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2019/2020 VACIR Supervisor RFP

Request for Proposal: Grassroots Organization to Supervise Immigrant Organizers

The Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR) is issuing a request for proposal (RFP) for a grassroots organization to supervise immigrant organizers . This is a eight-month grant of $20,000. The supervising organization will be working closely with the Executive Director of VACIR and four other VACIR organizations  in Prince William County. The selected organization will provide supervision and guidance to two immigrant organizers working in Prince William County, and meet regularly with them to ensure their success.

The organizers will be focusing on immigrant justice work. The Commonwealth laws and local ordinances in Virginia have been among the most anti-immigrant and oppresive in the nation. The focus of the organizers will be to identify immigrant justice supporters and build power within local communities. By achieving policy changes that immigrants themselves identify as priorities.

Requirements

  • The grassroots supervising organization must have at least five years of professional organizing experience.
  • The grassroots supervising organization must have hosted at least three organizing training events before.
  • The organization must be familiar with Voter Activation Network.
  • The organization must be in good standing with Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights and the Virginia Civic Engagement Table, by being up to date with their membership dues.
  • organization must show measurable results after nine months of supervising.

 

Application Guidelines

All proposals must be emailed to Monica Sarimento (monica@vacir.org) by September 18, 2019.  Proposals may not be over five pages.

Complete proposals must include:

  • Proposal narrative
  • Project Timeline (November 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020)
  • Project Budget narrative
  • Project Budget

Evaluation Criteria

General Proposal – Who you are and what you hope to achieve (40%)

Plan & Timeline – Is the proposal well thought out with a plan and measurable results (35%)

Budget narrative – Budget (10%)

Is your organization in good standing with VACIR – (15%)

All funded proposals will be non-partisan, will not promote any political parties or candidates, and will be compatible with IRS 501 C3 status restrictions.

Review, Funding, and Notification Process

All qualified proposals will be considered by a review panel and evaluated on the criteria outlined above. Final decisions on grant recipients will be made and announced in writing by September 30, 2019.

 

Official Rules

Your application must be submitted by September 18, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST to be considered. If you have any questions or inquiries, you can email Monica Sarmiento, a monica@vacir.org.

 

 

 

 

2019/2020 Organizing Grants RFP

The Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR) seeks a request for proposal (RFP) to support a organizer positions in Prince William County, Virginia. VACIR will award three $15,000 grants.

Commonwealth laws and local ordinances in Virginia have been among the most anti-

immigrant and oppressive in the nation. The goal of this RFP is to organize immigrant justice supporters and build power within local communities. Organizers must work closely with immigrant communities in Prince William County and be attentive to addressing the needs and priorities identified by these communities.

Selected organizations will work with Tenants and Workers United on their campaign to eliminate the 287(g) agreement, and reducing discrimination against students of color in the Prince William County school system.

 

The organizer must serve in Prince William County, but the host organizations may be located anywhere in Northern Virginia. We expect organizing to be flexible and responsive to the needs of the community.

Application Guidelines

 

All proposals must be emailed to Monica Sarimento (monica@vacir.org) by September 18, 2019.  Proposals may not be over five pages.

 

Complete proposals must include:

  • Proposal narrative
  • Project Timeline (grant period runs from November 1, 2019 to July 1, 2020
  • Project Budget narrative
  • Project Budget

 

Evaluation Criteria

Proposal narrative – Who you are and what you hope to achieve (40%)

Plan & Timeline – Is the proposal well thought out with a plan and measurable results (35%)

Budget narrative – Budget (10%)

Is your organization in good standing with VACIR – (15%)

All funded proposals will be non-partisan, will not promote any political parties or candidates, and will be compatible with IRS 501 C3 status restrictions.

Review, Funding, and Notification Process

All complete proposals will be considered by a review panel and evaluated on the criteria outlined above. Final decisions on grant recipients will be announced via email September 30, 2019.

Deadline

Your application must be emailed by September 18, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST to be considered. If you have any questions or inquiries, you can email Monica Sarmiento, at monica@vacir.org.

