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Immigrants, refugees, people without papers – when they are other-than-caucasian, that’s when there’s an issue, to paraphrase our of our wonderful speakers, Leila Cassandra Bocanegra. Black and brown families especially, Asian and Muslim families – families suffer, as her family has, when ICE and Border Patrol agents are stopping and harassing based on racial profiling. The suffering can be even worse with incarceration and/or deportation, tearing families apart and terrorizing whole communities
We had an intense evening of inspiration and shared grief, information and action planning, as our panel shared their knowledge and experience of all kinds re “Understanding ICE and Border Patrol – Protecting Immigrants.”
John Llory Ghertner MD (Migrant Support Services Wayne County, and Greater Rochester Coalition for Immigration Justice), recognized specialist and devoted activist.
Leila Cassandra Bocanegra, Bachelors from SUNY-Geneseo, winner of numerous awards and recognition of her stellar community service and activism in Rochester, NY
Peter Mares (Rural and Migrant Ministry), advocate, immigrant, community outreach worker and US citizen.
John Curr III (New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) Western Regional Office Chapter Director), expert on civil rights and accountability, and dedicated to justice.
Besides videotaping harassment and standing up for human rights – both at gathering re same and even more importantly when someone’s rights are being violated – people are urged to
Call your NY State Legislators! Numbers are at the bottom of this post (also under Governmental Contact Info under the Issues/Taskforces tab of this website). Ask them to support immigrants, refugees, people without papers, and migrant farmworkers by voting for
the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act – Senate Bill 2721/Assembly Bill 4189. It gives