CPC Rallies at Supreme Court to Support DACA Recipients and Dreamers
CPC traveled to Washington, DC with the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) on November 12th to join a rally outside the Supreme Court for opening arguments in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) case. The rally was a culmination of a nation-wide march where immigrants from across the country joined in support of DACA recipients and Dreamers. CPC was represented by Shuping Deng, Office for New Americans Coordinator, Joanna Chen, Brooklyn Afterschool Programs Director, Ruben Montanez, Brooklyn Afterschool Programs Assistant Director, Raymond Chen, Community Engagement Specialist, and Amy Torres, Director of Policy and Advocacy. CPC's teams rallied on the steps with advocates and allies from across the country and was able to observe the court in session. CPC continues to stand in solidarity with DACA recipients and supports the Dream and Promise Act, which would provide clean, comprehensive immigration reform alongside paths to citizenship.
While in Washington, DC, CPC staff also attended an awards ceremony held by Democracy Initiative for the 2019 Democracy Champion. Let NY Vote, a coalition of organizations and grassroots groups that have collaborated to modernize NY's voting system, was the awardee. CPC is a member of Let NY Vote's policy committee and has supported the coalition's recent wins in 12 key voting reforms, including early voting, consolidated primaries, registration portability, and voter-friendly ballots. Amy Torres, Director of Policy and Advocacy of CPC and Ruben Montanez, Assistant Director of CPC's Brooklyn Afterschool Programs, attended to humbly accept this award alongside coalition partners Common Cause, the LGBT Community Center of NYC, and Brooklyn Voters Alliance.