Siembra organizes for justice in NC.
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CVS: Stop Blocking Access to COVID-19 Testing for Black & Brown CommunitiesCVS -- one of the nation’s largest retail chain of pharmacies -- is making it impossible for the hardest-hit communities during the COVID-19 pandemic to access their testing operations. The company is not only requiring proof of in-state residence, drivers license or social security number to get COVID-19 testing, but even going so far as refuse service to Spanish-speaking and/or undocumented members of the community at some of its locations in North Carolina. This is unacceptable. CVS has publicly claimed that their testing sites are focused on the most “underserved and vulnerable communities.” Yet, Black and Brown, undocumented, poor and working-class populations -- who are concentrated in the frontlines of the “essential” workforce -- are facing barriers to receiving COVID-19 testing there. Millions of Americans do not have a government-issued ID, particularly U.S. born and immigrant Black and Brown communities. In addition to undocumented immigrants who do not have access to drivers licenses in states like North Carolina, over 21 million U.S. citizens do not have government-issued ID. These identifications can be costly and difficult to obtain, representing a significant block for low-income communities. According to a 2006 report, up to 25% of Black people over 18 years old lack government-issued photo ID, compared to only 8% of whites. Requirements to obtain an ID have only become more stringent since then. CVS has the power to change its policy. According to NC state health officials, reporting on COVID-19 testing “is unrelated to residency or nationality.” That means that the company has taken it upon itself to require residency and an ID from the people it seeks to serve. We are only as safe as the most vulnerable among us. Tell Larry Merlo, President and CEO of CVS Health, to remove this discriminatory policy and stop blocking access to COVID-19 testing for Black and Brown communities at all the CVS testing sites.112 of 200 Signatures
Pay Sergio What You Owe / Páguele a Sergio lo que le debeSergio has invoices, photos, emails and text messages with Curt from Magnum Fine Homes that show he and his co-workers painted at least three homes for them in 2016, and he says he still hasn't been paid. We won't let employers in our community treat immigrant workers this way. // Sergio tiene facturas, fotos, correos electrónicos y mensajes de texto con Curt de Magnum Fine Homes que muestran que él y sus compañeros de trabajo les pintaron al menos tres casas en 2016, y él dice que todavía no le han pagado. No permitiremos que los empleadores de nuestra comunidad traten a los trabajadores inmigrantes de esta manera.191 of 200 SignaturesCreated by Siembra N.
Stand Against NC's "Show Me Your Papers" Law (HB 370)After watching new sheriffs across the state reject local collaboration with ICE, Speaker Tim Moore and NC’s Republican Party want to turn sheriff deputies across the state into immigration agents. A veto by Governor Cooper may be our best and only way of preventing this anti-immigrant bill from passing. HB 370, also known as the “Show Me Your Papers” Law , would: - Require sheriff deputies to ask people about their immigration status regardless of criminal charge - Require sheriff deputies to report and detain individuals for ICE. Deputies would have to report the presence of undocumented people to ICE, hand them over to ICE, and comply with any ICE request accompanied by a detainer or ICE hold, which under federal law are voluntary administrative requests and are not the same as criminal judicial warrants. In the last 2 years, two people from North Carolina have died in ICE custody after being turned over by local law enforcement; this bill is literally a matter of life and death for our communities.  It would also dramatically increase racial profiling, detentions, deportations, and the separation of families and communities in North Carolina. Rep. Destin Hall who drafted the bill admitted he “took direction from ICE” in sponsoring it - literally working for ICE agents, not the people of the state.  The NC GOP wants to use this law to enlist the sheriffs of every county into Trump’s deportation force, and are retaliating against voters across the state who elected a wave of progressive sheriffs in November. They have a legislative majority, and want to use this bill to score political points. We won’t stand for this. On April 3rd the bill was approved by the House. We’re calling on Governor Roy Cooper to stand against it if it passes the Senate, using his veto to stop the bill, and we’re calling on every NC House Democrat to stand with him to sustain his veto. Sign this petition to take a stand against HB 370, to show House Republicans they don’t speak for us, and to demonstrate to Governor Cooper that he should veto this bill. #StopHB370 Coalition includes: Comunidad Colectiva CIMA (Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas) El Pueblo Siembra NC ACLU NC Carolina Justice Policy Center Blueprint NC  Updated info & resources on HB 370: http://tiny.cc/HB370info  Macon Adkinson, “A Raleigh Man Died of an Apparent Suicide While in Solitary Confinement at a For-Profit Immigration Prison in Georgia” Indyweek, Jul. 13, 2018, available at: https://indyweek.com/news/archives/raleigh-man-died-apparent-suicide-solitary-confinement-for-profit-immigration-prison-georgia/; Jeremy Redmon, “ICE detainee who hanged himself had history of mental health problems,” AJC, July 11, 2017, available at: https://www.ajc.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/ice-detainee-who-hanged-himself-had-history-mental-health-problems/MF8JWWpA8v3wefl5BjgLhO/  Statement at 4:33: https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nc/triangle-sandhills/capital-tonight-interviews/2019/03/21/rep--destin-hall-on-ice-cooperation-bill#6,163 of 7,000 SignaturesCreated by Siembra N.
Keep North Carolina Grandmother with Her FamilyJuana is a mother of four and grandmother of two who lives in Asheboro, NC and has worked at the same textile company in High Point as a sewing machine operator for the last eight years. She arrived in 1992 from Guatemala, having been threatened by armed combatants, and applied for asylum status. She was denied in 1994, and then was offered a work permit while she appealed her status, which took six years. In 1999 her eldest daughter in Guatemala suffered a life-threatening illness, and she left the country and returned without permission in order to be her caregiver. ICE subsequently denied her appeal, and in 2011 took her into custody, then released her a week later. Since then she has reported to the Charlotte ICE office periodically for required check-ins, but last month, instead of accepting her attorney's plea for a stay of removal, ICE fitted her with a tracking device, and ordered her to prepare for voluntary departure, telling her she has until May 31st to leave the country, potentially leaving her husband, kids, uncle and cousins behind.2,531 of 3,000 SignaturesCreated by Siembra N.