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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:55

NDLON Responds to DHS Creation of VOICE

For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross Posting //April 26, 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; NDLON Responds to DHS Creation of VOICE Los Angeles – On Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the opening of Victims of Immigrant Crime Engagement (VOICE). In response, Salvador Sarmiento, National Campaign Coordinator for NDLON, issued the following statement: “The goal of this program is to instill fear of non-white immigrants. It is another deliberate step taken by the Trump administration towards creating institutions that legitimize racist propaganda. That’s what this is about, instilling fear in order to subject people to double suspicion, double punishment, and deprivation of due process.     It is blatantly racist and a dangerous new tool for extremists and white supremacists.   Trump’s weapon is fear. Trump wants white people to fear anyone who is not white.  And he wants all of us to fear him and his administration.    Our goal is to expose the truth about the Trump-Sessions agenda. Today, every one of us should be making it clear that we will not comply with that agenda, and that we will do everything we can to defy it.”   ###
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross Posting // Available Online hereApril 25, 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; NDLON Reaction to District Court Order Enjoining President Trump’s plan to defund “Sanctuary” jurisdictions. Los Angeles – On Tuesday, Judge William H. Orrick issued an injunction blocking President Donald Trump’s threatened plan to take federal funding away from so-called sanctuary cities. Judge Orrick ruled, “[Trump's] Order cannot constitutionally place new conditions on federal funds.” In response, Pablo Alvarado, Director of NDLON issued the following statement: “Today's decision is vindication for those who are resisting President Trump’s white supremacist agenda.  Local governments don’t just have a legal right to fight back, they have a moral obligation to protect people most under attack. "To be clear, President Trump and Attorney General Sessions will continue their efforts to coerce and bully localities, especially those that take a stand for the values we most cherish, but they will only succeed if we let them.  Our responsibility is to protect our communities and to defend bedrock Constitutional rights. "While we salute Judge Orrick's decision, we cannot be complacent and rely exclusively on the courts. This moment must embolden all of us. No one should sacrifice their rights. And our political leaders must step into the fight against Trump’s racist agenda in defiance of his attempts to instill fear and terror in our communities. When the President is a conduit for white supremacy, local and state government must represent the people.” ###
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 10:29