 

Mumps Outbreak reported at Farmville ICE facility

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 11, 2019

Contact: Waameeka AheVonderae, press@vacir.org, (804) 362-8110

 

Mumps Outbreak reported at Farmville ICE facility

 

Elected Officials Must Do More to Protect Families and Children

in Unsanitary Detention Centers

 

Richmond, VA – Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect but conservative politicians are allowing harmful detention centers to unfairly harm immigrant families. Overcrowded and cramped living conditions may have aided in the spread of mumps throughout a Farmville Detention facility. Unsafe living conditions are unfair and harmful. VACIR, a collaborative of 34 organizations calls on elected officials to provide humane treatment of all residents, regardless of immigration status.

There have been 16 confirmed or suspected mumps cases at a Farmville Detention Center.  The Farmville Detention Center is a privately-run immigration detention facility and is considered to be the largest immigration detention center on the mid-Atlantic coast. According to an ICE spokesperson, any detainee who has been exposed to mumps has been separated from the general population of the facility, and will continue to be separated for 25 days.

“Back in 2008-2009, when Virginia residents organized against the then-proposed construction of the Farmville detention center, immigrants and allies pointed out the way private detention centers exacerbated the already poor health conditions inside US immigrant detention facilities. This outbreak is deeply concerning and I hope for the best and speediest recovery for those locked up.,” said Luis Oyolo, Community Organizer at Justice 4 All.

 

“Healthcare should be human right, and much of what undocumented immigrants endore is inhumane. With the poor living conditions that many detainees suffer it is not surprising that a mumps outbreak has happened. We will continue to fight for immigrant rights, and pray that this outbreak does not lead to another immigrant losing their life due to poor oversight while in ICE custody.” said Monica Sarmiento, Executive Director at the Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights.

 

Trump Appoints Anti-Immigrant Crusader Ken Cuccinelli as Head of Citizenship and Immigration Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 10, 2019

Contact: Waameeka AheVonderae, press@vacir.org, (804) 362-8110

 

Trump Appoints Anti-Immigrant Crusader

Ken Cuccinelli as Head of Citizenship and Immigration Services

 

Trump’s Pick for Immigration Policy Role Draws Criticism from Local Organizers

 

Richmond, VA  A month after President Trump declared his intention to take immigration policy in a “tougher direction”, Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia’s former attorney general, has been given to a top Department of Homeland Security post. Cuccinelli served as a senator in Virginia, where he sponsored bills to compel employees to speak English in the workplace and attempted to repeal birthright citizenship.

 

Cuccinelli has over the years become one of the most staunch opponents of immigration reform efforts. His policy and legislative positions have been wrongheaded and his personal comments about immigrants divisive and intolerant. On a D.C. radio program he compared immigrants to rats saying, “It is worse than our immigration policy. You can’t break up rat families…and you can’t even kill ‘em.”

 

VACIR, a collaborative of 34 organizations, condemns the appointment of Cuccinelli as Head of Citizenship and Immigration services due to his history of using hateful rhetoric against immigrant families and continued push for anti-immigrant policies.

 

“Ken Cuccinelli has a long record of pushing for and supporting anti-immigrant policies in Virginia,” said Edgar Aranda, Executive Director of the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO). “We pushed back and stopped several anti-immigrant bills introduced by him as a Virginia State Senator including one that would have allowed businesses to sue others who hired undocumented immigrant workers and another that would have designated the inability to speak English in the workplace as a reason to disqualify workers for unemployment benefits.  As our state Attorney General, he had Virginia join eight other states in opposing the Obama administration’s lawsuit challenging Arizona’s “paper’s please” law SB 1070. Mr. Cuccinelli will bring this anti-immigrant stance to his new role to the detriment of immigrant communities across the country”.

 

The Fight for Dreamers Continues!

