Unite in Defense of immigrants and all workers! - 2nd meeting
The widespread protests against Trump can become a powerful defense of all our rights-- if we can unite. Right now, in the two months before the inauguration, we can mobilize effectively to defeat the new administration's attack on immigrants, and on the entire working class. The first step is to bring together various groups to arrive at common plans of action and common demands. It is particularly urgent to make concrete plans to defend against and block any new escalation of detentions and deportations. At the same time we must discuss the formation of a real political alternative to capitalist attacks.
At the last meeting we formed three committees, including the January 20 inauguration day action committee, the Rapid Response Immigrant Defense Team Plan committee, and the NJ coalition building and outreach committee, all of whom will be reporting back at the next meeting.
Please come to a meeting for all NJ activists. Please circulate this call widely.
Saturday, December 17, 2PM
157 Lafayette St in the Ironbound section of Newark
NJ May 1 /Jobs for All
Mobilize! In defense of immigrants, for an alternative to capitalist politics.
The surprise victory of Trump signals a new level of assaults on immigrant workers in the United States, and through them, on the entire working class. It reveals the inability of the Democratic Party to function even as the "lesser evil" illusion so dear to the hearts of many on the left. To activists, this outcome poses the danger of escalating racist assaults, but at the same time the potential for a massive counter-mobilization and for the initiation, at long last, of a real alternative to capitalist politics.
The most immediate threat is to undocumented immigrants, particularly those In the "Deferred Action" (DACA) programs. Trump has repeatedly promised to end these young people's working papers and to immediately detain and deport them and their families, some 2-3 million immigrants. He will have the power to do so as soon as he is sworn in, as the deferments were granted only by executive actions. While currently deportation procedures take time, detentions could begin at once, as could the revocation of work papers
Trump's behavior is erratic, but there is little reason to expect he will hesitate to fulfill this particular election pledge, which involves no conflict with competing capitalist interest, unlike his trade-war vows. An all-out assault on immigrants would in fact befit wide swaths of employers by creating an increasingly desperate work-force.
The DACA program was won by a political mobilization of immigrant youth. There is every reason to believe that this coalition and a much broader one could be mobilized to fight ALL deportations. The spontaneous anti-Trump demonstrations, while unorganized, are evidence of the determination of people to act. What is needed is not a national mass demonstration, which can easily be ignored, but mobilization on the ground, locally and regionally to physically block detentions and deportation, as was done successfully in the Southwest in recent years. As mass mobilizations of abolitionists nullified Fugitive Slave laws in New England before the Civil War, so mass mobilizations today must nullify any attempt at mass detention.
The time to mobilize is NOW, in the two months before Trump is inaugurated. Immigrant rights, civil rights, peace, African- American and other organizations must as soon as possible set up meetings everywhere to plan Rapid Response Networks that can mobilize to block detentions and attempted deportations. ALL detentions and deportations must be blocked. When confronted with resolute opposition, Trump has shown that he will back down.
But any response to attacks on immigrants will have only limited and temporary effects unless at the same time we start NOW building a broad alternative to capitalist politics and power. The working class sorely lacks any effort to build a party the represents its interests not just at elections, but year-round, bringing the
same program to every battle, in every place mobilizing the broadest layers in defense of common interests. In the face of capitalist racism, bigotry and misogyny, we need a PARTY FOR ALL .
The outline of the common program of such a broad-based, democratically-run party are already clear in demands that have been adopted at various times and places around the country and the world. There can be, and no doubt will be discussion over details, but in broad outline we can agree on three basic points:
JOBS FOR ALL/FREE PUBLIC SERVICES FOR ALL
A democratically-controlled federal public works and public service program to provide free education(through college), healthcare, housing, transportation and clean energy FOR ALL through direct government employment with good wages and reduced hours. Fund the program by taxing the wealthy and corporations, slashing weapons spending and ending US wars and occupations. Through this program, provide jobs and training FOR ALL who want them, including all immigrants and the formerly incarcerated.
2. RIGHTS FOR ALL
Legalization FOR ALL who live here, equal rights FOR ALL, include the right to vote. End all deportation and detention without charge. End mass incarceration. Unconditional defense of the rights of women to control their bodies, and of the rights of all, regardless of race, religion, or any other distinction. Unlimited right to unionize, organize and strike.
