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Please donate to Francisco Rodriguez's family fundraiser! All the money, minus a required small percentage taken by Gofundme.com, will be given to Francisco's family and they can use it for rent, utilities, food, their phone account to talk to Francisco while he's in detention.

You can also send gift certificates (to Market Basket, Target, etc.) or checks with a card or note to Francisco's mom and Francisco's wife and children to:
Yessi Rodriguez
care of Lily Huang
Jobs with Justice
375 Centre St
Jamaica Plain MA 02130

Here are other ways you can help!
Call our Senators and Representative and ask for their support for Francisco’s immediate release from detention & and to weigh in personally with DHS to stop Francisco’s deportation--
Senator Markey: (617) 565-8519
Senator Warren: (617) 565-3170
Congressman Capuano: (617) 621-6208

Sign this petition and call Governor Charlie Baker and ask for his support for Francisco Rodriguez’s immediate release from detention and to weigh in personally with DHS to stop Francisco’s deportation--
Petition: http://bit.ly/2v7J1Rh
Governor Baker: (617) 725-4005


Contact ICE and let them know you want Francisco Rodriguez to be immediately released from detention--
New England Field Office Director Chris Cronen: (781) 359-7526.
New England Regional ICE office: (781) 359-7500
Community Relations officer Alexia Koplewski: (781) 359-7511

Boston.Outreach@ice.dhs.gov, ERO.INFO@ice.dhs.gov
Chris.M.Cronen@ice.dhs.gov, Todd.J.Thurlow@ice.dhs.gov, alexia.koplewski@ice.dhs.gov

Immigration Officer Gary Roltsch
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Boston Field Office
1000 District Avenue
Burlington, MA 01803
(Re. Francisco Rodriguez 099-665-463)

Important: If you've had a bad experience calling ICE re. Francisco's case, please write down the date, time, and the name of the officer that you spoke with and what happened and email it to me lily@massjwj.net.


Sample Script:

“Hi, my name is __ and I live in__. I’m calling to ask you to help stop Francisco Rodriguez ’s deportation and for his immediate release from detention. His A-Number: 099-665-463. On Thursday the 13th Francisco was detained at his ICE Checkin even after complying with ICE's requests for the check-in, and now he faces imminent deportation to El Salvador. We are demanding that Francisco be immediately released from detention and not be deported so that he can present new facts about his asylum claim.

Mr. Rodriguez has lived in the U.S. since 2006. He is a father of three American citizen children, a 10 year old, a 6 year old and a 3 month old newborn. He is a member of his children’s school parent committee, of the community organization Chelsea Collaborative, of the Church Tabernaculo biblico seguidores de Jesus, and a union member of 32BJ SEIU (Service Employees International Union) at MIT. Mr. Rodriguez Guardado always pays his taxes and contributes to his community, church, children’s school and at work. He is a beloved member of Chelsea. His mother who is currently a permanent resident will become a citizen next year and shortly after she will petition for her son’s pathway to residency and eventual citizenship.”
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A message from Francisco: Thank you! Join me at my Welcome Home party!

Dear brothers and sisters,

Thank you for your supporting my campaign “Keep Francisco Home.” Your donations went above and beyond our hope for my family. We will be closing this GoFundMe as of today. Please know all your donations, minus the small percentage that GoFundMe charges for administration of the fundraiser, went straight to my family-- for the expensive phone bill to make calls out of the detention center to my family, commissary account, rent, bills, food and necessities for the baby, the girls and my family. This fundraiser truly showed that we are there for each other and we will continue to fight for our community.

During my five months in detention, I saw hundreds of immigrants in my situation. They are from all over the world and had made the United States home. Now, the President, his administration, and ICE are systematically scapegoating and criminalizing immigrants, detaining them at district courts, outside of work and home or at their regular ICE check-ins, like I was, and even stripping temporary protection like DACA and TPS from millions and putting them at risk of detention and deportation.

At many times, I was desperate and depressed, but I was also resilient and hopeful. Through the bars, I saw all of our supporters and all of the actions that you held for me and for the immigrants detained inside the detention center. When I couldn’t be there for the birth of my son Josue, you were there for the Interfaith gathering. When I couldn’t celebrate my birthday with my children, you were there with cake, balloons and a Mariachi singer. When we felt alone at night, 200 musicians showed up for a musical concert. And when we missed our children and families, the youth were outside of the detention center to show solidarity with all of us.

