True Life: I’m Undocumented. Immigration Forum and Tuition Equity Campaign Info Session

Join us in commemorating International Migrants’ Day in December!

Anakbayan NJ, in cooperation with the Student Government Organization (SGO) at New Jersey City University and the New Jersey Dream Act Coalition (NJDAC), aims to shed light on the struggles of immigrant youth (undocumented or not). This forum will explore young people’s migrant experiences and their fight to gain access to social services, especially their right to education.

Assembly Bill (AB) 1659, or the NJ In-State Tuition Campaign, was

 first introduced ten years ago. If approved, this legislation would allow undocumented students, who can prove residence in NJ for at least 12 months prior to enrollment, to pay the in-state tuition rate instead of the international student rate, which is two to three times the in-state rate. Find out more about the Tuition Equity Campaign and how you can be part of making history by coming to this event. 

RSVP here

WHAT: “True Life: I’m Undocumented”
Immigration Forum and 
Tuition Equity Campaign Info Session

WHEN: Thursday, December 6, 2012; 12-2pm

WHERE: GSUB Room 129, New Jersey City University

FREE Refreshments available! 

For more information, email us at anakbayan.nynj@gmail.com

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Balikbayan 101: A Discussion About Philippine Migration

On Dec. 18, the world will be observing International Migrants’ Day. We will be celebrating it by understanding our own people’s migration story, the story of the balikbayan. “Balikbayan” means literally to return to one’s country. It’s used to refer to overseas/migrant Filipinos. 

Come to Anakbayan New Jersey’s workshop about Philippine migration. Learn about the history, causes and issues surrounding our people’s migration stories. 

WHAT: Discussion About Philippine Migration  ( RSVP here )

WHERE: Social Justice House, 125 Glenwood Ave. Jersey City, NJ 07306

WHEN: Sunday, December 2, 2012 | 2pm-5pm

*light refreshments and snacks will be provided

For more information contact Ren Carandang at 973.296.9973 or email us at anakbayan.nynj@gmail.com

7: Anakbayan Anniversary Celebration

We invite you to Anakbayan’s anniversary celebration.:D

Established in 2005, Anakbayan New York and Anakbayan New Jersey are proud to mark another year of serving our communities and contributing to the Filipino youth and student movement in the United States. 

Come through as we celebrate the progress that we made in the past year, and our vision to move forward into the next. 

Also, join us as we honor the legacy of Filipino revolutionary, Andres Bonifacio, who is alive in our enduring struggle for a society that is genuinely free and truly serves the people. 

WHEN: Friday | Nov. 30 | 6pm – 9pm

WHERE: Project Reach
39 Eldridge Street, 4th floor
(between Canal St and Hester St)
New York, NY 10002

* Take the B or D train to Grand St

RSVP here
Also, come to our AFTER PARTY, click here 

For more information:
E-mail: anakbayan.nynj@gmail.com
Bea Sabino (NJ): 201 779 6886
Jeremy De Nieva (NY): 213 880 4569
Website: anakbayannynj.wordpress.com

Partial List of Post-Hurricane Relief

A partial list of resources can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/okjerseycitylink to resource map at http://goo.gl/maps/K9HZh

To contact the 24-hour hotline to the Jersey City Mayor’s Action Bureau, call (201) 547 5563

ATMs

  • Downtown – PNC Bank,  95 Christopher Columbus Drive
  • Downtown, ATM at Wayne and Grove Streets outside Las America
  • Downtown, Provident Bank, 239 Washington Street
  • Journal Square, PNC Bank, 26 Journal Square
  • Heights, Chase Bank, 374 Central Avenue

Free Charging Stations: (electrical outlets available for free to charge for devices)

  • Pershing Field Community Center, 201 Central Avenue (Summit Avenue and Manhattan Avenue), Open 9 am to 7 pm daily
  • Joseph Connors Senior Center, 28 Paterson Street off Central Avenue
  • Mira Fruit Market, 500 West Side Avenue (by Williams St.)
  • Lowe’s Bayonne, Bayonne Crossing Way
  • NJ Lightrail Parking lots on West Side Avenue and Claremont Avenue, or call  800 436 7734

Gasoline (as of 11/2/2012; availability changes quickly)

  • Hess, Marin Blvd. and 14th Street
  • Quick Check, 54th St. in Bayonne
  • Gulf Gas, along route 1&9 & Duncan
  • Hess, Tonelle Ave.
  • EZ Gas, Tonelle Ave.
  • Shell, Tonelle Ave.

