Post Election Activism Resources

This array of useful resources and information is intended for activism in the post-election environment.  Use the tabs on the left to jump to each section.

12 ideas post-election from campaign organizers

Twelve Ideas Post-Election From Front Line Organizers

By Loyola New Orleans Law Professor Bill Quigley, surveying many organizers for their ideas and wisdom.

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POST-ELECTION: What Educators Can Do to Support Undocumented Students

By Educators for Fair Consideration.  Also available at POSTELECTION.E4FC.ORG.

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University and college presidents supporting a continuation and expansion of the DACA program

Over 350 college and university presidents, including Boston College President William Leahy, SJ, have signed this petition urging the continuation, and expansion, of the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, started by President Obama and expected to be in danger under President Trump.

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Opportunities for White People in the Fight for Racial Justice

Opportunities for White People in the Fight for Racial Justice: Moving from Actor to Ally to Accomplice.

Progressive movements website

A compendium of progressive organizations and media across the US.

http://www.progressivemovements.us/

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Safety pin campaign

The wearing of a safety pin demonstrates solidarity with marginalized groups and offers them a safe space.

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University Counseling Services

BC University Counseling Services (UCS) hosted a series of conversation hours for faculty and students in December 2016 to discuss feelings and fears after the election. UCS may be reached at 617-552-3310.

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How to file an online report on bias-motivated incidents on campus

Bias-Motivated Conduct Incident Reporting, from the The Office of the Dean of Students

Access the bias-motivated incident page

NB: Login with BC credientials required to access.  Use format of your email address for user name, e.g. name@bc.edu.


Statement from Harvard University President Faust on the Election

Harvard President Drew Faust sent a message to the Harvard community on the election, expressing Harvard's commitments to its undocumented students, how Harvard will interact with federal immigration agents seeking undocumented students and reaffirming Harvard's commitment to the passage of the DREAM Act and of the DACA progam, both of which are of tremendous importance to many undocumented college students.

Read President Faust's full letter here.


USF president speaks out strongly in favor of their undocumented students 

University of San Francisco President Fr. Paul Fitzgerald, S.J. recently issued a strong statement on behalf of the university's undocumented students, saying they "will use every legal means to protect [undocumented students]."

Read the full story on President Fitzgerald's statement here.


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Article: 10 Ways to Support Students Facing Immigration Crises

Written by Anita Casavantes Bradford, Laura E. Enriquez and Susan Bibler Coutin. This article appears on www.insidehighered.com


 

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Ignatian Solidarity Network resources on Executive Orders on Immigration and Refugees

Features U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops statements; statements by the Jesuits of Canada and the United States; and more.

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BC Professor Cox Richardson speaks out on being targeted by "Professor Watchlist"

BC Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson responds vigorously in this article to her being placed on a right-wing "Professor Watchlist," refusing to have her views swayed by it and urging civic action by people of all political stripes in the US to preserve its best ideals.

Read Professor Cox Richardson's article here.

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English for Speakers of Other Languages/Know Your Rights Tool Kit

English for Speakers of Other Languages/Know Your Rights (ESOL/KYR) Tool Kit

Center-developed ESOL modules incorporate concepts of human rights and legal rights of interest to undocumented people in the US. Includes introductory guide for teachers on how to use the modules, and introductory video.


Resources for Teachers about Talking to Students

A list of relevant resources compiled by the Center.


IMMIGRATION POST-ELECTION Q & ADACA Students, “Sanctuary Campuses,” and Institutional or Community Assistance 
American Council on Education Briefing


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Having Difficult Conversations with Children about the US Election: Tips for Immigrant Parents

Developed by Center visiting Scholar Kalina Brabeck, Associate Professor of Counseling, Educational Leadership and School Psychology at Rhode Island College and M. Brinton Lykes, Center Co-Director and Professor of Community-Cultural Psychology, Boston College.

Read this guidance in Spanish here:

Algunas ideas para los padres inmigrantes sobre como hablar con sus hijos/as de las elecciones en los Estados Unidos


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Establishing Brave Spaces: The Roles of Safety and Comfort in Dialogue

A one-pager on creating an environment in which we feel safe sharing our views, our experiences, and ourselves. To learn from each other, we need an environment that allows us to open up, to feel safe challenging ourselves and challenging each other. Developed by The Program on Intergroup Relations - University of Michigan, 2008


Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump AgendaAvailable in English and Spanish.

 

Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen. Courtesy of the Indivisible Team.

