• John & Vivett Dukes

Vivett Dukes Serves as Panelist on Local NYCLU School-to-Prison-to-Deportation Pipeline Discussion F

Immigrant children living in places like Brentwood, Huntington and Bellport are being accused by school officials of being involved in a gang, often with scant evidence. That flimsy allegation gets them detained by immigration authorities and puts them at risk of deportation. The NYCLU has been working with immigrant teens who have been swept into the Trump administration’s deportation regime based solely on the clothes they wear to school or posts on their Facebook pages. Join the NYCLU Saturday April 21, 1 to 4 p.m.Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook 380 Nicolls Rd, Setauket- East Setauket, NY 11733 for a screening of the PBS Frontline documentary, “The Gang Crackdown,” followed by a panel discussion with youth leaders, parent advocates, attorneys, immigrant rights advocates and others. Vivett Dukes, Co-CEO / Co-Founder of Speak Ya Truth, is pleased to be among those local activists asked to participate in this event and  the impact of the School-to-Prison-to-Deportation Pipeline, how local community has responded and how we could combat it. We will also look at the harmful ways the law enforcement narrative about gangs in Suffolk causes young immigrants to fear both the gangs and the government. 

Light refreshments will be served and English-to-Spanish Interpretation will be provided. NYLCU (ACLU) members should also come prepared to vote to fill two open board positions. Please RSVP to mnadler@nyclu.org by Friday, April 20 for more information. *You do not have to be a member NYCLU (ACLU) to attend.