May 11 in NYC: The People’s Press Conference

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New Sanctuary Coalition NYC will hold the #PeoplesPressConference in Foley Square on Friday May 11 at 10a.m., just outside of ICE regional headquarters at 26 Federal Plaza. Statements and testimonials will be read by people and their families who have survived the violence of deportation.

We will hear the stories of those on the front lines of liberty, immigrants leading the fight for their own liberation, who are in turn fighting for the emancipation of the entire world from the tyranny of borders.

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#NationalJerichoWalk in Pictures and Video

Around the country, people participated in the #NationalJerichoWalk on May 1st and 3rd. Check out more at the links below:

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Photos from Williston, VT Jericho Walk on May 3rd

Media Advisory: New Sanctuary Coalition to Hold First Annual National Jericho Walk Against Immigration Detention and Deportation

marchOn Thursday, May 3, faith communities and immigrant rights advocates in cities across the country, including Boulder, Milwaukee, New York and Savannah, will take part in the first annual National Jericho Walk*, a silent, peaceful, interfaith prayerful walk held in communities to show solidarity with immigrants facing deportation and detention. The walk draws inspiration from the Battle of Jericho, in which the community marched around the city of Jericho seven times, causing its walls to fall.

The National Jericho Walk, organized by New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, is part of an effort to show solidarity with immigrants rights leaders who have been targeted for speaking out against the injustices and inhumanity of our broken immigration system and who call for an immigration law and policy that respect the dignity of all immigrants.

The peaceful walk and prayer vigils held in support of a federal lawsuit brought by renowned immigrant rights leader Ravi Ragbir and several immigrant rights organizations that challenges the government’s effort to silence those voices calling out the injustices of the immigration system. The plaintiffs in Ragbir v. Homan seek, among other things, a court order restraining the government from selectively enforcing immigration laws against individuals based on protected political speech.

WHEN: 11:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, May 3

WHERE: New York Immigration Court, 26 Federal Plaza, New York, New York

WHAT:  National Jericho Walk, a silent, interfaith prayerful vigil and walk around the New York Immigration Court.

*A list of national events can be found at this link: bit.ly/nationaljerichowalk-cities

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This Week, Join a #NationalJerichoWalk in Your City [list in formation]

MacPhee_MarchingLogo1500-1Find a #NationalJerichoWalk near you via the list below (Click on the contact person’s name for their email). If your city or town isn’t listed, there’s still time to organize your own Jericho Walk: use this toolkit, flyer template and please alert us to the event details. We’ll update this list with new information as we receive it.

Tuesday, May 1st:

Thursday, May 3rd:

Join the May 3rd National Day of Action With Jericho Walk Toolkit

Screen Shot 2018-04-13 at 09.23.57 AMCDTThe New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC is planning a National Day of Action on May 3, 2018 to stand in solidarity with all those opposing deportation and detention. Starting at the same time across time zones, groups across the country will organize a peaceful action known as the Jericho Walk.

The Jericho Walk is a silent interfaith prayer and act of solidarity. The walk draws inspiration from the Battle of Jericho, in which the community marched around the city of Jericho seven times, causing the city walls to fall. The Jericho Walk of today is a silent, peaceful, and prayerful walk to bring down the walls of our unjust immigration system and is open to people of all or no faiths. The New Sanctuary Coalition has organized Jericho Walks nearly every Thursday since 2011, typically surrounding the federal immigration buildings in New York City. Now we want to encourage Jericho Walks across the country where other immigrant activists and families have been targeted.

Join us! If you’re interested in organizing a Jericho Walk on May in your community, please let us know and download Jericho Walk Toolkit to start planning.

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Listen: Fighting ICE’s State Repression – Interview with Ravi Ragbir and Amy Gottlieb

via Center for Constitutional Rights:

The Activist Files is a podcast by the Center for Constitutional Rights where we feature the stories of people on the front lines fighting for justice, including activists, lawyers, and artists. We interview movement partners, our clients, and people using storytelling to create change, and look to highlight lesser known aspects of the work. Listen to our latest episode!

On our first episode, we talk with immigrant-rights activist Ravi Ragbir and his partner Amy Gottlieb, about not only their current organizing to stop Ravi’s deportation, but how they stay centered and support each other. Ravi is the Executive Director of the New Sanctuary Coalition, and Amy is an Associate Regional Director for the American Friends Service Committee. Ravi has been fighting his own deportation order since 2006, and was recently detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement following a regularly scheduled check-in…

Federal District Court of New Jersey Grants Ravi Stay of Deportation Pending Decision on Case

District-Court-SealOn Friday, March 23rd, the Honorable Kevin McNulty of the Federal District Court of New Jersey granted Mr. Ragbir a stay of deportation pending the Court’s consideration of his underlying legal case, a “coram nobis petition” that challenges fundamental errors in his criminal conviction and sentence. In his order, Judge McNulty emphasized the importance of ensuring access to courts for immigrants in pending cases: “The power to stay removal pending decision of a coram nobis petition is constitutionally required, to the extent it is necessary to ensure due process and meaningful access to the courts.” Judge McNulty granted the stay, noting in part the “irreparable harm” Mr. Ragbir would suffer if deported before his case was fully considered.  Judge McNulty’s full opinion can be found here.

ICE Violating First Amendment by Targeting Immigrant Rights Advocates for Deportation, Legal Groups Say

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via Georgetown Law School:

In new brief, Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP) and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University explain why deportation in retaliation for protected speech violates the First Amendment

The First Amendment prohibits U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE’s) recent practice of targeting immigrants in retaliation for exercising their right to free speech, including on immigration policy, according to a friend-of-the-court brief filed in federal court today. Continue reading

Press Release: Rutgers Law School files amicus brief on behalf of law scholars and human rights advocates in support of Ravi Ragbir

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The Rutgers Law School International Human Rights Clinic filed an amicus brief on behalf of law scholars and human rights advocates in support of Ravi Ragbir, an immigrants’ rights activist who was recently released from detention after his abrupt and unconstitutional arrest by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”). Mr. Ragbir is scheduled to be deported on March 15, 2018.

In its “friend of the court” amicus brief, the Rutgers Clinic argues that international law places great value on “political speech,” including criticizing United States immigration policy, and requires that Mr. Ragbir be allowed to speak without fear of retaliation. The Rutgers Clinic also argues that it is hypocritical for the U.S. to deport Ragbir for speaking about one of the country’s most important public policy issues, while simultaneously criticizing governments around the world for jailing advocates who speak publicly about the need for legal reform. In addition, the Clinic argues that Mr. Ragbir was targeted because of his prominent activism.

“This is a man who is a community leader and poses no threat to anyone. He advocates for legal reform in the most peaceful and constructive manner, and is well within his rights to do so,” said Professor Penny Venetis, Director of the Clinic. “International law protects immigrants in the United States from being retaliated against because of their political speech.”

The International Human Rights Clinic pursues cases and projects in U.S. domestic courts and international tribunals to address civil rights and human rights violations occurring within and beyond U.S. borders. It has litigated cutting-edge cases, including the landmark Hawa Abdi Jama v. United States INS, 22 F. Supp. 2d 353 (D.N.J. 1998), which held that detained immigrants are protected from abuse by international law.

Ragbir is the Executive Director of The New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC, an interfaith network of congregations, organizations, and individuals, who support people resisting detention and deportation. He is married to a Rutgers Law graduate Amy Gottlieb ’96, who is an associate regional director of American Friends Service Committee.

Eight Rutgers Law students from the Clinic contributed to the brief. The new hearing is scheduled for March 15, 2018.