Alexander Hernandez and I ( Duane Campbell) urge you to sign the resolution to establish Immigrants Rights as a priority in DSA.
The resolution on the Defense of Immigrants and Refugees was written by members of the national Immigrants' Rights Working Group. This resolution reaffirms our commitment to building with working-class communities of color currently outside of DSA. The proposal is intended to prioritize this crucial work with action and calls for a modest budgetary allocation.
Delegates to DSA’s 2017, 2019, 2021 conventions voted to make the defense of immigrants and refugees a priority, but since the Immigrants’ Rights Working Group peak in March 2022 with 1,003 members, at least 31 chapters having a formal immigrants rights group and 50 others interested in forming one, the work has been neglected by a lack of attention from the NPC and a lack of resources.
The North Star Caucus endorsed and supported the Immigrants Rights Resolutions in 2019 and 2021. While the conventions supported these efforts, there has not been significant national support. In 2021 the IMWG was subject to significant disruption, explained here.
Now, a restructured IMWG is working to renew this work. This proposal calls for support of this pro immigrant agenda and we again ask for North Star’s support.
The proposal also calls for “immigrants and their communities to lead this struggle and determine its tactics.” A key component for this work is the sensitivity of organizing in immigrant and undocumented people’s communities. And that sometimes means our role is not in the spotlight and that sensitivity migrants in the United States under the current legal framework are disenfranchised from basic legal protections. This is reflected across the immigrants rights movement in legislative battles and nonviolent action.
This work, centering the communities impacted means DSA is not always the visible partner; and until the makeup of our base changes, we should not be expected to be leading, but continue to prioritize relationship building and learning to listen to members of these communities. The relationship and trust building between movement bases takes time, showing up and listening is just the start.
Please sign the resolution here. And, share it with your DSA friends.
We also support the following resolutions.
Thank you for your consideration.
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North Star caucus members
antiracismdsa (blog of Duane Campbell)
Hatuey's Ashes (blog of José G. Pérez)
Authory and Substack of Max Sawicky
Online University of the Left
In These Times
The American Prospect
Black Agenda Report
Dollars and Sense
Working Families Party
Poor People's Campaign
Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism
Progressive Democrats of America
Democracy for America
Black Lives Matter
Movement for Black Lives
The Women's March
Jewish Voice for Peace
National Abortion Rights Action League
National Organization for Women
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights