Immigrant rights group has ‘know your rights’ workshops

Nettie Garza said she wants to go visit her grandmother, whom she hasn’t seen in nine years, in Mexico. She has been saving up money to make the trip, but now, Garza, a green card holder, is scared to leave the country.

Garza, 29, attended Bloomington Immigrant Rights Coalition’s “Know Your Rights” workshop Tuesday evening. She wanted to be informed on what to do if her resident status is questioned in the wake of President Trump’s executive order on immigration and 
international travel.

Tuesday’s workshop was the second in a series of five workshops at the Monroe County Public Library that will teach immigrants their rights if questioned by Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement officers.

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Refugee center leaders discuss refugees and religion

Four panel members from refugee centers across Bloomington and southern Indiana gathered Tuesday evening at the Beth Shalom Congregation to discuss the refugee situation and how it related to the Bloomington community.

Heidi Smith, director of Indy Archdiocese Refugee Services; Cassandra Housley from Beth Shalom Task Force on Refugee Resettlement; Geshe Kunga from the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center; and Kadhim Shaaban, chair of the Arab American Association of Bloomington, were all 
members of the panel.

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DACA @ IU

Indiana University has long recognized the absolute necessity of a diverse and inclusive community to an excellent education. All IU students, regardless of their background or country of origin, are welcome in our community. Each and every one brings perspectives and experiences that, taken together, enrich the educational experience and prepare our students to thrive in the 21st century. Our student body expresses who we are as a community and reflects our foundational commitment to inclusion and diversity.

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Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance (IUYA)

The Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance (IUYA) is a youth-led organization that seeks to empower young immigrants to achieve higher education and engage in the community to demand more just and humane policies that affect undocumented families. We believe we can build power by organizing at the local and statewide levels, all while providing resources to support undocumented students and their families, and creating meaningful alliances with other advocacy organizations. Our network is made up of undocumented and documented youth, allies, and affiliate organizations.

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UndocuHoosier

The Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance (IUYA) is a youth-led organization committed to empowering undocumented youth to achieve high levels of education, influence public policy, and overall improve the quality of life of undocumented communities in the state of Indiana. Our organization was established in 2011 after our founders held a peaceful sit-in at former Governor Mitch Daniels’ office asking to veto HEA 1402 and SEA 590

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Undocumented immigrants pay a higher taxes

Undocumented immigrants in the U.S. pay more than $11 billion a year in state and local taxes, according to a new study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. In 42 states, undocumented immigrants pay in taxes a higher share of their income than do the wealthiest 1 percent in their respective states.

A common misconception is that undocumented immigrants avoid paying taxes. In fact, undocumented individuals pay sales and excise taxes, property taxes and, in some instances, personal income taxes. The study determined that at least 50 percent of undocumented households currently file income tax returns through the use of individual tax identification numbers, and many have taxes automatically deducted from their paychecks.

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Indiana Latino/a/x Leadership Conference

High school and college students from across the state will gather at DePauw University this Saturday, March 4th, for the 18th annual Indiana Latino/a/x Leadership Conference (ILLC). Presented in partnership with Indiana University – Bloomington, ILLC is a traveling, regional conference, typically hosted by IU campuses. This is the first time that DePauw has hosted the event.

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ICE Uses Gary Airport Weekly For Deportations

The Trump administration is laying out its plans for ramping up enforcement of illegal immigration. Memos released Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security say the agency is changing the way it prioritizes people for deportation.

When people who’ve entered the country illegally are detained in the Midwest, some of them fly out of Indiana. Every week families say their goodbyes – not knowing when they’ll see each other again.

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Sabes tus derechos? – Do you know your rights?

¿Sabe usted sus derechos si es parado o detenido por La Migra o ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)? ¿Qué debe tener preparado en caso de que lo detengan?

Asista a uno de los siguientes talleres para informarse sobre lo que debe hacer para protegerse a sí mismo y a la familia si La Migra viene a su casa o su trabajo, o si lo paran en la calle o en un lugar público.
Con esta información usted va a tener un mejor entendimiento de sus derechos y los documentos que debe tener o llevar consigo. Después de la presentación sobre sus derechos usted tendrá acceso a asesoramiento legal para ayudarle a preparar los documentos que pueda necesitar en el peor de los casos. Además de eso, habrá profesionales de la salud mental para ofrecerle apoyo en estos momentos difíciles.

Todos los talleres se realizarán de 6:00 a 9:00 de la tarde en el Auditorio de la Biblioteca Pública (Monroe County Public Library, 303 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington).

