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Continue to build a mass movement for legalization for all!

– May 21, 2018

The election of Donald Trump as president unleashed a wave of anti-immigrant policies: the Muslim travel ban, restricting refugees, preparing to build a wall on border with Mexico, and ending Temporary Protective Status for hundreds of thousands of Caribbean and Central Americans. The Trump administration is stepping up raids and workplace audits to deport even more immigrants and put them out of work and, last but not least, ending the Deferred Action for Child Arrival or DACA program, putting some 700,000 youth raised in this country at risk of deportation.

But Trump’s actions have been met by a mighty wall of struggle, beginning with thousands of people protesting the Muslim travel ban in the opening days of his administration, to the ongoing fight by DACA youth for legalization. This mass struggle has led to some victories in the courts as they blocked the Muslim travel bans one after another, and also blocked the end of DACA.

What the struggle has not done is moved the Democrats in Congress to take effective action to overturn Trump’s policies. In part, this is because the Democratic leadership actually agrees with Trump on issues such as ending the Diversity Visa, which allows for many immigrants from Africa to come to the U.S. All too many Democrats want to bend over backward to please the Republicans, from former President Obama, who stepped up deportations and earned himself the title of ‘deporter in chief’ to long-time immigrant rights advocate congressman Gutierrez, who offered to “build the wall himself.”

Just to be clear: Legalization for TPS immigrants, the DACA youth and their parents, and all the 12 million undocumented people in the U.S. will take legislative action and the defeat of right-wing Republicans in the upcoming elections. But without a militant mass movement to push forward the demands of undocumented Mexicanos, Central Americans, Caribbeans, and others, even a Democratic victory in the 2018 elections could come to nothing or a very bad deal. We must not forget what happened in 2009 and 2010 when the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and the presidency. We must build this fight, until we win.


Our pillars:

No Trump Wall,
Legalization for all,
No guest worker expansion,
No more repression


Signed by (list in formation – to add your name or your group to the statement, send a message to this page or email legalizationforall@gmail.com):

ACTIVE ORGANIZATIONS

  • Centro CSO (Los Angeles)
  • LUPE Tucson (Arizona)
  • MIRAC (Minnesota)
  • Young People’s Resistance Committee (Milwaukee)

SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS

  • AFSCME Local 3800 (Clerical workers union, University of Minnesota)
  • Boyl Heights Neighborhood Council (Boyl Heights, CA)
  • Building Revolutionaries In Conscious Knowledge (Durham, NC)
  • Centro CSO (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Communities United Against Police Brutality (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Denver Chicano Movement Legacy Project (Denver, CO)
  • Dream Defenders (Tallahassee, FL)
  • Dream Defenders (Tampa, FL)
  • Dream Defenders (University of Florida, Gainesville, FL)
  • FSU Progress Coalition (Tallahassee, FL)
  • Hondureños Unidos en Tampa (Tampa, FL)
  • International Action Center-Los Angeles
  • Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (Minneapolis, MN)
  • National Organization for Women (NOW) – Pinellas County, FL
  • Revolutionary Student Union (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • School of the Americas Watch (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Southern California Immigration Coalition (Los Angeles, CA)
  • St. Petersburg for Peace (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • Students for a Democratic Society – National Working Committee
  • Students for a Democratic Society, University of Minnesota
  • Students for a Democratic Society, University of South Florida
  • Students for a Democratic Society, University of Florida
  • Students for a Democratic Society, Uni. of Milwaukee, Oshkosh
  • Students for a Democratic Society, Austin Peay State University
  • Young People’s Resistance Committee (YPRC) – Milwaukee, WI

INDIVIDUALS (* organizations listed for identification purposes only)

  • Sarah Abbott, the Hummingbird Fund for Migrant and Border Justice*, New York, NY
  • Hatem Abudayyeh, Arab American Action Network*, Chicago, IL
  • Carlos Aceves, educator, El Paso, TX
  • Haneen Ali, Students for Justice in Palestine, Tampa, FL
  • Jorge Alva-Huerto, Madison, WI
  • Peter Amato, professor, Drexel University Philadelphia PA
  • David Amdur, Latin America solidarity activist, Southbury CT
  • Erika Andiola, DRM Action Coalition
  • Niger Arevalo, Salvadoran activist
  • Juan Soto Avella, Students Working for Equal Rights member, Lakeland, FL
  • Sonia Aviles, Salvadoran activist
  • Cam S. Aviles, member of BRICKs (Building Revolutionaries In Conscious Knowledge), Durham, NC
  • Manuel Barrera, PhD, Associate Professor of Urban Education, Metropolitan State University,* St. Paul, MN
  • Elisa Benitez-Hernandez, UNCC student
  • Maria Asuncion Bilbao, DREAMers’ MOM group member, Miami, FL
  • Ashley Blazina, writer/activist, Chicago, IL
  • Michael Blosser, member of University of South Florida Graduate Assistants Union, Tampa Free Skool, and Tampa Bay Fair Food
  • Whytney Blythe, activist, Allen, TX
  • Sara Bojd, activist
  • Sabrina Bracero, activist
  • Charles Steven Broadbent, VP Revolutionary Students Union UVU, Orem, UT
  • Eric Brown, activist
  • Gregory Butterfield, National Organization of Legal Service Workers Local 2320*, New York City
  • Samuel Carlin Jr, member of Teamsters Local 2012, Los  Angeles, CA
  • Chrisley Carpio, member of UF Dream Defenders, Gainesville, FL
  • Ben Carroll, member of NC Student Power Union, Durham, NC
  • Chris Chiappari, Associate Professor of Sociology & Anthropology, St. Olaf College, Minnesota
  • Idalia Robles De Leon, Danzante, University of Minnesota student, social justice advocate
  • Nick Espinosa, Occupy Homes MN*
  • Alexandra Estevez, Tampa, FL
  • Estefania Galvis, activist, Jacksonville
  • Preston Gilmore, Clarksville Students for a Democratic Society, Clarksville, TN
  • Isela Gomez, member of ADELANTE*, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
  • Catherine Gonzalez, member of Tallahassee Dream Defenders, Tallahassee, FL
  • Michelle Gross, President, Communities United Against Police Brutality, Minneapolis, MN
  • Christopher Hamil, member of Students for a Democratic Society, Orlando, FL
  • Jared Hamil, UPS Teamster, Los Angeles
  • Matt Hastings, activist
  • Jarrica Hoey, UPS Teamster, Tampa, FL
  • John Holst, Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
  • Cherrene Horazuk, President, AFSCME Local 3800*, Minneapolis, MN
  • Cindy Ibarra, activist, Tampa, FL
  • Dalia Jaramillo, SEIU Local 1000*, Los Angeles, CA
  • Maritza Jaramillo, member of Tampa Dream Defenders, Brandon, FL
  • Veronica Juarez, activist, Tampa, FL
  • Jessica Klonsky Brooklyn, NY
  • Mike Kramer, Assistant Organizing Director, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota*
  • Gage Lacharite, UPS Teamster, Tampa, FL
  • Jose Landaverde, Pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe Anglican Mission*, Chicago, IL
  • Rachel E. B. Lang, Immigration Attorney, St. Paul, MN
  • Tristan Lear, participant of Occupy Tampa, Tampa, FL
  • Lurvin Lizardo, member of Hondureños Unidos en Tampa, Tampa, FL
  • Gregory Lucero, activist
  • Shannon McEnteer, activist
  • Kait McIntyre, member of Students for a Democratic Society, Chicago, IL
  • Esmeralda Márquez, Chicana activist, Grandview, WA
  • Liliana Márquez, Chicana activist, Grandview, WA
  • Marisol Márquez, member of Centro CSO, East L.A.
  • Cory Martin, grad student, SUNY Binghamton.
  • Miguel Martinez, member Members Empowering True Awareness, Tampa FL
  • Michela Martinazzi, activist, NYC
  • Gladys McKenzie, retired union representative, AFSCME Council 5, Minnesota
  • Noe Moises, activist, El Centro Student Union, Dallas, TX
  • Carlos Montes, Chicano activist, Los Angeles, CA
  • Diana Moreno, activist
  • B.J. Murphy, activist, Dobson, NC
  • Yasmin Nair, Chicago
  • Mark Naison, Professor of African American Studies and History, Fordham University
  • Bruce Nestor, past-President, National Lawyers Guild*
  • Cecelia O’Brien, activist
  • Rosa Veronica Ortiz, Life Christian University, Kissimmee, FL
  • Valentina Ortiz, member of United We Dream: Tampa Bay, Tampa, FL
  • Gilel Paz, United We Dream:Tampa Bay, Brandon, FL
  • Anh Pham, member of Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAc)
  • Stephen Philion, Associate Professor of Sociology, St. Cloud State University
  • Jenna Pope, activist & photojournalist, New York, NY
  • Peter Rachleff, Professor of History, Macalester College*, Saint Paul, MN
  • Delaney Rohan, Sunshine State Law Group
  • Michael Sampson, member of Tallahassee Dream Defenders, Tallahassee, FL
  • Jessica Sanchez, member of Young American Dreamers, Lakeland, FL
  • Alejandra Saucedo, DREAMers’ MOM group member, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Brad Sigal, Trustee of AFSCME Local 3800* & member of MIRAc
  • Isaac Silver, Immigrant Youth Justice League*, Chicago, IL
  • Emily Smith, Parent Educator/Home Visitor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • José Roberto Soto, Secretary of the North Central Florida Central Labor Council*
  • Koba Sounds, Filipino-American hip-hop artist
  • John Spritzler, editor, NewDemocracyWorld.org
  • Dante Strobino, Field Organizer, UE 150 – North Carolina Public Service Workers Union*, Durham, NC
  • Daniel Sullivan, National Lawyers Guild*, Dallas, Texas
  • Masao Suzuki, Professor of Economics, Skyline College*, San Bruno, CA
  • Jeremiah Tattersall, president ofFight Back Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Saul Thomas, Chicago
  • David Thurston, Board member of Washington Peace Center, Washington D.C.
  • Stephanie Todd, Chicana activist, Seattle, WA
  • Elizabeth Toms, Tampa, FL
  • Ngoc Loan Tran, founding member of United 4 the DREAM, Charlotte, NC
  • Martin Unzueta, Executive Director, Chicago Community and Workers Rights*, Chicago, IL
  • Seng Vang, USMC, Tampa FL
  • Teng Vang, Activist, Tampa FL
  • Cesar Vargas, DRM Action Coalition
  • Joshua West, president of Revolutionary Students Union at Utah Valley University
  • Anne Winkler-Morey, Community Faculty, History and Ethnic Studies, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN
  • Tyler Wright, member of Student Labor Action Project at University of Central Florida
  • Michael D. Yates, Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown; Adjunct Professor of Labor Studies, University of Massachusetts-Amherst; Associate Editor of Monthly Review magazine
  • Alekos Zambrano, member of Tampa Dream Defenders, Tampa, FL
  • Rabbi Dr Katherine Hans Von Rotes Schild Zitler, San Francisco Interfaith Coalition, CLUE, Asian South East Asian Societies, Temple Hashem
  • Chance Zombor, member of Decolonize Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
  • Jiping Zuo, Ph.D, Professor of Sociology and East Asian Studies, Co-Chair of Department of Sociology & Anthropology, St. Cloud State University, Minnesota
  • Jessica Alandia
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