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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First Thursday Festival

Source: https://artsandhumanities.indiana.edu/council-initiatives/first-thursdays/index.html

What: First Thursday festival

When: Thursday, March 2nd, from 5:00 to 7:30 PM

Where: Arts Plaza in front of the IU Auditorium.

It should be a nice spring evening to take a break from work or studies and enjoy the campus and its creative community.

We started this tradition last fall with dozens of student and faculty performers and thousands of guests from campus and the wider Bloomington community. We are excited to kick off the spring season this week with a celebration of Women’s History Month, featuring dozens of IU’s fabulous women artists and scholars and many local and international performances and exhibits. The festival is free and open to the whole Bloomington community.

Some highlights include:

Main Stage: We’ll kick off the evening with The Vallures, a crowd-pleasing singing and dancing group from Bloomington that performs a mix of classic 60s hits and original tracks. Up next is Ladies First, IU’s very own award-winning a cappella group. Lily & Madeleine, the nationally acclaimed indie folk duo from Indianapolis, will round out the set with their warm and uplifting harmonies.

Acclaimed Novelist Ha Jin: Ha Jin’s work explores the tensions between the individual and the family, the modern and the traditional, and personal feelings and duty. His novel, Waiting, won the National Book Award for fiction in 1999, as well as the PEN/Faulkner award. He also wrote the story collection The Bridegroom, which won the Asian American Literary Award, and two collections of poetry. He will be speaking at the Grunwald Gallery at 8:00.

Eskenazi Museum of Art and the Lilly Library: Step inside the Eskenazi for new tours, games, and scavenger hunts. Stop by the African Student Association’s booth for Nigerian Face Painting, experience the art of henna with the Indian Student Association, or examine the critical relationship between women and the arts during a special lecture by Tavy D. Aherne. The Lilly Library is celebrating women collectors and their treasures with an impressive and rarely exhibited display of children’s literature and a collection of over 16,000 miniature books.

World music and Bloomington bands: Tour the world of music with Kaia, an award-winning, Bloomington-based band of seven women performing in over 25 languages. Enjoy Finnish folksongs, African-American gospel, and a thrilling array of other musical styles. Next, ExWo (Explosive Women) takes over. Another local group, ExWo combines jazz, pop, funk, and neo-soul to create an exciting blend of original songs and reimagined classic hits.

Plenty of good food! Grab a blanket and eat dinner around Showalter Fountain. Chef David Tallent has prepared a tribute to famous female cooks and chefs such as Edna Lewis, Elizabeth Davis, and Alice Waters. The delicious menu options include southern fried chicken, chocolate mousse, and goat cheese crouton. As always, we’ll also be giving out free popcorn!

Crafts, trivia, history, and games: Visit the Toast Tent for an edible craft, or work with Collins students to turn your own body into geometric shapes. Recreate famous paintings with props and photographs from the faculty and students of the Art History department. Or stop by the Mathers Museum tent to welcome spring with flower making and other hands-on activities. Delve into Hoosier HERStory!, an exhibition honoring two hundred years of women’s contributions to IU history and culture. Visit the Feminist Student Association for engaging conversations on the contributions that black women have made to social justice

The First Thursdays festival offers great opportunities for you to explore the breadth of the arts and humanities on campus and in the community. It’s an easy-going community event where you can enjoy dinner on the lawn by our Acoustic Tent, explore stunning exhibits at the Grunwald and Lilly, or dash from tent to tent to discover everything there is to offer. Whatever you choose, we invite you to celebrate Women’s History Month and the amazing creativity of the IU community with us this Thursday.

To learn more about our performers and events, check out our website at go.iu.edu/first-thursdays. If you’re interested in performing at a future event, write to us at ahcounc@indiana.edu. We’re always happy to support both professional and amateur artists, whether your talent is music or magic tricks. And be sure to follow us on Twitter for updates on First Thursdays and all Arts & Humanities Council news.

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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“Soil, Struggle, & Justice”: A Benefit Film Screening

February 24th, 12 PM @La Casa Latino Cultural Center

As part of SustainIU Week 2017, we’re holding a benefit film screening for the UndocuHoosier Alliance on Friday, Feb. 24 at 12pm at La Casa Latino Cultural Center. Please join us for the film “Soil, Struggle, & Justice,” which is about the Brazilian Landless Movement and a cooperative that struggled for land access and then transitioned to agroecology. Food will be provided, and the suggested donation to help the UndocuHoosier Alliance raise funds for an undocumented student scholarship is $5. Please join us and support our undocumented community! You can RSVP on our Facebook page by following this link.

Thank you to our co-sponsors: The UndocuHoosier Alliance, the Student Sustainability Council, La Casa, the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Center for Caribbean and Latin American Studies.

WIUX Radio Sur: Latin American and Caribbean music, culture, and news

WIUX Pure Student Radio and the CLACS Graduate Student Association have collaborated to bring Radio Sur, a Latin American and Caribbean music, culture, and news hour to Bloomington airwaves. Tune in to 99.1 FM every Tuesday from 5-6 pm to listen to a mixture of mainstream and underground Latin-Caribbean music as well as the latest news related to the region.

Follow Radio Sur on Twitter at @WIUXRadioSur. The producers of the show would like to encourage you to make suggestions and let them know what you thought of the show, or inquire about a possible collaborations (write them at WIUXRadioSur@gmail.com.

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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An Evening in Celebration of Mexico and the Latin American Diaspora Concert – Folk Music * Poetry * Classical Music Popular Music * Dancing

January 20; 6pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church (2120 North Fee Lane, Bloomington)

One World, One Bloomington: An Evening in Celebration of Mexico and the Latin American Diaspora focuses on our diverse, ever united community. This event will feature folk music, poetry readings, classical music, popular music and dancing from the heart of the Latin American tradition, encouraging solidarity and community. An Evening in Celebration of Mexico and the Latin American Diaspora will feature some of the best musicians from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, as well as members of the community at large. Speakers will share their personal stories, highlighting the immigrant experience—each tale as unique as a fingerprint. Come out, and listen, smile, dance, share and celebrate Latino community! This event is free and open to the general public. For more information, contact Alejandra Martinez at am250@indiana.edu.

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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