This #GivingTuesday Help Build the Resistance 

This #GivingTuesday Help Build the Resistance 

2017 has been an unforgettable year, to say the least. Since the presidential election a little over a year ago until now we have seen what can only be described as some of the most racist political attacks against people of color, immigrants, women and LGBTQ folks. What we have learned though in these dark times is that the best defense we have against hate is each other. So while 2017 was difficult for many of us, it also inspired hope in each other and we were witness to some incredible acts of resistance in Philadelphia and beyond.

2017 marked some important resistance milestones for Juntos.

  • On May 1st we organized the largest Philadelphia based pro-immigrant rights rally in recent history for our “Day without Immigrant, Black and Brown Bodies” with over 5,000 people in attendance.
  • On October 11th, after 11 months in sanctuary in Arch Street Methodist Church, we were able to help Javier Flores be free from the fear of deportation and to be with his family after three years of persecution at the hands of ICE.
  • More recently, in November of 2017, we built our first “Community Resistance Zone” a vision established by our community to educate and protect our families from the threat of deportations, raids, criminalization and hate by educating our community and their neighbors to be our best defense in these times. In just two days over 250 volunteers door knocked on over 3,000 doors in South Philadelphia and trained over 1,300 people on their rights to defend themselves and their neighbors in case of a raid and over 500 families signed up to resist hate and racism in our community in a 4 mile radius in South Philly.

We can only hope to build this kind of power, hope and resistance in 2018 but we can’t do it without you. Today on #GivingTuesday we launch our #Juntos15for15 campaign in celebration of 15 years in the movement and for 15+ years more.

Please consider donating at
www.gofundme.com/juntos15for15
to build with us.

  • A $150 donation helps to provide food for our “Know your Rights” or “Community Resistance Zone” trainings and community events.
  • A $1,500 donation will help secure our youth leadership retreat in 2018 for our youth to fight the school-to-prison/deportation pipeline
  •  And even $15 will help us get to our goal.

Please be on the lookout for our official Quinceñera party invite coming soon! You for sure will be invited.

In the Resistance,

Erika Almiron

Executive Director of Juntos

Philly #ResistanceZone Built but More to Come.

Photo by Harvey Finkle

Philly #ResistanceZone Built but More to Come.

Over 200 volunteers descended on Juntos this past weekend to learn their rights, to teach others and to knock on doors and we couldn’t be more grateful. In less than 48 hours we

  • Knocked on over 2,500 doors in South Philly 
  • Trained over 1,300 people on their rights & 
  • Signed up over 500 new resistors

Every participant in our Community Resistance Zone made a personal commitment to stand up and defend their neighbors in South Philly against any and all abuses at the hands of police and/or ICE. They learned their rights. And we built history together by building a network of defenders.

We need each other more than ever now. One year after the presidential elections and we have seen a spike in deportations, police abuse, racial profiling, hate crimes, etc. This is not a coincidence. Our current power structure preaches violence and hate and we must unite to fight back. So thank you. Thank you to every volunteer, every canvasser, every Juntos member, all of you, for helping us build the Resistance.

Special thanks to our friend and amazing artist Erika Guadalupe Núñez for designing our beautiful poster. (For more of her beautiful art make sure to follow her on Instagram)

Also, special thanks to:
Reclaim Philadelphia
ACLU Pennsylvania
Unite Here Local 274

Asian Americans United
Media Mobilizing Project
SEIU 32BJ
VietLead
Students from Swarthmore University, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Drexel University, Cornell University and the Migrant Rights Coalition of Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges.

As we continue to build and strengthen our resistance we must be aware that there are those in power who wish nothing more than to stop us. Please help us continue to build in 2018 by signing up as a Juntos volunteer and/or by donating.

Mil gracias,

Juntos

After 11 Months In Sanctuary, Javier Flores Is Free To Be Home With His Family!

Photo by Karen Rodewald

 

After 11 Months In Sanctuary, Javier Flores Is Free To Be Home With His Family!

On Wednesday, October 11th, Juntos along with members of Philadelphia’s immigrant community and allies, stood with Javier Flores Garcia at Arch St. United Methodist Church as he took his first steps outside of the church he had been living in since November 2016 after having won his deportation case.

Javier,  a 40 year old Mexican father living in Philadelphia since 1997 went into Sanctuary shortly after the November elections of last year in an act of resistance and bravery. In 2004 Javier was stabbed multiple times and left for dead and worked through that harrowing experience with local law enforcement to capture his assailants, making him eligible for a U-Visa. Yet he was deemed deportable because of previous deportations which were the result of him trying to always reunite with his family, which has always been Javier’s number one priority. Javier then spent 16 agonizing months in detention at both York and Pike County Detention Center while his children, who witnessed ICE take their father away from them with guns in front of his house, had to go into therapy after being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) because of what they had witnessed. He was released from Pike County only to be given three months to get his papers in order, which was not enough time, and therefore was forced to make the brave decision to enter Sanctuary, once again in an effort to keep his family together. Now, after eleven months in Sanctuary and after 2.5 years of agonizing torture, he and his family are finally free from the confines of the threat of deportation and are going home to Northeast Philadelphia.

Javier was granted a waiver for his re-entries which allow his U-Visa case to move forward and grants him a deferred action while he waits for his case is determined by USCIS, which could take a year or two. In the meantime he will be granted working papers and be free from the fear of deportation. Javier’s wife, Alma, and her children started to fight Javier’s case while he was still detained the weekend that Pope Francis visited Philadelphia in September of 2015. Adamaris, Javier’s daughter, made a sign for the Pope pleading for help with her father’s case and when he passed by her blessed her, since then the family has been fighting for their freedom. The family has led marches including at the Democratic National Convention, spearheaded a Caravan for Freedom collecting thousands of petitions urging for Javier’s release and in their bravest display of resistance, entered Javier into Sanctuary just days after Trump was elected into office.

And now, on the eve of the Trump administration’s one year anniversary and just days after “Operation Safe City” led to the disappearance of 107 people at the hands of ICE in Philadelphia, the victory of Javier and his family serves to remind us that in the face of white supremacy and massive criminalization of people of color in this country, the only way to ensure our freedom and to be with our families is with acts of resistance and bravery.

Erika Almiron, Executive Director of Juntos, had this to say, “This administration works everyday to criminalize our very existence as people of color and wants nothing more than to spark fear in our community. But Javier has shown us how bravery and resistance is crucial to fighting back against the erosion of our rights. His family, like any other, has the right to be together and to live with dignity. We must continue to build the resistance against the Trump administration, which is headed by white supremacists, and build the kind of country and world we can be proud of; one that is guided by Love, not hate.”

Join The Community Resistance Zone

Join The Resistance!

White Supremacy is a disease in this country that has existed since 1492 and since Trump’s election we are reminded every day that if you are a person of color in the U.S., you are not safe. From travel bans to massive immigration raids like Operation “Safe City,” where 107 people were disappeared in Philadelphia in four days, the attacks are devastating our families. We cannot let this government define what “safety” is. We can only be safe in these times by building safety for ourselves and we need your help to make it happen!

On November 11th and 12th we will be launching our Community Resistance Zones, a campaign aimed at protecting our loved ones by creating safe zones in our city where every person, block by block, is both trained on their rights and on how to support any neighbor who is subject to racial profiling, police or ICE raids, hate crimes and any other forms of criminalization in this nation.

We will pilot our Community Resistance Zone in South Philadelphia one year after Trump was elected. What will you be doing that weekend to resist? Join us to build the resistance and sign up using the form below!