Press Release: Thousands in NYC Rally and Sit In NYC In Response To DACA Repeal

Press Release: Thousands in NYC Rally and Sit In NYC In Response To DACA Repeal

Press Release

September 9th

Media Contact: Lucia Allain, 646 488 5919, cosechamedia@gmail.com

Thousands in NYC Rally and Sit In NYC In Response To DACA Repeal

The rally follows a civil disobedience action at Trump Tower on Tuesday in which 9 DACA recipients and 25 allies were arrested, as Sessions announced the Trump Administration’s repeal of DACA

Thousands of New Yorkers are gathering at Trump International Hotel near Columbus Circle in New York City in response to the repeal of DACA. They are demanding permanent protection, dignity, and respect for DACA recipients and the entire immigrant community. At 3:00 PM EST, the crowd of thousands began an 11-minute sit-in for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

“We are angry for all the young undocumented immigrants that haven’t turned 16 yet and are waiting to apply for DACA. We are angry, for all the DACA parents that could lose the job that supported their family. We are angry, for all the plans that DACA recipients had that now seem impossible. But we are also strong; and no politician- not Trump, not Paxton- can take that away from us. Our strength and resilience have never depended on a work permit,” said Thais Marques, a spokesperson for Movimiento Cosecha.

The repeal of DACA, together with the likely repeal of TPS, means that over a million immigrant workers stand to lose their jobs. It means massive layoffs across the country, at an unprecedented scale. Over the course of the next two years, an average of 1,400 DACA workers will lose their jobs every single day. DACA and TPS recipients with families that depend on them to get by will no longer be able to support their parents and children. “Today’s announcement means we must brace ourselves for what is soon to become an economic crisis in our community.” said Marques. Starting tomorrow, there will be many who will walk into work, knowing they may soon lose their jobs. In the coming weeks and months, we will need to be there for eachother. We will need to help protect one another in the workplace. We will need to fight to stop DACAmented workers from getting fired, and raise money to support our families. We cannot be silent through this crisis, nor will any of us be able to get through it alone.

“Every single day, more DACA recipients will be losing their work permits and protection from deportation. We cannot wait for congress to act. For the last 20 years, politicians in Washington DC have made promise after promise to pass legislation that would grant permanent protection to our community. For the last 20 years we have watched with baited breath as negotiations fail and bills die. For the last 20 years we have seen both Republicans and Democrats failing to make good on their promises to the immigrant community. The only way we will be able to win permanent protection is if we come out in mass numbers.” said Maria Fernanda Cabello, a DACA recipient who was arrested at today’s action. “We are doing this to tell DACA holders everyone that now is the time. There are so many of us. We need to come together, to be visible, to be heard. Our community is in crisis and we need you.”  

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Cosecha is a new national movement fighting for permanent protection, dignity and respect for all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States through mass economic noncooperation.

 

Media Advisory: Thousands Expected To Join NYC Rally In Response To DACA Repeal

Media Advisory: Thousands Expected To Join NYC Rally In Response To DACA Repeal

Media Advisory

September 8th

Media Contact: Lucia Allain, 646 488 5919, cosechamedia@gmail.com            

Thousands Expected To Join NYC Rally In Response To DACA Repeal

The rally follows a civil disobedience action at Trump Tower on Tuesday in which 9 DACA recipients and 25 allies were arrested, as Sessions announced the Trump Administration’s repeal of DACA

“We are angry for all the young undocumented immigrants that haven’t turned 16 yet and are waiting to apply for DACA. We are angry, for all the DACA parents that could lose the job that supported their family. We are angry, for all the plans that DACA recipients had that now seem impossible. But we are also strong; and no politician- not Trump, not Paxton- can take that away from us. Our strength and resilience have never depended on a work permit,” said Thais Marques, a spokesperson for Movimiento Cosecha.

Who: Movimiento Cosecha, DACA recipients, immigrant workers and allies

What: Rally and March

When: Saturday September 9th at 2pm

Where: Begins at Columbus Circle, NY

The repeal of DACA, together with the likely repeal of TPS, means that over a million immigrant workers stand to lose their jobs. It means massive layoffs across the country, at an unprecedented scale. Over the course of the next two years, an average of 1,400 DACA workers will lose their jobs every single day. DACA and TPS recipients with families that depend on them to get by will no longer be able to support their parents and children. “Today’s announcement means we must brace ourselves for what is soon to become an economic crisis in our community.” said Marques. Starting tomorrow, there will be many who will walk into work, knowing they may soon lose their jobs. In the coming weeks and months, we will need to be there for eachother. We will need to help protect one another in the workplace. We will need to fight to stop DACAmented workers from getting fired, and raise money to support our families. We cannot be silent through this crisis, nor will any of us be able to get through it alone.