• El lunes, 27 de febrero (en español)

• El martes, 7 de marzo (en inglés, con un intérprete si se solicita con anticipación)

• El lunes, 20 de marzo (en inglés, con un intérprete si se solicita con anticipación)

• El lunes, 3 de abril (en inglés, con un intérprete si se solicita con anticipación)

• El lunes, 17 de abril (en inglés, con un intérprete si se solicita con anticipación)

Para solicitar un intérprete, llame al (812) 855-1740.

Para las últimas noticias, vaya al: https://www.facebook.com/Bloomingtonimmigrantrights/
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Do you know your rights if you are questioned or arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)? What do you need to plan in case you are arrested?

Join us for one of the following workshops to learn how to protect yourself and your family if ICE comes to your home, work, or stops you on the street/public place. You will be able to have a better understanding of your rights, what documents you should have or carry with you, and develop a safety plan that includes the care of your family. After the presentation, you will have an opportunity to
meet with legal counsel to prepare the documents you should have for a worst case scenario as well as speak with mental health counselors.

All sessions are from 6-9pm in the Auditorium of the Monroe County Public Library (303 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington)

• Monday, February 27 (Spanish)
• Tuesday, March 7 (English with interpreters provided upon request)
• Monday, March 20 (English with interpreters provided upon request)
• Monday, April 3 (English with interpreters provided upon request)
• Monday, April 17 (English with interpreters provided upon request)

To request an interpreter, call (812) 855-1740

For updates see: https://www.facebook.com/Bloomingtonimmigrantrights/

Indiana Has 13th Highest Number Of Hate Groups In U.S.

There are 26 hate groups in Indiana, according to a new report from The Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that fights bigotry and hate. That’s 13th highest in the country.

As NPR reported, hundreds of hate incidents were reported around the country following the presidential election in November. More than 300 were reported in six days. The SPLC says more than a thousand bias incidents were reported in the first 34 days after the presidential election.

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Spanish mental health support available

When she was growing up listening to Spanish soap operas in the background of her home, Patricia Gonzalez learned Spanish and English at the same time throughout her youth. Her bilingual background now allows her to be a counselor at the Center for Human Growth, a member of the Unidos team and a mental health consultant at La Casa Latino Cultural Center.

The CHG is a training clinic in the School of Education. The center works with master’s and doctoral students to become counselors. The Unidos team, part of the CHG, is made up of doctoral students that speak Spanish and are interested in Latino 
mental health.

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White nationalist posters found at Indiana University

Faculty on the fifth, sixth and seventh floors of Ballantine came to work Monday to find their doors and bulletin boards covered with white nationalist, or “alt-right,” posters for a group known as “Identity Evropa.”

Stephanie Huezo, a Ph.D. student in Latin American history, said she came into work in Latino studies early and at first thought the posters were a joke. Then she said she saw they were pasted down the entire floor.

“Almost every professor’s office had one,” Huezo said.

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Bloomington As Refugee Resettlement Community Unclear

Exodus Refugee Immigration put off plans of opening a Bloomington office shortly after the November election because it was unclear if it would have the federal funding and support necessary moving forward. The agency helped resettle more than 1,073 refugees in Indiana last year.

The majority of Bloomington residents supported bringing refugees to the community – so much so they formed their own committee to help with the process.

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INDIVISIBLE: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR RESISTING THE TRUMP AGENDA

NOTE TO IMMIGRANTS AND NONCITIZENS

The U.S. Constitution ensures equal representation for all individuals living in the United States, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, or immigration status. Noncitizens, though they may lack the right to vote in federal elections, have the right to have their voices heard by their representatives in Congress.

This guide is intended to serve as a resource to all individuals who would like to more effectively participate in the democratic process. While we encourage noncitizens to participate to the extent that they are able, individuals should only take actions that they are comfortable taking, and should consider their particular set of circumstances before engaging in any of these activities.

Individuals are under no obligation to provide any personally identifiable information to a member of Congress or their staff. Individuals may be asked for their name and zip code, but this is only to confirm that the person is a constituent, and providing this information is strictly voluntarily. NO ONE is required to provide any additional information, such as address, social security number, or immigration status.

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Student presents findings on Latino Urban revolts

“Chicago treated Puerto Ricans as model minorities,” Fountain said.

This notion of being a model minority was persistent across the United States and caused a lot of unrest among Puerto Rican communities, he said. 

After many Puerto Rican riots the perceptions surrounding them as a minority have changed, he said. Prior to the riots in the 1970’s, Puerto Ricans were considered a model minority, whereas after they were seen as being no different from African-Americans at the time, Fountain said. 

“What you see throughout these riots are feelings of invisibility,” Fountain said in his presentation.

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Students, administration discuss undocumented immigrant concerns

For the third monthly Bloomington Faculty Council meeting in a row UndocuHoosier Alliance made its presence known. 

