UIDN Will Be Tabling at Rock the Resistance This Sunday, June 11th in Woodstock

UIDN Will Be Tabling at Rock the Resistance This Sunday, June 11th in Woodstock, and UIDN’s own Fr. Frank will be among the speakers. Come get involved, get informed, and sign up to volunteer!!

Show Washington what Democracy really looks like. Learn what the different progressive groups in our region are doing and sign up to volunteer. Join with kindrid spirits to bring the change you want. Admission free.

Event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/644317082439402/?active_tab=about

Sunday at 4 PM – 6 PM
291 Tinker St, Woodstock, New York 12498

 

Speakers:

Dustin Reidy, Founder NY19Votes and key organizer,
IndivisibleNY19
Fran Fox-Pizzonia, Planned Parenthood of the Mid Hudson Valley
Paul Gallay, President of Riverkeeper
Dr. Fabio O. Danisi, Poughkeepsie neurologist on healthcare
Father Frank J. Alagna, Rabbi Yael Romer, and Iman Khalid Syed
Khan, from the Kingston area Sanctuary Movement
Shannon Wong, Lower Hudson Valley Chapter NYCLU
Patrick Sullivan on social media for resistance
Debra Clinton, Move Forward New York 19th District
Noelle Damon, Ulster People for Justice and Democracy on net neutrality.
Musicians:
Marc Black, Happy Traum, Amy Fraydon, Prana

Plus:
Clearwater, Hudson Valley Strong, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline, and the League of Women Voters of the Mid-Hudson Valley, Ulster Immigrant Defense Network (UIDN)

Sponsors:
Chronogram, Riverkeeper, Radio Woodstock 100.1 WDST, The Bearsville Theater, The Image Works, and Ulster Immigrant Defense Network.

Let’s build change!!!

Photo credit: Copyright Monika Graff/The Image Works

 

SIP, EAT, PAINT Fundraiser for UIDF – Create your own masterpiece while supporting a great cause!

Enjoy wine and cheese while creating your own masterpiece at Starry Nights Studio in Kingston… and support an awesome cause at the same time!

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Ulster Immigrant Defense Fund (UIDF) which is providing financial assistance to families affected by the current administration’s immigration policies.

$50 donation includes a glass of wine, cheese and crackers, unlimited soft drinks, everything needed to paint your painting on canvas!

Two dates available: June 16th or June 17th – 7 -9:30PM

Reserve your place now at this link: https://app.getoccasion.com/p/n/_raylk7f

Or call Starry Nights Studio at 845-514-2774
https://www.starrynightsartbar.com/

If you are unable to attend this event PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBPAGE TO MAKE A DONATION WITH PAYPAL OR CREDIT CARD, or for more information on the UIDF: https://ulsterimmigrantdefensenetwork.org

Please invite your Facebook friends to this event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1344942762225671/?active_tab=about


The UIDF is an affiliate of the Ulster Immigrant Defense Network – Red de Defensa de Inmigrantes de Ulster (UIDN)

Visit the UIDN website for more information:
https://ulsterimmigrantdefensenetwork.org/

The proceeds from this event will fund one or more of the following programs and activities:

1) Legal representation for immigrants at risk of unwarranted deportation or for those in naturalization procedures

2) Financial and material assistance to families affected by deportations and detentions

3) Maintenance of an Immigrant helpline for Ulster County

4) Additional funding as required for training and maintaining Rapid Response and Accompaniment Volunteer Teams

5) Additional funding as required for creating and maintaining sanctuary spaces

6) Educational “Know Your Rights” and “Know Your Responsibilities” programs and training

7) Printed educational materials (posters, flyers, etc.)

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Hablando de inmigración con Faso — Por Mariel Fiori

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Por Mariel Fiori

La Voz -May 2017

Como muchos saben, el congresista por el distrito 19 (que incluye los condados de Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster y parte de Broome, Dutchess, Montgomery y Rensselaer), el republicano John Faso, ha decidido no llevar a cabo foros públicos con sus representados y en su lugar prefiere reuniones con grupos de personas más pequeños, que, según él, son más productivos.

Faso es un político de carrera, fue anteriormente asambleísta del estado de Nueva York entre 1987 y 2002 (luego candidato fallido a contralor estatal y a gobernador, y cabildero). En enero de este año comenzó su primer mandato en el congreso y fue nombrado a los comités de presupuesto, agricultura y transporte. Dicho sea de paso, está a favor de derogar la Ley de cuidado de salud asequible (ACA, o Obamacare), lo que le registró mucha crítica y protestas en el distrito 19.