Thank you for the love you showed for me and the other detained immigrants. Thank you for building a community of activists and supporting my family-- sending cards and letters, signing this petition, donating to the online fundraiser, and so much more. During this time, my mother Yessi and my daughter Mellanie found hope and love in your action and words.

Please join me at my Welcome Home Party--

Welcome Home party with Francisco! #FreeFrancisco #FranciscoisFreed
Saturday, February 3rd
1:00pm-3:00pm
Massachusetts JwJ office
375 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/636019609855144/

The party is for you! Come on by so that my family and I can thank you for your support and build community to re-energize for the Fight for migrant justice ahead! Come to my party to hear about the Massachusetts Jobs with Justice Immigrant Rights Streets Team and what we’re working on and how to get involved!

My fight is not over. I am free and out of custody, but we still have a long road to convince the courts that that we need to reopen my immigration case and grant my asylum or cancel my removal. My story is only one story of our 11 million undocumented immigrants brothers and sisters in the United States. And like my fight isn’t over, our fight for the dignity and respect of all 11 million undocumented immigrant workers is not over. Please commit to fighting to protect all immigrant workers from exploitation and retaliation by joining our Mass. Jobs with Justice Immigrant Rights Street Team: http://bit.ly/JWJIRStreetTeam or by donating with my link: http://bit.ly/Francisco4ImmigrantRights so that we can continue to confront unjust immigration laws, detentions, and deportations and to protect immigrant workers from exploitation and retaliation at work and in our communities.

Sí se puede!

Sincerely,

Francisco Rodríguez
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Dear Supporters of Keep Francisco Home!

Breaking news: Francisco has been released from detention and is now home with his family! Watch here: https://www.necn.com/on-air/as-seen-on/MIT-Janitor-Released-After-Detention-by-ICE_NECN-465779893.html and read more here: http://www.wbur.org/news/2017/12/20/francisco-rodriguez-released. We are so delighted that Francisco and his family will be able to celebrate the holidays together. Tomorrow, join our press conference with Francisco by viewing it on FacebookLive. We will begin at 10AM and you can find it on the Mass. Jobs with Justice Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/massjwj/.

Late Wednesday night, we heard that the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed his removal proceedings and would release Francisco on Friday while an appeal to reopen his asylum case plays out. His family got a wonderful surprise when he was released this morning and after five months in detention, he was able to pick up his two girls from school and hold his newborn--now four months old--baby son Josue.

Over the last six months, we have rallied for Francisco, and #all11million immigrant workers just like him, in front of the Irish Famine Memorial, on the MIT campus, at the New England ICE Office in Burlington, the Mass State House, at Fanuiel Hall, and the Suffolk Detention Center. All together we, as a movement, had an Interfaith Gathering when Francisco was denied the opportunity to be with his newborn son Josue, a birthday party with a Mariachi for Francisco to celebrate his birthday, a rally to mark his three months in detention, a rally to highlight Francisco’s plight as we called on Saving TPS and DACA, and a children-led protest in the beginning of December to show solidarity with Francisco and all the detained immigrant workers. During this time, Francisco’s mother Yessi and his daughter Mellanie became leaders in the immigrant rights movement and bravely shared Francisco’s fight and the reality of fear and separation that immigrant families endure.

Together we built community & supported the family-- visiting the family, adding money to the commissary and phone accounts, waiting for hours on the phone to make visitation appointments, driving Francisco’s mother to visit her son every Friday night, taking Francisco's daughter to buy school supplies, accompanying Francisco’s family to countless interviews, and so much more. Thank you all for signing this petition, donating money to Francisco’s family, making calls, writing letters, taking action in the streets, and fighting for migrant justice!

Francisco is only one story of our 11 million undocumented immigrants brothers and sisters in the United States. And like Francisco’s fight isn’t over, our fight for the dignity and respect of all 11 million undocumented immigrant workers is not over. Please commit to fighting to protect all immigrant workers from exploitation and retaliation by joining our Mass. Jobs with Justice Immigrant Rights Street Team: http://bit.ly/JWJIRStreetTeam!

Thanks again. Happy holidays--hold your loved ones close to your heart, give them an extra hug, and tell them, We. Believe. That. We. Will. Win.


