Which Side Are You On? 15th Annual National Conference


The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is excited to announce that their  conference will be happening October 14-17 in Arlington, VA!

The conference is an opportunity for US Campaign member groups, supporters, and Palestinian rights activists to gather to network around how we can all strengthen our work for freedom, justice, and equality. This year’s conference will include plenaries featuring Enlace’s Jamie Trinkle, workshops, a lobby day, and a performance by musician and composer Simon Shaheen!

The conference will take place at the Westin Arlington Gateway (801 North Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22203). It will start around 6pm on Friday, October 14 and end around 6:30pm on Sunday, October 16. There will be a lobby day on Monday, October 17. 

Register Today for the Conference!

Forum on the State of Black Immigrants


The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), is proud to invite you to our community forum on the State of Black Immigrants taking place Thursday, Oct 13th 6 – 8pm at  Fordham University. The event will highlight our recently published report with NYU Law School’s Immigrant Rights Clinic that is a first of its kind overview of this vulnerable population. We’ve attached the report for your review before the event. It can also be downloaded here.

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SOA Watch Convergence at the Border

encuentroenlafrontera1Enlace is endorsing the SOA Watch Convergence at the Border and we encourage you to join the October 7-10 vigils, protests and workshops at the Eloy Detention Center, in Tucson, and in Nogales, Arizona/ Sonora at the border wall. Visit the convergence webpage for more information: http://SOAW.org/border

It is important that we have a strong showing of activists from throughout the U.S. and Mexico in the lead-up to the November elections. We are going to take a stand for justice and demand fundamental change in US policies that goes beyond elections. Come out and amplify the demands of the convergence:

  • An end to the destructive U.S. military, economic, and political interventions in the Americas.
  • De-militarization of the borders. We need to build bridges with our neighbors, not walls.
  • The dismantling of the racist and sexist systems that steal from, criminalize, and kill migrants, refugees, natives, gender non-conforming people, communities of color, and others throughout the hemisphere.
  • Respect, dignity, justice and self-determination for all communities, especially the poor and most vulnerable
  • No more profits over people! Private military, prison, oil, mining, and other corporations should not determine our future or that of the earth, the people should.

For the full schedule of October 7-10 events, visit http://www.soaw.org/border/weekend-program/#schedule

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Homeland Security Must Stop Using Private Prisons for Immigration Detention. Here’s How to Do It.

This August, the Justice Department made history when it announced that the Bureau of Prisons would curtail — and eventually end — its use of private prisons. As the Justice Department noted, this change was made possible by criminal justice reforms that reduced its prison population. Now the ACLU is releasing a policy paper that calls on the Department of Homeland Security to follow suit by reducing its detention population and then ending its own use of private prisons.

The paper, “Shutting Down the Profiteers: Why and How the Department of Homeland Security Should Stop Using Private Prisons,” provides a concrete plan for how ICE can and should phase out its reliance on private prisons. The number of immigrants in detention has skyrocketed in the past two decades, and without these unnecessary detentions, there would be no need for private prison beds. The paper describes the human toll of over-detention and privatization and lays out ICE’s dangerously close relationship with the private prison industry.

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That Ain’t Right


By Alexa Solan, Enlace Intern

The sun was shining Saturday morning as the Close Rikers march kicked off. Enlace joined JustLeadership USA, Legal Aid Society, NYCLU, VOCAL-NY and other organizations to demand divestment from prisons and reinvestment in communities. The September 24th march began in Astoria and made its way to the foot of the bridge to Rikers Jail Complex in northern Queens. There were around 250 people in attendance. As the crowd made its way down the streets, families peered out their windows, couples on the sidewalk paused, neighbors came out and shook their fists in the air in support of the cause. One man stopped to ask us what what was going on, after my colleague explained, he asked “What’s Rikers?” The word was spreading. The march was a call to New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio to “close Rikers, to shut it down!”. A protesting brass band blared their horns and carried a banner draped with pink balloons calling to “pop the prison.”

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New Report Shows that Despite Advances, Black Immigrants Still Suffer Racial Disparities

New York, NY (September 29, 2016) — Today the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), along with New York University Law School’s Immigrant Rights Clinic released a trailblazing two-part report on the experience of Black immigrants in the U.S. The State of Black Immigrants. sheds light on the unique issues facing the over 3.7 million immigrants in the U.S. from Africa, the Caribbean, Afro-Latino countries, and elsewhere, due in large part to their race. Download the report here.

“As this report shows, Black immigrants encounter major social and economic challenges in the U.S. because of systemic racism,” says Opal Tometi, BAJI’s Executive Director and a  co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter.

Former Detainees, Racial Justice Organizations Demand DHS End Its Private Prison Contracts With Protest At Homeland Security Offices

coc-pdIndividuals who have survived Homeland Security detention centers will be accompanied by a national coalition of immigrant and racial justice organizations to deliver petitions signed by more than 200,000 individuals during a press conference at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).


WASHINGTON, DC – In the wake of the Department of Justice moving to cancel its private prison contracts, Color Of Change, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) and Mijente will deliver testimonies and 200,000 petitions to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on September 28 to demand that DHS follow suit and end immigrant detention center private contracts as well. These companies lobby for and profit from racist laws and policies that target Black communities, which are disproportionately represented in immigration detention centers they operate.

The petition signatures were collected by a coalition joined by other progressive and legal rights organizations including CREDO Action, Presente, Daily Kos, America’s Voice, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

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