UPDATED TIME: Families Belong Together: Hudson Valley

There has been a change in time for the June 30th event.  Please note the correct time is 1pm.


Stand Up, Fight Back

On June 30, 2018, people all over the United States will stand up and say to the Trump Administration, “Stop The Cruelty Now!” in a nationwide protest proclaiming Families Belong Together. We invite people in the Hudson Valley to be part of that protest at the Federal Courthouse in White Plains. 300 Quarropas St, White Plains, NY 10601

The Trump administration has committed itself to an anti-immigrant agenda, systematically criminalizing immigration and immigrants, ending Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals (DACA) leaving youth and their families in crisis, using intimidation tactics by ICE to terrorize the undocumented members of our communities. The Trump administration has also left hundreds of thousands of Temporary Protected Statues (TPS) holders in a state of uncertainty.

Pablo Villavicencio, who was taken by ICE officials when he delivered a pizza to the Fort Hamilton Army base in Brooklyn on June 1 is a clear example of the Trump Administration's on-going desire to tear apart immigrant families. This man's wife and children are all US citizens and in February, he had begun the process of gaining his "Green Card" residency status. He is not a danger to anyone. This case shows the immediate need for Congress to take action and stop these attacks on our communities -- and especially to defund and abolish ICE!

Immigrant workers are being targeted by both ICE and some local police departments. They are exploited in their jobs, and separated from their children and love ones. They live in constant fear that ICE can take them away when they are at homes at their job or just walking on the street, and move them anywhere at any time, day or night. And their children live in constant fear that their parents will be taken away. This is no way to live!

At the US southern border, children are being ripped away and separated from their parents while corporations, private prisons and jails are profiting off detention centers and the deportation process. New centers are being created in every state and county. Children of all ages are being kept in inhumane conditions and their conditions medical and physiological conditions remain unknown while divided from their families and warehoused in detention centers throughout the country – including here in Westchester.

More than ever, we need to be loud and clear: Join immigrant workers, families and DACA youth and TPS holders from across the Hudson Valley as we say NO to deportation, NO to separating families at the border and in our communities, NO to detention centers. Let’s say YES to a clean Dream Act, YES to a sane immigration policy and YES to treating the undocumented with respect. And let’s abolish ICE now!

To learn more about any of these initiatives, how you can get involved,or Co-host email us at:
info@hvccoalition.org or visit http://www.hvccoalition.org/HVCC_Home.php

From FreetheChildrenCoalition--Important Message

Due to concerns about the safety and well being of the children being detained in the ICE facilities we will NOT take any action directed at the facilities. We understand the desire to meet there, to protest there and to shut it down, but we strongly urge folks to not do that. Experts in law and child welfare with knowledge of the SKP facilities have advised this plan of action. The children are already being victimized. We don’t want to add further pain to their ordeal by 1. Scaring them or 2. Forcing the removal of the children to detention centers that are less safe and do not properly care for them like Federal Detention Centers or Tent Internment Camps. Please inform friends and spread this message.

Find an Event Near You 

However, there are local events to participate in:

6/19 - Union Square Park - 6:00pm
Stop Ripping Families Apart! Trump/Pence Must Go

6/20 - Sleepy Hollow - 5:00am
Farewell of the Caravan: Solidarity, Hope and Freedom

6/20 - Tarrytown - 7:30pm
Rivertowns March for Refugee Families

6/30 - White Plains - 10:00am
Keep Our Families Together March: Hudson Valley

6/30 - NYC - multiple events/times

Families Belong Together

6/30 - Washington, DC - 11:00am

Join Up2Us at a Town Hall with Pete Harckham for NY State Senate

Come meet and ask questions of SD40's newest candidate for State Senate.


New York's 40th District includes the towns of Beekman, Pawling and the village of Pawling in Dutchess County, the towns of Carmel, Patterson and Southeast, and the village of Brewster in Putnam County, and the city of Peekskill, the towns of Cortlandt, Lewisboro, Mount Pleasant, New Castle, North Salem, Pound Ridge, Somers and Yorktown, the town/village of Mount Kisco, and the villages of Briarcliff Manor, Buchanan, Croton-on-Hudson, Pleasantville and Sleepy Hollow in Westchester County.

