PLAC Symposium Announcement -- You're Invited! Join us for the 5th annual PLAC (Penn in Latin America & the Caribbean) Symposium, March 27th 2020
ACTION SHEET - YOUR ROLE:
1. FAST with Carmela every Wednesday! Post and share about your experience to educate your networks about Carmela's struggle and the need to remind elected officials of their duty to act. Post online including our Facebook @New Sanctuary Philadelphia with the hashtag #Carmelalibre #Suyapalibre and our tweeter @NSMPhilly
2. CALL your US congress people and ask them to place pressure on USCIS – Administrative Appeals Office and approve her U-Visa. Report back going to this link bit.ly/Icalledmyrep to let us know you called and the answer you got. Comment on our social media to help raise awareness and visibility of your public action
Sample Script "My name is ________________I live in zip code ____ and I am a constituent concerned about families living in Sanctuary in our area for way to long. I am calling to let you know that as your constituent I support and urge your office to introduce a private bill and pressure USCIS to approve Ms. Apolonio Hernadez U-visa application. We know that members and supporters of New Sanctuary Movement along with Carmela and her lawyer have already meet with your office and have submitted signed waivers. What are you waiting to act? We are asking you to reach out to AAO (Administrative Appeal Office) to push them to approve Ms. Apolonio’s U-Visa Appeal which has already surpassed by over 200 days of the 180 days’ time where the AAO is supposed to respond. What it’s the next steep you are going to take? When can I call back again to hear about the action that your office has taken and the outcomes? Thank you for your time and concern." (and then mark your calendar and call back again!)
Tips for when you call:
Staff may say: Oh ok, we are happy to help, please have Carmela sing waivers because we need her to authorize us to talk about her case
Caller Should say: We know that her Lawyer David Benion and New Sanctuary Movement already meet with your office and sent the waivers
Staff may say: Carmela is not living in our district, she should reach out to the legislator in her district
Caller Should say: We are reaching out to Congressman Evans as well, but as your constituent I am asking you to take action as well. I am calling to ask what you need to take action
Staff may say: A private bill will not pass in congress due to the legislature landscape
Caller Should say: We know that the private bill may not get Carmela free, but by taking the action of introducing it and mobilizing your colleagues, it will send an strong message to ICE that she has strong support from her legislators. It will also send a message that if ICE retaliates against Carmela or anyone living in Sanctuary there will be strong support to push back. (Nine women in Sanctuary have recieved up to half million fines by ICE)
3. ORGANIZE your congregation or neighboring congregations to, call their Congress Reps, visit Carmela to learn more about them and find ways you can support. Call 215-279-7060 if you have questions.
4. RECORD a 1-minute video for the pressure campaign led by Carmela's kids! All you need is your family or friends, a phone, and 1 minute. View the launch video here: http://bit.ly/ActionCarmelaLibre
Congressman Bob Casey
Phone: (717) 231-7540
Washington, D.C. Phone:
Congressman Cory Booker
Phone: (856) 338-8922Washington Office
Phone: (202) 224-3224
Congressman Dwight Evans
Phone: (215) 276-0340
Office Phone: (202) 225-4001
Congresswoman Elizabeth Warren Washington DC
Phone: (202) 224-4543
Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon
East Lansdowne Office (610) 626-1913Washington, DC
Office (202) 225-2011
Congresswoman Madeleine Dean
Norristown District Office
Phone: 610-382-1250Washington, DC Office202-225-4731
Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick
Langhorne, PA 19047
Phone: (215) 579-8102
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4276
CARMELA FAMILY’S STORY
The Apolonio Hernandez family had taken the hard, but bold step to enter Sanctuary to protest immoral and unjust immigration policies. They turned themselves at the border escaping violence and followed the arbitrary process of asylum. The family lost their asylum case despite strong proof their life will be at risk if they return. They are only some examples of the millions of people who have been affected by the Trump Administration’s extremist anti-immigrant agenda. Separating children from their parents at the border, ending TPS for many countries, increasing enforcement and arrests, and changing asylum rules to exclude victims of domestic violence and gang violence are some of the policies that devastate immigrant communities here in Philadelphia and across the country. It also shows that the Trump Administration separating families does not just happen at the border, but everywhere in the country when people are detained or deported. This is a moral crisis. The three families currently living in Sanctuary have been living in New Jersey and Philadelphia for years until they were ordered deported with the threat of leaving their families behind. In taking Sanctuary, they step into a tradition thousands of years old that confronts immoral and unjust laws.
Working in partnership with New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia (NSM) Germantown Mennonite Church and all NSM member congregations, we all stand together to stop the deportations, challenge violent immigration policies, and build a broad and diverse movement to build a more welcoming and just city and country. To do this, we are working to broaden support from legislators, organizations and congregations, and we need your support.
Penn LALSA 24th Annual Conference: Securing the Homeland? Reflections on Post-9/11 Immigration and Border Security
Join us for a night of performance and Puerto Rican food! All proceeds go towards the Puerto Rico earthquake relief fund.
Date:February, 22 @ 7PM
Platt Performing Arts House
I wanted to invite La Casa Latina community to a very special performance i'm helping organize, featuring Nicaraguan performance artist Elyla Sinvergüenza. It'll take place next Friday, 2/21, here at Penn.
Here are the details: https://www.sas.upenn.edu/hispanic-portuguese-studies/events/“la-revolución-nos-mal-cogio”-politics-identity-and-left-central-america-today
If you are interested in a career in Law, please join us…
Come meet Latinx Law Students, hear from their experience and share you own interests, ask questions about a law profession and Law Schools…
Date: January 30, 2020
Location: Penn Law, Room T145
Dinner will be provided.
Please just RSVP to Johnny Irizarry, email@example.com by, Friday January 24th, noon.
Questions about the event: Contact Ana or Eduarda
On behalf of the Festival Latinx 2020 Board: announcing Festival Latinx 2020! This weeklong annual celebration will be held between Sunday, February 23, 2019 - Saturday, February 29, 2019. Festival Latinx is a week of events designed to celebrate Latinx culture and identity. This 38 year tradition aims to not only bring the community together, but also to share elements of our lives with the entire Penn community. Join us this year as we explore Our Legacy! This can include but is not limited to:
- Our impact on campus
- Our history, what legacies have we been building upon
- Social change
- Goals and aspirations for the Latinx community
- Changes in our norms, cultures, identities
- Origins of practices (foods, dance, art, customs)
Please fill out this form or scan the code below to fill out the form by Monday, December 2nd if your group would like to sign up to host an event for the annual Festival Latinx. Reach out to Festival Board at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or concerns.
Join us on Nov 12 on a trip to Washington D.C. to show support for DACA as the Supreme Court decides its fate. We will be joining hundreds of other community members on the steps of the Supreme Court to make sure that our immigrant community knows that it is supported and here to stay!
Transportation to and from D.C. will be provided. We will be leaving for D.C. very early in the morning and will most likely be returning in the evening.The exact time of departure and return will be provided in the next few days. Make sure to sign up by Nov 1.