COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Undocumented Immigrants in Fort Collins

If you, or someone you know would like to apply for this fund please call Fuerza Latina’s hotline at 970-472-1501.

Donate to the emergency fund for undocumented immigrants in Fort Collins here!

Fuerza Latina recognizes that the nation-state does not provide a safety net for so many people, and that the United States government’s response to COVID-19 has only deepened pre-existing hierarchies that make people vulnerable to premature death. We hope for a world in which universal basic income, universal health care, and other functioning social systems exist. We know that what we are doing is an imperfect solution to a very large problem, but we are trying anyway.

We have partnered with other community organizations such as ISAAC of Northern Colorado and other faith groups to raise and distribute emergency funds for undocumented immigrants in Larimer County. This Emergency Immigration Fund, is the only existing fund in Larimer County that has a precise mandate to support immigrants in our community who are experiencing a crisis and who do not qualify for other forms of relief.

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Community Leaders Must Act Now to Provide Housing for All

This was oringially published in The Coloradoan

Sign the homeless coalitions’ petition here. and check out the legal action filed on behalf of FCHC and other groups in the state of CO to demand housing for all.

By: lynn thompson

From where I stand, Fort Collins and Larimer County need to act immediately to keep unhoused people safe. The Fort Collins Homeless Coalition is calling on our elected officials to ensure:

  1. Temporary housing for everyone.
  2. Quarantine housing for people experiencing homelessness, and a sensible plan for moving people into quarantine that takes into account the dismal shortage of tests.
  3. An immediate end to camping ban enforcement.

We need to house everybody as quickly as possible. A majority of the people experiencing homelessness in Fort Collins are elders, have disabilities, are immune-compromised, or have other medical concerns that place them in the “higher risk” category. And most unhoused people are constantly exhausted, traumatized, and are frequently the targets of stigma, criminalization, and other mistreatment that increases stress and vulnerability. Not only are people more likely to be exposed to illness while staying in shelters, but people experiencing homelessness are among those likely to require intensive treatment to survive. Housing is a form of healthcare that we can offer immediately, and which will help our entire community.

Experts have told us that an immediate period of hardcore social distancing is necessary. We are being ordered to avoid gatherings of more than ten people, and Denver and Boulder residents are being told to “stay home.” Yet hundreds of people have no home to stay in, and no choice but to gather together in shelters. Even with increased distances between sleeping mats on the floor, a highly contagious disease such as Covid-19 will spread faster in a shelter environment than across individual/family housing. If infection spreads rapidly, our hospitals will be overwhelmed, and our most vulnerable neighbors will suffer greatly.

We know that our local governments are already responding to this pandemic, and we stand with them in demanding that they receive all the resources they need. Other cities around the world are leasing hotels for unhoused people, which seems like a good way to support local businesses. 

During this time, we need shelters and services to remain open, and to have all the resources they need to keep helping people. We need vastly improved public hygiene facilities. We also need to make sure that nobody loses their housing – our state and nation need to issue immediate moratoriums on evictions & foreclosures, and on rent, mortgage, utility and loan payments. 

In Fort Collins, we also need to stop enforcing the camping ban, so that people who feel safer sleeping outside of crowded shelters can do so, and so that everyone can stay in contact with outreach and health workers. The CDC recently published guidelines which urge law enforcement to not break up encampments and to let people sleep outside at this time.

We need to act together, now, in this moment of clarifying global solidarity. It is necessary for your health, for mine, and for ours. Right now, our community has empty rooms and buildings, and also people who need housing. Our community has struggling local restaurants, and also people who are going hungry. Our community has what we need to get through this crisis, and to fight for what we need beyond this moment, so that together we can build a healthier community with more justice, more safety, and more care. But we need to act with urgency.
Email your city leaders at cityleaders@fcgov.com and county leaders at https://www.larimer.org/bocc and join our call to action. Visit fccan.org/fchc to keep updated on our efforts.

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Current Colorado legislation that impacts immigrants- contact your rep today!

Calling all voices to consider how you may be able to make a difference in immigration policy! Below are three important bills being considered right now in the Colorado state legislator.

Contact your representative to declare your support for these bills!  You can find more information about where the bills are right now in the links!