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American Psychological Association - Immigration Enforcements and Children, Youth and Families

Informative articles exploring psychological effects of immigration enforcement such as detention and deportation on children and families. The following articles are available at the above link:

The effects of US immigration policies on children, youth and families
Empirical research documents how immigration policies affect children, youth and families, and recommendations are proposed for policy and practice.
By Kalina Brabeck, PhD, Center Visiting Scholar

A brief overview of US immigration laws affecting children, youth and families
US immigration policies and policy initiatives relevant to children, youth and families. 
By Jessica Chicco, Center PDHRP Supervising Attorney

The effects of parental undocumented status on families and children
Influence of parental undocumented status on the development of U.S.-born children in mixed-status families.
By Cecilia Menjívar and Andrea Gómez Cervantes

Understanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) impact on young adults’ well-being
Findings from the national UnDACAmented Research Project.
By Roberto G. Gonzales and Sarah A. Rendon-Garcia

Disrupting young lives: How detention and deportation affect US-born children of immigrants
Research on the impact of parental detention and deportation on U.S-born children
By Luis H. Zayas and Laurie Cook Heffron, PhD

Behavioral health of unaccompanied migrant youth: An unmet need
The Migrant Clinicians Network bridge case-management program.
By Ed Zuroweste, MD, Deliana Garcia, MA, and Claire Hutkins Seda

Immigration and its effect on children and families
APA offers resources on immigration. 
By Lauren Caldwell, JD, PhD

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Resources for Families Facing Deportation and Separation

A number of resources prepared by the Women's Refugee Commission intended for families at risk of being separated by deportation or who are currently facing deportation proceedings.


 

 

Forensic Psychological Assessments for Immigration Court

Site with roots in the Pacifica Graduate Institute, containing resources for psychologists who want to write pro bono psychological evaluations for asylum applicants and immigrants facing deportation who are requesting hardship waivers.


 

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know-your-rights fact sheet (National Immigration Law Center) (with wallet card) to help people prepare for encounters with immigration agents or other law enforcement (available in Arabic, English, Korean, Spanish, and traditional and simplified Chinese).

Sanctuary City Toolkit (National Immigration Law Center)


This toolkit for advocates includes talking points and facts sheets  on state and federal anti-“sanctuary” bills; legislative testimony, legal research , and letters of support  from local and state government officials, community leaders, and immigrant, civil rights, domestic violence and labor organizations; examples of media advocacy ; and more.
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Community Guidance and Fact Sheet on Restrictions on Muslim Entry to the U.S.

Guidance from the Muslim Advocates organization responding to the Trump adminstration's January 2017 executive order on immigration, which targets Muslims.

Fact Sheet: Executive Order Restricting Muslim Entry to the United States

Community Guidance: Restrictions on Muslim Entry to the U.S.


 

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New hotline set up by Mass. AG to report incidents of bias-motivated threats, harassment, and violence

Following reports of harassment and intimidation of racial, ethnic and religious minorities, women, LGBTQ individuals and immigrants since Election Day, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey today announced that her office has launched a new hotline for Massachusetts residents to report such incidents.

In addition to the hotline, the AG's office may be contacted through their social media platforms and they also remind you that people who fear for their immediate safety should call 911.

See the Attorney General's press release here with all the hotline and other information.


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“Post-Election Talking Points & Resources”

Created by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC). A helpful overview of what potential future changes to immigration-related programs such as DACA will mean for immigrants registered with them and what actions can be taken by immigrants now  (click here for this ILRC guidance in Spanish)


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How to Prepare for Changes in the Presidential Administration

A helpful one-pager with information on what immigrants can do to prepare for the incoming administration, info on DACA, and Know Your Rights points for immigrants. Prepared by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (See this CLINIC guidance in Spanish)


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Know Your Rights: ICE Home Raids and Community Arrests

Prepared by the Immigrant Defense Project (IDP), see this webpage here.

In January 2016, IDP released materials to educate community members and advocates about how to protect their rights should ICE try to arrest them at home, on the street, or at the courthouse. IDP developed these materials with legal support from the Center for Constitutional Rights.

The section contains the following resources, available in English, Spanish and Mandarin:

“Know Your Rights with ICE” (2-page flyer)

“Immigration Arrests in the Community: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Rights,” (11-page booklet detailing trends in enforcement and your rights)

Poster to document a home raid (11″ x 17″ poster to hang in the home, reminding people of key rights and essential information to document)

It also encourages people at risk for deportation and their families to have a plan to prepare for a possible deportation, and gives resources to help with creating one.


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Informed Immigrant is a continuously-updated resource site for immigrants and allies across the United States.

In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, millions of documented and undocumented immigrants face increased uncertainty around their status in the United States. Immigrant rights organizations and leaders across the country have banded together and pooled resources to help immigrants and their allies obtain the current best-known information and guidance.

