On August 14th, the Department of Homeland Security published a prospective rule which fundamentally changes the longstanding “public charge” policy and sends a message of who is desirable or welcome in the U.S. The final rule, scheduled to take effect on October 15th of this year, will change the way the government makes “public charge” determinations, making it much easier for the government to deny a person an immigrant visa or admission to the United States.
The message is clear. This new rule is meant to deter and intimidate non-citizens and their families, and create additional obstacles preventing them from obtaining lawful permanent residence. See news article here.
Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 8 AM – 1 PM 1240 Central Rd, Everson, WA 98247-9632, United StatesNow that the first berry season is over, it's time to trellis the remaining plants and prepare the land for the winter. The cooperative is looking for volunteers who can lift and hold wires that will be strung between posts. Please bring your own gloves! DRIVING DIRECTIONS: Head north on I-5, take exit 255 for WA-542 E or Sunset Dr (toward Mt Baker) At the exit, bear right onto 542 E/Sunset Dr In .9 miles, turn left onto Hannegan Rd (heading north) In 7 miles, turn right onto Central Rd (right after Ten Mile Rd. All of the intersections are marked a littles ways out with a yellow sign with the intersecting street name) In about half a mile, the Cooperativa is on the left on Central Rd, right after passing Courtney Ln on your right. There is a huge CAMPESINO POWER sign hanging on the property, and a sandwich board marking the entrance with an image of Zapata!
The King County Immigrant and Refugee Commission (IRC), is currently recruiting to fill 3 vacant positions. The IRC was created in 2018 by Executive Dow Constantine and the King County Council and is committed to integrating, strengthening, and valuing immigrant and refugee communities, upholding the County’s commitment as a welcoming community. The Commission works to achieve fair and equitable access to County services for immigrant and refugee residents, improve opportunities for civic engagement, set annual goals, and participate in important dialogue on County policies and practices that impact the community. To apply for a seat on the Immigrant and Refugee Commission, please visit the County's Boards and Commissions page. Spanish versions of application materials are also available on the site. Applications are due August 16, 2019.
Through our coalition efforts we have shut down the detention camps in Tornillo and Carrizo Springs, TX, prevented Ft. Sill in Oklahoma from becoming a detention camp, and seen 1,500 youth released from the Homestead Florida camp.
The fact that the Department of Health and Human services is now saying it will eventually close these camps proves that they never had to cage these kids but rather have chosen to carry out the cruel policies of the administration. We need to keep the pressure on Homestead and ensure that the 17 year olds there are released before they turn 18 as they are being handed over to adult detention centers on their birthdays! We will close Homestead and keep on fighting to close all detention centers and get justice for migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees. Here’s what we need you to do:
Sign Reverend Barber's Petition Calling for Presidential Candidate Anti-Racism, Pro-Voter Registration Rally
I'm Reverend William J. Barber, II, of Repairers of the Breach, the Poor People's Campaign, and the Moral Mondays movement. And I am asking you to join me in this call to all the presidential candidates: All presidential candidates should unite for a massive, pro-voter, anti-racism rally in Greenville, NC—the city in which Trump supporters spread a bigoted, racist and xenophobic chant—to reject racism and regression, register voters, and demonstrate what an America committed to moving forward together looks like.
Today (July 26) the Trump Department of Labor announced plans to make sweeping revisions to the H-2A agricultural guestworker program to the detriment of farmworkers. The proposed H-2A changes would weaken key protections for farmworkers, reducing the ability of the current farm labor force to obtain employment with H-2A employers and exposing H-2A workers to greater vulnerability and costs.
The Trump Administration seeks to guarantee agribusiness unlimited access to a captive workforce—guestworkers who are denied the rights and freedoms of immigrants and citizens. The proposal epitomizes the Trump Administration’s hostility to immigrants.
Read more here.
WHEN: Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 1-3 pm.
WHERE: Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (1207 Ellsworth St. Bellingham, WA 98225).
There will be a Dignity Dialogue the day before the march where we will discuss the new WA State legislation, Keep Washington Working, and what our local government is required to do to guarantee our community is safe. We welcome Eric Gonzalez from the ACLU. As one of the key people in the Legislature leading the advocacy strategy, he will lead us through the legal implications for Whatcom County and all cities.
August 4th, Ferndale/Bellingham, WA
Please note – all times are approximate; we will make every effort to stay on time
Schedule for the day:
4:00 am - volunteers arrive at 1431 Sunset Ave in Ferndale
4:30 am - public is invited to arrive at 1431 Sunset Ave in Ferndale
4:30 am-5:00 am sign in & buy a commemorative March t-shirt
5:00 am - 6:00 am sunrise ceremony and mistica
PARKING NOTE: there is no parking at the detention center. Participants are STRONGLY encouraged to carpool or take a shuttle. There will be a shuttle sign up post coming soon! If you drive to Ferndale for the beginning of the march, please park in the Hardware Sales or Lummi Market parking lot, or make sure that you are not parking somewhere you can be towed.
6:00 am the march begins
7:00 am the march stops at Michael Moore Park in Ferndale, breakfast is served
9:00 am the march arrives at Crystal View for an action
12:30 pm the march arrives at Meridian High School. Water and snacks will be provided
3:00 pm the march arrives at the end point, the Jardîn de Agroecologica, 495 E Bakerview
*PLEASE NOTE: the parking at 495 E Bakerview is reserved for church parishioners, and for set up and clean up volunteer crews for the march. Please arrange your carpools from elsewhere. There will be shuttles at the end of the day to get people back to their cars.
*FOOD: At the end of the march – TACOS, Tadeo’s will have their food truck set up in addition to the Potluck
*POTLUCK - the end of the march has always included a potluck to celebrate community through food. There will be two parking spots reserved for potluck drop off. You can drop your potluck dish at 495 E Bakerview Rd between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm. Bring Cold salads: such as pasta, vegetable, potato, bean OR desserts Special NOTE: Please bring it in a dish you do not care about getting back or in recyclable dish with recyclable serving utensil, we will dispose left over dishes – we cannot take responsibility for getting it back to you at the end of the day. We do not have storage for potluck dishes. There will be a separate post on our Facebook page with more food and Pot Luck details
*WHAT TO BRING TO THE MARCH:
Water (please bring a reusable water bottle. There will be water filling stations along the route)
hat/bandana/any clothing that you use to keep you protected from the sun
Wear white (white C2C t shirts will be available for sale at the march)
dress in layers
snacks if you need them
anything medical or otherwise that you need to take care of yourself. This is a 14 mile march. It is likely to be hot and dusty. Take care of yourself.
Next week, Syrians with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the U.S. will hear whether they're at risk of deportation to a warzone.
There aren't many options left for Syrians fleeing humanitarian crises created by eight years of war — from Trump destroying U.S. refugee resettlement to the Muslim Ban.
We have to do everything we can to protect TPS for Syria. Because if we can get loud enough, we can force Congress to block the Homeland Security and State Departments from deporting Syrians back to a warzone.
Can you demand your members of Congress act NOW to protect TPS for Syria?
Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 4:30 AM – 5 AM until
Starting at 1431 Sunset Ave, Ferndale, WA 98248-8914, United States
Join farmworker leaders from Community to Community (C2C) and Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) in an historic march in rural Whatcom County. The march starts with a sunrise ceremony and mistica at Customs and Border Patrol facility in Ferndale, and will proceed past several worksites where H2A workers have been contracted. Then march south on Meridian to Bakerview Rd in Bellingham.