3. BANKS FOR ALL
Nationalization of all finance (banking, insurance, etc.) under democratic
It is not too early to begin building such a movement-based party to run candidates in state elections in 2017 and nationally in 2018. It is not too early to connect every struggle to a common program. Is this realistic? We must make it reality. What is not realistic is to continue to rely on the Democrats.
International Luxemburgist Network
NJ May1/Jobs for All
Here is a WORD DOC of the above
ECONOMIC, ENVIRONMENTAL AND RACIAL JUSTICE!
JOBS FOR ALL STRATEGY CONFERENCE
OUR VISION, NOT THEIR CRIMES
ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE!
WHAT WOULD A MASSIVE PUBLIC WORKS/PUBLIC SERVICE PROGRAM
LOOK LIKE IN THE NY METRO AREA?
HOW CAN WE WIN ONE?
Help us to start planning a 2015 'Jobs for All Conference' in the New York Metro Area! Contact us
at info@NJMay1.org so we can let you know of our next planning meeting.
Torture, epidemics, police brutality, environmental disaster, unemployment and misery—we know
what kind of world the rich have made with their system—a system based on greed.
We need to fight for our world-- a world with jobs for all, housing for all, education for all, health
care of all, transportation for all, with a clean livable, sustainable climate and environment, with clean
cheap, safe and unlimited energy for all. Another World is Possible!
As a first step to that world, we need a massive Public Works and Public Service program, with direct
government employment. Help us plan a two-day conference to discuss and learn what such a Jobs
for All program would look like in the New York Metro Area. How can we build the schools, hospitals,
and housing we need, get to 100% clean renewable energy and provide good-paying jobs for everyone
who needs them?
Just as important, let's decide the next steps in building a movement powerful enough to sweep
aside the thieves, killers and torturers, from Wall Street to Washington, and to win such a massive program,
a movement powerful enough to win Justice for All.
Our points of agreement:
1) Jobs for All Public Works/Public Service Program with direct government employment, open
to all who live here.
2) Finance this program by taxes on the rich and corporations.
3) Build a mass movement entirely independent of the two parties of the rich—Democrats and
Here is a PDF of the above
demand adopted unanimously by over 100 organizers at the
People's Conference on the
Fight for Jobs, Peace, Equality, and Justice
Newark, NJ October 19th, 2013
JOBS FOR ALL—NOT WAR, FREE QUALITY PUBLIC SERVICES FOR ALL
Dignified Work at a Living Wage for everyone who wants a Job
We demand that federal government create a democratically-controlled public works and
public service program, with direct government employment, to generate millions of new jobs at
a living wage. The new jobs will be to build the facilities and provide the services to create free
quality public services needed to meet the needs of the 99%, including in education (through
university), child care, healthcare (single payer), housing, transportation, and clean energy.
The program will be financed by:
Taxing the wealth and income of the corporations and wealthiest 1% through a system
of progressive taxation,
and by ending all U.S. wars and occupations and redirecting those military expenditures
to meet human needs.
Employment in the program will be open to all, including all immigrants and persons
formerly incarcerated, and workers will have the right to unionize and to strike. Training will
be provided to guarantee access to all jobs.
Here is a PDF of the above Demand
People's Conference on the
Fight for Jobs, Peace, Equality, and Justice
Save the Date
Saturday October 19th 2013, 8am to 6pm
Rutgers University - Newark
Paul Robeson Campus Center
350 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Newark, NJ
**UNITE OUR MOVEMENTS TO
Determine Demands • Develop Plans of Actions • Commit to Work for**
A National Jobs Program at a Living Wage—Healthcare for All—Education—Affordable Housing—Justice—Peace
Sponsored by the People's Organization for Progress
Endorsers of the 381 Daily People's Protest Campaign for
Jobs, Peace, Equality, and Justice
For information call: 973-801-0001 or 973-951-3369
Click for a PDF of the event
Jobs For All!
We demand a democratically-controlled public works and public service program, with direct government employment, to generate 25 million new jobs at good union wages. The new jobs will be to build the facilities and provide the services needed to meet the needs of the 99%, including in education, child care, healthcare, housing, transportation, and clean energy. The program will be funded by raising taxes on the financial sector, corporations and the wealthiest 1%, and by ending all U.S. wars. Employment in the program will be open to all, including all immigrants and persons formerly incarcerated.
