Please attend the important UFT Immigration Forum Monday!

May 13, 2017 — Leave a comment

Throughout the school year, MORE has been doing important work on the UFT Executive Board, in the Delegate Assembly, and in the schools, advocating for our union to defend immigrant students in the era of Trump.

One concrete result was the UFT passing a resolution affirming support for immigrant students, committing the union to “mobilize its members in support of our immigrant and Muslim students, members and families in conjunction with our public school proud campaign.”

A day of action in February pressured the PEP, Chancellor Fariña, and Mayor DiBlasio to be clear that immigration authorities would be blocked from entering schools without a warrant, and also pushed on the demand for immigrant liaison in every school with immigrant students. The UFT has been advocating, as a result of MORE’s pressure, that the DOE create this position, which would be a staff member trained to welcome immigrant families in schools, support those families, and help them advocate for their rights.

Another result was the organizing of a UFT immigration forum this Monday, moderated by Juan Gonzalez and featuring a number of prominent speakers, including representatives of the Mayor’s office and our national AFT president, Randi Weingarten.

Please consider attending this forum! It is an important opportunity to continue building pressure for the city to create the immigrant liaison position and also to heed calls to maintain free legal defense of all immigrants facing deportation proceedings.

Moderated by Juan Gonzalez – Award-winning investigative reporter & former NY Daily News columnist
When:  Monday, May 15, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Where: UFT Headquarters, 52 Broadway – 2nd Floor /Shanker Hall Rm B
Panelists:
Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
Steve Choi, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition
Carlos Menchaca, Chair of the New York City Council Committee on Immigration
Jose Luis Perez, Associate Legal Counsel for Latino Justice
Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers

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