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Notes From The Field: Outreaching To A Hidden Community

Outreach has always been natural to me. I love learning about other people, discovering their needs, their stories, and connecting them to a larger movement or body of work in the community. As the Co-Chair of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum – Seattle Chapter and long time grassroots activist, I’ve had plenty of opportunity and experience outreaching into the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community.

In my most recent position as the creator and Campaign Director of Fearless Asians for Immigration Reform (FAIR!), a Seattle-based project that addresses the lack of services and support for undocumented APIs who are eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). I have learned that outreaching to a community in hiding is like an up-mountain battle, with small wins and beautiful views but challenging throughout the way.

In the early stages of the work I found a common pattern. That even with the numerous resources I offer through the FAIR! campaign (i.e., access to free immigration attorneys, screenings, scholarships, financial assistance, interpreters, and social support), APIs were still reluctant to pass on our info or services to those who needed it. This was consistent regardless of the positive feedback I would receive, such as, “Wow! I can’t believe there is such a great a program and resource available” or “my (friend/cousin/neighbor/aunt) really needs this kind of support.”

This was also consistent regardless of my various follow-up methods, which started with a polite and respectful request, “please pass my card and flyer along to your (friend/cousin/neighbor/aunt).” This method produced zero inquiries (unsurprisingly).

I then tried a stronger approach, “I’m glad this resource is going to be useful to your (friend/cousin/neighbor/aunt)! Could you provide me with their name and contact info so that I can reach out to them?” I reassured them that I was well intentioned and not looking to deport anyone. But this method, produced concerned looks, uneasiness, and the slow but steady backing away (also, unsurprisingly).

After numerous similar encounters, I noticed something significant. The people I was talking to recognized that they have just shared a deep family secret. For many, this secret was not supposed to be as widely spread. And while this family secret might be well known, it was rarely discussed. Therefore, the idea of bringing a stranger into this secret world would be nothing less than sabotage to their family.

So once again, my outreach methods evolved. Now when I’m within one degree of separation I ask folks for permission to contact them and follow-up about how I can help their (friend/cousin/neighbor/aunt).  This method has been far more successful, with nearly 95% of my requests being granted.

I thought I had found the solution! This was going to be it! I now was within a 1 degree separation of helping an undocumented API person and had the follow-up contact info I needed. Equipped with the right information, I made the follow-up phone calls, “Hello, this is Marissa Vichayapai, Director of the FAIR! Campaign. It was really nice talking to you about your (friend/cousin/neighbor/aunt), who is undocumented. I just wanted to follow-up and see how I can help him/her/them.”

The responses I received were mixed.

There were those who really were willing to put themselves out there and advocate for their (friend/cousin/neighbor/aunt). But overwhelmingly I received responses from those who wanted to advocate but couldn’t get past the initial barriers. From their anecdotes I heard,

“I’m not sure when I’ll see my (friend/cousin/neighbor/aunt) again, but when I do I’ll try to mention it.”

Or,

“I’ll try to bring it up to my (friend/cousin/neighbor/aunt), but I’m not sure.”

Or,

“There is no way my (friend/cousin/neighbor/aunt) will want to talk about the issue, sorry.”

This leaves me to wonder, how do I activate these intermediary people? Those who are within one degree of separation from an undocumented API person, how do I get them to bridge the gap? When I am so, so close… but still so, so far. I’m still searching for the right answer.  For those allies who have experience and advice about how to reach hidden communities, please share your tips, techniques, and insights. And for others who are in a similar situation- I have so much gratitude and appreciation for the work you do. Please share your experience and inspirations.

First API DACA Scholarship in Washington State

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7/9/2015

Marissa Vichayapai

21 Progress

206-578-1255

marissa@21progress.org

New Scholarship for Undocumented Asian and Pacific Islander Immigrants

1st API DACA Scholarship in Washington State

Seattle, WA

 

Fearless Asians for Immigration Reform (FAIR!), a campaign of 21 Progress, the leading provider of financial assistance for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in Washington State, has started the first scholarship program for undocumented Asian and Pacific Islanders in the state.  If qualified, DACA allows undocumented youth and young adult immigrants to stay in the United States without fear of deportation, provides a work permit, and access to educational opportunities.

 

Asian and Pacific Islanders make up close to 5,500 of the undocumented students and young adults in Washington State, but less than 5% of them have applied for the DACA program which offers access to education and career opportunities,” states Marissa Vichayapai, FAIR! Director.