Representatives:
Senate District 14
Senator Joann Ginal
Phone: 303-866-4841
Email: joannginal52@gmail.com

House District 53
Representative Jeni Arndt
Phone: 303-866-2917
Email: jeni.arndt.house@state.co.us

House District 52
Representative Cathy Kipp
Phone: 303-866-4569
Email: cathy.kipp.house@state.co.us

Bills to support:

SB20-083 “Prohibit Courthouse Civil Arrest” | “Prohibir el Arresto Civil en el Juzgado”
-Passed Judiciary Committee and passed Senate Floor (Senate Floor Votes), 1st reading in House & now onto Judiciary Committee of House.

SB20-108 “Landlord Prohibitions Tenant Citizenship Status” | “Prohibiciones del Proprietario Sobre el Estatus de Ciudadanía del Inquilino”
-Passed Committee of the Whole and passed Senate Floor (Senate Floor Votes), Wednesday March 18th hearing in House Business Affairs & Labor Committee | Aprobó el Comité Plenario y aprobó el Senado (Votos del Senado), audiencia del Miércoles 18 de Marzo en el Comité de Asuntos Comerciales y Trabajo de la Cámara de Representantes

HB20-1081 “Multilingual Ballot Access” | “Aceso Multilingue a Votación”The bill requires the secretary of state (secretary) and county clerk and recorders (county clerk) of certain counties to provide multilingual ballot access.

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Basic Security Practices for Organizers

We see a lot of folks who are new to organizing engaging with our blog and work, so we thought it would be helpful share some best practice security protocols from our collective organizing experiences.

It is useful to remember that under our current police state nothing is “100% secure,” it is better to think of it as self-defense or harm reduction.

There is no reason to willingly serve ourselves to the state on a silver platter. COINTELPRO is very much alive today, and has transformed and grown since the 1960’s and especially post 9/11. Security is an ongoing process that is always changing and being updated in accordance to what the threat is, and I find it can help reduce stress to know you are proactively working on protecting yourself.

We would also add, security measures are best put in place before you need them and are only as strong as your weakest link. Often at the crisis point when you are already compromised, it is too late to retroactively close those lapses. It is best to view security as a regular practice.

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Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) explains further: “Knowledge is Power. Good security decisions begin with having proper knowledge about your own situation. To start,ask yourself the following questions:

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  1. What do I want to protect?
  2. Who do I want to protect it from?
  3. How likely is it that I’ll need to protect it?
  4. How bad are the consequences if I fail?
  5. How much trouble am I willing to
    go through to try to prevent potential
    consequences? —Once you answer these questions you can better
    assess your digital security needs and create a
    security plan, or threat model. You already have
    more power than you think!”
  1. Use at least a 6 digit passcode on your phone, I suggest 10+ digits. Preferably use a computer generated code or other randomized
    method such as the dice method. It may take a few days to memorize it, but it is worth it.
  2. Turn off fingerprint / face ID on your smartphone. Cops can force your phone to unlock without your permission. I know this is technically illegal in some states, but never trust the cops — it is best to have it off.
  3. Turn off location services. This can be used to track your movements. Steps to turn it off here. Best practice is simply not to carry your phone on you when doing direct actions, etc.
  4. Use the encrypted Signal app for all communications! It is a free app for both iphone, android, and desktop. It is both i) endto-end encrypted and ii) open-source software. It is one of the *most secure, but not 100% secure. If your phone is tapped, no encryption will be secure. I recommend using this app for communications instead of regular texts and calls. I also recommend turning on “disappearing messages” within the Signal app, which you can set to different time lengths, and deleting threads regularly. While the encryption protects the communication as it is happening, data stored in the form of threads and conversations should be regularly deleted off the device.

EFF describes these:
i. “End-to-end encryption ensures that information is turned into a secret
message by its original sender (the first“end”), and decoded only by its final
recipient (the second “end”).”

“End-to-end encryption only protects the content of your communication, not the fact that you are communicating in the first place. It does not protect your metadata, which includes, for example, the subject line of an email, who you are communicating with, and when. If you are making a call from a cell phone, information about your location is also metadata.”


ii. “Open-source software provides the opportunity for better security, but does not guarantee it. The open source advantage relies, in part, on a community of technologists actually checking the code, which, for small projects (and even for popular, complex ones), may be hard to achieve. It is the most secure, but again not 100% secure. If there is a tap on the physical phone itself, no encrypted app will make a difference.”