Current resources include:

  • A compilation of frequently asked questions on topics that include legal support, employment, DACA, deportation defense, and more
  • A National Immigration Law Center (NILC) fact sheet on the rights of everyone living in the United States, regardless of status
  • A list of search tools and hotlines to help identify appropriate legal services
  • A running list of immigrant rights & services organizations across the United States

IMMIGRATION POST-ELECTION Q & ADACA Students, “Sanctuary Campuses,” and Institutional or Community Assistance 
American Council on Education Briefing

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NILC Resources: Know Your Rights: Is It Safe to Apply for Health Insurance or Seek Health Care? (available in English & Spanish). Courtesy of the Natioinal Immigration Law Center.


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Civil Rights Challenges to Trump Immigration/Refugee Orders 
by the University of Michigan Law School Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse


BRIEF OF AMICI CURIAE MASSACHUSETTS UNIVERSITIES IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS’ COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF

Brief of amici, eight Massachusetts universities including Boston College, expressing their concern that the recent executive order by President Trump temporarily banning certain immigrants from the US undermines the values and contributions of open academic exchange and collaboration, and imperils future teaching and research at their institutions.

List of universities and their petitions around becoming "sanctuary schools"

A list of well over 100 universities with petitions regarding their participation as "sanctuary schools," and links to them to sign. (Some are restricted to members of affiliates of the schools.)

The list is maintained by a Facebook group on sanctuary schools, which may be found here.

It should be noted the the term "sanctuary school" does not have a fixed definition, and that each petition may differ in terms of what they are trying to offer or commit to.


Resources for starting a sanctuary school movement on campus 

A Google Doc with tips, petition templates, best practices and guidance for starting a sanctuary school movement on campus.

IMMIGRATION POST-ELECTION Q & ADACA Students, “Sanctuary Campuses,” and Institutional or Community Assistance
American Council on Education Briefing


 

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NILC Resources: Model K-12 “Sanctuary”/Safe Zones Resolution Language. A group of advocacy organizations that includes NILC developed this language for K-12 school districts that are contemplating adopting protections for their immigrant students. Courtesy of the Natioinal Immigration Law Center.


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NILC Resources: Model College and University “Sanctuary”/Safe Zones Resolution Language. This language was developed for individual colleges/universities or college/university systems that wish to protect immigrant students. Courtesy of the Natioinal Immigration Law Center.

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University of California Statement of Principles in Support of Undocumented Members of the UC Community

University of California statement takes a strong stance against cooperation with federal immigration agencies seeking undocumented students.


Jesuit University Presidents Move to Protect On-Campus 'Dreamers'
Featured in America, the national Catholic review.


USF president speaks out strongly in favor of their undocumented students

University of San Francisco President Fr. Paul Fitzgerald, S.J. recently issued a strong statement on behalf of the university's undocumented students, saying they "will use every legal means to protect [undocumented students]."


Pomona College statement: College & University Presidents Call for U.S. to Uphold and Continue DACA

Higher education leaders cite “moral imperative” and “national necessity” in supporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

  • More than 400 college and university presidents, including BC president William Leahy, SJ, from public and private institutions across the U.S. have signed statement offering to meet with U.S. leaders on the issue. Signatories are listed here and the list will be updated on an ongoing basis.
  • The presidents are urging business, civic, religious and non-profit sectors to join them in supporting DACA and undocumented immigrant students.
 

A Statement from Leaders in Catholic Higher Education

Catholic education has been part of the fabric of American life for more than two centuries. Our colleges and universities share a long history of educating students from a diverse array of socioeconomic, geographical, and ethnic backgrounds, often welcoming those on society’s margins, especially immigrants and underprivileged populations. Today, Catholic institutions of higher education continue this mission and legacy. Our college and university communities are home to students from around the world who seek to contribute to American society, to the life and mission of the Church, and to their own formation and growth by pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Continue reading the statement from LCHE »


Statement from Harvard University President Faust on the Election

Harvard President Drew Faust sent a message to the Harvard community on the election, expressing Harvard's commitments to its undocumented students, how Harvard will interact with federal immigration agents seeking undocumented students and reaffirming Harvard's commitment to the passage of the DREAM Act and of the DACA progam, both of which are of tremendous importance to many undocumented college studetns.


A Statement of AJCU Presidents on Undocumented Students

As Presidents of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities we feel spiritually and morally compelled to raise a collective voice confirming our values and commitments as Americans and educators. We represent colleges and universities from across our nation with more than 215,000 students and 21,000 faculty, and over 2 million living alumni. Grounded in our Catholic and Jesuit mission, we are guided by our commitment to uphold the dignity of every person, to work for the common good of our nation, and to promote a living faith that works for justice. We see our work of teaching, scholarship and the formation of minds and spirits as a sacred trust. Read the entire statement of AJCU Presidents »


UPenn message to its community concerning its DACA and undocumented community members


Oberlin College & Conservatory Statement in Support of Undocumented Students