#End287g Talking Points, from AFSC

*These talking points come to us from the American Friends Service Committee, now celebrating their 100th year of advocacy. Hudson County ranks highest in lodging detainer requests for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in New Jersey in FY 2015 (Hudson had 321 versus 50-80 in other county jails) 287(g) allows the designated jail official to Read More …

Release: AG again flouts OPRA on death records of Hudson County Jail inmate

Contact: Howard Moskowitz – (201) 844-3700 Citing a 1994 State Medical Examiner (SME) regulation superseded by the enactment of the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) in 2001, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) last night, in violation of the Act, refused to disclose SME records on Jennifer Towle, an inmate of the Hudson County Jail, who Read More …

Statement to Hudson County Freeholders, Sep. 14

Hudson Civic Action statement delivered September 14 at meeting of Hudson County Freeholders Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak today. My name is Laura Keller, I live in Weehawken, and I’m a member of the group Hudson Civic Action. I want to speak to you about 287(g) and Fair and Welcoming Community Read More …

MONDAY: Demand Justice for Rolando Meza Espinosa

Join us Monday night at 6 PM to bear witness for the needless death of Rolando Meza Espinosa, who received inadequate medical care while detained at the Hudson County Correctional Facility and died in ICE custody. Address: 30-35 Hackensack Avenue, Kearny, NJ 07032 Facebook Event Mistaken for another undocumented immigrant, Mr. Meza Espinosa was taken Read More …

NJ Senate Bill S3007 needs your help!

I took a democracy field trip yesterday, traveling to Trenton to observe the NJ Senate Judiciary committee hearing on Marijuana legalisation via S3195, sponsored by Senator Nicholas Scutari, as well as to witness the passage (hopefully) of S3007, sponsored by Senator Brian Stack, which “Establishes program to reimburse local governments for federal grant funds lost Read More …

Lobbying Pro Tips from Friends Committee on National Legislation

This past Saturday, June 17, the Montclair Friends Meeting hosted Emily Wirzba of the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) for a workshop in Effective Lobbying. FCNL, which will be celebrating its 75th anniversary next year, focuses upon Congress and National policy, and “lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, opportunity, and environmental Read More …

Weehawken to review “Fair and Welcoming” Resolution

At the June 14 Weehawken Town Council meeting, Mayor Richard Turner agreed to review the model resolution for Fair and Welcoming Communities, drafted by the NJ Alliance for Immigrant Justice, rather than pass a toothless resolution that would provide no direction to local law enforcement, nor any new immigration-related policy in Weehawken. Hudson County View Read More …

Faith in New Jersey presents “Sanctuary Congregation” training

On June 8, First Congregational Church of Montclair hosted Faith in New Jersey for a training in what it means to be a “Sanctuary” congregation.  If you are a person of faith whose congregation is wrestling with how to address the current climate of detainment and deportation, the presentation below is empowering and informative. Sanctuary Read More …

Tom DeGise and Board of Freeholders: terminate Hudson County 287(g)

Full text of letter sent via email today: Letter to Hudson County Executive and Board of Freeholders – Community Opposition to 287(g) (PDF, 360KB) We, the undersigned organizations, call upon Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders to immediately terminate Hudson County’s 287(g) agreement with ICE. We maintain that Read More …