5. For more secure in person meetings, put your phones in a separate room wrapped in aluminum foil. This is basically a low cost,
home-made “Faraday cage” that interferes with cell phone signals. The mic on your phone can still be on, however, even if the phone itself is powered off. So it is best practice to store phones in another room out of ear range during organizing meetings or important conversations.

6. A piece of advice a lawyer once gave me, was that when posting online, imagine it being read in front of a grand jury. This is a useful thing to keep in mind when posting online.

7. When heading out to a protest, write important phone numbers with sharpie on your arm. This could be your lawyer, a comrade, or the National Lawyers Guild number. Best practice is to also have at least one of these numbers memorized.

8. Know Your Rights! We suggest reading a full Know Your Rights breakdown. At minimum, it is helpful to know the key phrases to say aloud in an interaction with police so it can later be used to help defend you in court, even if the police do not adhere to them on the spot.
State clearly:
• “Am I free to go?”
• “Am I being detained?”
• “I do not consent to a search.”
• “I am not resisting.”

9. If arrested, don’t say anything other than “I am going to remain silent, and I want to speak to my lawyer.” Anything you say can be used against you or your comrades, no matter how innocent you may feel their questions are. The police may use scare tactics, claim they have evidence, make threats, play good cop/ bad cop, etc. Responding to their questions will never help you or your community, regardless of their claims. Always speak to your lawyer first before saying anything.

10. Don’t voluntarily give out your data or information online. Often things will circulate on social media like “sign up to this antifa list” or something of that nature. Protect your data! Antifa never functions in a centralized manner. You don’t know who is aggregating that data and it is best to avoid giving out your information entirely.

For more detailed surveillance self-defense practices, go to Electronic Frontier Foundation’s website.

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Indigenous Water Protectors and Environmentalists Call on Chase Bank to Divest From Fossil Fuels in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en

Press Release prepared by Desiree Kane

After over a decade of Wet’suwet’en on the front lines of pipeline construction in so called Northern Canada, local Front Range community members and Indigenous activists from the Arapaho nation are joined by water protectors from around the world to turn their attention to the funders of the fossil fuel industry. For the TransCanada coastal gaslink pipeline (CGP) project, JP Morgan Chase is the primary investor. The $6.2 billion Coastal GasLink pipeline is a part of the larger industrial energy project that will build and operate a terminal for the liquefaction, storage, and loading of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the port of Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada called LNG Canada that has also been widely opposed by Indigenous peoples and environmental organizations. The CGP continues to jeopardize vulnerable habitats and various species, all while refusing to acknowledge Indigenous land title in unceded territory.

On Saturday, February 1st, concerned citizens gathered at the Creekside Park in so called Fort Collins (1851 Fort Laramie Treaty Territory of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Nations)

All the world’s eyes are on the Wet’suwet’en Nation and their stand against the Coastal GasLink pipeline and the racist Royal Canadian Mounted Police enforcement of colonial and genocidal policies on an unceded Wet’suwet’en Territory.

If we trace the contents of that pipeline, and many others, all the way to their final destination we will find that they end up in watersheds in the atmosphere as CO2 emissions or the oceans as plastic trash islands, but also into the bank accounts of JP Morgan Chase bank. With pipeline constructions come man camps which verifiably increase violence against Indigenous communities and Indigenous women and girls in particular (#MMIW). The staggering number of missing and murdered Indigenous women can be directly linked to man camps and extractive industries. Many Indigenous people perceive Earth as feminine, an ideology which capitalist, patriarchal society exploits, violating and abusing the Earth in the same way it does Indigenous women and girls. Fighting pipelines is fighting patriarchy.

For these reasons the Fort Collins community is urged to divest from Chase Bank and convince friends and family to do the same. Since 2016, Chase Bank has lent $196 million to the fossil fuel industry. The demand is to divest funds from Chase’s exploitative investments and let them know this is not supported. Contact their CEO Jamie Dimon at (212)-270-1111 or Matthew Arnold, the Global Head of “Sustainable Finance” at (212)-270-5097.

The fossil fuel industry’s war on Indigenous communities, on the air and water and land, on our futures and our children’s futures, cannot go on. Please remove all investments from chase bank and support Wet’suwet’en land defenders and the planet.

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