About 20 supporters silently lined the back of President’s Hall and held signs in support of the alliance’s mission to make IU a sanctuary campus — a place protecting undocumented students from 
deportation. 

Holding signs that said, “MAKE IU SAFE AGAIN,” “Education Not Deportation” and “Make America Educated, Immigrants are Already Great,” supporters expressed concern about the rhetoric of President-elect Donald Trump. UndocuHoosier Alliance supporters expressed fears of the effect unknown policies implemented after Trump’s inauguration might have on students attending IU with Deferred Action for Childhood 
Arrivals status.

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Protesting, a personal and historical experience

Colin Kaepernick, the Dakota Access Pipeline, the immigration reform march in Indianapolis in 2006 and Black Lives Matter are just a few of the protests seen in recent years.

For some, these protests were only events in the news, but for others these protests were far more important.

Mariana Lopez-Owens, a Bloomington resident, said she still remembers when she participated in the protest march in Indianapolis in 2006 to advocate for immigration reform. Lopez-Owens and her mother were undocumented immigrants at the time, and she said she still remembers her anxiety.

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13 honored in fight for Hoosier equality

The Indiana Minority Business Magazine (IMBM), which is published quarterly by the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper, will recognize 13 individuals, organizations and institutions that have demonstrated tremendous effort in the areas of diversity and inclusion.

The 12th class of Champions of Diversity includes pioneers in the areas of education, medicine, law, entertainment, business, finance and more, who have dedicated their careers to creating a more inclusive Indiana.

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Trump Team’s Meeting With Latino Leaders Gets Mixed Reviews

Some of the attendees expressed concerns that the group convened by Trump’s team did not accurately reflect the nation’s broader Latino population or its priorities. They spoke with NPR on the condition that they not be named, given that it was an off-the-record gathering.

“Eighty percent of Latinos voted against Trump, so they probably didn’t share the same conservative leanings that these people around the table did,” a self-described progressive said, citing data from the polling firm Latino Decisions. “I think that when you put a focus on conservative organizations, you’re going to get the perspective of the conservative Latino community. I think they got that pretty good, but this was not a representative meeting of the larger Latino population.”

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VOLUNTEER CALL OUT La Escuelita para Todos

Escuelita Para Todos Volunteer

Escuelita Para Todos Volunteer

La Escuelita para Todos (https://www.facebook.com/escuelitaparatodos/)

LA ESCUELITA PARA TODOS IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS WITH STRONG SPANISH SPEAKING AND
WRITING SKILLS TO WORK AS TEACHERS/TUTORS WITH OUR LATINO CHILDREN.

LA ESCUELITA PARA TODOS IS A LITERACY PROGRAM FOR HERITAGE SPEAKERS OF SPANISH TO PROMOTE AND DEVELOP SPANISH LITERACY.

THE PROGRAM TAKES PLACE ON SATURDAYS, FROM
10:30 AM TO 12:30 PM AT MCPL AND FOLLOWS THE IU
SEMESTER SCHEDULE.

Call out meeting (informational meeting):
When: Friday Dec. 9, 5:15-6:00 PM
Where: Room 214 Monroe County Public Library

QUESTIONS?
Contact: Raquel Anderson
e-mail: raanders@indiana.edu

Come to our meeting to learn more!

Small Business Owners Say There Aren’t Enough Mexicans

Remember how Donald Trump was going to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, build an “impenetrable and beautiful” wall along the southern border and save American jobs?

Well—amid a resurgent U.S. job market checked by a quickly evaporating pool of low-skilled workers—it turns out that Trump’s great wall may be the last thing the economy needs.

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Free Community Tax Service

Do you enjoy helping others? How about working with numbers? Here’s your chance to do both at the same time!

For the upcoming 2017 season, the Free Community Tax Service is seeking volunteers to serve as tax preparers. Tax preparers complete tax returns for taxpayers (tax returns are simple 1040 or 1040-EZ), answer taxpayers’ questions, and maintain confidentiality. The Free Community Tax Service gives low-and moderate-income taxpayers access to free tax information and assistance in the electronic filing of their federal and Indiana tax returns. Bilingual individuals are also needed to volunteer as tax preparers. CE Credits are available to qualifying professionals. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn new skills and serve a community need!

FCTS Volunteer Coordinator: Amy Leyenbeck, Community Initiatives Director, amy@monroeunitedway.org 812-334-8370 ext. 11

For more information about the Free Community Tax Service visit http://www.monroeunitedway.org/freetaxesvolunteer

Thank you for helping get the word out!

Amy Leyenbeck

Community Initiatives Director

United Way of Monroe County

www.monroeunitedway.org

  1. 812.334.8370 Ext.11| F. 812.334.8387

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