Mobilizing Against Inequality
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→
An interview with both the narrator, Rigo Valdez, and director, Valerie Lapin Ganley of “The Long Ride,” a documentary about the 2003 Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, which was recently screened in Ithaca as part of Union Days 2017 and will soon be screened in NYC.
The author of this guest post, Daniel Carrillo, is Executive Director of Enlace, a cross-border, multiracial coalition of low-wage worker centers, unions and community organizations in the U.S. and Mexico. They discuss the launch of Freedom Cities and tactics used by members of the New York Worker Center Federation to fight back against Trump's racist and anti-immigrant policies.
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.
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.
Ready to Resist: Remarks from Christina Jimenez, Co-Founder and Executive Director of United We Dream
Why is Immigration and Customs Enforcement is engaging in increased home raids and deportations? Wondering what you can do as an ally? Christina Jimenez of United We Dream shares her perspectives on the escalation of enforcement and proposals for resistance.
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.