Bystander Intervention to Support Latinx Communities in Public Spaces by Hollaback!.org
- Register for a free, one-hour, interactive webinar, in honor of Latinx Heritage Month (September 15th - October 15th) and to bring awareness to the increase of harassment toward the Latinx community in recent years.
- Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 12:00PM ET/ 10:00AM MT
- Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 1:00PM ET/ 11:00AM MT
- “You’ll learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We’ll talk through five strategies for intervention: Distract, Delegate, Document, Delay, and Direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. We’ll also talk about what to do if you’re a person of color worried the violence will turn on you, and how to avoid being a “white savior.” We’ll have time at the end for practice, and you’ll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see anti-Latinx harassment happening in public.”
Oftentimes, undocumented immigrants are unaware of their full rights while in the US and are unable to receive proper legal support when facing deportation. That’s partly because existing legal services are severely overwhelmed. Currently, the country’s 58 immigration courts face a backlog of more than half a million cases, and immigrants are represented by a small number of often pro-bono groups. Undocumented immigrants often spend months and even years in private prisons that routinely fail human rights inspections while awaiting their court dates. In the months and years ahead, Dreamers may be plunged into an uncertain legal environment and will need support. Here are a few groups fighting to protect undocumented citizens that you can support:
- National Immigrant Justice Center: NIJC fights all the forms of justice that undocumented immigrants face — from employment discrimination and abuse to overly punitive enforcement measures that break up families.
- National Immigration Law Center: NILC wages legal battles to protect and improve immigrant rights. Their lawyers have won lawsuits to stop workplace discrimination, provide due process rights for detained migrants, and end state-backed racial profiling.
- Immigration Advocates Network: IAN provides legal services and also works to build a more robust legal community for undocumented legal services by supporting local groups and facilitating regional collaborations.
- Families for Freedom: FFF fights to protect families from deportation. The group is made up of people deeply familiar with the plight of the undocumented. “We are immigrant prisoners (detainees), former immigrant prisoners, their loved ones, or individuals at risk of deportation.”
- Immigrant Hope Wyoming Idaho: “Our staff of government-approved counselors and volunteers will meet with you, help you understand your options and carefully guide you through your application for an immigration benefit – or, if deemed in your best interest, refer you to trusted attorneys. Spanish and English speaking counselors are available.”
Call Your Local and State Politicians:
Go beyond protesting by calling on your local and state representatives to defend DACA and immigrant rights more broadly, speaking up for people who often do not have a political voice.
Here’s a baseline script that you can use:
My name is _____ As your constituent, I am calling today to urge you to support humane and comprehensive immigration reform legislation that provides hard-working immigrants with a pathway to earning citizenship, protects families and the most vulnerable members of our society, and respects the rights of workers and border communities. It is imperative that Congress works to fix the broken immigration system this year.
Roughly 800,000 people are unfairly affected by this system and the time for action is now.
Call Your Senator:
Senator Jon Barasso (Republican):
- Phone: 202-224-6441
- Or, send your message to him online: