Immigration

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Today, many on the left salute Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others seeking to revitalize and rebrand U.S. imperialism’s Democratic Party. Against this, those seeking to end capitalism’s many-sided oppression must reject the blind alley of tailing capitalist politicians. Only by fighting for the political independence of the working class can we chart a way forward. This International Women’s Day, three groups came together in a fusion that represents a step forging a nationwide revolutionary Trotskyist youth group for the first time in three decades. The Spokane (Washington) Marxist Group and the leadership of the Marxist Student Union at Central Connecticut State University fused with the Revolutionary Internationalist Youth, youth section of the Internationalist Group/ League for the Fourth International. This panel will focus on the role of Trotskyist youth and students in the fight for a revolutionary workers party to lead socialist revolution here and around the world, and reflect our work building support for union organizing drives by immigrant workers, solidarity with Ayotzinapa and the Mexican teachers strike, struggles against racist repression and fascist provocations, opposing the militarization of the universities, and on many other fronts.
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THIS IS PERHAPS MORE A QUERY TO LEFT FORUM ORGANIZERS FOR WHAT I THINK WILL BE A KEY ISSUE TO TAKE ON AT THE CONFERENCE: AT THIS POINT I'm proposing this as a full plenary session or at the least as a major panel forum in a suitably large room as I would expect much interest. This session would provide an opportunity for the various left positions on the election to be aired, discussed and debated. The participants I would include would be advocates for 1. Support Bernie Sanders as the Dem party nominee 2. All out to defeat trump --Support Sanders but if he doesn't win nomination, then support anyone but Trump 3. Support a 3rd party candidate eg from the green party 4. The left's main focus should be to build the struggle, the elections are a dead end trap. 5. other positions ? I would be willing to reach out and invite likely participants, but i think it would be preferable if the left forum itself organized such a session. I would see it as each speaker--no more than 4 (?)- be given 12 minutes to state their position, then a 20-30 minute back and forth among them, followed by questions from the audience. I would also offer myself as the moderator, for which I have a good amount of experience, but again, it might be best if the left forum chose someone with more recognition as well as experience in that regard. Believe it or not, i think someone like Phil Donahue (who spoke at a left forum some years back) would be a good pick.
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A farmworker leader from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) will share the history of the organization, conditions faced by farmworkers in the U.S. agricultural industry — including abuses such as sexual harassment and forced labor — and the transformative changes now in effect in the U.S. tomato industry as a result of the award-winning Fair Food Program in setting new farm labor standards, implementing fair wages, and eliminating abuses through its groundbreaking model of Worker Driven Social Responsibility. The workshop will also focus on the models through which the CIW has built power-- from the early days of general strikes and labor stoppages in the tomato fields of Southwest Florida, to the Campaign for Fair Food with successful boycotts of powerful multinational corporations, and then to the implementation of new worker directed standards in the agricultural industry. The workshop will be facilitated in both Spanish and English. There will be a question and answer session in which attendees can engage with farmworker leaders on their experiences as farmworkers, the movement for Fair Food and how they can be involved in the movement for farmworker justice.
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NYC
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It has recently been observed that by 2040, 70 percent of Americans will live in 15 states and thus 30 percent of Americans will choose 70 senators. That 30 percent will be older, whiter, more male and more rural. We currently live in a situation where in recent US Senate elections, 15 million more voters cast ballots for Democrats, and yet the Republicans control the Senate, White House, and the power to place justices on the Supreme Court and fill the federal courts. The panel will discuss the ways in which the conservatives have maintained power despite their minority status. We will discuss how voting power is apportioned in the Senate, and how the right has been able to better maintain message discipline and focus on a few key issues to keep their base active and engaged, and whether there is any lessons progressives can learn from them. Reviewing the immigration policies also lays bare the fact that since it is a function of the executive branch, there has been little difference in many of the deportation policies of Obama and Trump. However, the latest moves by the Trump administration have the most impact in California, which has the highest number of undocumented residents, including dreamers. A review of immigration laws demonstrates that laws passed in the Clinton administration expanded the policies for deportation, including the purported crimes for which legal immigrants could be deported. The current group of Democrats in Washington show little desire to engage in political action with respect to immigration which is regarded of little value to the large swath of independent voters whose support Democrats need to increase their representation in Congress. As a result, the Democrats become complicit in minority rule policies. Thus the question arises as to how Californians, or other states, can assert their majority political rule in light of a dysfunctional federal electoral system. The federal system seems doomed to fail as the minority rule increases its grip over the majority, and one of the solutions may be for the citizens of California to reject the politics of both parties, and seek a way forward in ways that will seek to embrace and represent all of its residents, citizen and noncitizen alike, by refusing to accept minority rule and beginning to forge a path forward to its own independence.
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Immigration enforcement in the US has been ramped up to unprecedented levels under the ideologically nativist Trump administration. The harms experienced by immigrant communities under the policies of the Trump administration and those of his predecessors remain an under-researched aspect of the critical criminology of migration. The speakers included on this thematic panel are working collectively to build an academic literature around these harms and the systems & structures that motivate their continued - and expanding - imposition.