NDLON May Day 2016

NDLON Message for May Day 2017 1) We support the call for a national general strike.   We are not here to ask for dignity, we are already dignified.   And we – immigrants in the US – already subsidize the U.S. economy.   We are here to demand the full equality that we are owed, and business as usual cannot continue if you do not recognize that. 2)  While our resistance is national, May 1st is a moment to advance our local demands and organizing.   There is NO excuse for local officials that have been complicit or silent in the face of Trump's offensive against immigrants and sanctuary cities. 3)  This is an opportunity to build with our sister movements, and across industries, neighborhoods, and ethnicities.   Our movement is stronger when it is diverse and inclusive, and when together, we reject the attacks on undocumented workers, black lives, the LGBT community, and women.  No one left behind. ###
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross PostingApril 21th, 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; NDLON Responds to DOJ letter to 8 Jurisdictions On Sanctuary City Policies Los Angeles, CA – On Friday, the Department of Justice sent letters to eight jurisdictions asking for proof that they collaborate with immigration enforcement. According to the the LA Times, “the letters went to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, as well as officials in Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Miami, Milwaukee and New York City.” In the statement, the Department of Justice says that american cities are “crumbling under the weight of illegal immigration and violent crime” Pablo Alvarado, NDLONs Executive Director issued the following statement: "The DOJ’s attempt to scare local governments away from resisting Trump’s deportation agenda will most certainly have the opposite effect. It will likely embolden lawmakers to pass policies that protect public safety, as opposed to criminalize and target large portions of its community. In California, the CA Values Act, (Deleon, SB-54) does just that. Not only does it limit cooperation between immigration and local law enforcement, but it ensures that state and local institutions do not participate in Trumps deportation agenda." ### *** NDLONs Directors & legal team is available for comment.
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross Posting April 11th, 2017 Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ;   NDLON: Initiative Meant to Bully Local Officials Has Opposite Effect   Los Angeles, CA – On Monday, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration will temporarily stop the publication of a weekly report of localities that have declined participating in federal immigration enforcement programs.  The NY Times cites a series of inconsistencies in which several localities are incorrectly named in the report and contains “misleading information” that has prompted both “confusion” and “defiance” throughout several law enforcement agencies.   Salvador Sarmiento, NDLON National Campaigns Coordinator, issued the following statement:   “For years the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has long used double-speak to coerce local governments into criminalizing immigrants. But this initiative- meant to intimidate and bully local officials-  has had the opposite effect.  It is unaccountable even by Trump Administration standards, and it has exposed the Administration’s inability to control the growing rebellion against Trump’s xenophobic agenda.     “In California, for example, SB54 ("CA Values Act”) will likely pass, and when it does,  it will constitute a repudiation of President Trump’s criminalizing agenda.   As long as Trump advances an agenda fear and hate, the consensus against it will only grow stronger and louder.”   ### Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued remarks on Tuesday morning “renewing the administration's commitment” to “criminal immigration enforcement” citing a series of new priorities issued towards federal prosecutors. NDLON Directors are available for comment.***
For Immediate ReleaseApril 3, 2016Contact:  Salvador G. Sarmiento, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n   Victory in the Battle Between Fear & Courage as CA Senate Advances Values Act Sacramento, CA – In reaction to the California Senate voting to advance the California VALUES Act (SB-54), Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), made the following statement: "During a dark and shameful chapter of American history, we all have a moral duty to create sanctuary in our communities to shield immigrants from racism, scapegoating, and criminalization, and dehumanization.  California has a particular obligation, as home to the largest immigrant population in the country, to lead the way. "This bill stands for the proposition that immigrants should not be subject to double suspicion and double punishment.  Instead, immigrants deserve the same due process and right to rehabilitation as the native born.  This bill is about equality. "As SB54 moves to the Assembly and then to the Governor's desk, it will invariably come under attack from the same forces that propelled Trump into office.  We expect Governor Jerry Brown and our Assembly Members to show the same courage that immigrants like Romulo Avelica's family and thousands more across California demonstrate every day.  Lawmakers owe it to them, and to all the people of California, to stand strong and choose courage over fear." Jessica Karp Bansal, NDLON's Litigation Director, added: "SB 54 is a beacon of light and sanity in the face of the President Trump's cruel, dishonest, and unrelenting campaign against immigrants.  California has zero reasons to help Trump tear immigrant mothers from their children and—especially in the face of planned cuts to federal programs—hundreds of more important things to spend its time and money on. "Other states across the nation can and should follow suit.  Opting out of Trump's deportation disaster is not only their right, it's their obligation." For more information about the bill, see the linked factsheet here.   ###
For Immediate ReleaseContact: SG Sarmiento, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n   NDLON REACTION to AG Sessions Remarks (Sacramento, CA) – In reaction to Attorney General Sessions' remarks during the White House press briefing today, Salvador G. Sarmiento, Legislative Director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) issued the following statement: "The Trump Administration appears to be good at doing two things:  stoking fear and issuing threats.  Today, Jeff Sessions did both in a blatant effort to change the story.  Immigrant-bashing has been Trump's most potent political weapon, and now sanctuary city-bashing is apparently Session's top priority. "The racist exploitation of tragedy helped propel Trump into office; and since occupying the White House, the Trump Administration has persisted in a divisive effort to make citizens scared of non-citizens and to make immigrants scared of government.  The Trump Administration is now trying to make sanctuary cities scared too.  Today, AG Sessions is bullying sanctuary cities by threatening to withhold money.  Tomorrow, the head of Trump's deportation force will take the unprecedented step of lobbying against California's SB-54, proposed legislation to wall off immigration from criminal law enforcement. "Federal courts will vindicate the rights of cities to refuse Trump's deportation agenda.  They will also likely find Trump's deportation policies in flagrant violation of the Constitution.  But make no mistake about it:  the political battle lines that have been drawn are between courage and fear.  Now is a time to affirm our shared values." ###
