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Black Lives Matter: Solidarity Letter from the Immigrant Justice Movement

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June 4, 2020

Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Tony McDade. George Floyd. Yassin Mohamed. Finan Berhe. Across the country, people of conscience are saying ‘Black Lives Matter!’ ‘Enough is Enough!’ in our grief and rage. From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin to Rodney King, Latasha Harlins to Sandra Bland, we bear witness to the injustice, to the pain and rage of our Black brothers and sisters. For too long, we have lived within a system that perpetuates institutional and direct violence against Black people. We reject this anti-Black violence, and demand justice.

White supremacist institutions and the historical criminalization and overpolicing of Black communities have led to heavily militarized police forces and a system that uses prison beds as a form of punishment and social control but denies people an opportunity, a job, an education, healthcare, or equal access to thrive. These are the same systems that enable the for-profit incarceration of humans, and trigger discrimination against Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

Historically we have repeatedly seen massive transfers of wealth from communities of color to corporations.  In the midst of a global health pandemic, this racialized inequality has only increased - corporations have been given billions of dollars while millions of Americans are not able to have their basic health care and economic needs met. Communities of color are left struggling to pay for food and rent, and in the case of many immigrants, excluded from federal relief packages altogether.  

When asked to do more for Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities, state and local governments claim budget shortfalls. Yet they either maintain or increase inflated and unnecessary police budgets. We know that support systems, services, quality housing and dignified jobs are what keeps our communities safe, not law enforcement. The recent violence directed at protestors has shown that the police state values property over the lives of people they’ve sworn to serve. 

In order for resources to be brought back to communities, governments at all levels must divest from harmful institutions such as the prison industrial complex, surveillance, and policing.  We call on governments to instead invest these funds in basic needs like quality housing and education, financial and economic support, climate justice, healthcare for all, and mental health support.  

As immigrant justice organizations and ally organizations, we commit to:

  • Standing in solidarity with Black communities to demand justice by advocating for their recommendations and solutions. 
  • Working to dismantle white supremacy, white nationalism, and the anti-Blackness that permeates our society, including within the immigrant justice movement. 
  • Joining the calls to dismantle the police state by defunding and decreasing police budgets.
  • Demanding governments invest in communities by increasing funding for housing, education, healthcare, and other supports. 
  • Demanding a COVID 19 recovery and reconstruction that benefits communities, not corporations. 
  • Denouncing the use of criminalization and militarization as a response to people’s pain and people demanding more change.
  • Rejecting the “national security” frame and redefining  "public safety" so that it truly means communities -- including Black communities -- are free to live without fear of being killed.

Just as COVID-19 has taught us that we are interconnected, our collective well-being depends on all of us being healthy and safe, not criminalized and dehumanized. We grieve with our Black neighbors, and are committed to building a country where Black Lives Matter.

 

Las Vidas Negra Importa: Carta de solidaridad del Movimiento de Justicia para Inmigrantes.

Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Tony McDade. George Floyd. Yassin Mohamed. Finan Berhe. En todo el país de EEUU, la gente de conciencia está diciendo "¡Las vidas negras importa!", "¡Ya Basta!" En nuestro dolor y rabia. Desde Emmett Till hasta Trayvon Martin, Rodney King, Latasha Harlins y Sandra Bland, somos testigos de la injusticia, del dolor y la rabia de nuestros hermanos y hermanas negros. Durante demasiado tiempo, hemos vivido dentro de un sistema que perpetúa la violencia institucional y directa contra las personas negras. Rechazamos esta violencia contra las personas negras y exigimos justicia.

Las instituciones supremacistas blancas y la criminalización histórica y el exceso de políticas de las comunidades negras nos han llevado a tener fuerzas policiacas fuertemente militarizadas y a un sistema que utiliza las camas de las cárceles como una forma de castigo y control social, pero niega a las personas una oportunidad, un trabajo, una educación, atención médica o igualdad. acceso para prosperar. Estos son los mismos sistemas que permiten el encarcelamiento con fines de lucro de los humanos, y desencadenan la discriminación contra las comunidades de negros, latinos, indígenas y asiáticos e isleños del Pacífico.

Históricamente, hemos visto repetidamente transferencias masivas de riqueza de comunidades de color a corporaciones. En medio de una pandemia mundial de salud, esta desigualdad racial solo ha aumentado: a las corporaciones se les han dado el gobierno miles de millones de dólares, mientras que millones de personas en EEUU no pueden satisfacer sus necesidades económicas y de atención médica básica. Las comunidades de color luchan por pagar la comida y el alquiler, y en el caso de muchos inmigrantes, quedan excluidos de los paquetes de ayuda federal.