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May 1st at 4PM
May Day Tuesday May 1, New York and Newark NJ Rally and March for JOBS!
New York: Demand Jobs for ALL!
Rally 4:00 PM South West Corner of Union Square (14th and Union Square West) to Join City-Wide March
Newark: Rally 4:00 PM West Market and Springfield to Demand a National Jobs Program!
JOBS FOR ALL
Click here for a flyer in English and in Spanish
October 5th at 4PM
Gather at Independence Park, across from Eastside High Schoo
March to Essex County Court House (Springfield and West Market St in Newark)
JOBS FOR ALL
Click here for more information
Report on the May Day Rally in Newark
One hundred activists, students, trade unionists and immigrant workers rallied in Newark's Independence Park on Sunday to demand Jobs for All-- a Massive Public Works Program and Legalization for All. The rally, conducted in English and Spanish, was part of nationwide May Day protests including a march of 60-100,000 people in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Most of the rally participants were immigrants from the Ironbound neighborhood where the rally was held, but others came from the sponsoring organizations--NJ Immigrant and Worker Rights Coalition and Peoples Organization for Progress as well as from unions that had circulated the rally call, including the Newark Teachers Union and AFSCME.
Maria DaSilva told the rally about her initiative, supported by NJIWRC, to start a class-action lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of the US immigration laws. Her husband faces deportation, yet the US constitution does not grant to Congress the power to exile residents without charge or trial and nowhere gives Congress the power to make it a crime to be born elsewhere. Eric Lerner spoke on the necessity for a public works program, paid for by ending the US foreign wars and taxing the rich and the corporations. To build the unity needed to win such a program, we must fight for legalization for all, he said, so that all have the right to work. POP Chairman Larry Hamm described the struggles, including the civil rights struggle that had been won through mass mobilization. He urged the organizing of a permanent, daily protest rally in Newark to win our demands, a proposal under discussion in POP and which will be discussed by NJIWRC as well. Folk singer Graciela Barreto performed at the rally. Her songs and message of liberation and struggle, drawn from a rich Latin American musical tradition, including artists like Violetta Parra, Victor Jara, and Ali Primera, were well received by the crowd.
While the turnout was about the same as the May Day rally in Newark last year, several participants expressed disappointment that more trade unionists did not participate this year. Some said that mobilization by the same unions for the New York City rally could have been a factor. Further discussions will help to determine how greater union participation can be mobilized in future events.
Many participants, who had heard about the campaign for Jobs for All, Legalization for All for the first time at the rally, were eager to participate further.
The next NJIWRC meeting, announced at the rally, will be Sunday, May 15, 3:00 PM at 187 Lafayette St, Newark. Agenda topics will include the campaign to force employers to pay back stolen wages to day-laborers and possible daily rallies in Newark in alliance with POP.
Also announced at the rally was a lecture/discussion on the battle for a jobs program in the 1930's and the sit-down strikes of 1936-37. The lecture by independent historian Jeannette Gabriel is sponsored by the International Luxemburgist Network and will take place on Sunday, May 22, 4:00 PM at 187 Lafayette St., Newark. It will be conducted in English and Spanish.
May Day Rally
May 1st, 12 Noon
Meet at the corner of Van Buren and Walnut Streets.
Independence Park, Newark
Today, one in six Americans is unemployed or underemployed, and one in four is among African-Americans and Latinos. Public workers are under attack and education, health and other vital public services are being slashed. Today, there is only one way to create jobs'the government must hire workers directly at good pay to do the work that needs to be done. The public sector needs to be vastly expanded, not cut!
Read the details in English, Español
Or in PDF format in English, Español
Special Meeting of NJ Immigrant and Workers Rights Coalition
Sunday, April 17th 3:00 to 6:00 PM St. James Church, Newark 143 Madison St., Newark (enter through parking lot).
We invite you to this important meeting. Last fall, the coalition came into being and adopted two key demands: Jobs for All—A Massive Public Works Program and Legalization for ALL. At our state-wide conference in February and at our regular meeting, we have discussed at length what the meaning of these demands are. Now, after this thorough discussion we want to decide definitively if these are to be our demands permanently—until they are fully met. So we will vote again on these demands and give all the opportunity to propose changes.