“Every single day, more DACA recipients will be losing their work permits and protection from deportation. We cannot wait for congress to act. For the last 20 years, politicians in Washington DC have made promise after promise to pass legislation that would grant permanent protection to our community. For the last 20 years we have watched with baited breath as negotiations fail and bills die. For the last 20 years we have seen both Republicans and Democrats failing to make good on their promises to the immigrant community. The only way we will be able to win permanent protection is if we come out in mass numbers.” said Maria Fernanda Cabello, a DACA recipient who was arrested at today’s action. “We are doing this to tell DACA holders everyone that now is the time. There are so many of us. We need to come together, to be visible, to be heard. Our community is in crisis and we need you.”   

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Cosecha is a new national movement fighting for permanent protection, dignity and respect for all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States through mass economic noncooperation.

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Press Update: 34 Arrested In Total As Trump Administration Repeals DACA

Press Update: 34 Arrested In Total As Trump Administration Repeals DACA

22 Allies Arrested This Afternoon To Call For Immediate Release Of All 9 Undocumented Youth Arrested This Morning; 34 Arrested In Total As Trump Administration Repeals DACA

To help defend undocumented youth from ICE retaliation, allies are prepared to participate in a second wave of escalated action if DACA recipients are not released by the afternoon. They will be refusing to leave jail until all nine DACA recipients are released.

In response to President Trump’s decision to repeal DACA, nine undocumented youth were arrested at Trump Tower in a civil disobedience on Tuesday morning at 11:30. For the DACA recipients participating in this action, the threat of facing ICE retaliation is real- just as it was seven years ago when the first undocumented youth began risking arrest and coming out as ‘Undocumented and Unafraid’. Hundreds of immigrant workers, DACA recipients and allies rally in support.

“We are angry for all the young undocumented immigrants that haven’t turned 16 yet and are waiting to apply for DACA. We are angry, for all the DACA parents that could lose the job that supported their family. We are angry, for all the plans that DACA recipients had that now seem impossible. But we are also strong; and no politician- not Trump, not Paxton- can take that away from us. Our strength and resilience have never depended on a work permit,” said Thais Marques, a spokesperson for Movimiento Cosecha.

The repeal of DACA, together with the likely repeal of TPS, means that over a million immigrant workers stand to lose their jobs. It means massive layoffs across the country, at an unprecedented scale. Over the course of the next two years, an average of 1,400 DACA workers will lose their jobs every single day. DACA and TPS recipients with families that depend on them to get by will no longer be able to support their parents and children. “Today’s announcement means we must brace ourselves for what is soon to become an economic crisis in our community.” said Marques. Starting tomorrow, there will be many who will walk into work, knowing they may soon lose their jobs. In the coming weeks and months, we will need to be there for eachother. We will need to help protect one another in the workplace. We will need to fight to stop DACAmented workers from getting fired, and raise money to support our families. We cannot be silent through this crisis, nor will any of us be able to get through it alone.

“Every single day, more DACA recipients will be losing their work permits and protection from deportation. We cannot wait for congress to act. For the last 20 years, politicians in Washington DC have made promise after promise to pass legislation that would grant permanent protection to our community. For the last 20 years we have watched with baited breath as negotiations fail and bills die. For the last 20 years we have seen both Republicans and Democrats failing to make good on their promises to the immigrant community. The only way we will be able to win permanent protection is if we come out in mass numbers.” said Maria Fernanda Cabello, a DACA recipient who was arrested at today’s action. “We are doing this to tell DACA holders everyone that now is the time. There are so many of us. We need to come together, to be visible, to be heard. Our community is in crisis and we need you.”  

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Cosecha is a new national movement fighting for permanent protection, dignity and respect for all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States through mass economic noncooperation.

Press Release: 9 DACA Recipients Arrested at Trump Tower Sit-in

Press Release: 9 DACA Recipients Arrested at Trump Tower Sit-in

Nine DACA Recipients Along With Three Allies Arrested In Sit-In At Trump Tower Moments After Sessions Announces Repeal of DACA

To help defend undocumented youth from ICE retaliation, allies are prepared to participate in a second wave of escalated action if DACA recipients are not released by the afternoon. They will be refusing to leave jail until all nine DACA recipients are released.

