please send us an email at email@example.com if you are interested in participating in any upcoming event! [updated 5/7/09]
**Ongoing **Monthly IJSP Meetings Interested in getting more involved in with IJSP? Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
**Peoples' Justice CopWatch Join IJSP and Peoples' Justice in patrolling the police! Help empower our communities to know our rights, prevent abuse, and if/when it happens, document it! Contact us for more info. *Friday, May 8th!* 6:30p - 8:30p w/hangout afterward Happy Hour Phone Outreach @ Center for Constitutional Rights - 6th Floor Join IJSP members for some food and drinks as we make outreach calls to DWU members. Phone outreach is one of the main ways to help build the membership base of DWU and to remind folks of important events. Join us for as long as you can and/or come out with us afterward for some drinks and fun!
Saturday, May 16th!* 3:00p - 6:00p DWU ID Making & Interpretation Interested in helping us make ID cards or providing interpretation for DWU members at the DWU general meeting? Contact us!
Monday, May 25th!* 12:00p - 3:00pm Day of Remembrance with "Mothers of Never Again" Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Building Plaza 163 West 125th Street Join us as we stand in solidarity and unity with Mrs. Bell (Sean Bell's mother) and "Mothers of Never Again" (M.O.N.A.) in a day of remembrance of lost loved ones to gun violence in New York City.
We are always looking for new people who are interested in learning more about IJSP, getting involved with one of our projects or helping develop new work.
Jumping in is easy – send us an email at email@example.com and we’ll meet up with you either at an upcoming event or just to grab a cup of something. Once you join, you can be around a lot, sometimes or only once in awhile – there’s room for folks at all levels of commitment. What matters to us is bringing energy to the movement and letting the movement energize you. If you like what you’re doing and are thinking you’d like to stick around, you’re probably ready for the part of an organizer.
If you are interested or want more info - drop us a line!
Immigrant Justice Solidarity Project (IJSP) is a NYC based, all-volunteer collective that comes together to think of concrete ways to facilitate the work of low income immigrant and women of color led organizations.
WHO'S IN IT?
Folks in IJSP see themselves as allies who want to make concrete contributions towards movements led by radical immigrant and women of color. We tend to be people who benefit from some kind of privilege or power, however each of us may define it (money, skin, status, sex). But we are diverse, of many genders, races, incomes, styles and orientations. What binds us is a desire to be around folks who are passionate about ending all forms of oppression, and a drive to discover new ways of building a movement for collective liberation.
WHAT ARE WE ABOUT?
We believe that communities directly impacted by conditions of imperialism must be at the forefront of any movement for social justice. IJSP’s structure reflects this by primarily supporting the leadership of low-income, women-led, people of color & immigrant community-based organizations. We currently work with Domestic Workers United, Desis Rising Up & Moving, and are part of the People’s Justice Coalition. Our work is flexible but we regularly support DWU’s basebuilding efforts through monthly phone outreach, provide monthly childcare for DRUM, and organize trainings, events and campaigns with PJ.
IJSP has already had many lives. In mid 2001, IJSP was known as the Detention Working Group of the Coalition for the Human Rights of Immigrants (CHRI-Dets.) We came into being through our involvement with the “Stop the Disappearance Campaign” (STDC), which drew a critical linkage between growing immigrant detention and the prison industrial complex. We fought for an end to the violent policing of borders through our support of NYC-area immigrant detainees after 9/11. Since then we have taken on new lives through campaigns promoting comprehensive immigration reform, the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, and anti police brutality.
POINTS OF UNITY
WE UNITE AGAINST IMPERIALISM – the mass, transnational exploitation of land, resources, people for material gain by a powerful few – and it’s many manifestations, namely the strategic imposition of (& ironically, the imperialist violation of) borders, across & within stolen land. We understand imperialism to be the root cause of such on going atrocities as the US Prison Industrial Complex, the US/Mexico Border Wall, NAAFTA & CAAFTA, the “War on Terror,” Occupation in Palestine, Occupation in Iraq. We believe in the abolition of borders, cages and double-standards, where money & weapons flow freely across the same borders which so many are trapped by.
WE UNITE AROUND AN ETHIC OF SOLIDARITY – the understanding that, despite our various different levels of privilege (citizenship, skin, class, gender, ability, sexuality), we share a vision of justice where all people, land, creatures are free from oppression. As a collective of less-affected allies, we recognize the importance of leadership of those most affected by conditions of imperialism, namely poor, immigrant, &/or native women & communities of color. We endeavor to support this leadership towards a mutually beneficial & just existence.
WE UNITE AGAINST OPPRESSION – the systemic disenfranchisement & historically unequal treatment of poor people of color, immigrants, native peoples, women & queers by white-led government / corporate infrastructure. We recognize that oppression exist in many forms, including within us; we are committed to challenging traces of oppression wherever & whenever they arise.
WE UNITE AS A COLLECTIVE – using a consensus-based model, we practice anti-authoritarianism, which we believe is a necessary foundation in a world without oppression. All may have an equal voice in determining our collective actions and their outcomes.
WE UNITE AROUND HONESTY – Don’t front – confront! If we are to collectively build toward a shared vision of justice, we must trust one another. We value clear communication, where our political commitment, intentions and capacity around this work are transparent. As a volunteer-run collective, we strive to create a sustainable community, and recognize that this is enabled by the honest participation of all members.