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Free Hector! Vigil and Press Conference!!

Hector Navarro Miranda, the father of three US children and an outstanding member of our Syracuse community, was abruptly and unjustly detained by ICE (immigration and customs enforcement) only a few days before Christmas.

On Tuesday, February 20th 2018, his family, friends and allies will have a vigil and press conference to #Free Hector.
At 9:00 am family and supporters will accompany him for his scheduled court hearing.

Please join us in support of family reunification in solidarity with all immigrant families who are suffering this inhumane immigration system.

You can join the group of supporters who will be leaving at 6:00 am from the Center for Peace and Social Justice.
Address: 2013 East Genesee St. Syracuse NY 13210
Parking in the back of the building.

For more information please call: Rebecca Fuentes 315-657-6799


Link to Facebook Event Here

March in Solidarity with Immigrants & Refugees Success!!!

We would also like to thank all of you for coming out and participating in the march in solidarity with immigrants and refugees this past Monday! Over 150 people marched in the streets of community and sent a clear message that we want a CLEAN Dream Act, TPS reinstated, and we do not want county and city resources going to support any immigration enforcement. A special thanks to our friends, New York Immigration Coalition, New York Civil Liberties Union, Black Lives Matter Syracuse, CNY Solidarity Coalition and the Syracuse Peace Council.  Check out some of the news coverage of the march!

Solidarity and accompaniment for Arely and her family!

Please join us in solidarity with our immigrant families!
No more deportations! No human being is illegal.
Estamos con Arely y su Familia! We are with Arely and her Family!
Join us tomorrow, Wednesday January 31 at 9:30am in front of ICE Syracuse offices, 401 South Salina, NY for solidarity and accompaniment of our friend and member Arely Tomas. Her check-in with ICE is at 10am. We want her to feel the support of the community and to know that we stand in solidarity. Estamos con Arely y su familia! If you can please support the family with a donation here: https://www.youcaring.com/arelytomas-804962

Link to Facebook Event

March for Justice: Immigrants and Refugees are Welcome Here

When: Monday, January 29 at 12 PM – 1 PM

Where: Syracuse City Hall, 233 E Washington St Syracuse NY 13202 Continue reading

Support Hector!!!

Meeting, this Wednesday 01/10 at 6:30pm so we can create an action plan for next steps in Hector’s campaign. We have been in contact with lawyers to find out when Hector will have his court date (no word yet), we are currently working with United We Dream to create and circulate a petition to get Hector out of detention, and continuing to support Arely and the kids. We will have more details about all of this and more at the meeting so please let write me back and let me know if you can make this urgent and important meeting.

Some of you have asked about the letters of support.  We know many of you have have had few interactions with Hector, but you can talk on your letter about Arely and your support for her family which includes Hector. Hector has been a source of strength and support for Arely on her own immigration case. Both of them have complied with everything ICE has asked of them. Hector case was administratively closed on January 2017, so his detention was totally unexpected and devastating for their three US children who live in Syracuse and their two children who are in Guatemala. Hector has volunteer his time at the Workers Center in events like our yearly soccer tournament and workers rights trainings. He likes to play with his children and spend time with his family as much as possible.

Attached are two letters that Hector and Arely’s children wrote recently about how they feel after he was detained. You can see on the drawing how this is affecting the children. If you can write on your letter something about this, on how this separation is affecting their children that will help a lot. You can also say your are willing to continue to help once he is released, with rides, food, etc. We want to show the judge that Hector and his family have support and are part of the community.

FYI, Hector does not have any criminal record and the only thing he is accused of is of working without documents to support his family.

He has lived in Syracuse since 2008.

Here are the guidelines for the letter:

1. Introduce yourself to the judge and explain the relationship to Hector
2. Explain Hector’s good qualities and stress his dedication to his family and community, the fact that he is trustworthy, etc.
3. If you are willing, write if you could help with room and board in case it was necessary after Hector is out on bond.
The WCCNY is collecting the letters, please sign it and also make a copy of any ID you feel comfortable sharing with the judge.
Sign your letter and bring it tomorrow, along with a copy (or we can make the copy at the center) of your ID.  We need as many letters as possible.
Please also continue writing letters of solidarity and support to Hector personally. He got a letter recently from Ann and Ed and he really appreciated!
This is his mailing address in Batavia:
Hector Navarro Miranda

Tell Katko Hector’s Story & Tell Him We Need a CLEAN Dream Act!!!!!

Hector was detained at the immigration office at 401 S. Salina Street (which is right behind Katko’s downtown Syracuse office) this morning.This horrific incident, tearing away fathers from their families just a few days before Christmas demonstrates why we are calling on Katko to push for a CLEAN Dream Act. More immigration agents and more border enforcement mean that more parents, like Hector will be ruthlessly torn away from their families and communities. When you call Katko, please tell him about Hector’s story and tell him we need a clean DREAM Act now!  Call details are here!

Update: Community Member Hector Navarro Detained By ICE 12/21

We are very sad to inform that a dear friend of ours, Arely’s husband Hector has been detained by ICE. He was coming back from dropping off Arely at work and two cars block him and took him. The father of three children and a hardworking person, this is an injustice. So close to Christmas, why ICE? We are asking people to go in front of 401 south Salina in Syracuse, where ICE most likely has him detained to rally and demand they let him go

Hector UPDATE: Thank you all for coming out. We have received word that our compañero, Hector is now being held at the detention facility in Batavia. We have left 401 S. Salina and we are working on next steps and Hector, Arely, and their 3 kids will need lots of support and solidarity (we will have details soon). Arely, Hector’s wife, is still raising funds for her own legal fees to fight deportation! Please support Hector, Arely, and their kids right now by donating and sharing this fundraising campaign.



No Dream, No deal! Last push for a Clean Dream Act!

Friday December 22 from 12-1pm meet at the Worker’s center

Let’s canvass Katko’s neighborhood!

Now that DACA has ended, we need a solution urgently, and we are demanding that our elected officials include the Clean Dream Act in the spending budget before going home for the holidays.
It is absolutely critical that Congress passes a Clean Dream Act! Let’s ask Katko to keep his promise to ensure a solution for our undocumented brothers and sisters by the end of the year.

We will meet at the WCCNY office and drive to Camilus together to drop off some lawn signs!!

Also be sure to call Katko’s D.C. and regional offices Wednesday, Dec. 20th, and Thursday, Dec. 21st to tell him to keep his promise to ensure that a CLEAN Dream Act is passed by the end of the year. Sign up for a time to call here:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf_lzCNKdOWe_Pbd2wSCSxWK4-srhMHo6hHoMlPWOBijcJbkw/viewform

Call Katko to Demand CLEAN Dream Act by End of the Year

Wed. Dec 20th & Thurs. Dec. 21st 9am-5pm To
The Workers’ Center of CNY, the New York Immigration Coalition, and other people of conscience are calling elected officials like Congressman John Katko to remind him to keep his critical promise to pass a CLEAN Dream Act before the holidays. The same way that legislators like Katko will surely look forward to being with their loved ones, it’s time to make it so that young undocumented immigrants can also be reassured that they will spend the upcoming holidays and future holidays with their families.

Please take a few minutes to sign up for a time to call John Katko and fill out this quick form once you make the call!  We need to drive as many calls to Katko as possible this week before he goes on break. CLEAN Dream Act Now!

Good News for Dolores!

As many of you know, our friend Dolores had an immigration hearing today in Batavia this morning. We are happy to report back that because her interpreter was sick, her court appearance has been rescheduled to May 8, 2018. This means that Dolores will have more time to be with her family and it also gives her lawyer more time to continue strengthening and working on her asylum case. Today Dolores said that she is going to continue to fight to stay with her family and she appreciates the outpouring of support and solidarity from all of you. We would like to thank all of you for coming out this morning and braving the cold to send a message that Dolores is here to stay! Check out this media coverage of the press conference and rally today in The Batavian. Si se puede!