In response to President Trump’s decision to repeal DACA, nine undocumented youth were arrested at Trump Tower in a civil disobedience on Tuesday morning at 11:30. For the DACA recipients participating in this action, the threat of facing ICE retaliation is real- just as it was seven years ago when the first undocumented youth began risking arrest and coming out as ‘Undocumented and Unafraid’. Hundreds of immigrant workers, DACA recipients and allies rally in support.

“We are angry for all the young undocumented immigrants that haven’t turned 16 yet and are waiting to apply for DACA. We are angry, for all the DACA parents that could lose the job that supported their family. We are angry, for all the plans that DACA recipients had that now seem impossible. But we are also strong; and no politician- not Trump, not Paxton- can take that away from us. Our strength and resilience have never depended on a work permit,” said Thais Marques, a spokesperson for Movimiento Cosecha.

The repeal of DACA, together with the likely repeal of TPS, means that over a million immigrant workers stand to lose their jobs. It means massive layoffs across the country, at an unprecedented scale. Over the course of the next two years, an average of 1,400 DACA workers will lose their jobs every single day. DACA and TPS recipients with families that depend on them to get by will no longer be able to support their parents and children. “Today’s announcement means we must brace ourselves for what is soon to become an economic crisis in our community.” said Marques. Starting tomorrow, there will be many who will walk into work, knowing they may soon lose their jobs. In the coming weeks and months, we will need to be there for eachother. We will need to help protect one another in the workplace. We will need to fight to stop DACAmented workers from getting fired, and raise money to support our families. We cannot be silent through this crisis, nor will any of us be able to get through it alone.

“Every single day, more DACA recipients will be losing their work permits and protection from deportation. We cannot wait for congress to act. For the last 20 years, politicians in Washington DC have made promise after promise to pass legislation that would grant permanent protection to our community. For the last 20 years we have watched with baited breath as negotiations fail and bills die. For the last 20 years we have seen both Republicans and Democrats failing to make good on their promises to the immigrant community. The only way we will be able to win permanent protection is if we come out in mass numbers.” said Maria Fernanda Cabello, a DACA recipient who was arrested at today’s action. “We are doing this to tell DACA holders everyone that now is the time. There are so many of us. We need to come together, to be visible, to be heard. Our community is in crisis and we need you.”  

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Cosecha is a new national movement fighting for permanent protection, dignity and respect for all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States through mass economic noncooperation.

Media Advisory: DACA Recipients Respond to Potential Repeal with Civil Disobedience at Trump Tower

Media Advisory: DACA Recipients Respond to Potential Repeal with Civil Disobedience at Trump Tower

DACA Recipients And Allies Respond To Potential DACA Repeal With Mass Civil Disobedience at Trump Tower

In response to President Trump’s forthcoming announcement on the future of DACA, dozens prepare for a sit in at Trump Tower, joined by thousands of supporters. For the DACA recipients participating in this action, the threat of facing ICE retaliation is real- just as it was seven years ago when the first undocumented youth began risking arrest. Allies participating in the action are refusing to leave the jail until all DACA recipients are released.

Who: Undocumented youth, immigrant workers and allies

What: Mass sit in at Trump Tower, Rally & Student Walkouts

When: Action begins at 11:00am, spokespeople will be available for interviews starting at 10am at 59th street and 5th avenue

Where: Crowd will gather at 59th and 5th avenue, New York, NY

“We are angry for all the young undocumented immigrants that haven’t turned 16 yet and are waiting to apply for DACA. We are angry, for all the DACA parents that could lose the job that supported their family. We are angry, for all the plans that DACA recipients had that now seem impossible. But we are also strong; and no politician- not Trump, not Paxton- can take that away from us. Our strength and resilience have never depended on a work permit,” said Thais Marques, a spokesperson for Movimiento Cosecha.

The potential repeal of DACA and TPS means that over a million immigrant workers stand to lose their jobs. It means massive layoffs across the country, at an unprecedented scale. Over the course of the next two years, an average of 1,400 DACA workers will lose their jobs every single day. DACA and TPS recipients with families that depend on them to get by will no longer be able to support their parents and children. “Today’s announcement means we must brace ourselves for what is soon to become an economic crisis in our community,” said Marques.

**Pre-action interviews available upon request**   

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Cosecha is a new national movement fighting for permanent protection, dignity and respect for all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States through mass economic noncooperation.