 

The FAIR! scholarship pays for the $465 application fee, provides access to free legal assistance, and professional and confidential coordination with any services or programs students and young adults may need. To be eligible for this scholarship, participants should:

  • Be of Asian or Pacific Islander descent
  • Make certain they are eligible for DACA (check eligibility)
  • Have a completed or nearly completed DACA application that has been reviewed by an immigration attorney
  • Apply on the Fearless Asians for Immigration Reform (FAIR!) website:

https://21progress.org/fairscholarship/

Vote YES on Prop. 1

21 PROGRESS joins hundreds of other organizations to support KING COUNTY PROP 1 to prevent major cuts to Metro bus service, the lifeline of students, the disabled, seniors and low income people.
URGE EVERY REGISTERED VOTER YOU KNOW……knock on your neighbors’ doors and ask them to VOTE.
 
THE NUMBERS:
$60 annual car fee, but special $1.25 bus rate for low income, and partial rebate for low income car owners.  Plus 40% going to repair roads and bridges.
THE ALTERNATIVE:  Loss of bus routes for 80% of current bus riders and 30,000 more cars on the road every day!
Ballots must be postmarked or dropped off by April 22nd.

DACA/DAPA DELAY: HERE’S THE FACTS

What happened with DACA? What’s all this about an injunction?

An injunction is a court order that blocks something from happening. This Injunction was made in a specific location in Texas by specific people critical of comprehensive immigration reform. This injunction is not the final word! The White House administration has appealed. To be very clear this injunction in no way affects the existing DACA program, the executive decision President Obama announced in 2012. The Injunction only affects the Expansion of DACA and the new DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) the executive announcement that President Obama made November 20, 2014.

Now what?:The Injunction has basically put a halt on the start of the expansion of DACA and the new DAPA programs. An appeal process normally takes anywhere from 6-12 months. The Government has filed a motion for blocking the injunction, which basically blocks the block. This is called an emergency stay. This can take anywhere from 10 days to 3-4 weeks. We will stay updated on this information and provide more as it comes.

Summary: The existing DACA program is not affected, those who qualify should continue to come forward and apply, those who already have DACA status should continue to renew. The start of the expansion of DACA and the new DAPA programs are on pause pending the governmental appeal, but we are very confident that the government will appeal and that the injunction will  just set back the start date of these programs.

21 Progress’s message to the community: Many of our social service partners in solidarity with 21 Progress are continuing to prepare for the expansion of DACA and the new DAPA program. We are also advising community members who are eligible to prepare by gathering documents to prove residence and by saving money for application fees. How do you know if you or someone you know are eligible? Good question, we will go over the requirements for eligibility for both expanded DACA and DAPA next. Please have a pen and paper ready to take notes.

For Expanded DACA: You or someone you may know are Expanded DACA eligible if you or they; *Have come to the United States before your 16th birthday, * Have continuously live in the U.S. since January 1,2010, * Have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from High School, GED certificate, or “be in school” at the time of application, *Have not been convicted of certain criminal offenses. Documents you can start gathering are; *Documents that prove you have lived in the U.S. since January 1, 2010 such as, financial records, lease agreements, phone bills, credit card bills, medical records, school records, diplomas, certificates, report cards,or transcripts, at least one document for each 12 month period since January 1,2010 until the time you submit your application. If there is a gap in your documentation, gather an affidavit from two people that have personal knowledge of your presence in the U.S. during that gap.

For DAPA:You or someone you may know are DAPA eligible if you or they; *are the parent of a U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident *Have continuously lived in the U.S. since January 1,2010 *Have been present in the U.S. on November 20,2014. It is also likely you will need to be present in the U.S. everyday from now until you apply for DAPA. *Must Not have lawful immigration status on November 20,2014 and at the time you apply for DAPA * Have not been convicted of certain criminal offenses, felonies, and some misdemeanors.  Documents you can start gathering are; *Identification * Proof you have lived in the U.S. since January 1,2010 such as financial records, lease agreements, phone bills, credit card bills, medical records, school records, diplomas, GED certificates, report cards, school transcripts, at least one document for each 12 month period since January 1,2010 until the time you submit your application. If there is a gap in your documentation, consider gathering affidavits from two people that have personal knowledge of your presence in the U.S. during that gap, *In order to prove you have a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident son or daughter you must provide the birth certificate, passport, naturalization certificate, or green card of that U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident son or daughter.

