Legislative Gazette
Despite Budget Setback, Immigrants Still Pushing for drivers’ licenses, DREAM Act

April 20, 2018 | By Alexa Appel, Legislative Gazette

“With the budget finalized and little progress made on immigrant rights such as the DREAM Act and driver’s licenses for undocumented New Yorkers, advocates are continuing to fight for progression.”

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Groups Pushing for Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

April 18, 2018 | By Morgan McKay, News 10

“Through the use of an interpreter, people shared their struggles of trying to live without a license. Natasha Cid’s son, for example, fell sick and ran into problems at several different clinics. ‘They always ask us for a drivers license. My question is why a drivers license? I have the money to pay you, I’m showing you my passport. And the people attending told us that’s not good enough,’ Cid, speaking through an interpreter, said.”

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Over 200 Support Middletown Creating a Municipal ID

April 4, 2018 | By Kathy Welsh, Hudson Valley News Network

“‘We’ve spoken to hundreds of Middletown residents who feel a municipal ID would make a tremendous difference in their lives and their children’s lives.’ said Ignacio Acevedo, Lead Organizer at Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson. ‘This will make Middletown a stronger, more united community. It will benefit all residents.'”

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Large Turnout in Middletown in Support of Municipal IDs

April 4, 2018 | Mid Hudson News

“Some 200 people packed the Middletown Common Council chambers Tuesday evening to support a proposal for the city to create a municipal identification card program.  Many of the supporters were from the regional group Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson.”

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Middletown Leaders Consider Municipal IDs for Those Who May Need It

April 3, 2018 | By Caitlin Landers, Spectrum News

“City officials say the idea has been on the table for a year, but now they’re moving forward. They have some ideas, like what the ID could look like and what information would be on it.”

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 Strong Support for Middletown ID Program

April 3, 2018 | By Lana Bellamy, Times Herald Record

“Men, women and children of all ages were sitting in chairs and on the floor, standing along the walls and spilling out into the second-floor foyer of city hall as they listened to residents, clergy and Mayor Joe DeStefano explain why having a Middletown ID would be important to them.”

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Municipal IDs advocated by community advocacy group

April 3, 2018 | Mid Hudson News

“The IDs would be particularly useful to undocumented, homeless and transgender residents, Bix said. The timing for this proposal could not be more relevant given that President Trump said on Easter Sunday that protecting dreamers under DACA is off the table.”

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Middletown Considers Offering ID Cards to Residents

April 2, 2018 | By Lana Bellamy, Times Herald Record

“With the creation of a municipal ID, Middletown will make itself a leader in the Hudson Valley in protecting its most vulnerable residents,’ which include those who are homeless, undocumented immigrants and the elderly, said Jonathan Bix, executive director of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson.”

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DACA Deadline Brings Protestors to Faso’s Kingston Office

March 6, 2018 | Mid Hudson News Staff

“He and the other 10 dreamers who attended the protest are calling for a “clean” dream act with no funding for the wall on the Mexican border or for immigration enforcement.”

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Demonstrators Call on Faso to Protect Dreamers

March 5, 2018 | Staff, Hudson Valley One

“This afternoon, local organization Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson and allies held a protest at Congressman John Faso’s office in Kingston. The protest called on John Faso and Congress to pass a Clean Dream Act – permanent legislative protections for DACA recipients that do not include any funding for a border wall or immigration enforcement.”

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DACA, Oscar, negocios, comunidad y Radio fueron los temas de hoy en La Voz

March 5, 2018 | Radio Kingston

“Fue un día de sentimientos encontrados en La Voz en Radio Kingston hoy. Por un lado, tuvimos una noche inolvidable en los Oscars … Mejor director, mejor película, mejor película de animación, mejor canción original, se entiende, varios premios Oscar para los latinos. Por otro lado, el día para renovar DACA llegó a su fin. Entonces, sí, hablamos sobre los Oscar. Luego, sobre negocios con Sandra Salguero (Latinos in Business Success), radio con Juve Santiago (Juan 95.7 FM), comunidad con Marco Ochoa (MA Ochoa Home Improvements) y DACA con Alan Perez y Margarita Hernandez (Nadie se va del Mid-Hudson).”

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Three Nightmares for Elvis Ramos

February 17, 2018 | By Alexander Reed Kelly, Hudson Valley News

“Elvis Ramos doesn’t sleep well. Some nights he dreams that he is permanently separated from his children, who are seven, eight and 10-years-old. In other dreams he cannot find the employment he needs to support them, or they become casualties of Mexico’s drug war.”

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One Year Later: Hudson Valley Responds to Trump

February 1, 2018 | By Hillary Harvey, Chronogram

“With ongoing spotlights on police brutality and racist, anti-immigration rhetoric, racial justice is a defining conversation of Trump’s first year… Ignacio Acevedo, lead organizer for the Poughkeepsie-based racial justice group, Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, recently told the Poughkeepsie Journal that the Hudson Valley is experiencing a surge in activism among people of color since Trump’s election.”

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Some local DACA advocates slam Democrats’ agreement to end government shutdown

January 22, 2018 | By Leonard Sparks, Times Herald-Record

“‘A lot of people are not happy today,’ said Ignacio Acevedo of Newburgh, the lead organizer for a grassroots organization called Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson. ‘Why is it such a difficult thing to do right now – for our representatives to work together and find solutions?'”

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Activism grows in Hudson Valley amid divisive times

January 14, 2018 | By Geoffrey Wilson, Poughkeepsie Journal

“Acevedo, the lead organizer with Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, a Poughkeepsie organization that advocates for working-class people of color, said the Hudson Valley is experiencing a surge in activism… ‘After living here for 27 years, I don’t think I’ve ever seen people of my community speaking up like this before,’ he said.”

