Mobilizing Against Inequality

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Collective action is critical to the defense of immigrant workers, and to their struggles for better wages and working conditions.

Over the last month, the Trump administration has targeted immigrant communities by ignoring previously established deportation priorities, attempting to ban immigrants from Muslim majority countries, and stoking chaos and fear.  In just the last week – amidst a series of high profile raids --  two individuals with DACA  and a domestic violence victim has been taken into custody, and rumors are flying about plans to mobilize the National Guard.  Yet, throughout this spectacle of state terror, advocates – including lawyers, students, faith leaders, and organized labor – are resisting.  This month we highlight the important work of United We Dream, Freedom University, and the coalition of worker advocates who helped block the nomination of Andrew Puzder for Labor Secretary.  We also provide two guides with practical tips for how to handle encounters with ICE and responsibly report their activity.

Mobilizing Against Inequality opens a new online conversation about immigrant workers – their struggles for rights and representation and the organizations that advocate for them. This project outlines case studies and identifies new networks and research documenting inspirational examples and strategies of immigrant mobilization and movement building. Learn more about Mobilizing Against Inequality→

Tompkins County Passes Sanctuary Resolution

Tompkins County, home to Cornell University, has passed a bipartisan resolution making it a sanctuary county. While the resolution is significant, some advocates are questioning the effectiveness of sanctuary city policies in towns that adopt a "broken windows" approach to policing.


Labor and Allies Force Puzder Withdrawal

Puzder withdrew his nomination as Labor Secretary in the face of massive, organized protest by labor and its allies. This article explores labor’s reactions to Puzder’s withdrawal and the reasons for mobilization against his nomination. 

Sanctuary Cities: What They Mean for Ithaca and Beyond

The overwhelming growth of sanctuary cities today is promising, but the term “sanctuary” can be varied and misleading. This article looks at the history of sanctuary cities along with specific city policies in order to understand their effectiveness today.


Cornell University DREAM Team: An Interview with Miguel Martinez

This interview with Cornell student Miguel Martinez describes the actions and objectives of the Cornell University DREAM Team and its advocacy efforts on behalf of undocumented students. Miguel discusses some of the DREAM Team’s efforts, including an ally training program to expand awareness and promote understanding about undocumented students on campus.


Freedom University: An Interview with Pamela Voekel

Freedom University, based in Athens, Georgia, was established in 2011 as an outlet for undocumented students to receive education and training that is not otherwise readily available to them. Freedom University provides services such as tuition free courses and assistance with scholarships and college applications. The following interview was conducted with Pamela Voekel, one of the founders of Freedom University, and provides greater insight into the university’s mission and inspiration.

For Solidarity With Immigrants in a Dangerous Time

SOURCE: New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia [ ]

We need widespread resistance to anti-immigrant actions and policies, whether on the part of xenophobic organizations, misguided individuals or government.  There are lessons to learn from earlier periods, including a Vietnam War era movement of resistance that both organized against the war and defended young men who would not serve.


With Whom Will We Stand?

Subway Therapy: New Yorkers respond to the election at Union Square

In the wake of the presidential election, immigrant communities have been thrust into a state of fear and uncertainty over what is to come in a new Trump administration. Shannon Gleeson, Associate Professor of Labor Relations, Law and History, shares her perspectives on the need for solidarity in response to these attacks.


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