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The higher education system is a major force in economic, racial, and gender inequality that serves the pockets of corporations and the ultra-wealthy. This report delves into the principles, membership, and strategies of Student Action, a group devoted to utilizing direct action, electoral work, and narrative building to fight for fully funded and free higher education, accessible to all students, including undocumented and formerly incarcerated students. Student Action has three goals for how they want their campaign to transform society: they want to shift the balance of power from corporations and the 1% to ordinary communities, radicalize a generation of young people, and make education in the U.S. into a human right, and not a commodity.
U.S. Gallup polls indicate that individuals living in rural and small-town communities have a hostile view towards immigrants in the United States. In 2019 People’s Action launched a campaign in Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania with the goal of “building a bigger we”, or community development that includes immigrants and refugees. Through the utilization of deep canvassing, People’s Action hoped to reshape voters’ worldview and aid them in realizing that immigrants and people of color are not the drivers of scarcity and minimal job opportunities, but are equally impacted by the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few. The results of this campaign show that deep canvassing was effective in persuading voters of all backgrounds to become more supportive to immigrants.
One of the many ways to help a person facing deportation is to lift up their case publicly. The major organizing objectives of publicly lifting up an individual case are to connect the individual person’s imminent deportation and story to the larger local, regional and national immigration enforcement, and to bring public light and scrutiny to government immigration enforcement. Lifting up the individual case is an opportunity to hold DHS and other agencies accountable when abusive tactics and discriminatory patterns of enforcement are identified. This report serves as a guide to help select which cases to uplift and describes the planning and strategizing necessary for execution.
Citywide development that uses traditional business practices, which have historically benefitted from and perpetuated racialized inequality, can threaten to displace the most disadvantaged communities. This report provides tools and resources for groups that are advocating for more equitable, progressive development in their cities; these practices address the housing affordability crisis, displacement of long-term residents, low and stagnant wages, unemployment, persecution of immigrants, over-policing of communities of color, and a host of other issues affecting a city’s residents. Additionally, this report includes a checklist and guidelines for establishing and moving a successful coalition.
Sanctuary is a tool that provides a place of refuge and safety to those facing deportation. This report provides a brief history of the Sanctuary movement and outlines the resurgence of the Sanctuary movement under the Trump Administration. Additionally, this report calls for the protection and expansion of Sanctuary spaces, and provides tools and talking points to help achieve this goal.
Smart borders involve the expanded use of surveillance and monitoring technologies including cameras, drones, biometrics, and motion sensors to stop unwanted migration and track migrants. This report details some of the more prominent deployments of smart-border technologies. Beyond drones and automatic license plate readers, such technologies include integrated fixed towers (IFTs), ankle monitors, and migrant data analysis and tracking. This report also highlights core harms of US border policing, including a boom in the surveillance industrial complex, separation and undermining of families and communities, the maiming and killing of large numbers of border crossers, exacerbation of socioeconomic inequality, and more. Lastly, this report highlights key demands of various migrant rights and advocacy groups, which collectively would start to dismantle the border and immigrant control regime.
With the willing collaboration of Silicon Valley, the Trump administration has accelerated and expanded its crackdown on migrant communities. Companies like Palantir, Amazon, Salesforce, and dozens of others have pursued federal government contracts to arm agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) with military-grade digital tools they need to commit atrocities along the southern border and the interior. This report focuses on Palantir, in particular, and presents key information on its role in executing the Trump administration’s immigration agenda. It also maps the web of corporate interests that advocate for Palantir in Washington D.C., many of them from within the Trump administration.