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross PostingFebruary 18th, 2017Contact: Jose Eduardo Sanchez, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA), 323 905 4923; Armando Carmona, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), 323 250 3018; Thousands of Angelenos March to City Hall to Demand Sanctuary Policies Community Groups and Organizations Present Sanctuary Platform (Los Angeles) – Today, over 30 organizations join the people of Los Angeles in defining the term “sanctuary city” at the “Free the People Immigration March -  Sanctuary for All.” The groups are taking to the streets and call for sanctuary policies. Those targeted by the current federal government’s policies – including immigrants, Muslims, Blacks, LGBTQ individuals – are also declaring Los Angeles a sanctuary city. “We are here today to issue an urgent call to Mayor Garcetti and to all of our elected officials to protect us with more than words – we demand action, and we have provided a platform of concrete policies that, together, would transform Los Angeles into a true sanctuary city,” said Ameena Qazi, Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild of Los Angeles (NLG-LA), one of the march sponsors. A broad coalition of organizations, representing many facets of our diverse city, are presenting a slate of policy demands that reflect a community vision of safety and protection. “We need bold leadership now from our elected officials. Los Angeles must be a beacon for its residents and for the nation by standing up to the Trump administration’s hateful agenda,” said Maegan Ortiz of the Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA), another of the dozens of march sponsors. The Coalition demands that LA City and County leaders:   1. Enact unequivocal sanctuary policies that:    a.    Prevent collection of unnecessary information about immigration status;     b.    Protect private information collected about residents;     c.    Prohibit local resources (including law enforcement) from being used for federal immigration enforcement or         the establishment of a Muslim registry; and     d.    Establish a body to monitor and oversee immigration enforcement actions locally. 2. Refuse to enact the forthcoming national stop-and-frisk policy, which will exacerbate the targeting of communities of color, place the most vulnerable communities under increased threat, and feed mass-criminalization and mass-incarceration. 3. Disentangle local law enforcement from federal immigration enforcement: Get ICE out of Los Angeles Sheriffs Department (LASD) jails and modernize the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Special Order 40, the police policy…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 15, 2017Media Contact: Emiliano Bourgois-Chacon; (415) 282-6209, X*131; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; Armando Carmona, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , 323-250-3018; Day Laborers and Domestic Workers celebrate Celebrate 25th Anniversary of SF Day Labor Program and Women’s Collective SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- The San Francisco Day Labor Program and Women’s Collective of Dolores Street Community Services, a worker-run collective that unites, empowers and organizes immigrant labor and domestic workers, celebrates its 25th Anniversary with the Grand Re-opening of the newly remodeled power center for organized workers on Thursday, February 16th, 2016 from 10:00 am - 2:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP at http://bit.ly/GrandReopening2017 WHAT: Grand Reopening of Immigrant Worker Center, Ribbon-cutting, kick-off of new wage theft Jornaler@ App, food, music, educational presentations, and histories of immigrant workers. WHERE: 3358 Cesar Chavez Street, San Francisco, CA 94110WHEN: Thursday, February 16 from 10:00am - 2:00pmAdmission: This event is free and open to the public. Hillary Ronen, San Francisco’s District 9 Supervisor is confirmed to cut the inaugural ribbon, accompanied by Patrick Mulligan, Director of the San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON), and representatives of the San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs. “Now more than ever, it is paramount to invest in empowering our most vulnerable populations so they can defend themselves against injustice”, said Wendy Phillips, Executive Director of Dolores Street Community Services. “We are investing in infrastructure because we see an expanded set of needs in our immigrant worker population and a growing opportunity to provide solutions in the marketplace”, said Antonio Aguilera, director of the San Francisco Day Labor Program and Women’s Collective. “Day Laborers and Domestic Workers are a needed workforce for many industries, especially at home, where they enable many others to attend work, while their properties and families are receiving proper care.” Over 40 day laborers and domestic workers have been remodeling the Worker Power Center, creating classrooms, service areas, and office space that will allow them to have more and better opportunities to professionalize skills, discover new vocational pathways for dignified work, and participate in the worker and immigrant rights movement. In addition to work procurement and legal defense services, the worker power center offers primary health services, food pantries, chiropractic services, residency and income verification letters, tools lending, workshops and practical training opportunities. All services are organized by workers…
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross PostingFebruary 10th, 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; ICE’s Attempts to Normalize Immigration Raids Must be Challenged at Every Turn Los Angeles, CA – On Friday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a press statement acknowledging that they detained more than 160 individuals during immigrations on Thursday February 9th 2017. This statement comes as ICE agents repeatedly attempted to counter claims made by immigration advocates and lawyers regarding the arrests of “over 100 immigrants” through home raids in several cities in southern California. In response, David Abud, Regional Organizer from the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement: "We recognize these raids as an effort by ICE and the new administration to sow chaos and intimidate our communities. They are attempting to normalize these attacks towards our community and we must be ready, at a moments notice, to mobilize and resist. In the face of these efforts, we will remain vigilant, focused, and organized. We are now more than ever emboldened to fight every single deportation and all further attacks on our communities in whatever form they may appear." “Ironically, this most recent attempt to terrorize Los Angeles residents will likely compel local elected officials to take more aggressive actions themselves.  When Mr Trump was first elected, we heard many statements offering moral support for communities the has threatened.  Now it is time for leaders to action and to demonstrate the courage that immigrants are showing in response to Mr Trump’s bullying.” “In Los Angeles, we will continue to push for Universal Representation and to make it a Sanctuary City that provides safety for all of its residents. Throughout California, a consensus is emerging in support of SB-54 (The "Values Act,” Senator de Leon) which would ensure public safety for all Calfornia residents.” ###
