Harlem Based NAN, IDC And Others Pushes Funding For Immigrant Legal Services

nan-event-in-harlemThe National Action Network (NAN) and members of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) stood alongside advocates to support measures which would protect immigrants living in New York State from discrimination and hate crimes. Stakeholders stood together in solidarity to voice their support for the recently announced plan by Governor Cuomo to protect our civil rights as well as announce the $250,000 in funding for the New York Unity Immigration Program (NYIFUP). In proposing increased state funding for NYIFUP, we help secure critical public defender services and uplift values that have been part of New York for generations.

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NAN Northeast Regional Director Kristen Foy, Senator Jesse Hamilton, Senator-elect Marisol Alcantara, Rev. Al Sharpton and Senator Jeff Klein.

Members of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) announced $250,000 in funding for services for immigrants facing deportation and pushed for an additional $4 million in statewide funding needs.

We must mobilize against acts of hate. Threats and intimidation are cruel, illegal, and unworthy of any member of our society; when directed at people due to their race, religion, sexual orientation, or background, such threats and intimidation strike at the bonds that hold us together. We must join in solidarity against the uptick in these corrosive hate crimes. The recent spike in these crimes deserves the full attention of law enforcement. What’s more, our neighbors who have been targeted by these attacks against their peace of mind deserve our support and our action.

Governor Cuomo has also established a hotline to report these incidents and make referrals to local law enforcement for further investigation when appropriate. The number is 1-888-392-3644. Our Civil Rights Task Force is hosting a Hate Crime Call to Action meeting on Wednesday, December 14th, please click here to RSVP.

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