From Immigration Attorney and VACIR Board Member Hassan Ahmed:
Attorney General Sessions announced the end of #DACA. Here is what that means (based on info we have now):
1. If you have never filed for DACA, it’s too late, as of today. You’ll have to find another way to stay. There may be options depending on your particular history, so seek counsel.
2. If you are filing for renewal of DACA, you have until Oct 5 to get your application in.
3. There is a new standard: even DACA renewals accepted by USCIS will be adjudicated on a “case by case” basis. I expect this to mean more arbitrary denials. Just because you file it correctly doesn’t mean you’ll get the renewal.
4. If granted, renewals will be for the full 2 year period.
5. No more advance parole for DACA holders. This closes the ability to travel, reenter, and apply for a green card (for those familiar: no more “DACAbally.” This applies to advance parole requests that are pending as of today, 5 Sep 2017.
6. If you have DACA, and it’s approved, it may not be terminated based on today’s announcements, but it still can be terminated for any other reason.
If you’re a Dreamer – please, please do not despair. We’ve been getting the weeping phone calls today. But fear kills your intelligence and courage, and you’ll need both. There are thousands of people – lawyers, advocates, elected officials – with you on this. You’re not alone.
On policy:
This is every bit the narrative expected from the likes of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, III. Trump delegated the task of rescinding DACA to his AG, who isn’t supposed to dictate policy. And his presser was filled with omissions and falsehoods that belie the real impetus for today’s shameful action.
1. Sessions again repeated the white nationalist battle cry that immigrants are to be feared, and “we can’t admit everybody” and those we do admit should “assimilate” (as opposed to integrate) – a clear nod to the ill-conceived RAISE Act. Yet he supposedly is waiting for Congress to do something to admit the 800,000 Dreamers anyway.
2. Just like he did in his confirmation hearing, Sessions said the law must be enforced. But the law itself gives wide discretion to immigration officers. The ramped up deportations without regard to criminal history is testament to this. I suspect this is what he meant when he said his officers are now “inspired.” Apparently the slow death of DACA is the “compassionate” way to do things – the new buzzword being an “orderly winding down” of a supposedly illegal program. The 6 month period will make it more difficult to obtain an injunction halting the rescission – but let’s hope I’m wrong about that.
3. Separation of powers: It is frightening that the head of the US Department of Justice does not understand our system of government. He says the President (Obama) had no authority to temporarily shield whole classes of immigrants from deportation. Yet President (Trump) has unbridled authority to ban classes of immigrants and deport them. Sessions can’t have it both ways. If he had a problem with the way DACA was rolled out, then roll it out properly instead of rescinding it. If DACA is illegal no matter how it was rolled out, then *so is the travel ban.*
4. The 5th Circuit did indeed rule that DAPA (which was similar to DACA) was probably an excess. But let me say this clearly: the Supreme Court has *never* ruled that DAPA was unconstitutional. Let’s also remember that a lawsuit to shut down DACA would go before the very same judge Hanen who shut down DAPA in the first place. Hanen is far from a neutral arbiter, and I don’t make that statement lightly.
5. The supposed legislative fix. Sessions conveniently left out something that should have been made very clear: Congress has had since 2001 to find a solution for Dreamers and have failed. Now, they’re supposed to get their act together in the next 6 months. The implication – and perhaps expectation – is that nothing will happen, and all Dreamers will lose their ability to work, be arbitrarily labeled a “public threat” under Trump’s March 6 executive order, and be put in line for deportation.
6. Lest it be forgotten, this is textbook bad faith. Coax immigrants to come out of the shadows with promises of a work permit and no deportation, get their information, and then use it against them. I am not blaming Obama’s administration for DACA – but it was always meant to be a stop-gap measure. And the very same Congressmen now clamoring for the “rule of law” are the ones who stonewalled every single attempted legislative fix.
This is one campaign promise the administration has been able to keep. Rescission of DACA makes no sense economically, and it’s certainly the immoral thing to do. No court has ruled it illegal. The only possible explanation: xenophobia. Now structural and government-certified.
Please stay tuned. This isn’t over.

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