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross Posting February 8th, 2017 Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ;   NDLON Responds to Confirmation of Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General   Los Angeles, CA – On Wednesday, Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General of the United States amidst widespread controversy regarding his history of advocating against civil rights, his extreme anti-immigrant views and apparent sympathy towards white nationalist groups.   In response, Salvador Sarmiento, National Campaign Coordinator for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement: “The confirmation of Jeff Sessions as the top law enforcement officer in the U.S. demands a new level of vigilance and activism.  There should be no doubt at this point about Trump-Bannon agenda, and their contempt for immigrants and for the rule of law. We have an obligation right now to stand with those who are already being targeted and to defend our shared values of inclusion and equality." ###
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross PostingFebruary 8, 2016Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n Trump Issues “Call to Action” Asking Local Police to Report Undocumented Immigrants "They are taking away our weapons, one by one…  We have to give you the weapons you need.” Los Angeles, CA — On Wednesday, in a speech to Law enforcement officials President Donald Trump said that local law enforcement now has the power to report “illegals” to Secretary of Homeland Security Kelley. In the speech, President Trump issued a “call to action” to form a “new beginning” between the relationship between law enforcement and communities across the US. Only a day before, Senator Jeff Sessions, current nominee for Attorney General met with Sheriffs from some of the largest counties of California to discuss ways to expand law enforcement authority in detaining and transferring immigrants to ICE. In response, Chris Newman, Legal Director at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) issued the following statement: “Today’s speech lays bare that Mr. Trump’s strategy is to terrorize the American public as a political response to his own plunging popularity. However, Mr. Trump's effort to sow fear as a means of asserting executive authority will be met by resistance from protesters, from local lawmakers, and from the courts.  Underneath Mr. Trump's racist rhetoric and his weaponization of fear lies a more sinister  agenda to have the federal government take over local policing.  Ironically, Mr. Trump’s policy will balkanize immigration policy and undermine national unity, and it will erode public safety by widening distrust of law enforcement agencies.   Invariably though, some sheriffs will accept Mr. Trump’s invitation to join his mass deportation force, and they will likely suffer the same fate as Joe Arpaio in Arizona.  But the ultimate effect of today’s speech will likely be to strengthen the resolve of local lawmakers seeking to defend their communities from Mr. Trump’s reign of terror.   In California, for example, today’s speech will only further propel an emerging statewide consensus in favor of sanctuary state legislation that will separate criminal and immigration law enforcement.” ### For more information see: CA Values Act Clears State Senate Public Safety Committee The Human Rights Consequences of Sheriff & ICE Collaboration in Los Angeles In Face of Trump’s Threats, California is Doubling Down- Not Backing Down- on Sanctuary protections    
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross Posting //January 31st 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; BREAKING: In Face of Trump’s Threats, California is Doubling Down- Not Backing Down- on Sanctuary protections Landmark Legislation (SB54) Makes First Significant Step Forward Los Angeles, CA – On Tuesday morning, California Senate Bill 54 (SB54) was debated in its first public hearing since its introduction in December. SB54, or the California Values Act, was introduced by Senator Leader Kevin de León is supported by an overwhelming consensus among immigrant rights community.   Over eighty activists and supporters of the legislation organized a caravan, on very short notice, to travel to Sacramento in support of the bill. In response to today’s committee vote, Pablo Alvarado, Director of NDLON issued the following statement: “As a community, we are organized and prepared to face whatever threats come our way. We refuse to fall into President Trump’s trap of dividing our community and further criminalizing our people.   Particularly as immigrants come together to defend against Trump’s attacks, we will fight along side California lawmakers seeking to get police and sheriffs out of the deportation business once and for all.  When signed into law, SB 54 will protect all California residents, it will propel the sanctuary city movement, and it will serve as a model for the nation.” ###
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross Posting // Available Online HereJanuary 25, 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; NDLON Responds to President Trump’s Executive Action on Interior Enforcement: “¡Ni Un Paso Atrás!" In reaction to the Executive Order on interior enforcement released today by President Donald Trump, NDLON Executive Director Pablo Alvarado issued the following statement:   “President Trump’s executive order today might have been intended to cause fear, but instead it will result in defiance as communities across the country are inspired to support sanctuary policies to protect all residents from the collateral consequences of the Administration’s declaration of war against immigrants and refugees. “By restoring the thoroughly discredited Secure Communities program, Mr. Trump has all but ensured that more states and localities will adopt even stronger sanctuary policies.  The truth is that the Obama Administration was forced to abandon SCOMM precisely because of vigorous opposition from state and local officials across the country when it became clear that the program undermined public safety, resulted in grave rights violations, and sought to radically alter the relationship between federal and local law enforcement agencies.  The state and local rebellion against criminalizing deportation policies will likely grow in size and intensity.  In fact, becoming a sanctuary jurisdiction may now be the only way states and localities can avoid legal liability for participation in Secure Communities, which led to gross violations of constitutional rights according to numerous federal court rulings. “Mr. Trump’s call to triple the number of ICE agents is breathtaking.  Expanding a rogue federal police agency to enforce outdated and unjust laws will result in racial profiling, unlawful detention, and other constitutional violations.  And his resuscitation of the 287(g) program would replicate on the national level Arizona’s failed experiment in enlisting police as immigration agents. "The fact that Mr. Trump is trying to take the country backward is consistent with a campaign that was built on retrograde racist platitudes.  But he will not have the final word.  While some local jurisdictions will accept Trump’s invitation to follow the path of Sheriffs Joe Arpaio and Bull Connor—now infamous for their racism and egregious abuses of authority—today’s executive order will likely inspire the majority of Americans who voted to reject Trump’s racist agenda (including the vast majority of Americans in places where immigrants actually live) to pursue a different path.     For more information see, Trump can’t force ‘sanctuary cities’ to enforce…
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross Posting // Available Online Here
January 25,  2017
Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; 
Trump Is Still Selling Fear, But America Doesn’t Need To Buy It
 
