro Miranda, the father of three US children and an outstanding member of our Syracuse community, was abruptly and unjustly detained by ICE (immigration and customs enforcement) only a few days before Christmas.
On Tuesday, February 20th 2018, his family, friends and allies will have a vigil and press conference to #Free Hector.
At 9:00 am family and supporters will accompany him for his scheduled court hearing.
Please join us in support of family reunification in solidarity with all immigrant families who are suffering this inhumane immigration system.
You can join the group of supporters who will be leaving at 6:00 am from the Center for Peace and Social Justice.
Address: 2013 East Genesee St. Syracuse NY 13210
Parking in the back of the building.
For more information please call: Rebecca Fuentes 315-657-6799
Link to Facebook Event Here
Posted in deportation, Immigration
Tagged Batavia Federal Detention Center, Deportation, Event's, Free Hector, Hector Navarro Miranda, ICE, immigration, Organizing, Solidarity, undocumented, Workers Center of Central NY
Two families who worked and lived at Melrose Farm in Auburn New York are in need of housing. They lost their employer provided housing because it was in such a horrific, dangerous, and in uninhabitable state, that code enforcement just condemned it, leaving 5 children and two mothers without a place to live. The employer has received numerous warnings and requests from code enforcement and from workers to address the housing and unfortunately, rather than do so, he has chosen to be negligent which has forced the families into homelessness. The employer has told workers to stop inviting and speaking to two ESL teachers who have been supporting them with the housing and raising the fact that the workers are being sub minimum wages which is of course illegal. This violates the opinion and guidelines from the Attorney General’s office that says that farmworkers are permitted to have visitors as they choose. Essentially, the employer wants workers to not be empowered to know their rights and to take action to address the injustices on the farm.
We are reaching out to you all to see if you could reach out to your networks in Auburn to see if there are community members that could provide emergency housing for the 5 children and, 2 mothers. The fathers have found work in Auburn, and their new job provides housing for them, but not for their families. Also, the children have just enrolled in school, so to make sure their education and lives are not interrupted, the families need to stay in Auburn.
In addition to the housing needs, we are also in the process of planning an action today (or at the latest tomorrow) to hold the employer accountable and to get justice for the workers who have lost their housing so please be on stand by. We will send out details very soon.
If you have any leads on housing please email Nikeeta at email@example.com.
Thanks for your solidarity and support.
Posted in Farmworkers
Tagged agriculture, Auburn, dairy, farmworkers, housing, immigrant workers, Mobilization, Solidarity, WCCNY, worker's rights, worker's safety
Please join us in solidarity with our immigrant families!
No more deportations! No human being is illegal.
Estamos con Arely y su Familia! We are with Arely and her Family!
Join us tomorrow, Wednesday January 31 at 9:30am in front of ICE Syracuse offices, 401 South Salina, NY for solidarity and accompaniment of our friend and member Arely Tomas. Her check-in with ICE is at 10am. We want her to feel the support of the community and to know that we stand in solidarity. Estamos con Arely y su familia! If you can please support the family with a donation here: https://www.youcaring.com/arelytomas-804962
Link to Facebook Event
When: Monday, January 29 at 12 PM – 1 PM
Where: Syracuse City Hall, 233 E Washington St Syracuse NY 13202 Continue reading
Posted in Immigration, Refugee
Tagged Event's, immigrant workers, immigration, Organizing, Refugee, Solidarity, Syracuse, undocumented, WCCNY, Worker's Center of Central New York
When: THURSDAY January 18 7-9 PM
Where: ArtRage Gallery 505 Hawley Ave, Syracuse
Herve Comeau, community activist and attorney with Volunteer Lawyers Project
Rebecca Fuentes, community activist and Lead Organizer with Workers Center of CNY
Aly Wane, organizer with Black Immigration Network and Syracuse Peace Council
System-wide violence in US communities is the twin of US aggressive wars abroad. MLK taught that the antiracist and the antiwar movements must go arm in arm. Three eloquent speakers—each on the frontlines of local movements for racial, immigrant and worker justice—will share their perspectives and reveal the relevance of MLK’s insight today.
Sponsored by the Beyond War and Militarism Committee a joint project of the CNY Solidarity Coalition and the Syracuse Peace Council
Link to Facebook Event Here
Posted in Racism, War
Tagged Aly Wane, Event's, Herve Comeau, Immigrant Justice, Organizing, Rebecca Fuentes, Solidarity, Syracuse, Syracuse Peace Council, Worker Justice
Meeting, this Wednesday 01/10 at 6:30pm so we can create an action plan for next steps in Hector’s campaign. 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.
Some of you have asked about the letters of support. 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
Please note that our campaign meetings will following the following schedule throughout 2018, effective immediately.
- Steering Committee Calls (steering committee representatives only): 2pm-4pm on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month
- Consejo Meetings (for directly impacted community members, in Spanish): 7pm-8:30pm on the 2nd Monday of each month
- Statewide Campaign Calls (open to all campaign member organizations): 11am-12pm on the 4th Wednesday of each month
This means our next CONSEJO meeting is this coming Monday, January 8th and our next STATEWIDE CAMPAIGN CALL is Wednesday, January 24th. As you are all subscribed to this Google Group, both events should appear in your Google Calendar.
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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!