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On Important Election Day, Coalition Holds Rally to Protest Supreme Court Decision, Call for Immigrant Justice

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Press Contact: Thanu Yakupitiyage,  Main Phone: 212-627-2227 x235,  E-mail: tyaku@nyic.org
New York  (Wednesday, June 29, 2016)

On Important Election Day, Coalition Holds Rally to Protest Supreme Court Decision, Call for Immigrant Justice

 Immigrant Communities Call on Representatives to Get Behind Immigration Reform in Aftermath of Supreme Court Decision

(New York, NY) On Tuesday evening, hundreds gathered at Foley Square in lower Manhattan to rally for immigrant justice in the wake of the Supreme Court's failure to allow the immigration relief programs, DAPA and expanded DACA, to move forward. The rally took place on the evening of New York's Federal Primary Election, and advocates sent a loud message to New York’s representatives that they must get behind immigrant families, fight to keep families together, and push for immigration reform on the federal level. 

Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition said, “As New Yorkers elect and re-elect New York’s Congressional representatives, we are holding this rally to send a message to our representatives that despite the deadlock in the Supreme Court last week, we have not lost hope and we demand that they step up for immigrant communities. We are setting the stage for our broader fight for comprehensive immigration reform and we are mobilizing our communities to vote in the November general elections. We are humbled by the resilience of our communities and we will not rest until we finally have a fair and just solution to our broken immigration system.”

Dozens of NYIC’s member organizations gathered together to recommit to the fight against deportations and for fair and just immigration reform.

[Top Left] Francis Madi, Regional Outreach Associate, New York Immigration Coalition emcees the rally on the steps of Foley Square. [Top right]Aber Kawas, youth organizer at Arab American Association of New York shares her story. [Bottom left] Nieves Ojendra, a mother with MASA who would have qualified for DAPA, speaks. [Bottom right] Families attend the rally for immigrant justice at Foley Square on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016.

Among the speakers at the rally were:

Aber Kawas, Arab American Association of New York

Ester Rim, MinKwon Center for Community Action 

Mazeda Uddin, Southeast Asian Fund for Education

Pamela Chomba, DACA recipient with DAPA-eligible parents, FWD.us

Yancy Rivera, Fight for $15

Koki Afeto, DACA+ eligible individual, African Communities Together 

Reverend Patricia Malcolm, CUSH Ministries

Rabbi Michael Feinberg

Francis Madi, New York Immigration Coalition (moderator)

[Top left] Pamela Chomba of Fwd.us, a DACA recipient with DAPA eligible parents speaks; [Top right] Staff and members of Judson Memorial Church represent at the rally; [Middle left] Reverend Patricia Malcolm of CUSH Ministries, with members of the Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform; [Bottom left] Ester Rim of Minkwon Center for Community Action, a DACA recipient with DAPA-eligible parents speaks; [Bottom right] Koki Afeto, a DACA+ eligible immigrant from African Communities Together speaks.

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The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State that work with immigrants and refugees. The NYIC aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all by promoting immigrants’ full civic participation, fostering their leadership, and providing a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.

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