Support a Private Bill for Ravi

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Ravi and Representative Nydia Velázquez on their way to the State of the Union in January 2018.

As you know, Ravi has received a temporary stay of his deportation for the next few weeks. However, we continue to fight for a permanent resolution that will allow Ravi to remain in the U.S. with his family and community.

On February 6th, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez introduced H.R. 4937, a private bill in support of Ravi. If this bill is approved by Congress, it will restore Ravi to his permanent resident status. We recognize the difficulties of getting a bill through Congress but we believe that the power of community can make it possible!

Among the documents we must submit in support of the bill, we can list any “interested parties” who support Ravi & the passage of the bill. This is an opportunity to show Congress the widespread community support for Ravi – to tell them that they should pass the bill and stand up to ICE.

Would you like to be listed as an “interested party”?* 

Fill out this form with your contact information and an explanation of why you support Ravi. Please fill out the form before Monday, February 19th at 8:00pm.

Once the bill is officially being reviewed by the Judiciary Committee, we will send information about contacting your electeds to support the bill!

If you have any questions, please contact Brittany at bcc366@nyu.edu.

Thank you,

Ravi’s Defense Committee
*As an “interested party”, your name, address, and phone number will be included in the supporting documents provided to the House Judiciary Committee.

Press Release: NYC Council Passes Resolution for Ravi Ragbir

THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
OFFICE OF COUNCIL MEMBER
JUMAANE D. WILLIAMS

Contact: Kevin Fagan
kfagan@council.nyc.gov, 917-608-8784

February 15, 2018                                                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEcc-ravi

NEW YORK, NY: On February 15 at City Hall, the City Council approved a resolution introduced by Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn) and Ydanis Rodriguez, (D-Manhattan) in support of Ravi Ragbir, an immigrant rights activist who was recently detained by ICE and still faces imminent deportation.

Resolution 0182, which can be read in its entirety online, calls on Congress to pass HR 4937, a private bill from Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez that would grant Ragbir legal permanent status, and in the case of his deportation, a legal right to return to the United States. Continue reading

“We are on fire for justice.” Attorney Steve Sacco’s speech at the Feb. 10 #IStandWithRavi Rally in NYC

My name is Steven Sacco, I am an immigration lawyer, I defend people against deportation and against ICE.  When I’m working I must be polite to ICE because they have my client’s life in their hands.  But I am not at work today.  That means I am not here to be polite, I am here to be honest. Continue reading

“We must never make peace with injustice” Attorney Jessica Rofé at Feb 12 Event at NY Live Arts

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Jessica Rofé, one of Ravi’s attorneys at the Immigrant Defense Fellow at the NYU School of Law’s Immigrant Rights Clinic

Good evening. I’d like to begin by saying that “[W]e are living through a very dangerous time. Everyone in this room is in one way or another aware of that. We are in a revolutionary situation, no matter how unpopular that word has become in this country. The society in which we live is desperately menaced, not by [Putin], but from within. So any citizen of this country who figured himself as responsible—particularly those of you who deal with the minds and heart of young people—must be prepared to ‘go for broke.’ Or to put it another way, you must understand that in the attempt to correct so many generations of bad faith and cruelty…you will meet the most fantastic, the most brutal, and the most determined resistance. There is no point in pretending that this won’t happen.” Continue reading