We won our third municipal ID program in six months — and it’s in Kingston!
The day after our fundraising drive ended, we mobilized more than 100 people to Kingston City Hall in support of Municipal IDs and won a unanimous City Council vote to pass the law!
Municipal IDs are one of the most effective measures cities can implement to protect and empower undocumented people.
We started our campaign for a Kingston Municipal ID with our #FamiliesBelongTogether march of more than 500 people in June — the biggest march the city had ever seen according to Mayor, Steve Noble. Since then, we have worked with the Mayor and City Councilmembers to develop the legislation. We have deepened relationships with our partners at the Worker Justice Center, Rise Up Kingston, and Citizen Action of New York. We have mobilized hundreds of members and allies to more than a dozen city council and committee meetings. Along the way, we have hired a Kingston-based organizer, Diana Lopez, and opened an office there too.
Kingston has become critical ground for us — and we are so proud of this milestone to mark our progress there.
In other news, we raised $117,000 from 2,046 people in ONE week.
Just for reference — that’s close to what we raised from individuals during the entire year of 2017.
This is a true testament to the power we have built over the past year and the increasing urgency of the work to protect undocumented immigrants. To meet this moment, we have grown to a staff of six and constituency of thousands across three offices. The money we raised will sustain this growth and ensure that we are able to continue developing the immigrant-led movement we need to prevent deportations and keep families together.
This fundraiser is a clear demonstration of the potential that lies in thousands of people doing and giving what they can towards a common goal. A third of our donations were under $10 and another third of our donations were between $11 and $30 — so believe us when we say that each and every single dollar got us here. We are so capable of so much more than we can imagine when we take collective action.
If you made a donation or shared with friends and family, THANK YOU!
Thank you for supporting our work and making victories like these possible.