 

How can I get more Information? How can 21 Progress help?:There is a website where you can access more information; It is called immigrationactionwa.org. It’s a one stop shop where you can find out important information about immigration issues and when community events are happening with ally organizations that support DACA and comprehensive immigration reform. Please call us to learn more about the 21 Progress DACA program, Build your Dream workshop information, and if you or someone you know needs financial assistance with DACA application fees please refer them toDACA@21progress.org. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. 21 Progress is here to support and serve you. Thank you for your time and attention it is very much appreciated!

 

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DACA/DAPA 지연: 정보제공

DACA관련 변화는? 금지명령에 관한 이슈는?

금지명령이란 어떤 일이 시행되는 것을 막는 법원의 명령입니다. 위의 DACA 금지명령은 텍사스의 특정지역에서 포괄적 이민 개혁에 반대하는 인물들에 의해 시행되었습니다. 하지만 이는 최종 판결이 아닙니다. 백악관 정부는 항소도 했습니다. 확실히 하자면, 이 명령은 2012년 오바마 대통령이 발표하고 현행되고 있는 DACA프로그램에 영향이 없습니다. 금지명령에 해당하는 것은 오바마 대통령이 2014년 11월 20일에 발표한 확장형 DACA와 DAPA 프로그램 입니다.

현재 진행상황은?

DACA 금지명령은 확장형 DACA와 DAPA 프로그램의 시작을 중지시켰습니다. 항소 과정은 보통 6개월에서 1년이 소요됩니다. 이에 정부는 금지명령에 대한 정지 명령 신청을 하였습니다. 이것은 금지명령에 대한 또 다른 금지 명령으로서 비상 연기을 뜻합니다. 이 과정은 10일에서 4주까지 소요 될 수 있습니다. 이에 관한 새로운 정보는 계속 업데이트 될 예정입니다.

요약

현행되고있는 DACA 프로그램은 위의 금지명령에 영향을 받지 않으므로 자격을 갖춘 이들은 지원하고 갱신하면 됩니다. 확장형 DACA 와 DAPA 프로그램은 중지되었지만 금지명령과 정부의 항소를 고려할 때 단지 시작이 연기 된 것일 뿐입니다.

21프로그래스가 공동체에 보내는 메세지

21 프로그래스와 결속력 있는 사회 봉사 파트너들은 계속 확장형 DACA 및 DAPA 프로그램의 준비를 하고 있습니다. 지원 자격을 갖춘 공동체 구성원들은 거주 증명 서류 및 지원비 저축을 하시길 바랍니다. 어떻게 지원자격을 확인할 수 있을까요? 좋은 질문입니다. 확장형 DACA 프로그램 및 DAPA 프로그램의 적격여부에 관해 설명해 드리겠습니다. 필기구와 노트를 준비하세요.

확장형 DACA 프로그램

아래 모든사항에 해당하는 분은 DACA 프로그램에 지원자격이 있습니다.

*미국에 만16세 이전에 이주한 자

*2010년 1월 1일부터 계속 미국에서 거주한 자

*미국에서 고등학교를 졸업하거나 GED 자격증을 가지고 있거나 지원시에 학교에 통학하고 있는 자

*특정 범죄에 유죄판결을 받은 적이 없는 자

지금부터 수집 할 수 있는 자료는 아래와 같습니다.

*2010년 1월 1일부터 계속 미국에서 거주한 것을 증명하는 서류. 예를 들어 재무 기록, 임대계약서, 전화비,  신용카드 청구서, 의료기록, 재학기록, 학위, 자격증, 성적서 등이 있습니다.

*2010년 1월 1일부터 지원 시까지 매 월 거주 증명 할 수 있는 서류가 최소 1개 필요합니다.

*만약 증명 서류가 부족하다면 그 기간동안 미국에서 거주 한 것을 증명하는 최소 2명에게 받은 선서서가 필요합니다.

DAPA 프로그램

아래 모든 사항에 해당하는 분은 DAPA 프로그램에 지원자격이 있습니다.

*미국 시민자 또는 영주권자의 부모

*2010년 1월 1일부터 미국에 계속 거주 한 자

*2014년 11월 20일에 미국에 있던 자. 또한 DAPA에 지원 할 때 까지 미국에 계속 있는 자.