 Los Angeles, CA – President Trump has promised to issue a series of executive orders on immigration today, starting at 1:30 pm ET. Last night, President Trump tweeted about a border wall, and continued to present “alternative facts”—with literally no basis in truth—alleging widespread voter fraud. We don’t know what is coming as Trump begins to convert campaign rhetoric into governing policy. However, in reaction to the President’s statements yesterday, and in anticipation of executive orders to be released later today, Pablo Alvarado of NDLON issued the following statement:  
  
“There is a relationship between President Trump’s delusional comments about voter fraud, his racist rhetoric toward Mexicans and Muslims, and his obsession with a border wall. In all instances, he is conjuring phantom threats, propagating distrust of facts, and stoking fear.
 
 "During the campaign, his immigrant-bashing was as part of a salesman’s trick—a carnival ploy—meant to invent a problem that ostensibly only he could fix. Now in office, he appears to be using fear as a deliberate effort to consolidate power.  
  
"It is, of course, possible that Mr. Trump truly is scared of immigrants and refugees. Perhaps the thing that scares him most is their courage because it is a character trait he apparently does not have. The idea of overcoming obstacles, facing adversity, building—rather than taking—wealth, is a concept that is foreign to Mr. Trump. 
  
"We can only speculate about Mr. Trump’s motivations, but the simple fact is that his fear does not need to be contagious.
 
 "Despite the gold trim around his office, President Trump is not a dictator, and he does not have the power to rule by decree. To the contrary, his efforts to attack institutions of democracy, to rollback constitutional protections, and to create division, will only invigorate and unify the very social movements that he is so afraid of. Immigrants and refugees have faced hardships that are literally unimaginable to Mr. Trump. We will be ready to defend ourselves today.”
 
 ***NDLON will have attorneys, community organizers, and members available for comment and interviews*** ###  
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