Three Lessons Learned for Activism

Law at the Margins Associate Editor Shahana Hanif attended a four-session, 100-minute speed course led by NYU professors Daniel Altschuler, Reverend Noelle Damico, Jamila Brown, and Linda Lausell-Bryant on the how to of effective activism, including the skills needed in nonviolent organizing, advocacy, and direct actions. Here are three lessons learned that will support your participation in resistance movements as we fight to protect our neighbors and envision better futures….

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A Year in Review: We Keep Resisting

It has been a year since the presidential election set the record straight, if there was any doubt, that anti-immigrant, anti-Black, and Islamophobic sentiments are being embraced in order to return to a “better America.” Moreover, we witnessed targeted, aggressive and cruel immigration policies by the Trump administration. Despite this hostile political climate, immigrant communities and allies across the United States continued to organize and mobilize through effective direct actions…

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DACA and Domestic Violence: Safeguarding Survivors from Deportation

Dovie Yoana King is a public interest attorney with two decades of experience assisting low-income immigrants, women and children. She currently works at Harvard Law School. Dovie is also the Founder and Director of SOAR for Justice (www.soarforjustice.org), an organization helping survivors of abuse.  The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program allows eligible undocumented immigrants brought into the United States as children, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation…

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Reflections on Transformative Immigrant Defense

Below are brief remarks I gave at a conference hosted by CUNY Law Review on Transformative Immigrant Defense in March 2017.   I post here with some minor edits to offer some reflections on immigrant organizing and the need to support leadership from those most impacted.   I am thrilled to be here today with an  intention of gathering our wisdom around law and organizing with a particular emphasis on immigrant…

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Laborers and Organizers: Remember James Connolly & the Struggle for an Irish Workers’ Republic

By Val Merlina, J.D. | University of Pittsburgh School of Law ’17 101 years ago, James Connolly was executed for taking part in the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, Ireland.  An armed rebellion seeking to decolonize Ireland, the Rising helped start the Irish struggle for the end of British social, political, and economic control on the island.  The rebellion brought together linguists, educators, socialists, women, the working poor, and concerned…

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Ninety-Nine

By Shukry Cattan.  He has spent over a decade working in the Los Angeles nonprofit sector in the areas of direct service and development.  As a child of Palestinian immigrants, he strongly supports the rights of refugees and undocumented families who are seeking to improve their lives in the United States. Each day I take the morning train to Los Angeles, thumbing through small prayer beads made of acorn. Reciting the ninety-nine…

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Gorsuch on the Supreme Court Would Be an Attack on Families Like Mine

Kalpana Krishnamurthy is the Senior Policy Director at Forward Together.  There, she develops and implements Forward Together’s policy shift and civic engagement strategies. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity. As a South Asian daughter of immigrants and a mother, the Supreme Court has been setting the table for my personal experience since before my parents and my community even got to America. Nominee…

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Generaciones en Accion: Working together intergenerationally

By Amanda Macal, Patricia Veliz Macal, & Carla Osorio Veliz We are three generations of immigrant women from Guatemala. We also have a family bond, as we are grandmother, mother, and daughter working together with the same mission and vision. About five years ago over drinking coffee, we joked around about writing a book about the unconditional labor of love immigrant working-class mothers give towards their children. We felt telling…

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VIDEO: Community Care During Times of Political Crisis

Law@theMargins, as part of its #FaithJustice series, hosted a much needed and innovative crowdcast discussion on the importance of integrating self-care and community care in our work for justice during these challenging times as we fight back against the attacks on our communities by Trump and the right wing forces. We must embrace and uplift one another to create the spaces where we can integrate self-care as part of our…

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