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On National Voter Registration Day, NICE registers new and eligible voters from 2-5PM

Happy National Voter Registration Day!
NICE will register new and eligible voters from 2-5PM today.  Come to 37-41 77th Street, 2nd Floor, Jackson Heights, NY 11372.voter reg

Send this tweet to get the word out: “Voter Reg at @nice4workers 2:00PM – 5:00PM 37-41 77th St., Jackson Heights, NY #NVRD #ImmigrantsVOTE”

NICE Executive Director, Valeria Treves, “NICE members play a key role in the political process by mobilizing and educating their voter neighbors and holding candidate forums to express their issues and concerns. As such we are committed to holding politicians and elected officials accountable to both voting and non-voting constituencies. On National Voter Registration Day, it is especially important to reach out to immigrant communities that may be eligible but not yet registered to vote, and to continue to educate voters on the importance of knowing who is running in their area and where they stand on the issues. NICE is proud to work closely with NYIC and all the partners of the Immigrant Vote! Campaign. Together, we will continue to build power and voice for immigrant communities.”

NICE is a member of the Immigrant Vote! campaign convened by the New York Immigration Coalition.

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NICE Statement on Obama’s Delay of Administrative Relief

not1morePresident Obama disregards immigrant workers by delaying, once again, issuing an executive order granting administrative relief to millions of immigrants in the U.S. 

“Every day that President Obama fails to act, immigrant workers, who are backbone of this country, continue to suffer.  With 1,100 immigrants deported every day, President Obama is implicitly giving the go ahead on an additional 70,000 deportations between now and November,” states Valeria Treves, executive director of New Immigrant Community Empowerment. “The threat and reality of deportation undermines workers’ ability to organize, and helps to perpetuate exploitative conditions that hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers face on a daily basis.  We will continue to hold the president and our congress accountable.  This November is the President’s last chance to make good on his very overdue promise.”

NICE to host a candidate forum in Flushing, Queens

Forum FlyerA coalition of community-based, advocacy and social services organizations will host a non-partisan candidate  forum for New York State Senate District 11.  The event, scheduled for 6:30PM on Tuesday, August 19th at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing, will feature both the incumbent Senator Tony Avella, and the challenger John Liu.  Ruschell Boone, NY1’s Queens Reporter, will moderate the forum.

The heated contest between Avella and Liu is one of the year’s most closely watched elections, given Avella’s membership in the Independent Democratic Conference, a faction of five New York state senators that play a key role in the state’s current political structure.  The senate’s near-equal balance between Republican and Democratic members means the IDC’s block vote is often the key to a bill’s passage or failure.

With both Democratic candidates confirmed to attend, and the Green Party candidate also invited, the event’s organizers expressed their anticipation of an informative forum for their members and the community.  NICE members, some who reside in district 11, are eager to hear where the candidates stand on key issues that affect them, namely ending wage theft and employment agency fraud, and expanding immigrant rights through NYS drivers’ licenses.

The 11th Senate District covers a large part of Northeast Queens, including portions of Flushing, College Point, Whitestone, Bayside, Bay Terrace, Briarwood, Jamaica Hills, Little Neck, Fresh Meadows, Murray Hill, Auburndale and Glen Oaks.

The event is open to the public.