At the same time, demands have no meaning unless they are backed up with growing action and organization. So after voting on the demands we will plan concretely how we can publicize and build for the Independence Park rally May 1, which has now been endorsed by the People's Organization for Progress. With the public workers in action defending their rights, we have a historic opportunity to bring together the movement for immigrant rights, the movement to defend the public sector, community, peace and environmental groups who all can join in our common demands.
Please come to this important meeting to decide the next steps in the battle in NJ for immigrant and workers rights.
TAKE ACTION AND PROTEST AGAINST THE SEPARATION OF FAMILIES
WEDNESDAY APRIL 27 AT 7:30 a.m.
RODINO FEDERAL BUILDING
970 BROAD STREET
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
Don't let Wanderson DaSilva be the Next Victim of Injustice!
US Immigration laws are unconstitutional! Nowhere in the Constitution is Congress given the right to condemn people to exile just for the 'crime' of being born elsewhere. No law that Congress has passed makes being here without proper documents into a crime. And if it were a crime, defendants would have the right to be tried by a jury of their peers.
Instead ,today, an unconstitutional 'administrative process' condemns people without charge or trial to imprisonment or exile for 3 or 10 years, separating families and destroying lives. The basic rights of due process under law are denied both to immigrants and to their citizen families.
We are organizing a class action lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of this law. We demand that these unconstitutional laws be struck down! Due process for all! Legalization for all! Join us!
For more info visit: entrywithoutinspection.com or call (862) 234-2900
Read the press release
February 12-13, 2011 Conference
New Jersey Conference on
Legalization For All, Jobs for All
More than two years after the crash of '08, one in six Americans is unemployed or underemployed, and one in four is among African-Americans and Latinos. Employers are slashing wages with some workers suffering pay cuts of 50%. The intensified campaign of terror against immigrants is forcing millions to work at sub-minimum wages, accelerating the employers' race to the bottom. Across the country, state governments are taking an ax to public employment and vital public services, such as education. Around the world, the same things are happening. We face a global crisis that threatens an unending spiral of unemployment, wage cuts and austerity, the destruction of our lives and our future.
But there are solutions and we must organize ourselves to fight for them and win them. There is work that needs to be done—lots of it. The money is there—the corporations announced record profits this quarter. The NJ Immigrant and Worker Rights Coalition, joining with other organizations demands JOBS FOR ALL, A Massive Public Works Program.
Read more in English or Spanish
Conference program in English
Have Your Organization Endorse the Jobs for ALL Demands!
During the summer, the NJ May 1/Jobs for ALL Campaign is trying to get as many immigrant rights, community, student and union organizations to endorse the three demands we are organizing around: Jobs for All, Legalization for ALL, a Massive Public Works Program with direct government employment at prevailing wages. We think that, if we can get wider support for these demands, it will be possible to get the endorsing organizations involved in larger actions in the fall, such as a North-Jersey-wide rally and march. Members are now preparing a short pamphlet to explain the public works demand in greater detail.
If you want a speaker to talk to your group about this campaign and endorsing these demands, please contact us
NJ May 1 Coalition and Jobs for All Campaign of NJ have merged
Since the membership and goals of these two organizations complete overlap, we unanimously agreed that there is no reason to have separate names for NJ May 1 Coalition and Jobs for All Campaign. So we decided to merge them at our last meeting. We have also asked for any objection to merging these groups over the NJ May 1 email list and have received none. So for now, the merged organization will be called the NJ May1/Jobs for All Campaign. We will continue to use the www.njmay1.org website and njmay1 email list, but are changing the masthead on the website to reflect the new name. We decided on the somewhat long merged name because we want it to reflect our central campaign to get Jobs for All, Legalization for All and a Public Works program, but still retain NJ May 1, which has by now some considerable name recognition. The merged organization will continue to support the NY- NJ Rapid Response Network, which has long been the other main project of NJ May 1 Coalition.
Mobilize for Workers' Rights
Defend Workers' Right to Fight Back
Legalization for all! No limits on the right to strike and organize.
Workers can't fight layoffs, cutbacks and wage cuts if they fear deportation and detention and if laws block their rights to form unions and to strike.
Make the Rich Pay: Decent Jobs For ALL
Tax the rich and corporations to pay for a massive direct government jobs program expanding housing, education, health services.
Budget cuts, concessions by workers, layoffs all deepen the crisis by cutting demand for goods and services. No budget cuts! Instead we need to create jobs and expand demand by taking money from the rich, who created the crisis.
