Immigrant Communities in Action formed in January 2005 as the Queens Drivers License Coalition to build the power of diverse immigrant communities in Queens & citywide to drive back the attack on immigrants in New York and around the country. The coalition is made up of over 20 organizations of immigrants affected by this issue and non-immigrants concerned with the rights of immigrants.

Thursday, May 11, 2006


MOTHER’S DAY PLEA: “GET JUSTICE FOR MY SON": Delegation of Parents and Supporters Picket the Manhattan Office of New York Attorney General, Elliot Spitzer & Immigrant Groups Join the Call For Justice

This Mother’s Day, May 14th the mother of Manny Mayi, killed by a racist gang 15 years ago, will renew her request that New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer launch a special investigation into the brutal murder of her son by bat and pipe wielding neighborhood thugs more than a decade ago with a 12-noon vigil outside his 120 Broadway offices.

The racist nature of Mayi’s murder has prompted several pro-immigrant groups to join Mrs. Mayi’s fight. Noting that, in today’s current anti-immigrant climate, racial attacks against particularly Muslims have increased at alarming rates, representatives of Immigrant Communities in Action (ICA), a coalition of over a dozen multi-ethnic immigrant organizations including DRUM and Domestic Workers United, will stand with the Mayi family this Mothers Day. ICA condemns the refusal to hold accountable those who commit hate crimes against immigrants in a city where 46% of households has at least one foreign-born member.


The National Alliance of Latino and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) announces its national campaign to expose the effects of the unfair immigration laws on the family reunification. On May 14, we will celebrate “Mother’s Day” but many mothers of our community have been separated from their children for many years as a result of those punitive laws.

The immigrant community will meet at the Episcopal Church, Misión San Juan Bautista located at 940 E, 156 Street (corner with Dawson Avenue) at 1:30 PM. The event will include a popular mass which will be attended by community members, religious leaders and elected officials. Members of the immigrant community will present their testimonies in the event.


Raising the Grassroots: The Future of the Immigrant & Racial Justice Movements, Monday, May 15, 2006 6:30-9:00pm

A Panel & Open Dialogue among immigrant rights, racial justice, workers rights, housing, LBGT rights, anti-war, and welfare rights organizers to deepen our links in this historical moment of mass immigrant mobilizations across the country.


1.Press Conference: “Deportation Was My Mother’s Day Gift”

As part of the National Week of Action for Immigrant Rights, and as the Senate resumes debate on a “compromise” bill that includes many anti-immigrant provisions, mothers and family members who are separated from their children because of unfair immigration laws will tell their stories. Clergy and community members will explain how laws such as the 1996 Laws and the new “compromise” bill in Congress make it easier to deport loved ones, and will permanently exclude many people – including legal immigrants - from becoming citizens or adjusting their status, even though they promise a path to citizenship. Where: Our Lady of Mercy Church, 2496 Marion Ave, btwn 188th St. & Fordham Rd, Bronx When: Tuesday, May 16, 2006, 11 am Contact: Dara Nussbaum, 646-533-5702


2.Emergency Picket to Protest Militarization of the Border!

Tuesday, May 16 at 5:00pm, Department of Homeland Security, 26 Federal Plaza, NYC

No to Bush's anti-immigrant campaign! Stop racist deportations and border militarization! The word is out. President Bush's response to the cry of millions for immigrant rights will be: more deportations and more U.S. military at the border. It's an outrage. Week after week beginning in March, hundreds of thousands of immigrants and their supporters have taken to the streets to demand full citizenship rights for immigrant workers, an end to deportations and militarization of the borders, and reunification of families. In a historic action, millions around the country walked off the job, walked out of classes and boycotted "business as usual" on May 1.

Bush is now set to call for up to 10,000 National Guard troops to patrol the Mexican border. That can only mean greater repression against immigrant communities around the country, including New York City. Bush's backers claim that this is a concession to conservative politicians in exchange for support for his "guest worker" program. But concessions to the right wing only encourage anti-immigrant and racist forces to mobilize more. And Bush's "guest worker" program doesn't offer full citizenship rights. It gives bosses complete power over immigrant workers.

The ANSWER Coalition will hold a picket on Tuesday at 5pm at the Department of Homeland Security office in New York City to denounce this racist plan to militarize the border. ANSWER is encouraging all supporters to join the range of activities scheduled for this week in support of immigrant rights. A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition-- Act Now to Stop War & End Racism NYC: 212-694-8720


3. Latin American Integration Center, Community Education Forum, Renaissance School, Tues, May 16th, 5pm.


4. Crossing the Borders of the AIDS Movement: National, International and Immigration Policies and the Next Decade of HIV/AIDS

Panel, Film, and Discussion, Tuesday, May 16th 6:30-8:30PM LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street (btwn 7th/8th aves.)


