Want to know how we’re going to hold Republicans accountable for blocking immigration reform? Here’s what we’re thinking.
As we’ve said before, Colorado is a hugely important state as we approach elections this November. The growing immigrant population there is gaining political power and Latino, Asian and immigrant voters could decide the outcome of two key tight races.
That’s why we’re throwing down in Colorado! We already have staff on the ground and we’re going to ensure Republicans there pay a heavy price for blocking immigration reform.
For too long, Rep. Mike Coffman and Rep. Cory Gardner in Colorado have been getting away with saying one thing on immigration and then doing another. Republicans like them are counting on the fact that during a midterm election, Latino and immigrant voters are less likely to turn out to vote. Our partners in Colorado are already gearing up to register and mobilize tens of thousands of immigration voters and we’re going to be making sure every voter knows just how bad Gardner and Coffman’s immigration records are.
We need your help to make sure we can advertise and earn media over the next several months to get as many voters out to the polls in Colorado as we can.
On June 30th, President Obama signaled to the nation that he is ready to take executive action to keep families together. After years of fighting for humane and real immigration reform, this is welcome news for our communities, who hope that Presidential relief can provide an end to deportations and the ability to work legally.
But we cannot take any relief for granted. The current humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied children coming to the border – and to New York - has triggered an anti-immigrant backlash that could delay and completely undo any major Administrative Relief. We must act NOW and we must act aggressively to ensure the President makes good on his promise and that he provides the BROADEST possible Administrative Relief for our communities.
Can we count on you? Here’s what you can do TODAY to join us in our new #ALLIn4Relief Campaign:
TELL PRESIDENT OBAMA: We Need Relief for All!
CALL: (866) 473-5915
Tell Him: "I’m from [City, State, Community], I urge President Obama to keep his promise to fix as much of the immigration system as possible. The President has the authority to alleviate the suffering of our community. We ask him to provide the broadest possible administrative relief to our immigrant communities NOW!”
POST THIS GRAPHIC ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA
Show your support for administrative relief on social media by facebooking, instagramming, and tweeting this photo and use the hashtag #ALLIn4Relief.
…And, COMING SOON:
#ALLIn4Relief TOWN HALLS
Help plan a Town Hall in August with your Congressional Representative to ensure he/she will take an aggressive stance for and with our families! Email email@example.com for more information.
DIGITAL PHOTO ACTION
Be on the lookout for a national digital action in which supporters can take a photo in support of administrative relief and post online!
POSTCARDS TO THE WHITE HOUSE
We are developing postcard petitions to send to President Obama to show him that thousands of people in our communities want administrative relief now! Stay tuned and check www.thenyic.org in the coming weeks to find out how to get a postcard to send to the White House.
Education Advocacy current RFP deadline July 28, 2014
released by United Way of NYC for CBOs to provide services at elementary, middle, high and transfer schools.
This is part of the Mayor’s Community Schools Initiative and while it’s focused on attendance improvement and dropout prevention, services can include family engagement, academic support, counseling/mentoring, and post-secondary readiness. This RFP is to select CBOs to be in a Catalogue of Service Providers. The 40 schools participating in the program will then select CBO partners from this list in a second step before any funding is allocated. On average, selected lead CBO’s will be awarded 300,000 in annual funds. Please let us know if you plan to apply. Click HERE for more info on the RFP.
A planeload of Honduran children were deported back to to their potential death on Tuesday. After deporting nearly 2 million people since taking office, President Obama is now deporting Central Americans refugees who are fleeing record-levels of violence.
And to make matters worse, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) have proposed the “HUMANE” (Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating National Emergency) Act, which is anything but humane; the proposal seeks to fast track the deportation of children and mothers to their possible death and further militarizes the Southern border. It’s despicable, and shows just how heartless and out of touch some Members of Congress are on the issue of refugee children.
We were in McAllen, Texas last week, meeting with families and children that were being cared for in shelters, many of them afraid and hungry after a treacherous journey, and instead of protecting them from the violence they fled, Washington is seeking to politicize them and use them to push political agendas.
