Laurie Smolenski is a freelance writer and community organizer for immigrants in New York City. She has a master’s degree in international relations with a focus on women’s rights.
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Monday, August 11, 2014
As Migrant Children Face Backlash, Communities Mobilize to Drown Out Hate
On a Saturday morning earlier this summer, I joined a group of immigrant rights activists under a canopy of tall trees in Lower Manhattan. We were preparing to form a human chain around a federal immigration courthouse to protest the unbridled deportations tearing immigrant families apart. Our...
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Marching for an End to Stop-and-Frisk
On Sunday, civil rights, faith and community groups will hold a silent march in Manhattan to protest the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy, which permits law enforcement to confront people at will, question them and pat them down for weapons or drugs.