Solidarity and Guidance for Students Affected By Immigration EOs

 

Dear Members,

As you may be aware, Donald Trump has shamefully banned immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States. If you are a student from one of these countries, we stand with you. We have been in contact with campus organizations and legal groups to provide some guidance to our international student members and undocumented members in this difficult time.

The west coast branch of the Muslim Student Association is partnering with legal experts at the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Asian-Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ) to provide an online Know-Your-Rights info session addressed to all students affected by the ban. This session will go live tomorrow, Wednesday 2/1, at 8:30pm. Sign up at this link. Live signup will be available to the first 100 individuals. They are working to make an additional livestream and recording available to all others who are unable to join. Also check yesterday’s webinar by the National Immigration Law Center on the Muslim Ban and their webinar last week on all immigration-related orders thus far. All members are encouraged to also sign this recent petition calling on the UC to take concrete steps to support students in the wake of the orders.

Our Union has also set aside some funds to support groups who are organizing in-person “Know Your Rights” trainings on each campus in the coming weeks. Your local campus stewards will be in touch as details for each campus are solidified.

You should know that immigrant advocacy groups challenged the executive order in court and aspects of the ban seem to have been temporarily blocked, though this may change at any moment. Powerful protests at airports across the country have also been effective in preventing deportations. However, advocacy groups are still strongly urging visa-holders AND green card holders from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen to delay any plans to leave the United States. If you are already abroad and seeking to reenter the U.S., you may contact the ACLU branch nearest the first U.S. airport in your itinerary.

Persons detained at a California airport should call the local ACLU hotline:

San Francisco: 415-621-2488

Los Angeles: 213-977-5245

San Diego: 619-398-4485

Also, each campus has an undocumented student resource center which can provide helpful information and guidance to immigrant students. The UC Berkeley Undocumented Student Program has created this fact sheet on all the immigration-related executive orders thus far.

If you have any questions or are a member of the legal community and would like to help lead “know your rights” sessions on your campus, contact Anti-Oppression Committee Coordinator, Alborz Ghandehari at uaw2865aoc@gmail.com. Stay tuned for more information from you campus stewards.

In deep solidarity,

UAW 2865- Executive Board

 

“We will not be silent.”    

  • ما ساکت نخواهیم ماند.
  • لن نصمت.
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Letter to Janet Napolitano from Coalition of UC Students & Unions on Sanctuary Protections at UC

President Janet Napolitano Office of the President University of California 1111 Franklin St., 12th Floor Oakland, CA 94607

January 17, 2017

Dear President Napolitano:

We are a coalition of University of California student organizations and unions committed to seeing all UC campuses, medical centers, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and all other parts of the UC System become robust sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants and other communities targeted for repression by the Trump Administration.

We demand that you immediately declare all University of California campuses, medical centers, and the LBNL, formal sanctuaries for students, staff, workers (whether employed by UC or by outside contractors), patients, community members, and their families.

“Sanctuary” is defined as a place of refuge or safety. We reject negative definitions of safety, and recognize that safety, security, and refuge require not only protection from persecution, but also the resources and support necessary for historically marginalized and excluded communities to adequately organize, nurture, and advocate for themselves. Safety and security for all members of the University community means that we extend the material and psychological support necessary for their well-being as well as take action to protect our community against the threats made against them.

As sanctuaries, UC campuses, medical centers, and the LBNL shall:

