Gearing up for International Migrants Day — December 18

by on December 15, 2017

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Gearing up for International Migrants Day — December 18:

A landmark day to lift up human rights and justice for all migrants and refugees

Next Monday, December 18, is International Migrants Day (IMD); it marks the 27th anniversary of the 1990 passage of the United Nations’ International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. And if you have not done so yet, please click here to add your name in support of the Convention.

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This will be the 17th year of worldwide celebrations and other activities. Proclaimed by the United Nations in 2000, this annual day recognizes the role and contributions of migrants throughout the world, raises awareness of their human rights, and calls attention to the continuing need for enhanced protections against exploitation, abuse and violence.

Click here to check out the International Migrants Day background information and resources on our website. The beautiful IMD poster shown here, designed by Favianna Rodriguez, is for sale at our website, including a limited edition silk-screened version. Click here to get yours!

Here in the U.S, we call attention to a record year of anti-immigrant rhetoric and assaults, led by no other than Donald Trump. At this years’ end, the non-stop resistance of 2017 continues: challenging the ending of the DACA and TPS programs, the escalation in detentions and deportations, travel bans, increased border enforcement, immigration restrictions and more.

Earlier this month, the Trump Administration even withdrew from the UN’s process to forge a Global Compact on Migration–citing its “America first” rationale to dismiss a new multilateral and shared responsibility approach to addressing the global migration crisis that is embraced by countries around the world. Not surprising, the day before the announcement, the alt-right Breitbart news published an article falsely implying that the Compact would “dictate” national policies and questioning U.S. involvement.

NNIRR will continue to work with our global partners and allies to press for the strongest, rights-based commitments in the Compact over this next year.

We urge members, friends and allies to recognize this International Migrants day and honor our migrant communities in the U.S. and around the world. Let’s show our solidarity with migrants around the world–especially those who are “forced” to migrate, face dire transits for themselves and their families, have little or no access to justice, and face uncertain futures.

Especially on International Migrants Day, when we recognize and honor migrants throughout the world, we also need to raise awareness about the need for policies that ameliorate involuntary displacement and forced migration, including climate justice, fair trade and people-centered development, and fulfilling the need and access to healthcare, education, housing, jobs and safe, healthy environments. 

Coming at the year’s end, International Migrants Day activities have served to bring together our members, constituents, communities and allies for reflection, celebration, and/or protest – and to recommit to the challenges and opportunities we will have to fight for the human rights of all immigrants in the coming year. These can take place at any number of places and in various forms–an afternoon action at a Federal Building, an evening gathering at a place of worship, a potluck dinner at your home or local community center, a rally, march or press event.

And on Dec. 18, be sure to join our annual Twitter Storm! We’ll be sharing hashtags and messages.

Background information and resources on International Migrants Day and the International Convention on the Protection of Rights for All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families are available at NNIRR’s website. If you are working on a city resolution of support, be sure to check out our tip sheet.

Migrants rights are human rights!

Thank you for your year-end contribution to NNIRR! Your donation will help us to meet the many challenges we face now and in the coming months and years.


Border communities organize a vigil in Tucson to honor migrant and refugee victims of Border Patrol brutatlity

by on December 7, 2017

Derechos Humanos

Press Advisory
For December 7, 2017

Contact information:
Eduardo García: (202) 469-1696 / eduardo@soaw.org
Marla Pacheco: (919) 921-3053 / marla@derechoshumanosaz.net

Border communities organize a vigil in Tucson to honor migrant and refugee victims of Border Patrol brutatlity

On November 29, 2017, Border Patrol agents from the Tucson Sector shot and killed a person in a remote region of the Baboquivari mountains on the Tohono O’odham Nation. We recognize this as murder, and part of a larger trend of Border Patrol acting with impunity. Since 2010, 55 people have been murdered directly by Border Patrol agents. Thousands more have disappeared and died as a result of Border Patrol policies.

  1. ​The  Mourning for the Murdered and Disappeared will begin at two different locations:
    1. Spirit Run  – 5:00 pm – This action will start at the corner of  W Spruce Street and S Palomas Ave . The Spirit Run will past the Federal Court on its way to El Tiradito.
    2. Silent Gathering  – 5:30 pm-  Federal Courthouse  (405 W Congress St). Participants will follow runners in a silent protest to El Tiradito.
  2. El Tiradito  – 400 S Main Ave- The Mourning for the Murdered and Disappeared will finish with a people’s ceremony at El Tiradito 6:00pm – 9:00pm
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DACA: The latest from the Un-Obama

by on October 4, 2017

DACA: The latest from the Un-Obama

By Political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

If there is one unifying principle emerging from the disaster known as the Trump Regime, it is the president’s singular mission to erase the executive presence of his predecessor, Barack Obama.

Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia Abu-Jamal

This may be seen most recently in Trump’s bumbling undoing of Obama’s executive order known as DACA — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — done to further endear him to his so-called “base,” white nationalists who love to hear about the suffering of nonwhite Others.

Under DACA, some 800,000 young people, many brought to the U.S. as babies, were given a pass to live, study and work in the U.S., often the only home they’ve ever known.

Trump’s revocation of DACA snatches that pass away, sending tremors of fear of deportation in nearly a million people.

Incredibly, just days before he formally issued his executive revocation, he talked about how much he “loved” DACA kids.

Meanwhile, Latinx — who are among the largest number of DACA recipients, who came here because of U.S.-supported state violence in Honduras, Guatemala [and other parts of] Central America — after the slap-in-the-face of the pardon of Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff found in criminal contempt of a federal court order for intentional racial profiling, are in no mood for Trumpian “love.”

They know that he ran on anti-Mexican fear and hatred.

What’s love got to do with it?

Mumia Abu-Jamal © 2017


La Pena Aniversario

by on July 17, 2017

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Farmers Elected to State Legislature Seek to Stop Farmworker Union’s Progress

by on July 7, 2017

Farmers Elected to State Legislature Seek to Stop Farmworker Union’s Progress

S615 continues decades long effort to deny farmworkers freedom of association

 

Contact: Justin Flores,  jflores@floc.com, 704-577-3480

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 28, 2017, Raleigh, NC –State Rep. David Lewis of Dunn, NC, a tobacco farmer in Eastern NC was pushing Senate Bill 375, which focuses on stopping farmworkers from organizing for better wages and working conditions. Not having the votes to pass the bill, Rep. Jimmy Dixon, a farmer from Warsaw, NC snuck it in as an amendment to the Farm Bill, S615, which was passed without opportunity for full discussion.

The bill has two parts: 1. It makes it illegal for farmers who have signed union agreements to deduct dues from union members who want to pay dues, seeking to weaken the only farmworker union in the state, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) 2. The bill makes it illegal for farmworkers to ask growers to sign an agreement with their union as part of settling wage or other legal violations, making it more difficult for farmworkers to achieve union agreements that include wage increases, job security, benefits, and improved working conditions. This, FLOC believes, is occurring in retaliation for a series of lawsuits their members have brought over the past few years, seeking to end wage theft, intimidation, and retaliation across Eastern NC.

Farmworkers are excluded from the National Labor Relations Act, face exceptions in the minimum wage, child labor, and workers compensation laws, among others. Farmworkers are covered by the state’s so called Right to Work law, which forces unions to spend money representing non-members, and more recently, were the victims of the “Agricultural Right to Work” law, passed in 2013 in response to FLOC’s tobacco campaign.

“Farmers have many ways to come together and improve their lives, such as trade associations and cooperatives; it is unfair for them to try and stop their own workers from doing the same by passing laws to make it illegal. Politicians that are also growers shouldn’t pass self-serving laws simply because they don’t want their workers to unionize. With the continuation of Jim Crow era laws that aim to stop a now almost entirely Latino workforce from organizing, this is an affront to freedom of association and smacks of racism.” said

FLOC President Baldemar Velasquez.

FLOC is a farmworker union that represents over 10,000 farmworkers in NC, SC and OH. Since 2007, the union has been calling on tobacco purchasers, such as Winston-Salem based Reynolds American to spend more money buying US tobacco to support growers and improve conditions for the tobacco farmworkers in their supply chain.


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