Cuando se les pide que hagan más por las comunidades de negros, indígenas y personas de color, los gobiernos estatales y locales reclaman un déficit presupuestario. Sin embargo, mantienen o aumentan los presupuestos policiales inflados e innecesarios. Sabemos que los sistemas de apoyo, los servicios, la vivienda de calidad y los trabajos dignos son lo que mantiene a nuestras comunidades seguras, no las fuerzas del orden. La violencia reciente dirigida a los manifestantes ha demostrado que el estado policial valora la propiedad sobre la vida de las personas a las que han jurado servir.

Para que los recursos vuelvan a las comunidades, los gobiernos a todos los niveles deben despojarse de las instituciones dañinas, como el complejo industrial de la prisión, la vigilancia y la vigilancia. Hacemos un llamado a los gobiernos para que inviertan estos fondos en necesidades básicas como vivienda y educación de calidad, apoyo financiero y económico, justicia climática, atención médica para todos y apoyo de salud mental.

Como organizaciones de justicia de inmigrantes y organizaciones aliadas, nos comprometemos a:

  • Apoyarse en solidaridad con las comunidades negras para exigir justicia defendiendo sus recomendaciones y soluciones.
  • Trabajar para desmantelar la supremacía blanca, el nacionalismo blanco y la lucha contra la negrura que impregna nuestra sociedad, incluso dentro del movimiento de justicia de inmigrantes.
  • Unirse a las llamadas para desmantelar el estado policial al desembolsar y disminuir los presupuestos policiales.
  • Los gobiernos exigentes invierten en las comunidades aumentando los fondos para vivienda, educación, atención médica y otros apoyos.
  • Exigir una recuperación y reconstrucción de COVID 19 que beneficie a las comunidades, no a las corporaciones.
  • Denunciando el uso de la criminalización y la militarización como respuesta al dolor de las personas y las personas que demandan más cambios.
  • Rechazar el marco de "seguridad nacional" y redefinir la "seguridad pública" para que realmente signifique que las comunidades, incluidas las comunidades negras, son libres de vivir sin temor a ser asesinadas.

Así como COVID-19 nos ha enseñado que estamos interconectados, nuestro bienestar colectivo depende de que todos estemos sanos y seguros, no criminalizados ni deshumanizados. Nos afligimos con nuestros vecinos negros y estamos comprometidos a construir un país donde la vida de los negros sea importante.

 

Signed by the following Immigrant Justice Organizations and Ally Organizations:

Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors

Advocate Visitors with Immigrants in Detention in the Chihuahuan Desert (AVID)

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality 

African Bridge Network

African Family Health Organization (AFAHO)

Alabama State Association of Cooperatives

Alianza Americas

Alianza Comunitaria

Alianza Nacional de Campesinas

Alianza Sacramento 

Alliance for African Assistance 

Alliance of Baptists 

Alliance San Diego

Allies to End Detention

Aloha Immigration

America’s Voice

American Friends Service Committee

Arab American Civic Council

Arab-American Family Support Center

Arise

Arise Chicago

Arkansas United 

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles

Asian Americans United

Asian Community Development Council 

ASISTA

Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)

Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project 

Asylum Sponsorship Project 

Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park

Bangladeshi American Women's Development Initiative (BAWDi)

Baton Rouge Immigrants' Rights Coalition

Beacon UU Congregation

Bend the Arc: Jewish Action 

Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, Southern California

Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh (BCAP)

Blessed Dorothy Day Mission 

Borough of Manhattan Community College

Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

Buen Vecino

Cabrini Immigrant Services of NYC

California Immigrant Policy Center

Cabrini Immigrant Services of NYC

California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice (CCIJ)

California Food Policy Advocates

California for Progress

California Pan-Ethnic Health Network

California Primary Care Association

California WIC Association

CALMA-Collective Action for Laborers, Migrants & Asylum Seekers 

Cameroon American Council

Campaign for Immigrant Detention Reform (CIDR)

Campesinos Sin Fronteras

Cape Cod Coalition for Safe Communities

Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition

CASA

Casa de la Cultura

Casa San Jose

Catholic Social Services

Catholic Charities of Southern New Mexico

Catholic Legal Services

Catholic Migration Services, Inc. 