Democratic Control of Finance
Permanent government ownership and control of all banks and other financial institutions-- run by democratically-elected boards.
Trillions for bank bailouts just gives money to the same bankers whose policies are gutting the economy. WE need to control the financial system, not leave it in the hands of a pack of billionaires. The people must vote on where we put our own tax dollars.
How can we win these demands?
The same way people in the last Great Depression won Social Security, unemployment compensation, huge government jobs programs like WPA—by mass demonstrations, by General Strikes like those in San Francisco, Minneapolis and Toledo, by sit-down strikes (plant occupations) and by organizing everyone—fellow workers, neighbors, and friends.
If you want to help organize to win these demands, to help organize local meetings, to build a movement big enough to win, please
and we will let you know of others in your area and of local meetings and protests.
NJ May 1 Coalition
NY-NJ Rapid Response Network
Rapid Response Network
Rapid Response Hotline operational, needs volunteers!
In response to widespread immigration raids,
a coalition of immigrant rights activists has announced the launching of a Rapid Response Network Hotline
that will give help to those confronted with the raids.
The RRN Hotline, sponsored by the NJ May 1 Coalition and the New Jersey Civil Rights Defense Committee
is a 24-hour toll free number
covering New York and New Jersey that will provide immediate, contact with Spanish-speaking volunteers.
In the event of a raid, the volunteers will calmly inform callers of their basic rights,
especially the right not to admit the ICE agents to their homes without a warrant signed by a judge
and the right to remain silent.
The hotline number, for emergencies only, is 1-800-308-0878.
March 14, 2008 Press Release announcing the RRN.
RRN posters in English:
White and black text on red background,
Red and black text on white background,
Black text on white background
RRN posters in Español:
White and black text on red background,
Red and black text on white background,
Black text on white background
On March 10, the Rapid Response Network hotline became operational in the New York-New Jersey region.
Immigrants faced with ICE raids now have a 24/7 toll free number that they can call in an emergency,
and get a Spanish-speaking volunteer who will be able to calmly tell them their rights and how they can avoid detention.
Such Rapid Response hotlines, now being set up in other cites,
have helped immigrants to fight back against the raids and break the terror that ICE is imposing on the immigrant community.
The Rapid Response Network has already had its first successful response to a raid.
A woman called the hotline from her home in Elizabeth, saying that ICE agents were outside, demanding to be let in.
The RRN phone volunteer reassured the woman that she had a right not to let the ICE agents in without a search warrant.
Although the agents were waving various papers around through the window, they did not show any such warrant..
After some 20 minutes, the ICE agents gave up. No was detained and the Hotline worked as intended.
But we need YOUR help to make the hotline work and be more effective. You can help in three ways:
1) If you are fluent in Spanish, we need more phone volunteers to cut down on the shifts.
Volunteers will receive training.
During an 8-hour per week shift, calls to the hotline will be directed to your cell-phone
and you will be able to help immigrants involved in raids to avoid detention and deportation.
Volunteers are confidential and status does not matter.
2) We need a lot of help in getting the word out to the Spanish-speaking immigrant community.
We have eye-catching posters in Spanish and English which we need to get to organizations and individuals
that can put them up in immigrant neighborhoods.
We need help in printing lots of the posters.
3) You can join Rapid Response Teams who, when called by hotline volunteers,
rapidly go as teams to the site of an ICE raid and act as witnesses.
RRT witnesses will also receive training.
As experience in LA and other cities has shown, the presence of such witnesses can deter ICE agents from rights violations
(like breaking down immigrants' doors).
Rapid Response Team members do not need Spanish, but since they will be dealing with ICE agents,
they must be citizens, permanent residents or on a valid visa.
Observing and commenting on the actions of ICE agents or any other law-enforcement authorities is lawful activity
protected by the Bill of Rights and by Supreme Court decisions.
To volunteer, please contact us at email@example.com
Documents for Volunteers and for Immigrants
Know Your Rights (English),
Know Your Rights (Spanish).
Categories of Callers (English),
Categories of Callers (Spanish).
Description of the RRN (English),
Description of the RRN (Spanish).
Guidelines for RRN phone volunteers (English),
Guidelines for RRN phone volunteers (Spanish).
Recruitment letter (English).
Guidelines of Rapid Response Team (witness) (English).
Right to oppose or challenge (English).
Referral numbers for social services.