Know your rights at the polls, at protests, and in your communities

We are just days away from this year’s presidential election in which it is very likely the results will be contested and the final results will not be determined on election night. It’s more important than ever that we know what to do to protect our rights at polling locations, at protests, and how to respond to increased police or ICE presence in our communities. We are sharing these resources with you in the hopes that you will share with your networks.

We know that the best way to protect each other is through community organizing. The best community protection is preparation – be sure to connect with your local community organizations and share these resources within your networks.

If you will be voting in person at your polling location on Tuesday, here are resources from ACLU (Source: ACLU Voting Rights)

  • If you are questioned about your political beliefs by anyone you do not need to respond. 
  • If you are in line to vote and polls close, you have a right to stay in line and cast your vote. 
  • If you make a mistake on your ballot, you have the right to request a new one. 
  • If the machines are down at your polling place, you have the right to a paper ballot. 
  • The following hotlines are available for any emergency needs:
    • English: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)
    • Spanish: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-866-839-8682)
    • Arabic: 1-844-YALLA-US (1-844-925-5287)
    • Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, or Vietnamese: 1-888-274-8683 

If you will be participating in protests, here are resources from the National Lawyer’s Guild (NLG) and from New Jersey Consortium for Immigrant Children

  • If you are stopped by a law enforcement officer, always ask: “Am I detained?”
    • If the answer is “Yes” then you have a right to remain silent. 
    • If the answer is “No” then you have a right to leave. 
  • Once you are detained, you have an automatic right to remain silent.
  • While detained, you also have a right to a lawyer.
  • If you are pulled over on your way from a protest, you have a right to refuse a search. However:
    • You may be ordered from your vehicle. 
    • Upon reasonable suspicion, your vehicle may be searched for weapons. 
    • Upon probable cause, your entire vehicle may be seized and searched.

If ICE is at your door or in your community, see our resource page on how to respond. Here are the most important things to remember:

DIRE Handout

The DIRE hotline number is 1-888-DIRE-SOS or 1-888-347-3767. 

MigraWatch Deportation Defense hotline: The deportation defense hotline from United We Dream is 1-844-363-1423 – use it if you witness an I.C.E. Raid or any other immigration activity in your community.

These unprecedented times, with a second wave of the pandemic, an economic downturn, and anti-immigrant national rhetoric, have asked a lot of us, especially those who have lost loved ones due to COVID19. We know this year’s election will look different from years past with a great deal of uncertainty and the likelihood of contested results. At the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice, we are checking in with our partners and members to create spaces of support, and we hope you can do the same with your family, friends, and loved ones in the next days and weeks. 

Whatever the outcomes of the election, we will continue fighting for a more fair and welcoming state for everyone who lives here.

Sincerely,

New Jersey Alliance For Immigrant Justice 

Maneesha Kelkar, Interim Director

Katy Sastre, Outreach Coordinator

Hera Mir, Communications and Operations Coordinator

Online meeting on Immigration Justice Advocacy & COVID-19

UUSJ is having an online conversation on Thursday April 30 at 8:00 PM on the topic of Immigration Justice Advocacy & COVID-19.

We would like to invite you to join UUSJ’s Immigration Justice Task Group to share what is on your heart regarding COVID-19, hear what we’ve been doing, and especially gather your ideas on how UUSJ should focus its Immigration Justice advocacy for a just COVID recovery.

See their website at https://uusj.salsalabs.org/immigrationsalon_covidrecovery for more information and to RSVP.

How to make a real impact in NJ during the COVID-19 crisis

No one left out: a COVID-19 response that puts NJ’s most vulnerable residents first. Join STAND CNJ for a virtual gathering on understanding the advocacy needed to make an impact on NJ’s next steps in supporting its communities throughout the state.

Speakers:

  • Dena Mottola Jaborska, Associate Director, New Jersey Citizen Action will highlight how our advocacy efforts can make an impact on current issues, such as unemployment, paid leave, and healthcare to close the gaps and protect NJ residents.
  • Brandon J. McKoy, President, New Jersey Policy Perspective will highlight the important policy and budgetary advocacy needed to develop the state’s legislation and resources necessary to tackle our newest challenge.

Join us in learning more on what NJ activists should understand about how the state can provide resources and what we can all do to make sure necessary services are provided for people in our state.
In collaboration with our network of coalitions, we can make a difference.

Register in Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2xvDzha

Staying Healthy and Safe During The COVID-19 Crisis

The NJ Alliance for Immigrant Justice invites you to join our series of COVID-19 Response Facebook Live Panels starting with the first tomorrow, Wednesday, April 8th at 3:00pm on staying healthy and safe during the crisis! Please RSVP on Facebook so we can keep you updated as the panels are scheduled.

Add the event to your calendar here.

Tomorrow’s panel will focus on staying healthy and connected in the current state of emergency and providing resources to immigrants including the undocumented community with a focus on access to health care.

We are joined by Deborah Cornavaca from the Governor’s office and Laura Mora, Organizer with LALDEF. Our discussions will be held in English and Spanish. Please join us and share with your networks! Best,Hera Mir, Communications and Operations Coordinator

New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice
http://www.njimmigrantjustice.org/

We are joined by Deborah Cornavaca from the Governor’s office and Laura Mora, Organizer with LALDEF. Our discussions will be held in English and Spanish. Please join us and share with your networks! 

Best,

Hera Mir, Communications and Operations Coordinator
New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice http://www.njimmigrantjustice.org/

Community Resource Fair at Pine Grove School on 10/24

Somerset County Community Development Office hosted a Community Resource Fair together with Franklin Township and Pine Grove School.   The event was held on October 24, 2019 at Pine Grove School in Franklin Township (130 Highland Avenue, Somerset, NJ 08873, off of Franklin Boulevard). FWCC Somerset representatives handed out information to both community and social service groups.