JCIRA joined in La Resistencia's October 12th campaign kick-off rally to shut down the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.
From La Resistencia:
This is the official launch of a concerted statewide effort to end detentions and deportations in our state:
"We believe in ending immigration detention. As such, we call for the shutdown of the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, Washington. Immigration detention has no place in Washington State, or anywhere else. We believe that immigrants belong with their families and communities."
To learn more about La Resistencia, check out their new website: http://laresistencianw.org/
UPDATE: Kilmer has agreed to sign on!
Urge REP. DEREK KILMER TO SUPPORT THE ACT
MONDAY, SEPT. 23, 12 – 1 PM
On Water Street, Port Townsend, starting at Adams Street Park next to Nifty Fifties, ending at Pope Marine Park
The NO BAN Act (H.R.2214) to end the Muslim Ban is going to get a hearing in the House on Tuesday 9/24.
The bill is sponsored by Judy Chu (CA) and has 165 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives, including Susan del Bene, Pramila Jayapal, Adam Smith, Rick Larsen and Kim Schrier, all of Washington state. BUT NOT Derek Kilmer! Please email him here: https://kilmer.house.gov/contact/email-me to ask him to sign on to the bill. Having this happen over the weekend, so staff get these emails Monday, is the best we can do at this late date.
We are concerned that the public is forgetting about the impact of this ban. It restricts entry into the United States for all nationals, including refugees, of mostly Muslim-majority countries–Syria, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia–but also includes North Koreans and certain Venezuelan government officials.
We had an amazing time yesterday at the Immigration Seminar at Clallam Bay Corrections Center. Lawyers, community organizers and advocates from the inside and out came together for educational presentations, direct immigration legal consultations, community building, and to learn how to better fight back against the ways immigrants are oppressed within the WA DOC.
We were proud to be in attendance alongside amazing folks from (click for links):
APICAG - Asian and Pacific Islanders Cultural Awareness Group
Nuestro Grupo Cultural
Washington Defender Association
Columbia Legal Services
Thursday, October 3, 6:00 to 8:30 pm, Benefit Dance for JCIRA at Finn River Farm and Cidery in Chimacum. World music by DJs David Bonobo and Johan, and the Port Townsend Village Drummers!
All contributions benefit JCIRA.
Bring your friends and family - children especially welcome. Enjoy the beautiful setting in Finn River in a comfortable covered space.
Sip local cider, eat yummy food. Share your commitment to helping immigrants here at home and on the Border.
Our mission is to support the rights of immigrants through legal services, standing witness, advocacy and community education.
In Case You Missed It... (Here are the highlights from JCIRA's monthly meeting in August)
JCIRA'S Rapid Response Team (RRT) Works to Protect Local Immigrants
Members of RRT have been meeting and reviewing their training in response to Trump’s July 23 mandate to greatly expand “Expedited Removal” (ER). As of July 23, people anywhere in the country can be stopped by ICE or Border Patrol officers. These officials have been given complete authority to demand proof of citizenship, a visa, and/or proof that someone has been in the US for at least 2 years. They can then take immediate action, acting as on-the-spot judge, jury, and enforcer. It is unlikely that white people will be questioned, but all others must carry documents with them at all times – racial profiling at its worst. JCIRA wants to get the word out to as many immigrants as possible. For more details, or to join the Rapid Response Team, contact Katie at email@example.com, or Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Public Charge" Explained
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a rule related to "public charge" on August 14, to take effect October 15, unless the numerous legal challenges prevent its implementation. The rule expands the list of publicly-funded programs, such as health benefits, nutrition programs, housing, and cash aid that would disqualify an applicant seeking admission into the United States or applying for adjustment of status. This provision of the law does not apply to all immigrants. Immigrants should consult with an immigration expert who understands public charge to learn whether the public charge rule even applies to them or their family. The Immigrant Legal Resource Center has prepared "Core Messages to Share with the Community":
How You Can Help Right Now!
JCIRA's Postcard Writing Campaign:
On the Lighter Side
The best LA BAMBA you've ever heard!
The song started in Vera Cruz, Mexico, has spread around the world and now, in this latest version, musicians around the world join to perform it together:
From the Port Townsend Leader, Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Our local immigrant rights organization, the Jefferson County Immigrant Rights Advocates (JCIRA), stands in solemn and shocked solidarity with the communities in El Paso.
We join the chorus of condemnation against those who participate in white nationalist groups, against those who support such groups, and especially against those in power whose rhetoric and statements encourage such groups or their members to act as in El Paso.
No one following the continued demonizing and dehumanizing of immigrants on our southern border can fail to understand that this tragic mass murder in El Paso on Saturday is but the latest harvest of the hatred and racism so freely spewed by leaders in public discourse. The deaths and injuries occurred in El Paso, but this evil act is causing fear and anxiety across our land including in Jefferson County.
We urge you to join us in making clear that all immigrants are welcome here and that we stand with them in this difficult time.
John Collins and Lawrence Jensen
Board members, JCIRA
Click here for link to letter in the Leader
Lights for Liberty - Vigils Against Concentration Camps in Port Townsend and at Northwest Detention Center July 12th
Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps, will bring thousands of people to locations worldwide as well as to concentration camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants.
Friday the 12th
At the intersection of Adams and Water Streets in downtown Port Townsend (next to Nifty Fifty's)
Join JCIRA and others TOMORROW, July 2nd, as we protest in to #ClosetheCamps in Port Angeles at Representative Derek Kilmer's office. Bring signs! Please share!
Protest starts at noon
Rep Kilmer’s Office
332 E 5th St
Port Angeles, WA 98362
If you want to carpool from Port Townsend, meet JCIRA at the Port Townsend Park n Ride at 10 am. We will set up informal carpools there.
Learn more about the protest here
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We are an immigrant rights advocacy non-profit in the North Olympic Peninsula of Washington State