Meals/Food Distribution:

  • Pershing Field Community Center, 201 Central Avenue (Summit Avenue and Manhattan Avenue)
  • Jersey City Armory, 678 Montgomery St. (by Jordan Ave., Journal Square area)
  • Dr. Ercel Webb Pool, Johnston Avenue Pool (Johnston Avenue Entrance), 395 Johnston Avenue. (by Van Horne St.)
  • MLK Hub, Martin Luther King Dr. and Ege Avenue West Side Avenue Light Rail Station, Claremont Avenue on West Side Avenue

Pet Food

  • Liberty Humane Society on Jersey City Boulevard across the street from Liberty Science Center.
  • Joseph Connors Senior Center, located at 28 Paterson
  • Maureen Collier Senior Center, located 335 Bergen Avenue

Water & Ice Distribution

  • NJ Lightrail Parking lots on West Side Avenue and Claremont Avenue, or call  800 436 7734

Oxygen re-fills are available at these Fire Departments:

  • 255 Kearny Avenue, between JFK and Country Road 605/West Side Ave.
  • 355 Newark Avenue, by 5th Street in Downtown Jersey City
  • 715 Summit Avenue, by Jefferson Ave. in the Heights
  • 595 Palisade Avenue, by Congress St. in the Heights
  • Or call (201) 547 5681

Red Cross Stations/ Shelter:

  • Jersey City Armory,  678 Montgomery St. (by Jordan Ave., Journal Square area)
  • Dickinson High School and PS #7 have closed to prepare for school reopening

Jersey City Filipino Youth Group Starts Post-Sandy Relief Efforts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 2, 2012

Reference:

Bea Sabino, Chairperson, Anakbayan New Jersey

Contact: 201.779.6886; anakbayan.nynj@gmail.com

Hanalei Ramos, Operation Kaligtasan Hudson County Coordinator

Contact: 347.829.9802; operation.kaligtasan@gmail.com

Jersey City Filipino Youth Group Starts Post-Sandy Relief Efforts

Jersey City- Filipino youth organization, Anakbayan New Jersey, mobilizes community support after hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc along the east coast last Monday, Oct. 29.  The Filipino youth organization calls on the local Jersey City government to prioritize assistance for working class and immigrant communities.  The said efforts are part of “Operation Kaligtasan/ Operation Safety”, a Filipino volunteer based emergency disaster response team.  After the storm, members of Anakbayan New Jersey conducted a preliminary assessment of the effects of hurricane Sandy and the immediate needs of the Filipino Jersey City community.

Community left in the dark

Working class and immigrant communities are literally and figuratively left in the dark due to power outage and lack of information dissemination from the city government.  Based on the assessment that Anakbayan NJ made, the major concern among the community is the extended power outage and its effects on the people’s livelihood. “A majority of the city has been out of power since Monday.  In a predominantly immigrant and working class community such as Jersey City, not being able to work for an extended period of time means no food on their families’ plates, delayed bill payments and unstable living conditions,” said Bea Sabino, Chairperson of the local Filipino youth organization, Anakbayan New Jersey.

Also based on the assessment, most Jersey City residents are frustrated by the City of Jersey City’s inefficient methods of disseminating information. Dissemination of updates about resources available to the community have been limited to an unstaffed City Hall and inaudible police patrol car announcements. This, according to the youth organization, left the community relying mostly on word-of-mouth for information. “There are shelters, food and water distribution services available in certain locations across the city. However, the communities who are in dire need of these services are neither receiving this information nor can access it due to the ineffective communication systems between local city government and residents,” Ms. Sabino added.

Power to the people

With frustration building-up and uncertainties piling up, community members are coming together to save themselves. Conversations between concerned citizens and community leaders are leading to an effort to unite the diverse neighborhoods of Jersey City to voice out these clear cases of government neglect of working class and immigrant communities.

“We call on Mayor Healy, and the local Jersey City government to not leave our communities in the dark. We demand immediate government assistance for the residents of Greenville, Bergen-Lafayette, West Side and Journal Square. We also demand to immediately address the long power outage in our neighborhoods and lastly, to improve information dissemination regarding updates on what the city is doing by working closely with grassroots organizations,” concluded Ms. Sabino. In the following days, Anakbayan NJ, in collaboration with local community organizations will be conducting more surveys and will be distributing information sheets for relief and assistance in Jersey City. 

Anakbayan NJ is calling for volunteers for survey teams. For more information contact them at anakbayan.nynj@gmail.com or visit them at www.anakbayannynj.wordpress.com.

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A partial list of resources can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/okjerseycitylink to resource map at http://goo.gl/maps/K9HZh

To contact the 24-hour hotline to the Jersey City Mayor’s Action Bureau, call (201) 547 5563 ATMs

  • Downtown – PNC Bank,  95 Christopher Columbus Drive
  • Downtown, ATM at Wayne and Grove Streets outside Las America
  • Downtown, Provident Bank, 239 Washington Street
  • Journal Square, PNC Bank, 26 Journal Square
  • Heights, Chase Bank, 374 Central Avenue

Free Charging Stations: (electrical outlets available for free to charge for devices)

  • Pershing Field Community Center, 201 Central Avenue (Summit Avenue and Manhattan Avenue), Open 9 am to 7 pm daily
  • Joseph Connors Senior Center, 28 Paterson Street off Central Avenue
  • Mira Fruit Market, 500 West Side Avenue (by Williams St.)
  • Lowe’s Bayonne, Bayonne Crossing Way
  • NJ Lightrail Parking lots on West Side Avenue and Claremont Avenue, or call  800 436 7734

Gasoline (as of 11/2/2012; availability changes quickly)

  • Hess, Marin Blvd. and 14th Street
  • Quick Check, 54th St. in Bayonne
  • Gulf Gas, along route 1&9 & Duncan
  • Hess, Tonelle Ave.
  • EZ Gas, Tonelle Ave.
  • Shell, Tonelle Ave.