El lunes 17 de abril, un grupo de ciudadanos preocupados ―Sandra Oxford, Fr. Frank Alagna, Fr. Richard Witt, Marco Ochoa, Emma Kreyche, Porfidio Vega y yo― nos reunimos con nuestro representante John Faso para hablar específicamente de inmigración. Si hay un lugar donde se puede cambiar el estado actual de la ley de inmigración es en el congreso y nuestros representantes pueden hacer algo al respecto. Faso es co-patrocinador de varios proyectos de ley relacionados con inmigración, como por ejemplo el H.R. 496 BRIDGE, que legalizaría el programa DACA, pero no daría un camino a la ciudadanía, o sea, que mantendría en estado permanente de limbo a una clase muy educada de personas sin darles derecho a voto.

Otro proyecto de ley, en mi opinión mejor que BRIDGE, es el H.R. 1468 llamado Reconociendo a los Hijos de América, que sí les daría un camino a la ciudadanía a muchos jóvenes que llegaron a este país de niños. Este proyecto de ley es bueno, pero no es suficiente, queremos un representante que apoye una reforma migratoria completa con un camino a la ciudadanía, incluido a los pobres, le expresamos a Faso.

El presidente Trump le pidió al congreso $3,000 millones para financiar sus órdenes ejecutivas para construir más cárceles para inmigrantes, para construir un muro fronterizo, para contratar a miles de agentes de inmigración adicionales y para poder tener a 45 mil personas por día en campos de detención. Le hablamos a Faso del miedo y del impacto de la policía de inmigración en las comunidades inmigrantes. También hablamos del número de jóvenes latinos que cada día cumplen 18 años, la edad para votar, y le pedimos a nuestro representante que por favor no apruebe este presupuesto, que no queremos que nuestros impuestos sirvan para aterrorizar a la gente. Faso dijo que él tampoco está de acuerdo con muchas partes del presupuesto propuesto pero que sigue estudiándolo. Bueno, no dijo ni sí, ni no, a nuestro pedido.

El congresista dijo estar de acuerdo con “normalizar” la situación de los indocumentados. Haciendo referencia al presunto problema de construir un muro fronterizo y reforzar la seguridad primero, antes de pensar en una reforma migratoria, dijo que una persona puede “caminar y mascar chicle a la misma vez”, es decir, se pueden hacer las dos cosas en simultáneo. Le interesa especial parar la violencia pandillera y a los narcotraficantes, y en cuanto a la reforma migratoria, dijo que sería similar al proyecto de ley propuesto durante el segundo mandato del presidente Bush. Le preguntamos cuándo se hará, pero no supo darnos una respuesta.

Otro proyecto de ley que co-patrocina Faso es el H.R. 281 Alivio para la Familia Agricultora de 2017, que es una revisión, para peor, del programa de trabajadores migrantes temporales con visa H-2A. La preocupación principal es que permitirá la explotación de personas extranjeras vulnerables con contratos anuales (en vez de temporales y sin camino a la ciudadanía) quitándoles así una oportunidad laboral a ciudadanos y residentes permanentes. “Curioso” dijo Faso, porque hace unas semanas “tuve a 12 tamberos”, de la industria láctea, “en mi oficina, y me pidieron que patrocine este proyecto de ley porque es necesario”, uno de ellos dijo que “paga $16 la hora” a sus empleados. Baste decir que difererimos en esto y que Emma Kreyche del Workers Justice Center le hará llegar un estudio al respecto.

Para terminar, Faso dijo que está interesado en hacer una visita de la frontera, para conocer el problema a fondo. Algunos del grupo se comprometieron a organizarle visitas en las fronteras de Nueva York, las fronteras geográficas y también las demográficas. A ver si el congresista aprende bien del tema y se apura a trabajar en una reforma migratoria, no aprueba el presupuesto y vota a favor de la ley para legalizar a los soñadores. Esto es todo lo que se pudo hacer en treinta minutos, además de tomar una foto, y conseguir una tenue promesa de volver a reunirnos.

Escribí todo esto para dejar constancia de que esta reunión tuvo lugar, para abrir el camino a más participación cívica con nuestros representantes y, por supuesto, para poder evaluar en su momento en qué quedaron las promesas. Aprovecho este medio también para preguntar a nuestros lectores: ¿Qué preguntas tienen para su representante? Escriba a escribalavoz@yahoo.com y ¡haga oír su voz!