  1. NO COMPLICITY, NO COLLABORATION: Refuse to comply with immigration authorities regarding investigations, raids, detentions and/or deportations; refuse to allow immigration authorities physical access to all land owned or controlled by UC; to not allow UC Police Departments to collaborate with, or act on behalf of, immigration agents;
  2. GUARANTEE PRIVACY: Refuse to disclose information regarding immigration status or work authorization; and end surveillance of student, staff, and community activists on campus;
  3. EXPAND WORK AUTHORIZATION PROVISIONS: Apply AFSCME 3299 immigrant rights provisions to all workers and expand provisions related to Social Security “no-match” letters; prohibit the use of E-Verify;
  4. SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARS AND STAFF: State publicly and often your continual support for, sponsorship of, and willingness to take action to support international scholars and staff, especially given President-Elect Trump’s plans to eliminate visa programs, subject immigrants to “extreme vetting,” and restrict immigration from so-called “terror-prone regions”;
  5. PROTECT & EXPAND SERVICES: Protect and expand counseling and legal services for: undocumented students, staff, workers, and their families; international scholars and staff; and threatened groups including Muslim, LGBTQIA, Black and undocumented community, as well as other students and staff of color;
  1. NO EXCESSIVE FORCE: Prohibit use of riot police, SWAT teams or other militarized forces against student and/or worker protests, rallies, sit-ins, walkouts, strikes or civil disobedience; aggressively pursue justice and accountability in cases of excessive use of force against Black people and other people of color;
  2. NO CRIMINALIZATION: Limit the offenses that are subject to arrest by UCPD, limit the circumstances in which students, staff, and others are turned over to outside law enforcement; Ban the Box and adopt more inclusive hiring practices;
  3. NO REGISTRIES, WELCOME REFUGEES: Aggressively denounce and refuse to assist with a registry of Muslims or registry of any other protected class; take immediate steps to welcome refugees from Syria and others fleeing violence and insecurity;
  4. COMBAT SEXUAL VIOLENCE: Increase resources for in-person consent education and sexual violence prevention, with a specific emphasis on high-risk populations; increase awareness of survivor support resources; ensure survivor-centric approaches including but not limited to direct adjudication and/or alternative resolution processes;
  5. MEET HUMAN NEEDS: Guarantee housing and food assistance to all admitted students; expand mental health, legal, and child-care resources on campus; halt tuition and fee hikes; raise the student minimum wage to match the service worker minimum; negotiate fair contracts with UC employees; and end the use of exploited contract workers;
  6. AGGRESSIVE ENFORCEMENT: Aggressively enforce policies prohibiting hate and discrimination based on race, color, national origin, faith, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any intersection of these factors;
  7. EXTENSIVE TRAINING: Implement training programs that include but are not limited to: UC’s sanctuary status and provisions, the reporting and investigation of incidents, UndocuAlly, de- escalation intervention techniques, and restorative justice;
  8. RIGHT TO A UNION: Never interfere with workers’ right to join and maintain membership in their union, participate in their union, or have their employer deduct union dues on their behalf; and,
  9. DEMAND A SANCTUARY STATE: Call upon Governor Jerry Brown and the California State Legislature to immediately enact legislation extending these sanctuary demands statewide.

While we are encouraged by the initial step you have taken in this direction in releasing “principles in support of undocumented members of the UC Community,” your principles fail to include certain basic provisions — within the University’s purview — to protect all immigrants. Major shortcomings include, but are not limited to, the fact that your principles fail to:

  • Explicitly commit to protect privacy of UC workers’ immigration status or related information;
  • Commit to not use E-Verify;
  • Refuse to take adverse action, or request work authorization re-verification, in response to

    SSA “no match” letters or related communications;

  • Direct campus police to refuse ICE transfer or notification requests, in addition to holds;
  • Refuse to let ICE interview individuals in campus police custody;
  • Refuse ICE physical access to property owned or controlled by the University;
  • Include all immigrants, regardless of criminal convictions;
  • Commit to protect and expand legal and counseling services for the undocumented

    community;

  • Initiate constant and consistent outreach to the undocumented community, and actively

    involve and engage them in these conversations;

  • Explicitly include the LBNL and all other parts of the UC System;
  • Commit to maintain all protections irrespective of threats to federal funding; and
  • Provide transparency regarding the timeline and process for drafting and negotiating

    campus and medical center policies.

    We look forward to your swift commitment to all the above protections in the form of a robust sanctuary declaration. Only then will UC be acting upon its “deeply held conviction that all members of our community have the right to work, study, and live safely and without fear at all UC locations,” as you committed to do in your press release.

Sincerely,

Kathryn Lybarger AFSCME 3299

Stuart Bussey AFSCME UAPD

Bob Samuels UC-AFT

Debra Grabelle
California Nurses Association

Jason Rabinowitz Teamsters 2010

cc: UC Chancellors UC CEOs

David McCleary UAW 2865

Anke Schennink UAW 5810

Ralph Washington, Jr. UC Students Association

Jelger Kelmijn UPTE-CWA 9119

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UAW Local 2865 – Cybersecurity Guide

Zeke Trautenberg, head steward at UCLA, has prepared a cybersecurity guide—how to protect yourself and your online communications today.