Press Release: Undocumented​ ​Youth​ ​and​ ​Community​ ​March​ ​Over​ ​70​ ​Miles​ ​Charlottesville​ ​to​ ​Richmond​ ​Calling​ ​For Permanent​ ​Protection​ ​Dignity​ ​and​ ​Respect

Press Release: Undocumented​ ​Youth​ ​and​ ​Community​ ​March​ ​Over​ ​70​ ​Miles​ ​Charlottesville​ ​to​ ​Richmond​ ​Calling​ ​For Permanent​ ​Protection​ ​Dignity​ ​and​ ​Respect

Press Release: Undocumented Youth and Community March Over 70 Miles Charlottesville to Richmond Calling for Permanent Protection, Dignity, and Respect

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Lizzette Arias, 5712450016, lizzettea@gmail.com

Secondary Contact, Vera Parra, 917-519-7656, veraeparra@gmail.com

Following rumors that the Trump Administration plans to repeal DACA (Deferred Action For Early Childhood Arrivals) as early as this week, undocumented youth and community members launched a 4 day march calling for permanent protection for all 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Richmond, August 8th, 2017- Today, Dreamers of Virginia and the immigrant community concluded a 4 day walk from Charlottesville to Richmond, entitled #RiseUpVA. The walk comes as a response to increased threats against the immigrant community, including the repeal of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and TPS (Temporary Protective Status) by the Trump administration. Ten state attorneys general have requested that the administration phase out DACA in a letter that set a deadline of September 5 for the administration to announce its path forward.

A repeal of DACA would put over 22,000 undocumented students and working professionals in Virginia under the threat of deportation. Additionally, close to 1,300 current students of Virginia colleges would likely be unable to continue studies due to the ripple effects of a DACA repeal.

“We cannot continue to sit, wait and watch politicians use our future as a bargaining chip. We won’t wait to be granted the dignity, respect and permanent protection that we deserve, while having our families hide in the shadows. We need our brothers and sisters, undocumented and not, to step up and demand that we all be recognized and protected,” said Jacky Cortez, co-founder of DOV, lead organizer, and current UVA student.

“For too long the immigrant community has not been seen or treated as first and foremost humans,” said Lizzette Arias, a co-founder of Dreamers of Virginia. “This is why we organized the #RiseUpVA walk.” #RiseUpVA aims to send a message of urgency for all immigrants to join the fight for protection from deportation, given the the escalating attacks against immigrants and communities of color. Walkers began their 4 day march in Charlottesville, where clergy and counter-protesters stood up to white supremacists.

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Photos, video, and interviews available upon request

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Press Release: 15 Undocumented Youth and Allies Participate in Civil Disobedience in Texas

Press Release: 15 Undocumented Youth and Allies Participate in Civil Disobedience in Texas

This action comes in response to the recent threats facing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. This is the first time undocumented youth participate in a civil disobedience action since Trump took office in January.

Austin, TX- Immigrant youth from across the country converged in Texas on Wednesday to participate in a civil disobedience action and pledge their renewed commitment to winning permanent protection, dignity and respect for all eleven million undocumented immigrants. Four DACA recipients, and eleven allies were arrested, blocking traffic in front of the State Capitol.

For the DACAmented young people participating in this action, the threat of facing ICE retaliation is real- just as it was seven years ago when the first undocumented youth began risking arrest.  Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez have said that the police department does not transfer immigrants over to ICE and we expect them to honor that commitment. Allies participating in the action are refusing to leave the jail until all four DACA recipients are released.

Texas has become the battleground state in the struggle for immigrant rights in the Trump era. It leads the country in mass deportations and recently passed SB4, the most anti-immigrant statewide law. It was Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton who spearheaded the call for the repeal of DACA. The immigrant community in Texas and across the country are confronting these attacks head on.

“With DACA under threat, we know that some will put their hope in DC politicians. But we also know that we won DACA not because of any politician, but because our community took fearless action. We marched, we walked-out, we stopped deportations and shut down detention centers. We took risks and put our bodies on the line to tell the people of this country that we were ‘Undocumented, Unafraid, and Unapologetic,’” said Maria Fernanda Cabello, a DACA recipient and spokesperson for Cosecha. “For the last 20 years, Republicans and Democrats have failed to deliver on promise after promise to the immigrant community.  We will not put our trust in them. We are putting our faith in our people. Taking brave action has been the only thing that has never failed us.”