Meals/Food Distribution:

  • Pershing Field Community Center, 201 Central Avenue (Summit Avenue and Manhattan Avenue)
  • Jersey City Armory, 678 Montgomery St. (by Jordan Ave., Journal Square area)
  • Dr. Ercel Webb Pool, Johnston Avenue Pool (Johnston Avenue Entrance), 395 Johnston Avenue. (by Van Horne St.)
  • MLK Hub, Martin Luther King Dr. and Ege Avenue West Side Avenue Light Rail Station, Claremont Avenue on West Side Avenue

Pet Food

  • Liberty Humane Society on Jersey City Boulevard across the street from Liberty Science Center.
  • Joseph Connors Senior Center, located at 28 Paterson
  • Maureen Collier Senior Center, located 335 Bergen Avenue

Water & Ice Distribution

  • NJ Lightrail Parking lots on West Side Avenue and Claremont Avenue, or call  800 436 7734

Oxygen re-fills are available at these Fire Departments:

  • 255 Kearny Avenue, between JFK and Country Road 605/West Side Ave.
  • 355 Newark Avenue, by 5th Street in Downtown Jersey City
  • 715 Summit Avenue, by Jefferson Ave. in the Heights
  • 595 Palisade Avenue, by Congress St. in the Heights
  • Or call (201) 547 5681

Red Cross Stations/ Shelter:

  • Jersey City Armory,  678 Montgomery St. (by Jordan Ave., Journal Square area)
  • Dickinson High School and PS #7 have closed to prepare for school reopening

Quick Community Assessment of Post-Hurricane Sandy in Jersey City

On November 1, 2012, from 12:30-3:00pm, members of Anakbayan New Jersey walked around Jersey City to speak with the community regarding Hurricane Sandy.  We surveyed 37 people, mostly Filipinos, throughout West Side and Mallory Avenues (From Fulton St to Roosevelt Ave).

We identified the following as the community’s major concerns:

  • Lack of electricity
    Phones losing charge
    Limited supply of batteries
    Cash only transactions (ATMs are closed)
    No heating systems
    Loss of income (people can’t get to work; perishable products in small stores)
    Lack of transportation (trains are not running; no access to NY; road closings; limited gas stations; increased gas prices)
  •  Lack of communication
    Limited phone service
    Phones losing charge
    No internet access
    No landline
    Hard to get information other than through the radio   
  • Safety and security
    No street lights at night
    No traffic lights
    Rumors of break-ins and burglary

Beginning yesterday, October 31, Jersey City instituted a strict 7pm-7am lockdown. Pedestrians and vehicles are prohibited from the streets overnight in an effort to control incidences of burglary and store break-ins. Most of those surveyed were not aware of this, while less than ten people heard about it through word-of-mouth or from the radio. Overall, people thought the lockdown is a firm but fair safety measure, especially to avoid motorvehicle accidents and to ensure the community’s security.

There were mixed reviews regarding the response time of government agencies. Most people surveyed observed that the state’s disaster preparedness plan does not seem apparent because fallen trees are yet to be cleared up. In Ege Ave. there are 2 electric posts that are still laying around, 4 days since Monday, posing danger to residents. Country Village and Society Hill weren’t evacuated, and power has not been restored.

According to the PSE&G, their expected time to bring power back is on Monday, November 5. This is already affecting small businesses, schools and people’s livelihood. Majority of the businesses (banks, gas stations, offices, autoshops, etc) remain closed except for deli’s and groceries. These stores are also running low on basic commodities to sell and are only open  until 1pm, 6pm the latest. On the otherhand, folks we’ve talked to are already complaining because of the lost income due to businesses not opening.

Majority of the people surveyed were not receiving updated information, and relied solely on word-of-mouth. The local government is failing to effectively disseminate information on resources available, current state of the city, and other public service announcements.

Analysis:

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is affecting the lives of many Jersey City residents. 5 days and counting of no power is harmful to the predominantly working class communities of Jersey City. Many are unable to go to work due to the lack of reliable transportation or workplace being temporarily closed (due to lack of electricity). Therefore, many people are worried on how they are going to pay their bills, and local stores are faced with limited supplies.

Despite the community’s lack of access to power and information, the only government response present is the massive police presence and a citywide lockdown enforced by the JC police. The state’s obligation to keep its citizens informed with access to vital social services is not being fulfilled.