Free and open to those who want to participate in Rapid Response Network in the Ithaca Area

Location: Ithaca College, FRIENDS 208

Hi everyone,

The TC Immigrant Rights Coalition is having another training for Rapid Response, based on the model presented in the first training in May done by CNY Workers’ Center. We’d like to invite you to participate: the next training will happen on Tue Sept 26th, 7-8:15pm, Friends 208. The public is welcome, parking is free at Ithaca College after 5pm.

Below is a description of the Rapid Response Network for Immigrants, which was set up as a way for community members to show up and stand in solidarity with undocumented immigrants. The Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition (TCIRC) has launched a Rapid Response Network and Hotline for Immigrants (607-358-5119). This diverse network of community volunteers will respond to calls from people who are pursued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers in our community and share resources with those facing arrest, detention and deportation based on their lack of citizenship. We also hope to build relationships, and strengthen or work on trust.

Since our last RR training, we have

  • set up and launched an RR network,
  • established a hotline, 607-358-5119
  • developed working groups for the roles required for the network, and
  • set up workshop for Legal Observers.

We hope to do a test/run-through of rapid response likely in mid-July; so we would like to have more people join, and particularly for key roles such as:

  • Multi-lingual or bi-lingual operators of RR hotline (Chinese/Mandarin and others, Burmese, Thai, other Asian languages; French; African languages. We have several folks covering Spanish, Portuguese, German, some French, but welcome more).
  • Legal Observers who can go through trainings in July (more info. at training),
  • Media team (including social media),
  • Outreach team to inform immigrants and other community members about the network.

The training will include a discussion of goals and reasons for RR network as well as its process and what the roles entail. There will be opportunity for discussion of the roles, and a short role-play to a specific scenario, to familiarize folks with the RR process. Resource packets will be distributed to participants.

There will be opportunity for people to sign up for the RR team and download the app we are using, if so desired. We are getting the outreach cards/fliers ready with information about the RR network so people can be familiar with it and the other work done by the TCIRC (tcirc.wordpress.com)

We know some of you are especially in contact with community members or students who can help or would like to be engaged, so please spread the word about the TRAINING. Let us know if you have gotten responses, too, as that will help us reach out to more or less people as we gauge the interest in the next few days before the training.

Sincerely,

Patricia Rodriguez (prodriguez@ithac.edu), Beth Harris (beth55harris@gmail.com), and Carlos Gutierrez (guty712@gmail.com), on behalf of TCIRC