“I want my community to know that politicians do not get to decide who is deserving of dignity and who is not,” said Catalina Santiago, a DACA recipient arrested in today’s action. “DACA is under attack while my parents, who are farmworkers, were never even given the temporary protection DACA provides.  I am getting arrested today to tell my parents, my community, and the rest of the 11 million that no matter what politicians say, you are worthy and we will not settle for the crumbs they offer us in exchange for being the economic and labor force that sustains this country day in and day out.”

Media Contact: Lucia Allain, cosechamedia@gmail.com

Media Advisory: First Undocumented Led Action Under Trump  

Media Advisory: First Undocumented Led Action Under Trump  

Immigrant Youth From Across The Country Come To Texas For First Undocumented Led Escalated Action Under The Trump Administration  

This action comes in response to the recent threats facing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and the introduction to the DREAM Act bill in Congress

Austin, TX- Immigrant youth from across the country are gathering in Texas to take escalated action and pledge their renewed commitment to winning permanent protection, dignity and respect for all 11 million undocumented immigrants.

What: The first and largest undocumented led direct action since Trump’s inauguration.

When: Wednesday, July 26th

Texas has become the battleground state in the struggle for immigrant rights in the Trump era. It leads the country on mass deportations and recently passed the most anti-immigrant statewide law. It was Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton who spearheaded the call for the repeal of DACA. Undocumented youth in Texas and across the country are confronting attacks on the immigrant community head on. For the DACAmented young people participating in this action, the threat of facing ICE retaliation is real- just as it was seven years ago when the first undocumented youth began risking arrest.  Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez have said that the police department does not transfer immigrants over to ICE and we expect them to honor that commitment.

“With DACA under threat, we know that some will put their hope in DC politicians. But we also know that we won DACA not because of any politician, but because our community took fearless action. We marched, we walked-out, we stopped deportations and shut down detention centers. We took risks and put our bodies on the line to tell the people of this country that we were ‘Undocumented, Unafraid, and Unapologetic,’” said Maria Fernanda Cabello, a spokesperson for Movimiento Cosecha. “This moment calls for us to be brave again; to create a moral crisis that will change the narrative on immigration in this country.”

Immigrant youth have always known DACA was temporary, which is why we need permanent protection, dignity and respect for all. This moment is bigger than any piece of legislation. DACA is under attack while our parents, who were never even given the temporary protection DACA provides, are denied dignity and respect in a country that has never recognized them. It is time for the immigrant community to show this country that it depends on us. We will not stop fighting until we have won permanent protection, dignity and respect for our parents, our communities, and all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Press Release: Cosecha Responds To Introduction of the DREAM Act

Cosecha Responds To Introduction of the DREAM Act Bill with a Renewed Commitment to Fight for Permanent Protection, Dignity and Respect for all 11 Million Undocumented Immigrants

Nationwide - Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) introduced a new Dream Act bill on Thursday, which if passed would grant a path to citizenship to immigrant youth who came to this country as children.

Below is the statement from Maria Fernanda Cabello, a DACA recipient and spokesperson for Movimiento Cosecha:

“For the last 20 years, politicians in Washington DC have made promise after promise to pass legislation that would grant permanent protection to our community. For the last 20 years we have watched with baited breath as negotiations fail and bills die. For the last 20 years we have seen both Republicans and Democrats failing to make good on their promises to our people, while administration after administration increases deportations and family separation.

In this current political climate, we find it hard to believe that a Dream Act bill would have any hope of passing, unless tied to dangerous enforcement measures that would hurt our parents, our families, and our communities.

With DACA under threat, we know that hundreds of thousands of young people and parents will put their hope in this bill. But we also know that we won DACA not because of any politician, but because our community took action. We marched, we walked-out, we stopped deportations and shut down detention centers. We took risks and put our bodies on the line to tell the people of this country that we were “Undocumented, Unafraid, and Unapologetic.” Today, as the Dream Act bill is reintroduced in DC, we choose to once again put faith in our community.

This moment is bigger than any piece of legislation. DACA is under attack while our parents, who were never even given the temporary protection DACA provides, are denied dignity and respect in a country that has never recognized them. We are done letting politicians decide who deserves permanent protection and who does not. We are done negotiating away our families, and promoting a narrative that excludes our parents.  We are called once again to take bold action that will change the conversation on immigration in the United States. It is time for the immigrant community to show this country that it depends on us. We will not stop fighting until we have won permanent protection, dignity and respect for our parents, our communities, and all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.”