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Welcome to the New resist.org!

Resist is approaching our 50th anniversary. We are so very proud of our history, our founders, and all of the truly brave grassroots groups that started and propelled social movements across the country for the past five decades. Against incredible odds, we have resisted war, occupation, capitalism, corporate globalization, environmental destruction, prisons, borders, racism, classism, and patriarchy. We hope our new site stirs up emotions...

Fighting Injustice; Rally Raises Awareness of Immigration Rights and Challenges

Those were just a few of the chants that echoed around the section of the Student Center known as “Semesters” on the Central Connecticut State University campus Thursday afternoon, as approximately 50 students, faculty, community members and organizational leaders looked to raise awareness on the rights of immigrants as well as the challenges, issues and injustices they face. “This issue is real. Human beings are...

We Got It! Springfield City Council votes YES for Climate Change Resolution!

For the past couple of months, Arise and our Climate Justice partner organizations, have been working to get a climate change action plan for Springfield. We’ve held community meetings in Mason Square and the North End and talked about ways to help make Springfield greener and cleaner. We’ve worked with the Green Commission to put together a resolution and last night the City Council passed...

Leading by Example: New youth directors to lead Trans Youth Support Network

Local trans youth can now officially turn to their peers for help in navigating a system they say doesn’t accommodate their needs. On July 1, Trans Youth Support Network transitioned into a completely youth-led organization. Jahleel Princeton Arcani, TayvonCaples, La’Niya Dixon and Jakob Rumble took over the organization, replacing TYSN’s previous adult leaders Katie Burgess and Roxanne Anderson. Officials say the transition will allow TYSN...

Documenting the Undocumented: Blurring the lines between artist and activist

A group of people stand motionless, gazing forlornly through the metal bars surrounding the White House. No one acknowledges them, save the guard moving through them through the milling crowd. In one swift movement he lifts the little group up and into the nearby trashcan, pushing down the cardboard cutouts until they fit into the dark, dank space. These “people” were just as ignored and...

Victory! But the struggle against deportations continues

It is with overwhelming joy that we share the news that on July 17th, 2014, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed an order directing our state’s prisons and jails to end their practice of holding immigrant detainees for additional time in order to transfer them to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The previous policy of accepting “ICE hold” resulted in unknown hundreds of our community...

Opening Not Just the Door, but Our Hearts

The national debate over the US immigration detention and deportation system has come into sharp focus with the response to the Central American children and families who are fleeing violence and persecution to seek asylum at the US-Mexico border. Responding to this humanitarian crisis will require relief efforts to support the women and children and organizing and advocacy against proposals to detain and deport them...

Not One More! A movement rallies around a simple demand...

Every Tuesday night, people with family members enmeshed in the deportation system come together at the Puente Movement office to provide each other moral support, tips for navigating the complicated immigration legal system, and to help strategize next steps in the fight to stop deportations. One Tuesday in early February, Anselma Lopez, who cares for her son’s two young children, as he has been detained...

Living the Dream

In 2000 when Lucas Codognolla was 9, he immigrated with his family from Pocos De Caldas, Brazil, to Connecticut. He adjusted well to his new surroundings; in fact he thrived here, excelling academically and later becoming class president while at West Hill High School in Stamford. But when Codognolla began to think about going to college, maybe at an Ivy League school, he got a...

'We Want to Show What's at Stake': Rockaway Residents Demand Climate Action

When protestors fill the streets of Manhattan on September 21 to demand that world leaders address global warming, a contingent of Rockaway residents will be there too. These inhabitants of the narrow 11-mile-long spit of land on the edge of Queens, which was one of the areas most devastated by Superstorm Sandy, plan to wear colorful papier-mâché life preservers that read: “Preserve our Communities.” Many...

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