*2014년 11월 20일과 DAPA에 지원할 때 합법적 이민 신분이 없는자

*특정 범죄, 중범죄, 경범죄에 유죄판결을 받은 적이 없는 자

지금부터 수집 할 수 있는 자료는 아래와 같습니다.

*2010년 1월 1일부터 계속 미국에서 거주한 것을 증명하는 서류. 예를 들어 재무 기록, 임대계약서, 전화비,  신용카드 청구서, 의료기록, 재학기록, 학위, 자격증, 성적서 등이 있습니다.

*2010년 1월 1일부터 지원 시까지 매 월 거주 증명 할 수 있는 서류가 최소 1개 필요합니다.

*만약 증명 서류가 부족하다면 그 기간동안 미국에서 거주 한 것을 증명하는 최소 2명에게 받은 선서서가 필요합니다.

*미국 시민권자 또는 여주권자의 부모임을 증명하기 위해서는 자녀의 출생신고서, 여권, 귀화증명서 또는 영주권서가 필요합니다.

많은 정보는? 21프로그래스가 도와 있는것은?

immigrationactionwa.org 는 더 많은 정보를 제공하고 있는 웹사이트입니다. 이 사이트는 이민법 이슈부터 시작해서 DACA 및 포괄적 이민개혁을 지원하는 공동체 이벤트 일정까지 여러가지 정보를 제공합니다.  21프로그래스에서 지원하는 DACA 프로그램, Build your Dream 워크샵에 관련한 정보 및 서류의 재정지원이 필요하시면 DACA@21progress.org로 연락하세요. 21프로그래스는 어느 질문과 걱정도 듣고 지원할 준비가 되어있습니다. 여러분의 시간과 관심에 감사합니다.

Stay Focused, Keep Applying, Keep Fighting

Many questions and concerns have risen after Monday’s ruling by Texas judge, Andrew Hanen, which temporarily delays the expansion of DACA and DAPA program. While this ruling is an unfortunate setback, it is important to note that this is only temporary.

 

Here is why:

  • Public opinion is on our side. The public has been, and still continues to show strong support for this policy.
  • The law is on our side. This ruling has no legal merit. It is poorly argued, weak and biased. Many Presidents have used executive action in the past and it is fully within Obama’s right to implement the DACA expansion and DAPA program.
  • Leaders are on our side. The Washington Attorney General and 11 other states have all united on this issue and there is confidence that higher courts will support upholding the DACA expansion.
  • The Movement is strong. Activist, organizers and supporters on the ground are continuing to fight hard and push back.

Where do we go from here?

For DACA Expansion or DAPA applicants:

Continue to prepare your applications. Collect evidence, gather needed documents, consult with lawyers, save money for the application fee, and go to your local community organizations and attorneys for help.

       For first time or renewing DACA applicants:

Continue to apply to the DACA program or for a renewal. This ruling does not affect applicants of the original DACA program.

       For supporters, advocates, and allies:

Continue fighting and stay focused. Remember, we have made huge strides and this setback is just a small speed bump on the road to comprehensive immigration reform.

Resources:

NWIRP

United We Dream

Admin Relief

If you are a current BUILD YOUR DREAM recipient and have a question about our program. Send us an email or give us a call at: 206-829-8382

 

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계속 노력하고, 신청하고, 논쟁하세요

월요일에 있었던 앤드류 하넨 텍사스 판사의 확장형 DACA와 DAPA 프로그램을 일시적으로 지연한 판결에 많은 이들이 의문과 걱정을 표하고 있습니다.  이 판결은 불행한 지연이지만 일시적이라는 점이 중요합니다.

일시적인 이유:

  • 대중의 의견은 우리편입니다. 대중은 지속적으로 이민정책에 관해 많은 지지를 표하고 있습니다.
  • 법은 우리편입니다. 이 판결은 법적 논점이 없습니다. 한쪽으로 치우친 약한 주장입니다. 많은 대통령들이 행정명령을 내렸었고, 확장형 DACA및 DAPA프로그램의 집행은 오바마 정부의 합법적 권한 안에 있습니다.
  • 지도자들은 우리편입니다. 워싱턴 법무장관과 11개 주는 이 이슈에 관해 만장일치 했습니다. 또한, 대법원에서도 DACA의 확장을 허락할 것이라고 예상되어집니다.
  • 강한 풀뿌리운동. 많은 운동가 및 지지자들이 계속 투쟁하고 있습니다.

