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UIDN’s statement on the massacre in New Zealand

In the wake of the horrific massacre of Muslims at prayer in Christchurch, New Zealand, the Ulster Immigrant Defense Network expresses heartfelt condolences to the survivors and solidarity with our local Muslim community. Addressing injustice, discrimination, and hateful rhetoric suffered by immigrants is the focus of our efforts. Many in the Christchurch Muslim community were and are immigrants, as are many Muslim community members here. Like most immigrants, they have left their homelands in search of safety and a better life for their children. They deserve welcome and respect. We stand with all immigrants.


Need volunteers! Transportation and accompaniment training Dec 5

Helping people get to court appearances and ICE appointments is one of the most important ways that UIDN volunteers support our immigrant neighbors.

With more immigrants now in our area, the need for people willing to provide transportation and accompaniment (either by driving or accompanying on public transportation) is growing.

We’re holding a transportation and accompaniment training for new volunteers, on Wednesday December 5, 6pm to 8:30pm, at Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Episcopal Church, 30 Pine Grove Avenue, Kingston NY 12401.

Current volunteers are invited to be there and share their experiences.

If you’d like to come or have any questions, please contact Beth Murphy, 845-803-9560.

Thank you!






Benefit concert: BLOOM women’s voice ensemble

Bloom, a 33 voice Women’s Voice Ensemble and The B2’s, a 9 voice Women’s Voice Ensemble, directed by Debbie Lan, will perform a program which includes original arrangements of songs by Pat Humphries, James Taylor, Johnny Clegg, Ma Muse, Low Lilly, Susan Werner and others.

Sunday December 2, 3PM to 5:30PM

Holy Cross / Santa Cruz Episcopal Church

30 Pine Grove Avenue, Kingston NY 12401

Family-friendly! All welcome!

The Ulster Immigrant Defense Network is a coalition formed by local faith communities and concerned residents to provide a network of safety and support for our immigrant friends and neighbors, who are valued members of our communities and are currently under threat of deportation.

After school van driver wanted

A Kingston after-school program needs a van driver Tuesday afternoons, 2-4 p.m., during the school year when school is in session. Must have a Class C commercial driver’s license.

An experienced driver is preferred. The passenger van is provided by Iglesia La Mision.  Rate: $22 per hour. Please contact


Town Hall on community policing October 5

Town Hall on Community Policing with Juan Figueroa and Speakers

Speakers discuss how officers who are integrated into the communities they serve can positively address issues affecting people’s lives, including domestic violence, the opioid crisis, immigrants’ challenges, and elder care.

Friday, October 5th, 7-9pm    

New Paltz Community Center 

3 Veterans Drive (off Rte 32 North)

New Paltz, NY 12561

Sponsored by U-Act


Upcoming UIDN events and trainings

Accompaniment Training:

We are holding a training for those interested in accompanying our immigrant friends to ICE appointments, immigration hearings, and similar meetings on  Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:00-8:00 PM, Unitarian Universalists, 320 Sawkill Ave., Kingston.  That training is also important for those interested in helping immigrants get to important appointments (medical, legal, etc.) locally.

Helpline training:
We are holding a training for bilingual volunteers for our 24/7 helpline where immigrants can be referred to resources. Monday, September 24, 6:00-8:00 PM, Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Church, 30 Pine Grove Ave., Kingston.

School Outreach:

We are holding a meeting for school volunteers at St James Methodist Church, 35 Pearl St., Kingston on Tuesday, Sept 25, from

7 – 8:30. Interested volunteers who are interested in helping immigrant school children and their families but cannot attend should call Marjorie Leopold directly (845-763-3448) to get the necessary information.

Rapid Response:

We are holding a Level One Training for those wishing to help support immigrants in respond to potential ICE raids in our community.  That training will take place onThursday, Oct. 11, 6:00-8:00 PM, Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Church, 30 Pine Grove Ave., Kingston.

Salvadoran mother is refused release

From Worker Justice Center of NY on July 16:

Many in our community have been following Blanca and Abel’s story with great concern and outrage. We wish we could bring you better news, but due to new rules imposed by Jeff Sessions, Blanca was denied release from ICE custody at her bond hearing today. This decision will prolong her separation from Abel, despite a finding by USCIS that Blanca has a credible fear of persecution should she and Abel return to their home country of El Salvador. Attorneys at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project have indicated that they will appeal the bond denial and keep fighting for Blanca and Abel’s reunification. 

While Blanca is held in Tacoma, WA, her 8-year-old son Abel is in Kingston, NY.

In this file self portrait taken in Mexico in May 2018, Blanca Orantes-Lopez poses for a photo with her 8-year-old son, Abel Alexander, during the monthlong journey from their hometown of Puerto La Libertad, El Salvador, to the United States-Mexico border.