Full guide below, and also handily downloadable as a PDF

1) Web Browsers

For browsing on your desktop, use Firefox. If you prefer to use Google Chrome, try the open source Chromium browser, which is based on Chrome. Always browse in “Private” or “Incognito” modes. For maximum anonymity, use the Tor Browser.

On your desktop browser, install Electronic Frontier Foundation’s HTTPS Everywhere and Privacy Badger extensions to limit tracking of your browsing. The Disconnect extension is also a good tool.

For browsing on your phone, use Firefox mobile. For increased privacy, use Firefox Focus, which does not store cookies or search history.

Hot Tip: Adjust your browser’s privacy and security settings on your desktop and phone. Make sure that “Do Not Track” settings are active and that your browser is storing minimal cookies. Clear your cache and search history often.

2) Search Engines

Use Startpage and Ixquick for increased privacy. DuckDuckGo is also a good option. You can add Startpage as an extension on Firefox. Follow these instructions to Startpage it to your Chrome or Chromium search box.

3) Email

Gmail neither free nor secure. The service scans your emails and sells your information to third-party advertisers. ProtonMail and StartMail are good options for a more secure email service. ProtonMail is based in Switzerland and StartMail is based in the Netherlands.

Use PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) protocol to encrypt your emails. To encrypt your emails with the Apple Email Client, use GPG Tools. You can use Enigmail with the Thunderbird Email Client.

4) Messaging and Phone Calls

Use the open-source app Signal, which is the standard for end-to-end encryption. You can also make secure phone calls. For information on their cryptographic key system works

see these instructions. Signal can also be installed on your desktop via the Chromium or Chrome browsers

5) Passwords and Passcodes

Use unique passwords. Make sure that they are long and include symbols. Alternatively, you can use password managers, but you can never be totally sure that they will not be hacked.

Turn on two-factor verification for your banking, email, and social media accounts. If you use Gmail, follow these instructions.

Hot Tip: Make sure that your passcode for your mobile device is at least six digits long. If you are going to a protest, disable the fingerprint reader.

6) Virtual Private Networks

When you use internet on campus or at cafés, the connection is often insecure. For more secure browsing, use a virtual private network or VPN, which creates a secure tunnel connection between your computer and server in the US or elsewhere. VPNs protect your identity by shielding your Internet Provider (IP) address and Domain Name Server (DNS). Use NordVPN, which is easy to install and headquartered in Panama.

7) Additional Reading https://hackblossom.org/cybersecurity/ http://openpgp.org/software/

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UAW 2865 Supports the 12K Members of Teamsters 2010 on Strike!

This Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 12,000 comrades in Teamsters Local 2010 will be on strike and need our support! These clerical and skilled trades employees are fighting for fair raises and benefits in the face of management’s refusal to bargain in good faith. Their wages are so low that over 70% of workers suffer from hunger or food insecurity, and their real wages are down by 24% over the past two decades.

Locations for local actions are listed below. Additionally, in Los Angeles, Local 2010 members in the skilled trades will be on a ULP strike for five-days, from January 6-10. Skilled Trades workers at UCLA have been working without a contract or raises for four years, and are paid as much as $10 an hour below prevailing wage. Picketing will occur all week at: 100 Medical Plaza Driveway, Los Angeles, CA 90024, January 6-10, 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

UAW is bound by Article 19 of our contract not to engage in sympathy strikes. Thus, the UAW has not issued a strike notice and is not calling for, promoting or engaging in a sympathy strike. However, as individual students, you can exercise your First Amendment right to free speech to demonstrate your support for the Teamsters workers. If it does not conflict with your work obligations, you have every right to walk on a picket line, write leaflets, and speak out to your colleagues and students about your views on labor relations at UC in general, or with respect to the Teamsters in particular. You can go to the picket line or do other strike support at your work location as long as it is not on work time. At work, you can wear buttons or t-shirts or express your views. You can also decide to personally not cross a picket line, or hold your classes or office hours off campus to avoid picket lines.

The UC Student-Workers Union UAW 2865 strongly supports the struggles of our Teamsters comrades to lift the wages and help prevent hunger among many full-time UC workers and their families. You can read more about their struggle here.

If you think you are receiving any threats about your responsibilities during the strike, please contact your local UAW 2865 campus unit for support.

As our union begins bargaining with management in 2018, it is important that in 2017 we show other UC workers that we support them and stand with their fight.