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Following the attacks of 9/11, the U.S. government embarked on a domestic “war on terror” which has employed a policy of preemptive prosecution that targets individuals and organizations based on their beliefs and ideology. In these cases, the actual crime is manufactured by federal law enforcement officials who almost always create and foil their own terrorist plots. This panel will discuss the questionable tactics and strategies by the government, such as discriminatory surveillance of American Muslim communities, infiltration of mosques by undercover agents and paid informants, and flawed counter-extremism programs, which undermine our fundamental freedoms. Murtaza Hussain, a journalist at The Intercept, will discuss government overreach in these national security cases. Attorney Kathy Manley, the legal director of the Coalition for Civil Freedoms, will further present on these abuses documented in a report she co-authored titled Inventing Terrorists. Ashley Young will discuss the unjust prosecution of her brother, Nicholas Young, a victim of FBI entrapment and the first law enforcement officer to be charged with terrorism.
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A coalition of immigrant rights groups, unions, socialist organizations and other community groups called the Resist the Deportation Machine (RDM) is trying to shut down the Essex County ICE detention center in Newark, one of the largest and most notorious of such facilities. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operation rests on more than 200 detention centers with 40,000 beds, where the agency holds immigrant detainees in preparation for deporting them. Without this vast network of facilities, ICE's deportation machine would stall. RDM believes that a nationwide movement of direct actions centered around closing ICE detention centers could block the infrastructure that the agency needs to carry out its abuses. Join us as we work to build a world without borders by sharing strategies for shutting down abusive ICE Detention Centers
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The New Sanctuary Coalition (NSC) believes that immigration issues stem from unjust global economic relationships and racism. This panel will present strategies for bringing together citizens with immigrants facing detention and deportation to change U.S. immigration practices and to provide sanctuary through innovative techniques/programs that get around I.C.E.'s increasingly harsh and inhumane tactics. NSC believes everyone deserves hope and dignity while fighting for their rights. This panel will include discussion of physical sanctuary in N.Y.C., asylum, work, defense, and bond.(Merriam-Webster defines ethnic cleansing as,”the expulsion, imprisonment, or killing of an ethnic minority by a dominant majority in order to achieve ethnic homogeneity.”)
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Introduction There has been a dramatic rise in the number of immigrants detained by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), with over 400,000 people detained annually, and an average daily population of over 39,000 detained. People held in immigration detention facilities are often held in county jails in New York and New Jersey, in addition to the private ICE-run jails. They lack a legal guarantee of access to medical care.
ICE has released several sets of standards for meeting the health needs of people detained, but these guidelines are neither standardized nor binding. Human rights organizations and investigative journalists have reported substandard medical care at several detention facilities, resulting in poor health outcomes and even in-custody deaths.1 To file medical complaints, people held in detention often rely on lawyers who are not equipped to decipher medical records and are often unable to contact ICE or jail physicians for further inquiry. The role of non-ICE affiliated physician in these cases is key. By partnering with immigration lawyers to review medical records and advocate on behalf of people held in detention, community physicians can make a significant impact on the health and lives of those detained. The net effect of this government's measures is the criminalization of immigration, resulting in deleterious effects on the health of immigrants, their families and our communities alike. Parents are arrested in front of their children; at times family members are not able to locate their loved ones until after they are deported. Children who have an undocumented parent have significantly higher rates of PTSD. There is evidence that families are foregoing applying for benefits such as WIC, SNAP, or CHIP for fear that their information will be reported to federal authorities. Given the collective trauma communities are experiencing as a result of mass deportation, it is necessary to connect physicians to the community spaces where the grass-roots movements are organizing, to gain insights into how to mitigate the negative health effects of our current policies, and further work to dismantle the immigration detention system. This condensed version of these workshops was inspired by liberation medicine month which emphasizes the conscientious use of health to promote social justice and human dignity. It parallels prior work on incarceration health and mass incarceration, adapting to the current political climate where immigrant communities are being targeted as scapegoats, making immigration status a critical social determinant of health. Medical residents will learn how mass incarceration, detention and deportation as a public health issue and will be trained in social activism. Educational objectives Examine barriers to medical care faced by persons held in immigration detention and evaluate their health consequences. 2. Interpret and synthesize relevant medical information in order to write effective advocacy letters on behalf of people detained. Build immigration-focused medico-legal partnerships. 4. Create partnerships with community-based organizations with the aims of understanding how mass deportation is impacting the health of the community, listening to proposed solutions, and identifying ways in which health care professionals can contribute to existing efforts. Participate in organizing efforts to end mass detention and deportation. Agenda of Workshop: I. Skills building- The Detention Evaluation a. Overview of history of the immigration detention system, and current immigration policies as they pertain to immigration detention from a social justice/human rights framework. i. Review of medical records and/or declarations, Letter writing II. Community partnerships a. Building community partnerships and why this is important in the work to dismantle the mass detention and deportation machine. b. Advocacy (this should be guided by the dialogues with community members and organizations, may include participation in rallies or town hall meetings, writing op-eds, or organizing around hospital and/or clinic policy). III. Building immigration-focused medico-legal partnerships that can address the legal needs of patients for which immigration status is a social determinant of health.