In solidarity,
Lily Huang
Mass. Jobs with Justice Co-Director
lily@massjwj.net
Website: www.massjwj.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/massjwj/
Twitter: @massjwj @lilyyimche
Pronouns: She/hers
Please donate monthly as a Mass JWJ sustainer or give a one time donation: http://bit.ly/givejustice!
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Hi Keep Francisco Home supporters,

Francisco and his family are sending thanks for your continued support to free Francisco and to stand with all 11 million undocumented immigrant workers across the United States. We have been accompanying Francisco’s mom and family to visit Francisco at the detention center, and have heard stories from all of the families visiting their loved ones in detention as well. ICE has been picking people up at the district courts, at their check-ins and even at their workplaces across Massachusetts.

From Washington DC, ICE has also announced plans to increase workplace raids, and according to one report ICE will target a national food service chain in the coming weeks. Their strategy will spread fear among workers and bosses alike. While news coverage focuses on the investigation of unscrupulous employers, ICE has reportedly acknowledged that it will arrest any workers it finds without proper documentation, meaning that the real goal is clearly to target immigrants. This will likely contribute to increased fear among workers and make them less like to report abuse on the job and may also lead to some bosses initiating witch hunts to fire workers out of paranoia -- meaning that workers will be affected far beyond whatever specific sites ICE might actually raid.

Now is an important time to support workers and to build lines of defense around worksites. Here are some resources to use with partners:

Engage employers directly in protection of private property and people’s rights using the NILC-NELP Employer Guide on what to do if ICE shows up and get (you can watch the JWJ-NILC webinar on the Employer guide and how to use it – power point also attached). This provides some real basic ways bosses can protect workers, like by asking to see a warrant and knowing what to look for.

The NILC-NELP Guide is also available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Thai here: https://www.nilc.org/issues/workersrights/employer-guide-workplace-imm-enforcement/

Use the JWJ Worksite Defense Toolkit to help you build response teams.


Please do share the above information and please join us this week! We need you out in the streets more than ever!

Here to Stay! National Day of Action

Wednesday, Dec 6th
Faneuil Hall
4 S Market St., Boston
3:30-5:30PM
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/161828874425454/
For more information: Email Victor vyang@32bj.org.
We are coming together to tell the true story of the many contributions of immigrants in Massachusetts and to stand up for our detained brother Francisco Rodriguez. The Trump administration’s plan for mass deportation is immoral, damages our economy and is tearing families apart. We need a solution for immigrants with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and TPS (Temporary Protected Status) immediately!


Children’s Protest: Stop the Detentions & Deportations!
With Boston Workmen’s Circle
Sunday, Dec 10th
Suffolk County House of Corrections/Suffolk Detention Center
20 Bradston St.
2:00PM
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/553810711677514/
For more information: Email Jenny jenny@circleboston.org.
The Boston Workmen's Circle children’s labor protest is inspired by the history of Jewish immigrant workers who toiled in textile sweatshops. Today, immigrant workers, who are the backbone of the US labor force, live in fear of exploitation and deportation. 5th graders in the Workmen’s Circle Sunday school have studied the history of their ancestors, and today are demanding that ICE stop the deportations. Help put pressure on ICE by marching with our 5th grade class on Sunday, December 10th! Stop the detentions, stop the deportations!


Mass JWJ Street Team Orientation
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
6:00-8:00 PM
@ MA Jobs With Justice, 375 Centre St, Jamaica Plain
Please RSVP to Natalia@massjwj.net if you will be joining us.
We would like to invite you to a Street Team Orientation to learn more about all of the projects we’re working on and opportunities for you to take action for immigrant rights, as well as to build community. You may have already expressed interest in a specific campaign or initiative. This orientation will provide the opportunity for you to meet other volunteers and advocates that want to do that work and build committees/working groups.

Let us know if you have any questions, and thank you for your commitment to immigrant rights!

Thank you,
Lily Huang and Natalia Berthet Garcia
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Dear Supporters of "Keep Francisco Home,"

We ask you to join us on Friday, October 13th from 11:30AM-12:30PM at the Massachusetts State House to recognize the 3rd month of Francisco's detention. Please join us to stand up for Francisco and all 11 million undocumented workers across the nation.

