All of our committees, which are at the heart of leading, organizing, and strategizing NSM’s campaigns and programs, are led by members of the Indonesian, Latinx, and Afro-Caribbean communities. Community members, clergy, and key leaders identify leaders who are then supported in their leadership development through personal coaching, political education, skills-training, and involvement in campaign committees, action groups, and coalitions. In 2018, NSM's Familias Unidas Committee established and built the structure of our Community Fund for Bond and Legal Support, which is the only fund in PA run by immigrants to help immigrants get a family member out of detention or pay for legal fees. Families in crisis-fighting for asylum call or knock on NSM doors asking for help. When they qualify, they get monetary support to pay for legal fees which prevents family separation through detention or deportation of loved ones. Our local fund has allowed NSM to join the The National Bail Fund Network where we can serve as a link to connect detained folks to resources to free loved ones in different parts of the country and learn about ICE’s newest tactics. The committee helps raise funds for bonds or legal fees actively monitors the structure of the fund and makes changes if necessary to prioritize families on the ground.
The Accompaniment Committee comprises citizen allies and various immigrant communities working to support their friends and neighbors dealing with immigration issues. The goal of this committee is to engage volunteers to help with particular casework, show up to actions, and support us by coordinating volunteers when we need to show up to court or ICE check-ins.
Are you interested in joining this committee? Please send us a text message to our accompaniment line so we can orient you on a one-on-one conversation. (267) 225-8816.
This committee is composed of an immigrant majority. In the spring of 2018, NSM invited 100 immigrant families who were part of our accompaniment program for a listening session. Out of that meeting was born the idea of building a community fund to support people who were facing deportation. Twenty five out of the one hundred families decided to build the Familias Unidas committee to work on building the structure and next steps. After couple meetings NSM launched the community fund for bond and legal support. It is the only fund in the city to help immigrants get a family member out of detention or pay for legal fees. Leading by example, this fund proves the effectiveness of collective action.
The committee meets regularly to hear needs, and financial reports and plan events to continue feeding the fund. Will you like to join? Please call Iris Rivera at (215) 279-7060
Testimony “Freeing my husband had a deep impact on me. I felt stronger because the group gave me strength and emotional support. I felt stronger with NSM. God has a plan for everything, and the change for my family was a total transformation. For me, the committee is a family of the heart.”
Driver License Committee
This committee is composed both with citizen allies and immigrant communities. This committee helps NSM implement a statewide work plan and strategy to push the state legislature to pass Driver’s Licenses for all Legislation. The participants of this committee help NSM staff represent the community's interests, join us in advocacy days, and actions to push the legislation to passage. Are you interested in joining this committee? Please call our Organizers Coumba Faye for English and French language and Maria Chavez for Spanish and English. (215) 279-7060
Immigration Reform Committee
This committee guides our campaigns for federal campaigns for immigration reform. They evaluate federal legislation, inform strategy, implement tactics, and make key decisions about strategy and whether we support legislation. Made up of our Indonesian and Caribbean members, this committee activates when there is a campaign pushing for legislation in Congress.
Let's stand together.
We work to end injustices against immigrants regardless of immigration status!