Click for more information on Pete Harckham.


Town Hall with Pete Harckham

Monday, June 4 at 7 PM

New Castle Town Hall

200 South Greeley Ave

Chappaqua, New York

Join us for a Town Hall with County Legislator, Catherine Parker on April 29

On Sunday, April 29 at 2pm, Up2Us will welcome Westchester County Legislator and Majority Leader, Catherine Parker for a Town Hall meeting at the Millwood Firehouse in Millwood.

Catherine Parker represents the 7th Legislative District (Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Rye, Part of Harrison and Part of New Rochelle) and is currently serving as the Majority Leader of the Democratic Caucus.  

Catherine has played a role in the passage of the act prohibiting gun shows at the Westchester County Center and other county facilities.  As a sponsor of the creation of a County Energy Director position, she looks forward to working with the County Executive to see the role of the Director expand to help improve energy efficiency across the County and reduce some of the financial burden of taxpayers. Legislator Parker has also introduced legislation to Limit Use of Plastic Bags and Styrofoam by retailers in the county and to provide for cleaner air by reducing and eventually eliminating the use of dirtier #4 and #6 heating fuels.

We look forward to hearing her thoughts on Westchester County Government and legislative issues.

For more on Catherine Parker, visit http://westchesterlegislators.com/district-7.html.

The Millwood Fire House is located at 100 Millwood Road in Millwood, NY.

Join Up2Us in Bedford to Support Shelley Mayer's Campaign!!!

We need your help in Getting Out the Vote in the Bedford area for Shelley Mayer's campaign. 
Please see if you can commit to help out for one more canvassing shifts, and yes, you can bring a buddy or two along! 

*GOTV canvassing runs this coming Friday through next Tuesday the 24th, which is election day.

*There are folks going out every day, starting this Friday, in shifts from 9am-noon, 12-3pm, 3-6pm and 6-9pm.

*Canvasses also leave from their campaign office at 118 N. Bedford, Mt. Kisco.

Please let them know if you can pitch in and help make sure Shelley Mayer is our next State Senator!  Please let them know what shifts you can help with - you can email Brad Usher at bradusher@gmail.com or sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/j19S0sm35AhEcc4t2

Thank you for your help!

Alessandra Biaggi Endorsed for NY State Senate by Up2Us

Alessandra Biaggi is running for New York State Senate in District 34, where she was born and raised. A Democrat running as a true Democrat, Alessandra exemplifies Up2Us values.

Biaggi spent her last decade in advocacy, national leadership, and service to the people of New York, interning for Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY), the Kings County D.A.’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and working as Assistant General Counsel for Governor Cuomo’s Office of Storm Recovery.

Alessandra was a 2015 New Leaders Council (NLC) fellow and sits on NLC’s Advisory Board. She’s a member of The New Agenda's Young Women Leadership Council, and has served on the host committee for The Arena. She has presented on topics including women in politics, leadership, political strategy, and community organizing for New York University's Women's Initiative, Columbia University, Ladies Get Paid, Rally + Rise, Impact Hub, Solidarity Sundays, Changemaker Chats, the All In Together Campaign, with Diane Von Furstenberg, and NYU with the Lieutenant Governor of New York, Kathleen C. Hochul.

Born in Mount Vernon, New York, Biaggi is a graduate of Pelham Memorial High School, New York University, and Fordham Law School, where she was a member of the Fordham Law Review. In 2014, she attended the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University.

As State Senator, Alessandra is committed towards moving New York forward in the same direction as Up2Us and will fight to expand voting rights, fully fund public education, access to childcare, healthcare, and eldercare, fight domestic violence and gun violence, reform campaign finance, reproductive justice, and make sure that every person in the district has a good, well-paying job. She'll also fight for functioning transit, affordable housing, criminal justice reform, workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, environmental sustainability, and protections against sexual abuse, assault, and harassment so that every human being has a safe working environment, regardless of what they do for a living.

And so, on behalf of our membership, the Board of Directors of Up2Us heartily endorses Alessandra Biaggi for New York State Senate in District 34.

 For more information visit biaggi4ny.com

For more information visit biaggi4ny.com