Causa Oregon 

Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ) 

Center for Gender & Refugee Studies

Center for Health Progress

Center for Immigrant Progress

Center for Workers' Rights

Center of Excellence for Immigrant Child Health and Wellbeing at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals 

Central American Resource Center - CARECEN - of California 

Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxqueño

Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc.

Centro del Inmigrante, Inc.

Centro Legal de la Raza

ChICCCAA

Children's Defense Fund - Texas

Chinatown Community Development Center

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Immigration Legal Counsel

Chula Vista Partners in Courage

Church World Service

Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) 

Cleveland Jobs with Justice

Clinica Sierra Vista

Coalición de Migrantes Mexicanos

Coalition for Asian American Children and Families

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)

Coalition of African Communities - AFRICOM

Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers (Coalition OC)

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition

Colorado People's Alliance (COPA)

Columbus Free Press

Community Action Marin

Community Catalyst

Community Change Action

Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County 

Community Clinic Consortium 

Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education

Community Health Center Network

Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto

Concerned Taxpayers of Frederick County

Congregation Action Network

Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, U.S. Provinces

Cosecha Merced

Council on American-Islamic Relations - Greater Los Angeles Area (CAIR-LA)

Council on American Islamic Relations - Sacramento Valley / Central California

Council on American-Islamic Relations - San Diego

Council on American-Islamic Relations - San Francisco Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA)

Counsel for Justice AIDS Legal Services Project, Los Angeles

Courage California

CRLA Foundation

Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus

Daya Inc.

Define American

Democracy at Work Institute

Detention Watch Network

Dreamer Fund

Diringer and Associates

Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries

Dolores Street Community Services

Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, WI

DREAM Iowa

Dream Team Los Angeles DTLA

DreamActivist Ohio

DRUM - Desis Rising Up & Moving

East Valley Community Health Center

Education and Leadership Foundation (ELF)

El CENTRO de Igualdad y Derechos 

El Centro, Inc.

El Sereno Organizing Committee

Emerald Isle Immigration Center

Employee Rights Center

Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)

Equality Labs

Esperanza Community Housing Corporation

Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project

EVCHC

Families Belong Together

FamilyWorks

Farmworker Association of Florida

Farmworker Justice

Filipino Migrant Center

FIRM Action

First Friends of NJ & NY

First United Methodist Church of La Grange

Florida Health Justice Project

Florida People's Advocacy Center

Food Empowerment Project

Four Freedoms Fund

FPPS

Free Migration Project

Freedom for Immigrants

From Here & With Wings and Roots

Fuerza Migrante

Gabriela South Bay 

Gender Violence Immigration Clinic, Seattle University School of Law 

Gente Organizada

Grace Leadership Foundation, Inc.

Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network

Grupo de Apoyo e Integración Hispanoamericano

H-CAN Immigration and Refugee Group

Haitian Bridge Alliance

Havertown-area Community Action Network Immigration and Refugees group

Health Law Advocates

HIAS Pennsylvania

Hilltown Community Health Center

Holdenried Law Office

Holy Cross Retreat Center

Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, USA-JPIC

Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative (HILSC)

Howard Brown Health

Howard County (MD) Coalition for Immigrant Justice

Human Rights First

ICE Out of Marin

ICE Out of Merced

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Immigrant Advocacy Project

Immigrant ARC

Immigrant Defenders Law Center

Immigrant Defense Project

Immigrant Justice Advocacy Movement

Immigrant Justice Network 

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project

Immigrant Legal Defense

Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Immigrant Rights Clinic of Washington Square Legal Services

Immigrant Rights Clinic, UCI School of Law

Immigrants Rising

Immigration Center of San Bernardino

Immigration Hub

Immigration Services and Legal Advocacy

Immigration Task Force, Forest Hill Church

Immigration Working Group CLE

IMPRINT

Indivisible

Indivisible Conejo

Indivisible Sausalito

Indivisible Ventura

Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice 

Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective 

Inland Empire United

Innovation Law Lab

InquilinosUnidos 

Instituto Laboral de la Raza 

Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity

International Community Health Services

International Institute of Akron

International Rescue Committee

InterReligious Task Force on Central America

InterReligious Task Force On Central America and Colombia (IRTF Cleveland) 

Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement

Jetpac

JFA

Juntos

Justice in Motion 

Kentucky Equal Justice Center

Khmer Girls in Action

Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, Inc.

KIWA (Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance)

Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc.

La Conexion

La Raza Centro Legal, Inc 

LA RED - Faith in Action

La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE)

Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Latina Republic

Latino Coalition for a Healthy California

Law Office of Fabiola A. Navarro

Law Office of Vanessa Frank

Law Offices of Jose Perez PC

Legal Aid at Work

Legal Aid Justice Center 

Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church

Linn County Rapid Response Coalition (OR)

Literacy Assistance Center

Living United for Change in Arizona - LUCHA

Long Beach Area Peace Network 

Long Beach Forward

Long Beach Sanctuary Coalition

Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust

MALO - Motivating Action Leadership Opportunity

Maryland Against ICE Detention

Maryland Legislative Coalition

Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

Maternal and Child Health Access

Medical-Legal Partnership for Children in Hawai'i

Mi Familia Vota 

Michigan League for Public Policy

Mid-South Immigration Advocates

Migrant Justice

Mobilization for Justice

Montgomery County Education Forum (MCEF)

Morningstar United Methodist Church - Las Cruces, NM

Mother and Community Member

Motivation Motivates

MPower Change

Multiciltural Efforts to end Sexual Assault

Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)

National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd 

National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF)

National Association of Social Workers

National Center for Youth Law 

National Council for Occupational Safety and Health

National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH)

National Council of Asian Pacific Americans 

National Council of Jewish Women

National Employment Law Project

National Health Law Program

National Human Services Assembly

National Immigrant Justice Center

National Immigration Law Center

National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG)

National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

National Partnership for New Americans

Nationalities Service Center

Nebraska Appleseed

NEMS

Neta

NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

Never Again Action - Los Angeles

New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice

New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty 

New Mexico Immigrant Law Center

New Mexico State University

New Orleans Worker Center for Racial Justice 

New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia

New Sanctuary Network Tulsa

New York Immigration Coalition

New York Public Library

New York Taxi Workers Alliance

New Mexico Comunidades en Accion y de Fe - CAFe

NorCal Resist

Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights (NMCIR)

Northwest Health Law Advocates (NoHLA)

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

Northwest Workers' Justice Project

NW Indiana Resistance

Oasis Legal Services

Ohio Immigrant Alliance

OneAmerica

oneTILT

OPAWL

Open Society Foundations

Orange County Justice Fund

Oregon Pediatric Society, Lane County Medical Society 

Organizacion en California de Lideres Campesinas, Inc. 

Pangea Legal Services

PASOs

Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

Philadelphia Language Justice Collective 

PICO California

Pittsburgh Labor Council for Latin American Advancement

Poder Latinx

Poligon Education Fund

Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

Project South

Promesa Boyle Heights

Provincial Council Clerics of St. Viator

Public Counsel

Public Justice Center

Public Law Center

Puentes de Salud

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project

Quixote Center

R.A.C.E. Matters San Luis Obispo

RAICES

Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance

Rian Immigrant Center (formerly the Irish International Immigrant Center)

RITA

Riverside Language Program

Riverside Language Program, Inc.

Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network

Rosie's Place

Rural Coalition

Safe Passage Project

San Bernardino Community Service Center, Inc

San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium

Sanctuary DMV

Santa Fe Dreamers Project

Secure Justice

SEIU-United Service Workers West

Service Employees International Union

Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN)

Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation

Showing Up for Racial Justice - Montgomery County, MD

Sige! - LGBTQIA+ Filipinos 

Siloam Health

SIREN (Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network)

Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants (SBI)

Sisters of Charity, BVM

Somos un Pueblo Unido

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

South Bay People Power

South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center

Southeast Immigrant Rights Network

Southern Border Communities Coalition

St. Francis Community Services 

Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

Tahirih Justice Center

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC)

The Advocates for Human Rights

The Alliance

The Big Good

The Century Foundation

The Children's Partnership

The Children’s Clinic, “Serving Children and Their Families” dba TCC Family Health 

The Children’s Partnership 

The Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy and Innovation

The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project

The Resurrection Project, Chicago

The Wage Justice Center

The Welcome Project

TODEC Legal Center 

UCLA Labor Center

UndocuBlack Network 

UndocuCarolina

Unidad Latina en Acción CT

UnidosUS

Unitarian Universalist Refugee & Immigrant Services & Education

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

United Church of Christ

United Nations Association Bronx Chapter 

United We Dream

University YMCA - New American Welcome Center

UPLIFT LA

VELA

Venice Family Clinic

Ventura County Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (VC CLUE)

Voces de la Frontera

Watsonville Law Center

WeCount!

Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians

Women Organizing Resources, Knowledge and Services, WORKS

Workers Center of Central New York

Workers Defense Project

Worksafe

World Education Services

Yemeni Alliance Committee 

You Are Not Alone (YANA)

Youth Justice Coalition

 

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