5. New York Labor-Religious Coalition, Dinner. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

6. Transit Workers Union, Lobby Day in DC


1. ROC-NY (Restaurant Opportunities Center) PROTEST. Wednesday at 12:30-1:30 at Shelly's Restaurant, on 57th St between 5th and 6th Ave. This restaurant belongs to the Fireman Hospitality Group, a group that has retaliated against immigrant workers for organizing against their exploitative owner. The restaurant in being sued for misappropriated tips, minimum wage violations, discrimination and sexual harrassment charges.


As the Senate reconvenes for the last stretch of its immigration reform debate, immigrants from dozens of nationalities, their supporters, and elected leaders will march to demand immediate real comprehensive immigration reform. Immigrants locally will join thousands across the country in a National Week of Actions from May 14- May 20 to say "No Deal!" to a three tier legalization bill, guestworker programs, increased enforcement, and border walls. At the heels of the largest demonstration in New York City's history which drew over 1 million people on May 1st, immigrants are raising the stakes for real reform. WHERE: March begins at Roosevelt Ave. & Elbertson St.(Btwn. 86 & 87 Streets) WHEN: 6:30 pm on Wednesday, May 17, 2006 Organized by: Immigrant Communities in Action ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

2. From Below and to the Left: Immigrants Join the Zapatista's "Other Campaign": Premiere Screening/Fundraiser for NYC Immigrant Message to Zapatistas! Wed. May 17th, 7pm, Julia de Burgos Cultural Center, 1680 Lexington Ave Btw E. 105th & E. 106th St. For more information, call Movement for Justice in El Barrio at 212-561-0555


3. Continue to make your voice heard and help pass comprehensive immigration reform by participating in the We Are America Nationwide Lobby Day. Come to Washington, DC to meet with your Senators and Representatives or engage them in your home state through visits, calls, letter deliveries, etc. WHEN: Wednesday, May 17th 2006 WHERE: Washington , DC or your home state WHY: To make your voice heard in the debate around immigration reform A We Are America Rally will be held in Washington , DC late afternoon also on the 17th. More information at:

Thursday, May 18th

UNION Theological Seminary INTERFAITH VIGIL Thursday evening from 7pm-8pm, the Union Theological Seminary is holding a candlelight interfaith vigil infront of the Red Eye Grill, on 56th and 7th Ave. There are 55 workers suing this restaurant and they are being retaliated against! Immigrant workers have been fired for organizing against Shelly Fireman and the company is using the current national immigration debates to incite fear in the workers still inside. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Friday May 19th

Domestic Workers United

Release of Unprecedented Study—“Domestic Workers in NY: Home is Where the Work is: Inside NY’s Domestic Work Industry”

Press Conference, 11am. 16 E 34th St Between 5th and Madison, 6th Floor. Cornell Labor Center

Friday, May 19th 4:30 pm

DRUM YouthPower!

Special Event: YouthPower! Discussion with Iraqi War Veteran on developing an anti-war analysis.

Saturday, May 20th

Please join Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and the Workmen's Circle/ Arbeter Ring for: Jews March for Immigrant Rights 12:30pm-2:30pm Saturday, May 20th** The Workmen's Circle 45 E. 33rd St at Park Ave (6 to 34th St.) For more info, contact: 212-647-8966 x12


March for Justice for Immigrants in Manhattan! New York Immigration Coalition


41st St & 5th Ave; 41st St & Park Ave; 40th St & 5th Ave; 40th St & Park Ave;39th St & 5th Ave; 39th Street and Park Ave


Madison Avenue from 40th Street to 23rd Street

End at Madison Square Park

Contact New York Immigration Coalition for more information:

Avideh Moussavian 212.627.2227 x244, Angela Lee 212.627.2227 x229


including...Asian Contingent, Time: 2pm Saturday May 20, Meeting Point: 40th Street btwn Madison Ave & 5th Ave,

For more information about the Asian Pacific American contingent, please contact: May Y. Chen, UNITE HERE, 212-929-2600, OR S.J. Jung, YKASEC - Empowering the Korean American Community,

BRONX contingent: Join Bronx Delegation in March for Immigrant Rights, Saturday, May 20th Meet at corner of Fordham Road and Grand Concourse, 1 pm For more info, contact Dara Nussbaum, 646-533-5702 at Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition


2. Long Island Immigrant Alliance (LIIA)

What: Rally for Humane Immigration Reform When: Saturday, May 20, 2006 11:AM-2:PM Where: La Espiguita Bakery, 1995 Brentwood Rd., Brentwood, NY 11717 (near Compare grocery)


3. FUREE (Families United for Racial and Economic Empowerment), Annual Convention and Rally at Fulton Mall.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4. 1199 Lobby Day in DC

Wednesday, May 24th

New York City Councilman John Liu, CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, the Urban Justice Center, and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund Host an: Asian Community Forum On Immigration Reform Organizing Tuesday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

For more information, contact:


Friday, May 26th

Critical Mass in the name of Immigrant Justice


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