Picket locations are as follows:

Northern California Strike Locations (1/10/2017):

  • UC Berkeley: Gayley Rd. & Hearst Ave., Berkeley, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Lab: Hearst Ave. and Cyclotron Rd., Berkeley, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • UC San Francisco: 505 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco, 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Rally at 12 noon)
  • UC Office of the President: 1111 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94607, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • UC Merced: Lake Rd. and Bellevue Rd., Merced, 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • UC Davis – Campus: Dairy Rd. & Hutchison Dr., Davis CA 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • UC Davis – Medical Center: X St. & Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • UC Santa Cruz: Heller Dr. & Empire Grade, Santa Cruz, 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Southern California Strike Locations (1/10/2017):

  • UC Los Angeles: 100 Medical Plaza Driveway, Los Angeles, CA 90024, 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • UC Irvine – Medical Center: 101 The City Drive South, Orange, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • UC San Diego – Hillcrest Hospital: 200 W. Arbor Dr., San Diego, 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • UC Riverside: 900 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92521, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • UC Santa Barbara:  Henley Gate, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Timothy Mathews, Local 2010 Research Analyst, at 510-292-0020, or tmathews@teamsters2010.org.

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UC Faculty: We Need Your Support!

UC Faculty: We Need Your Support! Help Sustain Mass Action in Support of Student and Worker Demands in the Wake of the Election

*December 2016*

Dear UC Faculty,

As many in our communities have observed, the impending inauguration of Donald Trump poses significant threats to our collective civil liberties, senses of safety, and to the future of public education. As representatives of the student workers union UAW 2865, we acknowledge that there are now widespread calls for mass action beginning on inauguration day, January 20th, and likely continuing long after. A coalition of students and workers across the UC system is joining this nationwide call. Now, more than ever, we are calling on the university and state legislators to extend protections for targeted groups and to ensure the sustainability and accessibility of public education. The incoming administration has threatened to deport undocumented members of our communities, cut federal funding for the sciences and other academic inquiry, cut funding for reproductive healthcare, and register all U.S. residents from Muslim-majority countries in a national database, among other horrifying threats. We take them at their word.

Faculty, especially tenured faculty, are in a strong position to support the January 20th walkout and to continue sustained direct action after that date by cancelling classes or bringing their students to the marches, teach-outs, and protests planned for the day and the following weeks. We recognize that tenured faculty are in a unique position to help sustain mass action even beyond January 20th. You may make clear your intention to not hold classes and withhold your educational labor for as long as it takes until the UC meets the demands issued by campus students and workers.

You can view the attachment for our official demands. They include: making UC a sanctuary campus, meaning administration will put protections in place for undocumented members of our community; free education; ensuring growth, not cuts, in federal funding for the sciences, and public UC support for ending Propositions 209 and 13, which have enabled racial segregation in education.

Withholding your labor in solidarity with this nationwide call means supporting students, workers, and community members who participate in the walkout on January 20th and subsequent walkouts thereafter.

In particular, we are writing to request that faculty:

 

  • Cancel classes on January 20 and join any walkouts, teach-ins, or picket lines
  • Refrain from assigning any work to student workers on January 20
  • Indicate to student workers that they will not face retaliation if they participate in the walkouts.
  • Release a statement from faculty associations endorsing any calls for a general strike or mass action beyond January 20th
  • Release a statement on behalf of the Academic Senate endorsing sustained walkouts or direct actions.
  • Inform undergraduate students that they will not be penalized for supporting walkouts and actions.
  • Share the attached information with undergraduate students to give context for the these actions.

 

The Walkout Call has been circulated statewide to tens of thousands of student workers represented by our union, which will be joined on January 20th by many many more undergraduates and communities. We call on faculty to join this call and stand in solidarity with oppressed communities, civil liberties, and the fight for public education.

In Solidarity,

UAW 2865 Joint Council

(Full Text)

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UAW Local 2865 Endorses the Expansion of Postal Banking

In light of the fact that nearly 28% of U.S. households are underserved by traditional banks, UAW 2865 recognizes the critical need to expand affordable financial services for low-income households. We therefore support the expansion of postal banking and call for the installation of surcharge-free ATMs making it possible for recipients of public benefits to access funds without paying a fee; the expansion of financial services to include payroll check cashing; and the provision of bill paying services and electronic funds transfers in all US post offices.

Endorsement Letter and Brief.

 

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