Know Your Rights Webinar: The Right to Protest for U.S. Citizens and Non-U.S. Citizens

Free Event

Presenters: Rosemarin Belliard, Associate Attorney, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP. Cecilia Lopez Santiesteban, Fragomen Fellow, City Bar Justice Center

After police officers killed George Floyd on the streets of Minneapolis, protests emerged across the country and around the world to demand justice and call for an end of police brutality and the systemic racism that exists within the U.S. criminal justice system. As attorneys and advocates for immigrant rights we must stand in together in solidarity with the black community and take steps to connect our own pursuit of a fair immigration system with the pursuit of a fair and equal society for all. It is important to recognize that as of 2016 over 4.2 million black immigrants are currently living in the U.S, up from just 816,000 in 1980, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau data. These numbers suggest that many of the clients and communities we serve navigate life as a double minority and have to live with the anxiety and fear of becoming a target of execution due to the color of their skin. As we enter the third week of protests, we are starting to see significant administrative and legislative criminal justice reform in New York and across the country. It is critical for every single of one us to do our part in keep the momentum going. This includes educating ourselves on how to be anti-racist, voting in local and federal elections, and donating to community based organizations dedicated to fighting against racial injustices. These efforts also include ensuring that the demonstrators participating in the Black Lives Matter movement's protest are empowered with knowledge on their right to peaceful assembly, which is an essential and critical function of our democracy.

On June 18th, 2020 at 5:00pm, Rosemarin Belliard and Cecilia Lopez Santiesteban will facilitate a Know Your Rights Webinar for the legal community and general public on the "The Right to Protest for U.S. Citizens and Non-U.S. Citizens". The webinar will cover topics that include but are not limited to: the First Amendment constitutional right to peacefully assemble, best practice and recommendations to follow when preparing for and participating in a protest, how to navigate encounters and interactions with law enforcement officials, what to do if your rights are violated at a protest, and the latest updates in criminal justice reform in New York City. The webinar will also focus on the immigration consequences non U.S. Citizens may face when participating in a protest following the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's recent deployment of personnel and resources to support local, state and federal law enforcement against across the U.S. during the protests. Please join us in our collective fight for racial justice and equality for all through education and action.

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Zoom Conference - Meeting ID: 853 3473 5983 Password: 619619

June 18, 2020, 5:00pm —