우리가 할수있는것은?

  • 확장형 DACA 및 DAPA 지원자: 계속 지원서를 준비하세요. 자료수집 및 법률상담, 지원비 저축을 하세요. 지역조직 및 변호사에게 도움을 구하세요.

 

  • DACA 프로그램 지원자 및 갱신: 계속 DACA에 지원 및 갱신하세요. 위의 판결은 현 (現)DACA 프로그램에 적용되지 않습니다.

 

  • 지원자, 운동가, 동맹자분들: 계속 노력하고 투쟁하세요. 우리는 지금까지 많은 발전을 이루었으며 이 일시적 지연은 이민법 개정에 작은 과속방지턱이라 생각하세요.

자료:

NWIRP

United We Dream

Admin Relief

만약 여러분이 현 BUILD YOUR DREAM 수혜자이고 질문이 있으시면, 이메일 (info@21progress.org) 또는 전화를 주세요 206-829-8382.

New Executive Director: Mozart Guerrier

New Executive Director

The board of directors of 21 PROGRESS is excited to announce that Mozart Guerrier has been selected as its new executive director. He will replace retiring executive director, Sharon Maeda, effective February 1, 2015. Guerrier expressed his eagerness to take the helm. “21 PROGRESS has quickly established itself as a collaborative organization eager to stand with those most impacted by the challenges of our time and build a better future,” he said. Guerrier added, “I’m excited to work with the staff, board, and partner organizations to advance our mission of developing the next generation of progressive leadership.”

“We had a number of outstanding applicants, but Mozart’s vision of how we fit into a larger justice movement was incredible,” stated board president, Dave Schmitz. “We were not looking beyond the local area, but his fresh ideas and experience building diverse partnerships sold us all. He’s exactly the kind of leader we need at this time.” Maeda added, “he has an extraordinary grasp of the major issues of the day, expertise in making change, and a humble, warm style that will bridge gaps and build many relationships here. I can leave 21 PROGRESS knowing its in great hands!”

See Guerrier’s TEDx talk at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26klwmOAvP4

Guerrier, a Haitian American, moved from Syracuse, New York, has already fallen in love with Seattle. “He’s already more knowledgeable about issues here than many locals,” added Schmitz. “We have no doubt that Mozart will become well recognized in no time.”

Most recently, Guerrier has been a Community Developer and Partnership Manager with a unique program that engages public housing residents as advocates for breast cancer awareness. He has also built community partnerships with Harvard, Boston University and San Francisco State. He was a caseworker at Catholic Community Services, securing housing for homeless families.

Guerrier has a Masters of Social Work Community Organization and Adult Interventions from University of Syracuse and a Bachelor or Science degree in Psychology. He has served on a number of national and local boards, and has been recognized as an emerging leader under 40.

21 PROGRESS is a 501c3 nonprofit organization in Washington, created in 2012 by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, the largest private sector union in the state to build a 21st Century movement for equity and justice. Through popular education particularly for immigrants, communities of color and low wage workers it seeks out leaders of tomorrow. It’s flagship program is supporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) with college and job readiness, civic engagement and other training while providing access to interest-free loans for their DACA application fees. To date, 21 PROGRESS has supported over 250 DACA applicants. Other programs have included free tax preparation workshops in 11 different languages, a Justice Fellows program for midlevel new generation leaders, and leadership training events for immigrants interested in running for public office and young labor leaders.

Congrats to the American Dialect Society! Who?

In the handwringing – and even soul searching –  since Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson last year, it is astonishing how many prominent writers don’t get it.  Even the Oscars didn’t get it, so much so that even Jimmy Fallon mentioned that the nominees were “so white.”
Once a year, members of the American Dialect Society gather at what the New York Times calls the Super Bowl of linguistics, to select the Word of the Year.  They got it.  For 2014, the word of the year is:
#BLACKLIVESMATTER.

Seattle says: Black Lives Matter!

On December 6, 2014 over 1,000 people marched from Garfield High School to the Seattle Police Headquarters calling for an end to the tragic shootings of unarmed black men by police officers.  The march was led by young organizers from around the county.  Michael Brown and Eric Garner were remembered with an extended period of silence as the marchers knelt in the street with their hands up for several minutes in front of the Seattle Police Department Headquarters.  Seattle stands with Ferguson in the national fight to stop unjustified police shootings.

#BlackLivesMatter