This will be a day long reflection on a day in the life of a farmworker; from the time they start work until their day ends. Walk with us on country roads past acres of raspberry and blueberry fields where the fresh berries that are stocked on your grocery shelves are harvested. See the key component of the local agricultural economy, view corporate and NON-organic mono-agriculture fields and reflect on climate change, a contracted captive labor force, our local food system, community building and labor issues in Whatcom County from a farmworker perspective. We will end around 3pm with our vision of a healthy food system, fair and good for workers and eaters; at C2C's Jardîn de Agroecologica on Bakerview with a vigil, food and celebration, speakers, and music.
PROUD UPDATE: C2C welcomes Monica Atkins from the Climate Justice Alliance to the Farmworker March for Dignity! Monica will be joining us and marching with us, connecting justice for farmworkers to climate change and a Just Transition. We are excited to hear solidarity message from Monica about organizing against corporate greed and the h2a labor program. https://climatejusticealliance.org/speaker/monica-atkins/
*images courtesy of David Bacon. You can find more of his photography from last year's march here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56646659@N05/sets/72157698398025411
On Friday July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps, will bring thousands of people to locations worldwide as well as to concentration camps across country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants.
Check the website here for events throughout the area and find one to participate in!
Faith Action Network supports the ad hoc coalition for a Constellation of Lights for Liberty to organize vigils locally and nationally this week in solidarity with immigrants and refugees. We invite you to hold vigils across the state in your faith communities this coming Friday night, June 12, or join a pre-planned vigil. Please register your vigil and share the Facebook page so people in your community know where to find the vigil closest to them. Consider including an action opportunity as part of the resolve of your vigils -- take up a collection of postcards to your Congresspersons or make time for people to email during the vigil. If you’re nearby, on Saturday June 13 travel to the Northwest Detention Center at 12:30 PM for a family-friendly event to support detained persons and learn how to do more. Join a Close the Camps rally being planned for Seattle and beyond. Let us know your plans at FAN@fanwa.org so we can highlight your place in the constellation.
Go to bottom of the post, Washington state vigils.
Alvaro Deboya with the center said Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the FBI are employing facial recognition to search license databases as states across the nation are urging undocumented people to come out of the shadows and get a drivers license.
“In at least three of them, in Washington, Utah and Vermont, ICE is actually taking advantage of that to secretly find and deport those people using face recognition technology,” Deboya told NPR's Morning Edition.
But the state Department of Licensing said Monday that it doesn’t cooperate with any immigration-related requests from federal agencies.
Read more here.
Indian Country Today
by Mark Trahant
The Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security reviewed five Border Patrol facilities and two ports of entry in Texas and “observed serious overcrowding and prolonged detention of unaccompanied alien children, families, and single adults that require immediate attention.” The report warned of potential riot conditions because of the treatment of those seeking asylum in the United States.
Read more here.
Immigration raids have been ongoing throughout the last decade. Communities have been organizing resistance in response. Racial policing and detainment have been happening in Black, Brown, Indigenous, Muslim and poor communities across the country. We have witnessed this in the continual rise of mass incarceration and hyper detention and deportation. It our responsibility to stop these forces that seek to destroy our basic humanity by organizing with communities that are most impacted and follow the leadership of organizations that are centrally positioned and held accountable by the people they uplift. This is not the time to aimlessly wonder, "What can we do?!" This is the time for intentional action.
We at Side With Love invite you to join with us as we fight back! Register now for our upcoming webinar on how to resist (exact date and time is being worked out with our partners. We will send you that info and if you can’t make it you will receive the recording.)
Here are three things you should do:
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Federal Court for Pivotal Hearing on the Rights of Asylum Seekers
National Conference of State Legislatures
Gilbert Mendoza and Chesterfield Polkey
Twelve states and the District of Columbia enacted laws to allow unauthorized immigrants to obtain a driver’s licenses. These states—California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Vermont and Washington—issue a license if an applicant provides certain documentation, such as a foreign birth certificate, a foreign passport, or a consular card and evidence of current residency in the state.
Washington State's law has been in effect since 1993. Read more here.