Visit the Get Involved page to learn about how to work with the Ulster Immigrant Defense Network. Or, check out these possibilities.
Invite a speaker from Rural & Migrant Ministry (website is in English and Spanish) to your community group, union, or religious congregation. Staff, youth and board members from RMM welcome opportunities to share their campaigns and experiences. RMM also leads forums, retreats and workshops. Poughkeepsie (845-485-8627), Liberty, Sullivan County (845-392-7279), and Capital District (518-526-2662).
Support immigrants in detention through Freedom for Immigrants, a national network of watchdogs who uncover and track abuse experienced by detained immigrants. Volunteers visit detainees and/or work at least two hours per week on a national hotline. Apply here. Get their Guide to Starting and Coordinating Visitation Programs (2017, 28 pp) or Detention Watch Network’s Introductory Guide: Immigration Detention Visitation (2 pp).
Volunteer as a tutor with Ulster Literacy Association (ULA) or Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley (LCHV). Both offer small groups and one-on-one tutoring for English Language Learners at all levels of literacy. To get started with ULA, call 845-331-6837 to sign up for an upcoming orientation. LCHV works in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, and Orange Counties; learn more or complete their online volunteer form.
Volunteer with or donate to a food pantry.
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Learn about & adapt what other communities are doing
Cities for Citizenship Toolkit: 10 Strategies to Launch and Strengthen Citizenship Initiatives (Center for Popular Democracy, 2016, 16 pp) describes a national initiative to encourage cities and counties to invest in citizenship and financial empowerment for eligible permanent residents.
Defend Against ICE Raids Toolkit (Immigrant Defense Project, updated 2017, 53 pp or 209 pp with appendices) information on ICE’s targeting, tactics, and strategy; recommendations on emergency preparedness; rights during ICE encounters, potential legal and community challenges to ICE raids; and more.
Local Options for Protecting Immigrants: A Collection of City and County Policies to Protect Immigrants from Discrimination and Deportation (Lena Graber, Angie Junck, and Nikki Marquez, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, 2016, 23 pp) identifies and explains policies that can be enacted to protect immigrants from discrimination and deportation.
Promoting Equality: City and State Policy to Ensure Immigrant Safety and Inclusion (Center for Popular Democracy, 2016, 32 pp) surveys state and local policies that help keep families together, promote greater inclusion, and benefit immigrants and the broader community in the face of overly aggressive deportation practices.
Center for Popular Democracy