Year End Greetings from Ravi and Amy

Ravi and Amy in Orient, NY in early October 2020. Credit: Loris Guzzetta

Dear Community,

As this challenging year draws to a close, we write to share a message of hope with you, our family and community.

The last time we wrote to you directly, we included our hope that we’d have a new president-elect. Well, here we are, a few months later, and in fact that hope has been achieved. We will have a new president, and some of the devastating stressors that we have all lived under for the last four years may be alleviated. At the same time, Ravi’s case is far from resolved, but we continue to hold out our hopes that with all of your support, the threat of deportation will be lifted and we’ll be able to live our lives at peace.

We also share a bit of good news: Ravi has a stay of deportation because of our First Amendment lawsuit against ICE retaliation, and his check-in that was scheduled for tomorrow, December 18, has been moved to May 13, 2021. We are grateful for this reprieve, and of course for all of your accompaniment in this very long process.

We know the fight is long over, and the harm to our communities runs deep. ICE has targeted, surveilled and retaliated against so many immigrant rights activists, instances of retaliation which are documented here. But through it all, we know that together we will win this and we will move toward justice and fairness for everyone.

Our very best wishes to each and every one of you.

Love, Amy and Ravi