March 17, 2017
COURT APPROVES SETTLEMENT BARRING SAN JUAN JAIL FROM HONORING ICE DETAINERS
Class action lawsuit brought by Somos and members from Farmington, NM leads to major changes in how jail interacts with ICE.
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February 22, 2017
SANTA FE CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO ADOPT STRONGER SANCTUARY POLICIES
Council unanimously passes resolution reaffirming the city’s status as a welcoming community and issuing new policy directives aimed at further integrating immigrants into the civic, economic and cultural life of the city. To read more, click here.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE NEW TWO-TIERED DRIVER'S LICENSE LAW
We now have two licenses in New Mexico. Before you renew yours or apply for the first time, be sure to know your rights under the law.
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Because we believe that every person should have the freedom to move in order to pursue a better life, Somos Un Pueblo Unido works to build a community that does not discriminate against people based on their national origin, that institutes humane migration policies, and that protects the human rights of everyone irrespective of where they are born or what documents they carry.
Somos, founded in 1995, is a statewide community-based and immigrant-led organization that promotes worker and racial justice.
With an active membership of 2,500 people in ten counties, Somos :
Offers community education about rights and remedies
Forges leadership opportunities for immigrants and low-wage workers
Provides legal services to wage theft victims and initiates impact litigation to defend worker’s rights
Engages Latinos in the political and electoral process
Leads and supports grassroots campaigns for local and national policies that strengthen our communities
Comité de Trabajadores Unidos (Santa Fe County)
Familias Unidas por Justicia (San Juan County)
Somos Española (Rio Arriba County)
Somos Clovis (Curry County)
Somos Portales (Roosevelt County)
Somos Lea County
Somos Gallup (McKinley County)
1995 New Mexico State Legislative Memorial
A group of immigrants and supporters in Santa Fe campaigns to pass a state legislative memorial condemning California’s passage of Proposition 187. Out of this campaign, Somos Un Pueblo Unido is born.
1999 Santa Fe Anti-discrimination Resolution
Somos works to pass a City Council resolution barring city employees, including police officers, from asking residents about their immigration status. The resolution also leads to the creation of a permanent city committee on immigrant affairs, still active today.
2000 No Immigrant Prison!
Somos rallies the community to stop Santa Fe County from opening a for-profit segregated immigrant prison.
2002 Licencias para Inmigrantes; Seguridad para Todos
Somos spearheads a statewide campaign to pass a law making undocumented immigrants eligible for drivers’ licenses in New Mexico.
2005 Greenlight New Mexico’s Future
Somos organizes statewide effort to pass the most progressive higher education law for undocumented immigrant students in the country, allowing students to access in-state tuition and state financial aid regardless of immigration status.
2007 Raising the Floor in Santa Fe
As part of the Santa Fe Living Wage Network, Somos is instrumental in establishing one of the nation's highest citywide minimum wages with a yearly cost of living increase.
2009 Protecting New Mexico’s Workers
Somos leads a campaign to pass a slate anti-wage theft law protecting all workers from unscrupulous employers who steal their hard earned money.
2009 Bias-based Policing Ban
Somos works alongside the NAACP and the Drug Policy Alliance to make New Mexico the 23rd state to ban racial profiling and other forms of bias-based policing.
2012 United Workers Center of New Mexico
Somos opens the state’s first and only worker center to organize and provide support to low-wage workers irrespective of national origin.
2013 Speeding up Wage Recovery
The United Worker Center organizes campaign to pass a state law that expedites wage cases in court, speeding up the time it takes for wage theft victims to recuperate their money.
2014 Fighting Family Detention in Rural New Mexico
Somos organizes a grassroots effort in southeastern New Mexico to protest the incarceration of children and mothers and shut down the family detention center in Artesia.
2011-2016 In Defense of Drivers’ Licenses
Somos leads a statewide coalition to thwart repeated efforts by the Governor to take away licenses from New Mexico’s immigrant families.
2010-2017 ICE Out of New Mexico’s Jails
Somos prevents hundreds of deportations by passing leading-edge jail policies in five counties ending collaboration with ICE and prohibiting the use of ICE detainers to violate immigrants’ civil rights.
2017 Strengthening Sanctuary for All
Somos heads a campaign to strengthen Santa Fe’s sanctuary policies, making them the strongest and most progressive in the country.
"I do as much as I can with Somos Un Pueblo Unido because I think it is a very grounded civil rights organization. What they work on is practical. Our 1999 resolution is an example of this practical approach. It was about treating everyone the same, avoiding racial stereotyping, and ensuring public safety for all residents of the City of Santa Fe."
David Coss, Former Mayor of Santa Fe
Somos works with a broad set of allies to promote local and national policies that nurture strong communities in which our families can thrive.
THE UNITED WORKER CENTER OF NEW MEXICO
Somos' Worker’s Committee formed in 2005 to provide community education about employment rights and to organize for better conditions in the workplace. In 2012, we founded New Mexico’s first and only worker center for low-wage workers.
At the UWC, workers can:
> Learn about rights and remedies
> Get help filing wage claims and other administrative complaints (i.e.-
sexual harassment, health and safety, and discrimination complaints)
> Form worksite committees to organize for improved working conditions
> Have a place to conduct meetings outside of the workplace
> Become involved in campaigns to pass laws and policies that support
low-wage workers. UWC members participate in trainings, media
events, meetings with elected officials, etc.
> Passed two state laws providing additional protections and remedies to
wage theft victims
> Helped organize campaigns to raise the minimum wage in the City of Santa Fe
and Santa Fe County
> Organized over fifty worksite committees that changed dozens of workplace
> Recovered over one million dollars in stolen wages and penalties for low-
> Sued Martinez administration for discriminating against immigrant taxpayers
and for not enforcing state wage and hour laws.
Featured in the New York Times for innovative model of organizing non-union
TO CONTACT THE UNITED WORKER CENTER OF NEW MEXICO CALL 505-983-6247
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Defending Our Families, Uniting Our
Santa Fe, NM
Rally In Support of Immigrants &
March & Rally In Support of
Immigrants & Working Families
Hobbs City Park
Rally In Support of Immigrants &
McKinley County Courthouse
5 - 30
"Somos has impacted our community by training people how to stand up for themselves and work collectively to better their lives .... In one way or another, every immigrant in this state has been positively impacted by the work of Somos."
Mabel Arellanes, New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association Board Member