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Organizing One by One for DREAMers—Alfredo Pacheco

December 21, 2017 | By Sarah Jaffe, The Progressive

” Organizers around the country are demanding action, including Alfredo Pacheco of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, who took a group to Washington, D.C. to join a massive protest December 6th. But fighting for the DREAM Act is only part of the work that Pacheco does, and he explains how it all connects, as well as what he’s looking forward to fighting for in 2018.”

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Pro-DACA Group Heads to DC For Nationwide Protest

December 6, 2017 | By Caitlin Landers, Spectrum News

“DACA lets undocumented immigrants who came to America as kids stay in the country. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says there are about 690,000 active DACA recipients in the country. Lopez, along with 50 others, were up before the sun to get on a bus to Washington, D.C., and advocate for keeping the program in place, since it’s being phased out.”

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The Attack on DACA is About Racism. Period.

September 6, 2017 | By Sarah Jaffe, In These Times

“They keep saying, ‘America First!’ They keep saying that, but it’s just racism towards us. We are the minority now and we’re going to become the majority eventually. They’re afraid of that. My parents are not criminals. They’re not.”

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“Treat Us Like Humans”: Emergency Protests Erupt Against DACA Repeal

September 6, 2017 | By Sarah Jaffe, Truthout

“We’re humans. Treat us like humans. Treat us like citizens of, not the country, citizens of the world. That’s what I want. We are humans. I am tired of people saying “What are you?” I’m human. Treat me like a human.”

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Dreams Die Hard: Where Do They Go After DACA?

September 6, 2017 | By Sarah Jaffe, Moyers & Company

“We’re humans. Treat us like humans. Treat us like citizens of, not the country, citizens of the world. That’s what I want. We are humans. I am tired of people saying “What are you?” I’m human. Treat me like a human.”

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Defending Migrants Through Hell and High Water

September 8, 2017 | By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen, Dissent Magazine


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Vassar Community Must Continue to Fight DACA Decision

September 13, 2017 | By the Editors, Vassar College Miscellany News

“We hope that the College will take further action in the coming months to protect students affected by DACA and communicate said plans to the Vassar community. Furthermore, we urge President Bradley to extend her concern to all students who come from families of immigrants, as all of these people are affected by this presidential administration’s bigoted immigration policies.”

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Poughkeepsie City Council Votes in Favor of Safe City Resolution

June 20, 2017 | Spectrum News Staff

“The resolution — similar to sanctuary city legislation presented in cities around the state — protects undocumented immigrants from being reported to federal immigration officials by local authorities.”

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Poughkeepsie Rally: Hundreds Protest Trump Immigration Ban

February 4, 2017 | Poughkeepsie Journal

“Hundreds of demonstrators stage an immigration ban protest outside the Dutchess County Courthouse on Market Street in Poughkeepsie of Feb. 4, 2017.”

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Community Members Gather To Form Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone

January 16, 2017 | Allison Dunne, WAMC Northeast Public Radio

“The January 14 gathering in Beacon brought together an audience some 200 strong, from all over the Hudson Valley. The Hate Free Zone is a network of people and institutions who have committed to standing up against hate, and to protect communities coming under attack.”

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Hate Free Zone Holds First Meeting

January 24, 2017 | The Highlands Current

“More than 200 people gathered at St. Luke’s Church in Beacon to support the group, which organizers say was modeled after one formed in Queens ‘in response to an increasingly hostile climate for immigrants, people of color, Muslims, Jews, LGBTQ people, women and workers.'”

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‘Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone’ Brings Communities Together Under Common Goal

January 14, 2017 | Jackson Wang, Spectrum News Hudson Valley

“‘So many of us are dealing with all sorts of discriminations and all of our communities are unrepresented,” said Dominique Suddith, of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson. “We need people to come together and make a change.'”

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Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone Convenes in Beacon

January 14, 2017 | Jack Howland, Poughkeepsie Journal

“Dominique Suddith, a member of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, spoke about where the group goes from here, according to the release. ‘What’s next is to take into consideration what happened today, look at our pledges, and turn it into action,’ Suddith said, according to the release. ‘This is just the beginning.'”

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Hudson Valley ‘Hate-Free Zone’ Movement Forms in Beacon

January 18, 2017 | Carol Reif and Sam Barron, Northwest Dutchess Daily Voice

“The Common County in Ulster County’s Kingston, for instance, recently adopted a resolution declaring that the city was welcoming and inclusive toward undocumented immigrants and wouldn’t be asking crime victims, witnesses, or other people who come in contact with police for low-level matters such as traffic infractions about their immigration status.”

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Hudson Valley Residents Stand Up Against Hate

January 16, 2017 | Bobby Welber, Hudson Valley Post

“The Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone team wants people and organizations to stand together to help protect communities that could be targets of hate.”

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Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone

January 16, 2017 | Hudson Valley News Network

“The Hate Free Zone is a network of people and institutions who have committed to standing up against hate and pledging protection of communities coming under attack.”

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Local Organizations Plan “Hate Free Zone” to Protect Vulnerable Communities

January 12, 2017 | Staff, Hudson Valley One

“In the afternoon of Saturday, January 14, local activist organizations Community Voices Heard and Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson will hold an assembly at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church to form the ‘Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone,’ described as ‘a network of people and institutions who have committed to standing up against hate, and for the protection of communities coming under attack.'”


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Mid-Hudson Declared Hate Free Zone

January 15, 2017 | Mid Hudson News

“Due to President-elect Trump’s comments regarding deportation of undocumented persons, a main facet of the Hate Free Zone is to eliminate the fears of deportation for the undocumented and to remove the stigma against them.”