Friday, Oct 13th
11:30AM-12:30PM
Mass State House
24 Beacon St, Boston MA
Facebook event: http://bit.ly/FranciscoOct13Event

On July 13th Francisco went for his check-in with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and more than one hundred faith leaders, community supporters, and labor leaders accompanied Francisco and beared witness to ICE's cruel and unjust detention of Francisco. When Francisco's wife had a complication with her pregnancy and went into labor a month early, we asked ICE for a 24 hour release so Francisco could take care of his wife and newborn baby son Josue. But ICE officials even denied this simple request. Now we mark the third month of his detention.

Ninety days without seeing his wife and family, even celebrating his 44th birthday alone in detention. Ninety days without holding his newborn son. Ninety days without hugging his daughters and taking them to their first days of school. Ninety days without working and providing for his family. Ninety days of worrying from behind the bars at Suffolk Detention Center.

As ICE continues their attacks on our immigrant communities, we won't let people like Francisco be forgotten. We will stand in solidarity with Francisco and with all immigrant workers on Friday and every day.

Please join us on Friday, October 13th at 11:30AM to mark this sad day and to re-commit to fighting for Francisco and all 11 million undocumented workers.

If you can't make it on Friday, please take action on Friday to call for Francisco's immediate release from detention and to stop his deportation:

Share these tweets:
https://twitter.com/MassJwJ/status/917512549364633601
Our action w/@honkfest at Suffolk Detention Center was on the front page of @BostonGlobe! #HeretoStay #FreeFrancisco http://bit.ly/JwJHonKOct8Protest


https://twitter.com/MassJwJ/status/917822848303030273
Watch @nbcboston @NBC profile on detained @MIT janitor Francisco &
interviews w/ family #freefrancisco #heretostay http://bit.ly/NBCvideoprofileFrancisco
Call our Senators and Representative and Governor and ask for their support for Francisco’s immediate release from detention & and to weigh in personally with DHS to stop Francisco’s deportation:
Senator Markey: (617) 565-8519
Senator Warren: (617) 565-3170
Congressman Capuano: (617) 621-6208
Governor Baker: (617) 725-4005
Contact ICE and let them know you want Francisco Rodriguez (A# 099-665-463) to be immediately released from detention:
New England Field Office Director Chris Cronen: (781) 359-7526
New England Regional ICE office: (781) 359-7500 (Officer at the main desk: X3 or Francisco’s officer Gary Roltsche: X7625)
Community Relations officer Alexia Koplewski: (781) 359-7511
(Important: If you've had a bad experience calling ICE re. Francisco's case, please write down the date, time, and the name of the officer that you spoke with and what happened and email it to lily@massjwj.net.)

Emails: Boston.Outreach@ice.dhs.gov, ERO.INFO@ice.dhs.gov, Chris.M.Cronen@ice.dhs.gov, Todd.J.Thurlow@ice.dhs.gov, alexia.koplewski@ice.dhs.gov

Postcards/letters:
Immigration Officer Gary Roltsch
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Boston Field Office
1000 District Avenue
Burlington MA 01803
(Re. Francisco Rodriguez 099-665-463)

[Sample script for calls and letters]
“Hi, my name is __ and I live in__. I’m calling to ask you to help stop Francisco Rodriguez ’s deportation and for his immediate release from detention. His A-Number: 099-665-463. On Thursday, July 13th Francisco was unjustly detained at his ICE Checkin even after complying with ICE's requests for the check-in, and now he faces imminent deportation to El Salvador. Today marks the third month Francisco has been in detention. We are demanding that Francisco be immediately released from detention and not be deported.
Mr. Rodriguez has lived in the U.S. since 2006. He is a father of three American citizen children- two daughters and a newborn baby son. He is a member of his children’s school parent committee, of the community organization Chelsea Collaborative, of the Church Tabernaculo biblico seguidores de Jesus, and a union member of 32BJ SEIU (Service Employees International Union) at MIT. Mr. Rodriguez Guardado always pays his taxes and contributes to his community, church, children’s school and at work. He is a beloved member of Chelsea. His mother who is currently a permanent resident will become a citizen next year and shortly after she will petition for her son’s pathway to residency and eventual citizenship.”
#DefendDACA
#DefendTPS
#NoHateNoFear
#NoBanNoWallNoBakerBill
#Not1MoreDeportation
#HeretoStay
#FreeFrancisco

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