Local WNY Actions

NOTE: These listings draw heavily on notifications received from Molly Malloy, Patricia Murphy, John Ghertner and others






Saturday, May 6




























Monday, May 22




Anytime ASAP
































Anytime ASAP


Saturday, May 6 Immigrants Rally

beginning at 1:00 PM


details from Peace Center Newsletter


1pm Gather for Rally at Massachusetts Ave Playground (by Winter St) and walk, with speakers including activist Akram Shibly, music (incl Ismail &Co), and inspiration!


1:30 Walk/March, up Lawrence to Hampshire to Grant St – where Nadine will speak at West Side Bazaar

 On to Lafayette  • est. 2pm - with talks from Lamin Tamang, Win Thant, and Zena of Say Yes continuing to at Lafayette High School and past Colonial Circle, noting the global effects of

Empire and Militarism


Down Richmond to finish at Pilgrim-St. Luke's UCC, a declared sanctuary church. There willll be a welcome at the church with tabling etc. as well. The #Buffalo25 will be presenting, with Jeremy Spindler interpreting.


If weather is prohibitive, WE'LL HOLD THE ENTIRE EVENT AT PILGRIM-ST. LUKE'S UCC (where we'll be going in any case). Bienvenidos/ Karibu/ Bienvenu!



LASC coffeehouse: I.C.E. and the Border Patrol

Details on home page


UPDATE from John Ghertner:

The great news through the snowstorm is that Dolores is free for now! Through the miraculous efforts of her attorney, Jose Perez, she has another court date on May 17 at 2 PM. She is now on her way to her Alternative to Detention officer hearing in Buffalo and should be home with her daughter soon.


Do not forget that letters of support mailed to wcosgrovermm@gmail.com and signing her petition will still be valuable if you have not done so already.

Petition link: https://goo.gl/forms/PVZS5DCEaHpX9VQ12

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/199704243847877/


View Sample letter


One of our (Rural Migrant Ministry) Western council family needs our help. Dolores Bustamente has been told by 4 lawyers that her chances of remaining in this country are minimal after having been stopped for speeding three years ago, after which time she was handed over to Border Patrol.


Dolores has been involved in the Rural Women’s Conference and is a leader in Las Mujeres Divinas (a women’s group here who have been developing their leaderships skills and working for farmworker justice.) Her daughter, Miriam Gonzalez, is in our youth group, JOY, and is a leader in my Kids for College program. Miriam is a 16 year old junior in Sodus, a DACA student, who right now is emotionally traumatized with the knowledge that her life without her mother will be difficult.



Donate on-line for expenses to build shower at Pilgrim St. Luke Church so that it can function as a sanctuary for immigrants threatened with deportation.



Or send a check: info at the Peace Center site:



They also need blankets (any size), twin/single bed sheets, pillows, towels, toiletries.  These can be dropped off at 50 Wyoming Ave, one block north of E. Ferry about half a dozen blocks before E. Ferry ends at Bailey.  Phone 892-4354 for Sister Beth who is working on this, or maybe Anna Ireland, Director.



Massachusetts Ave. Play ground is starting point unless weather forces entire event to take place at Pilgrim-St. Luke"s UCC























Network for Religious Community 1272 Delaware Ave



The letter should be sent by email to West Cosgrove wcosgrovermm@gmail.com




























Phone 892-4354




50 Wyoming Ave.






Local WNY News & Analysis



View Video of Local Panel Discussion on Refugees and Immigration

with Karen Scott, J.D.; Julia Hall, J.D.; Dr. Myron Glick; Julie Algubani



Family Arrested and Turned over to Border Patrol in Geneseo.


Thursday night a family was detained while driving to church in Geneseo.  The Worker Justice Center responded immediately and mobilized to try and support this family of dairy workers.


What happened:

The family was pulled over by the Geneseo police, who then called Boarder Patrol.  There was a family in the car: Dahiri and three children (9 months old, 4 year old, and 1 year old) all US citizens, Dahiri's sister Xiomara and her two children (2 months old and 4 year old) and their 12 year old brother.  The family is from Guatemala.

After Board Patrol was called the children were separated from their parents and placed in a separate van.  Everyone had to wait on the side of the road, often in cars turned off with no heat, for two hours. There was an outpouring of support from Geneseo students and community members.  Facebook has many live videos.


Eventually the family was taken to Rochester Border Patrol Office.  Outside community members rallied in support.  After the first mom was released and the second was sent to Buffalo, the civil disobedience turned violent and state troupers arrested 2 people.  State troupers were armed with batons, pepper sprays, dogs, and paint guns.

Later that evening one mom and two children were released because they were already in proceedings.  The other mom and the 12 year old brother were taken to Buffalo facility because they have a prior order. They are getting released soon.


What can you do:


-Call the Geneseo police and tell them that this is unacceptable

-Donate to the Worker Justice Center, they are on the front lines until all hours of the morning fighting for families and they have very little resources to do it with.

-Social media.


story from John Ghertner



Letter From Buffalo - The Underground Railroad for Refugees

This article by Jake Halpern in the March 13 issue of The New Yorker magazine highlights the work that Vive has been doing for decades aiding refugees on their way to apply for asylum in Canada. Many of us who have worked in the past with Vive are grateful that its story is becoming more widely known. Full story at:



Union tips off Border Patrol in immigration crackdown

Buffalo News report on how local carpenters union is reporting use of undocumented workers on local construction projects. Full report at:




National Actions


Saturday, May 6


National Day of Action on Immigration

More details soon on this and a separate rally occurring on May 1.


Washinton, D.C.

and in Buffalo and other cities

National News and Analysis

A great article about the immigrant detention system



A System Designed to Make People Disappear

An excellent article describes what it is like to represent someone in immigration detention today, dealing with the obstacles that I.C.E. puts up.



How Pope Francis is leading the Catholic Church against anti-migrant populism

Read the article in the Washington Post. click here


Coalition Urges US to Free Mexican Journalist Seeking Asylum



Border wall with Mexico won’t be built ‘from sea to shining sea,’ DHS secretary says



ICE Nabs Young "Dreamer" Applicant After She Speaks Out at a News Conference


Washington Post report on the arrest of Daniela Vargas, an applicant for "Dreamer" status shortly after she spoke out at a news conference about the need or a path to citizenship.

This story noted thanks to the list-serve frontera  Read full story at:



UN Rights Chief Decries Trump's U.S. Immigration Policies


The United Nations human rights chief has warned that U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration policies could lead to collective expulsions of migrants that would amount to a breach of international law.

Read story at:



Farmers Rethink Support for Trump


How Trump immigration and trade policies will effect farmers and consumers.

Read story Online.


I.C.E moves to deport "Dreamer" accused of no crime

Daniel Ramirez who had a work permit and DACA (Dreamer) status was taken in by I.C.E which is now threatening to deport him. This is a case with frightening implications for all "Dreamers"

Read the New Yorker Report