We remain committed to reminding America of its moral obligation to truly protect defenseless refugee children, something that is lost between the border and Washington. We will continue fighting so these families are not stripped of their rights by hate-mongering politicians who see them as “invaders” and not as refugees.
Thanks to your pressure, Jose Antonio Vargas has been released! But this isn’t the case for most undocumented immigrants.
Our undocumented community along the border is trapped within its own country, unable to leave and surrounded by checkpoints. It’s immoral that people aren’t free to move around the country they know as home because of a system that seeks to criminalize them.
Jose’s arrest is proof that our immigration system is broken, and was created to only tear our families apart, and this is more prevalent on the border. His arrest would have never happened if the president would expand DACA to our undocumented friends and family.
Our fight for administration relief continues! It’s time for our families to be liberated, it is time for our families to be free! It is time to expand DACA!! Thank you for all you do!
It has been a month of exciting wins for immigrants in New York City!
Last week, the New York Immigration Coalition was joined by New York City Council’s Immigration Chair Carlos Menchaca to announce a landmark $10.3 million dollars to expand several key programs for immigrant communities.This week, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law ground-breaking new City Council legislation to create a new municipal ID program for all New Yorkers.
These are major victories for the City’s immigrant communities and will provide critical help for over three million immigrants:
The New York City Identity Card, which will facilitate the opening of bank accounts, filing of police reports, access to government buildings, leasing of apartments, and much more, will be available to all New Yorker regardless of immigration status starting January 2015;
-The Immigrant Opportunities Initiative (IOI), which provides critically-needed services that are a lifeline for immigrant communities, received $5.3 million dollars for expanded adult literacy, ESL programs, and legal services;
-The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project, a groundbreaking initiative to provide free legal representation to New Yorkers detained by immigration authorities, received $4.9 million dollars, making New York the first city in the nation to have such a public defender program;
-CUNY Citizenship Now! Legal Services received $1 million dollars to provide on-site immigration and naturalization services at the offices of City Council members and throughout the city;
-The Adult Literacy Council Initiative was enhanced with an additional $750,000 for a total of $2.25 million to expand opportunities for hard-working New Yorkers to continue their education;
-The Cultural Immigrant Initiative received $1.5 million dollars to support cultural organizations to provide programming based on the vibrant cultural heritage of the City’s immigrant communities in New York City and increase access to unique cultural offerings.
We want to thank Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Councilmembers Carlos Menchaca and Daniel Dromm, and our member organizations and partner agencies for working with us to advocate for these major victories for immigrant New Yorkers.
These wins would not be possible without the support of allies such as you! We ask that you consider making a donation to help us continue to achieve victories for immigrants in the City and across New York State.
Around this time three years ago, about 11 hours before the New York Times posted my “coming out” essay, I wondered, would anyone really care? Who would read a 4,000-word essay on immigration? Could one specific story—my story, a story I was afraid and ashamed to tell—-underscore a greater universal truth about immigration and citizenship in a changing America?
Then, the next day, June 22, 2011, life changed—for the better.
More than 250 events in 44 states later— Define Americanis growing from a campaign into a nationally recognized non-profit organization thanks to the contributions of our generous donors and supporters. All I can say is thank you. You find purpose when you find gratitude. Maraming salamat, muchas gracias, thank you to all of you: for supporting me, for challenging me, for helping give my life purpose.
Help us celebrate 3 years by showing your support. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution today and make it possible for Define American to continue to change culture, hearts and effect change!
Together, we can continue to shift culture and give a voice to the estimated 11.7 million undocumented immigrants who are not being heard. Together, we are re-defining American. Thanks for your Support!
IT’S TIME TO RENEW!
Everyone MUST renew!
Send during the 5th month before your DACA expires
Remember to use the NEW Form I-821D
Don’t forget the Form I-765 and Form I-765WS
Renewing your DACA will cost $465
Join the New York Immigration Coalition and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services for an informational session in Manhattan!
June 26th, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Community Church of New York
40 East 35th Street (between Madison and Park)
New York, New York 10016