Mariel Fiori
Directora

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New Paltz’s Joel Guerrero, eyed for deportation, released from fed lockup

 

Reported by HV1

by /May 10, 2017

New Paltz resident Joel Guerrero, who became a local symbol of what many residents feel is overreach on the part of the Trump administration when he was detained Feb. 28 for a charge nearly a decade old, was released the morning of Wednesday, May 10. His deportation case is still pending, but it appears that he will be present for the birth of his child, due later this month.

Guerrero, a legal resident of the country, first ran afoul of the law by receiving a marijuana charge in 2009. When he missed a scheduled immigration court hearing the following year, his green card was revoked. After Obama administration policy ratcheted back deportations of non-violent criminals, Guerrero attended his mandated immigration check-ins without incident. The appointment in February was just after President Trump began a nationwide crackdown, and he was detained with the intent to hold a deportation hearing.

What happened next, according to Move Forward New York founding member and New Paltz resident Glenn Geher, was that community members made a unified effort to support Guerrero and his wife Jessica, who is a longtime New Paltz resident. “It was full sail on this,” he said, which included letters and phone calls to Congressman John Faso as well as other elected officials, including Assemblyman Kevin Cahill and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “I spoke at two different rallies, and made his case a focal point,” Geher recalled.

At the local level, Deputy Supervisor Dan Torres brought Guerrero’s case to his colleagues on the town council, and they unanimously adopted a resolution urging his release. Torres and others also actively raised funds to pay the expected legal bills; more than $18,000 was raised in about a week. Letters to local papers were also part of the campaign.

Guerrero’s case inspired Torres to propose a so-called “sanctuary” law for the town, under which police are curtailed in how much cooperation they can offer to federal officials seeking to enforce federal immigration laws. That law, now passed, would not have kept Guerrero free due to the circumstances of his arrest.

The specifics around Guerrero’s release were not clear as of press time — his wife would not speak to that question citing advice from their attorney — but Geher believes that the activism had an impact. “Jessica seems to support that perspective on Facebook,” he said.

What she was willing to do was express gratitude to the members of the community who came to her family’s aid in their time of need. “We can’t thank everyone enough,” she said. “Aside from the financial aspect, the love and support of New Paltz has literally gotten me through this. I’ve made so many new friends, and we have so many new people who are like family to us now. The posters hung in the businesses of New Paltz, people reaching out to me to help with the preparation for the baby; these are the things that define a community.”

A spokesperson for Faso had this to say about the case on Wednesday: “In March Congressman Faso made an inquiry into the case to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Details were not discussed for the purposes of privacy and confidentiality.”

Refugees and Immigrants in Gardiner & the Hudson Valley – Panel Friday, May 19 at 7 PM – 9 PM

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A Community in Conversation: Refugees and Immigrants in Gardiner and the Hudson Valley is explores the legal, economic, personal, parental, financial, law enforcement, and constitutional issues that affect refugees and undocumented immigrants in our area. Please join New Paltz Deputy Supervisor Daniel Torres, SUNY New Paltz Professor Ilgu Ozler, immigration attorney Miryam Antunez, Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum, and Emma Kreyche of the Worker Justice Center of New York in this dialogue!

Hosted by Ulster Immigrant Defense Network – Red de Defensa de Inmigrantes de Ulster and Move Forward New York

Friday, May 19 at 7 PM – 9 PM

Gardiner Town Hall

2340 US-44, Gardiner, New York 12525

Clínica de Preparación Familiar – 13 de Mayo

¿Preocupado por el impacto de las políticas de inmigración en su familia?
La Red de Defensa de los Inmigrantes de Ulster y el Centro de Justicia para Trabajadores le invitan a un encuentro comunitario.
Cuidado de niños está disponible
También ofrecen tarjetas de Identificación Comunitaria para quienes necesitan renovar o sacar una tarjeta por primera vez. Se requieren comprobantes de identidad y domicilio. Donación sugerida de $5.00.
Sábado, 13 de Mayo 10:00am-4:00pm Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Episcopal Church

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UIDN Volunteer Training Event on May 13th – UIDN Taller de Capacitación para Voluntarios 13 de Mayo

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Are you concerned about the impact of immigration policies on your community?
Family Preparedness Planning & Community Response Training

Saturday, May 13th
10:00am-4:00pm
Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Episcopal Church
30 Pine Grove Ave.
Kingston, NY

This day of training and community-building will include two
concurrent sessions in English and Spanish.

