Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Immigrants Rally for Justice for Claudia Gómez González and Roxsana Hernández #FamiliesBelongTogether

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Roxsana Hernandez, right, a transgender woman who was part of the caravan of Central American migrants, died in ICE custody at a hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 25, 2018.Annie Rose Ramos

Immigrant NYers Rallied Against CBP Killing of Claudia Gómez González and death of Roxsana Hernandez under ICE custody

Immigrants will rally on Friday at 5pm for National Day of Action for Children
New York, NY (May 30th, 2018)—Today, more than 100 New Yorkers rallied to demand justice for Claudia Gómez González and Roxsana Hernández. Claudia was shot dead by a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer last Wednesday. Roxsana died under Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody five days ago, after fleeing from Honduras because of the discrimination and violence she faced for being a transgender woman.

"Claudia Gonzalez and Roxsana Hernandez died in the hands of CBP and ICE," said Bianey Garcia, community organizer at Make the Road New York. "Claudia was shot by CBP and Roxsana died while in ICE custody. The lives of all immigrants and all those who seek safety and a better life should not be killed by these agencies. We demand justice and responsibility for them and for the many who have suffered and died at the hands of CBP and ICE."

"The deaths of Claudia and Roxsana highlight the level of brutality and violence of the Trump's deportation force," said Ana Maria Archila, Co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy. "President Trump build his campaign on the promises of using the force of the federal government to terrorize immigrant communities, and under his leadership, we can only expect more deaths and abuses. That's why we demand that Congress use its powers to stop Trump's brutal attack on our communities by defunding ICE and Customs and Border Protection. We cannot continue to fund these rogue agencies that are causing so much harm in our communities."  

Groups participating in today's event included Make the Road New York, New York Communities for Change, the Center for Popular Democracy, 32BJ SEIU, Women's March, Immigrant Defense Project, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, and Rise and Resist. Elected officials in attendance included City Council Members Carlos Menchaca, Francisco Moya, Jumaane Williams, and a representative of Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez's office.

Today’s action is part of two mobilizations this week to demand justice for immigrants and their families.

On Friday at 5pm, following the national outcry around #WhereAreTheChildren, immigrants and allies will lead a Jericho Walk around DHS's facility at Federal Plaza to call for the Trump administration to #EndFamilySeparation and to defund Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The event will be part of a National Day of Action for Children, where immigrants and allies nationwide will say #FamiliesBelongTogether.

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Sparkle, Shimmer, Shine Her Eyes - Summer Opens, Chinatown Intrigues, and Coney Island Beckons.

an afternoon in chinatown!


Life can be lonely.  There is no doubt about it.  We can miss our friends.  Some go too early. 
Some never come back. 
 Scenes can change.
Noonday demons grasp.

We don't understand.  Everyone else is in on a joke.  But not us. 
Thats not funny. 

Growing up can be hard.

"The sky blurs—there’s a storm coming
up or down. A lank cat slinks liquidly
around a corner. How familiar
it feels to feel strange..." notes William Mathews.

But the feeling passes.
Seasons change.

Spring passes to summer.
Classes end.

Kids grow up and graduate.

Grades get turned in. 

Memorial day arrives along with the rain.

A trip to Chinatown lightens the mood.

Men sit selling Gucci knockoffs on Canal Street.
Some things never change.

The dim sum is delicious.

Kids throw pop rocks and talk about plot twists.
Its hard to hold the story line. 

We run up the alley. 

The Cavs and Warriors meet again.

And the summer opens up a world of possibilities -  
books to be completed, magazine articles to read, Wild Strawberries 
and old movies to finally watch, road trips to camp, between here 
and Vermont, birthdays and drag marches, trips to South 
Carolina, Brussels and Berlin, Italy and back to holy Brooklyn.

For a moment, Coney Island beckons. 

The beer is delicious. 

The warm sand feels like a homecoming under our toes, 
lulling us to sleep. 

Mom and the not so little one sit in the sun, 
feeling the warmth of being alive, just for a moment. 

Looking at the garden thrive in the back yard. 

A tree reaches into the blue sky. 

Mom, number one and mon amore at the beach.