Sign the Petition: Please Support our Detained Student
A message from Angelina Godoy, Helen H. Jackson Chair in Human Rights and Director of the Center for Human Rights:
As you may know, a UW undergraduate is currently imprisoned in the immigration detention center in Tacoma; students in the Law School are representing him, fighting for his right to stay in this country to continue his studies and serve as a parent to his three-month-old daughter. Members of the broader UW community can help by signing and circulating this petition asking for his release while awaiting the government's final determination in his case.
Bangally Fatty is an International Studies major in the Jackson School, and was enrolled for fall quarter at the time of his detention in September. He first came to the U.S. from the Gambia to attend college in Florida 15 years ago, but when he ran into financial troubles he became the victim of a labor trafficking ring. He spent several years in difficult economic and personal circumstances, including short-term homelessness. During this period he had a number of legal problems as well. He eventually met his wife, Rebecca, a nurse at Harborview, and decided to turn his life around; he enrolled in community college, transferred to UW, and was an outstanding student in my 100-student human rights class in winter 2017. His daughter was born this summer.
UW Law students enrolled in the immigration law clinic have applied for a T visa (for victims of trafficking) on Bangally's behalf. They are filing requests this week for his release on bond, so that he can continue his studies and parenting while awaiting USCIS' decision on his T visa application.
Bangally's case is also important because of the message our reaction -- or lack thereof -- sends to other students. While it seems unlikely he's the first student in the entire university who has faced deportation, he is the first who has come to the attention of the institution; others may have simply disappeared from our classes without explanation. At a time when many of our students feel unsafe in light of current events, it is essential that we stand up as a community in support of our own members.
Bangally is a valued member of our community, has been an exceptionally conscientious student, and especially because he is the first of our students to be facing deportation, it is important that our community stand by him in asking for his release while his case is pending, so that he can continue his education and parenting responsibilities.
There will likely be other opportunities to support Bangally, for example by attending his hearing, but right now this is the most urgent. A strong response from our community may affect the outcome of the case, as we've seen in other instances across the country where communities rose up in defense of their members.
I hope UW can be such a community.
To sign the petition, please follow the link above, or click here.
GOTV KICK-OFF IS
SATURDAY OCT. 14TH
FROM 9AM - 9PM
A: miniVAN is an app you can download on most smartphones and tablets where you can upload your walk list, map your precinct, record your data, and sync your information back to me. This helps not only me, but all the local campaigns get real time feedback on who has voted, who plans to vote, etc. It also saves us from having a mountain of data entry after the election. I highly, highly recommend everyone take ten minutes before Oct. 14th to download miniVAN and play around with it. There is a step by step powerpoint on our webpage that will walk you through downloading and using miniVAN with easy to follow screenshots. We will also be discussing miniVAN at all PCO trainings and really digging in to it at the training on Oct. 7th.
Q: How do I get access to votebuilder?
A: Send an e-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will grant access on a rolling basis. Please keep in mind that once I send the link to activate your account, you need to open the link within 48 hours or I will have to resend. Through votebuilder, you can see information on registered voters in your precinct, launch phonebanks, create walklists, etc. For the pre-general election GOTV canvass, all the lists and information you will need will be provided to you in your walk packet. However, many of you might want to have access to votebuilder to follow along with the trainings or for future use so I'm happy to set that up for you.
Q: I finished walking my precinct is there anything else I can do to help?
A: YES YES YES! We are the Fighting 46th and if the Republicans are too scared to bring the fight to us, we are going to bring the fight to them! The time is now to go on offense! There are two key state senate races we will be organizing days of action in leading up to the general election: Manka Dingra in the 45th and the Michelle Rylands in the 31st. We will be sending out follow up e-mails with more details and updating the calendar on the 46th website (http://www.46dems.org/calendar). You can also reach out to me or our action day coordinator Katy Ozog at email@example.com.
How do you change voters' minds? Have a conversation.
Pramila Jayapal is not your average member of Congress. She's an immigrant. She's a woman of color. She's not an attorney -- she's an activist. And because of her diverse, intersectional background, she's not afraid to tackle big issues in new ways and bring a fresh perspective to the conversations taking place in Washington, D.C.
If we want our representatives to be more reflective of our communities, we must start by helping more intersectional candidates run for office. That's where you come in!
If you've ever thought about running for office, now's the time. We want to teach you how to do it -- and you'll get to learn directly from Pramila herself. Join us at our first-ever candidate training on September 16!
Winning as an Intersectional Candidate Training
Led by Congresswoman Jayapal and Community Leaders
Date: Saturday, September 16
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
At this training, Pramila and community leaders will share their experiences through intersectional lenses: Racial justice, workers' rights, environmental justice and more.
Come join us for SalmonFest Seattle, including a Street Festival, Salmon Bake, Kid's Area, Beer Garden and Car Show is sponsored and produced for the community by the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce.
The Street Festival runs August 5-6, 2017. The Salmon Bake runs August 4-5-6, 2017. We hope you enjoy the weekend, the food fare and other activities offered!
We also invite members of the 46th to help volunteer this year since we will be having our own booth! It takes many hands to make it happen, and we could use yours! Community Service Hours are available for High Schoolers. 4 hours shifts go quickly when you are part of something bigger than yourself! :)
For more volunteer information, please contact SaraJane at
For general volunteering at SalmonFest, please contact Diane Haugen at the Lake City Chamber of Commerce to volunteer.
Thank you to everyone who came out and made the
46th LD Annual Summer Picnic such a huge success!
A few highlights and more information about our exciting upcoming meeting where we will have leading labor leaders from our state join us to help our continuing conversations of ways labor and Democrats can work together for a better tomorrow.
Please welcome our newly unanimously voted
State Representative Javier Valdez!!!