English Session: PLEASE REGISTER HERE

  • Overview of current immigration enforcement practices and priorities
  • Orientation for Ulster Immigrant Defense Network volunteers and responders
  • Resources and strategies for creating sanctuary communities
  • Rapid response training in case of immigration enforcement actions

Spanish Session: CALL (845) 331-6615 ext. 1006 FOR MORE INFORMATION

  • Overview of current immigration enforcement practices and priorities
  • Legal rights information for immigrant communities
  • Assistance with creating a family preparedness plan & designating a temporary guardian for children in case of an emergency

Organized by the Ulster Immigrant Defense Network, in collaboration with the Worker Justice Center of New York. For more information and resources, or to sign up as a volunteer, visit www.ulsterimmigrantdefensenetwork.org. You can email us with additional questions at ulsteridn@gmail.com.

  • ¿Preocupado por el impacto de las políticas de inmigración en su comunidad?
    Preparación de un Plan Familiar & Capacitación de Respuesta Comunitaria

Sábado, May 13th
10:00am-4:00pm
Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Episcopal Church
30 Pine Grove Ave.
Kingston, NY

Este día se dedicará a la capacitación y fortalecimiento de nuestra comunidad. Habrá dos sesiones simultáneas en inglés y español.

Sesión en inglés: FAVOR DE INSCRIBESE AQUI

  • Resumen de las prácticas y prioridades actuales de los oficiales de inmigración
  • Orientación para voluntarios y respondedores de la Red de Defensa de Inmigrantes de Ulster
  • Recursos y estrategias para la creación de comunidades santuarias
  • Capacitación de como armar una respuesta rápida en caso de redadas de inmigración

Sesión en español: CALL (845) 331-6615 ext. 1006 FOR MORE INFORMATION

  • Resumen de las prácticas y prioridades actuales de los oficiales de inmigración
  • Información sobre los derechos legales para las comunidades inmigrantes
  • Asistencia con la creación de un plan familiar y la designación de un cuidador temporario para los niños en caso de emergencia

Organizada por la Red de Defensa de Inmigrantes de Ulster, en colaboración con el Centro de Justicia para Trabajadores de Nueva York. Para inscribes como voluntario, visite www.ulsterimmigrantdefensenetwork.org. Si tiene otras preguntas, nos puede contactar por correo electrónico ulsteridn@gmail.com.

CCSM Keeping the Agueda López Family Together Fundraising Campaign

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CCSM is officially launching our second family support campaign with the Agueda López Family. The father of the family, Gustavo, was taken out of Hudson City traffic court by ICE before he was able to have a hearing and has been detained since. We encourage everyone to donate and include a message of support!

CCSM está lanzando su segunda campaña de apoyo para la familia Agueda López. ICA sacó el padre de la familia, Gustavo, del corte de trafico antes de su audición, y ha sido, desde entonces, detenido. Esperamos que donen al fondo financiero y incluyan un mensaje de apoyo.

CLICK HERE: https://www.youcaring.com/aguedalopezfamily-787290

New Paltz Town Officials Introduce Law to Assist Immigrants

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New Paltz Town Officials Introduce Law to Assist Immigrants

By J’nelle Agee
Updated Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 05:09 PM EDT

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. — The immigration debate is playing out in Ulster County. Leaders in the Town of New Paltz are considering a new law that would prevent police from helping immigration and customs enforcement officials.

“Our job is not to do the federal government’s job,” said New Paltz Councilman Daniel Torres. “We have proposed a local law that limits the ability of our town police to coordinate with ICE for the purposes of enforcing of immigration policies.”

“The current policy of the New Paltz Town Police is to not detain undocumented residents and to not ask them for their papers with routine traffic stops, or we don’t do the work that ICE does,” said New Paltz Town Supervisor Neil Bettez.

Torres said there would be exceptions.

“If someone is a violent felon and they pose a risk to our community and our police are aware that they’re in town, they’ll be arrested and turned over,” Torres said.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says cities will lose federal funding if immigration laws are not followed, but town officials say they are not obligated to follow Sessions’ demand, as New Paltz does not get federal funding.

“It’s an empty threat, and I think it’s bullying,” Bettez said. “New Paltz was founded by refugees, and I think that we can continue to be open and accepting.”

Leaders want input from police before they vote on the new plan that critics said could cause a rise in crime and quality of life issues. Bettez said this will help protect all residents.

“We don’t all look the same, we don’t all dress the same, we don’t all act the same, and I think everyone has as much right to be here as I do,” Bettez said.

“We have a SUNY campus with students, we have a number of farms in our community, and due to our restaurants as well, we’ve also attracted a population that tends to have those immigration-related issues,” Torres said.

A meeting to give people a chance to weigh in on the issue is slated for April 6.