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The Power of the Migrant Vote: Lessons from Immigrant Organisers in the US Elections

Migrants Organise: migrants and refugees acting for justice
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Nicole Melaku
Nicole Melaku is the Executive Director of National Partnership for New Americans, with over a decade of experience working on immigrant and refugee issues at the local, state, and national level. As Executive Director, she works to harness the collective power of NPNA’s 41 member organisations across 37 states to advance immigrant integration efforts through advocacy, organising campaigns, and policy initiatives. Nicole is the former Executive Director of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, which under her leadership expanded to over 95 immigrant and refugee serving organisations and helped pass some of the country’s most notable and affirmative immigrant integration policies. For many years she co-chaired the Fair Immigration Reform Movement - FIRM Action in the US.
jamila hammami
jamila hammami is on the board of directors of the Free Migration Project, an abolitionist organization based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as well as on the steering committee of the Open Borders Conference. For over a decade, jamila's work has been focused on racial and migrant justice. jamila is a community organizing educator, and a PhD student at the CUNY Graduate Center, focusing on community organizing, social movements, and criminalized and displaced communities facing state violence. Their most recent writing “Bridging Immigration Justice and Prison Abolition” is published in Queer and Trans Migrations: Dynamics of Illegalization, Detention and Deportation (2020). Prior to PhD school, jamila was a co-founder and the executive director of the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project.
Marzena Zukowska
Chair
Marzena Zukowska is a London-based organiser, communications strategist, and co-director and co-founder of Polish Migrant Organise for Change (POMOC). She was the Media Relations Director for National Domestic Workers Alliance, where she used pop culture and storytelling to build leadership and political empowerment among domestic workers. Marzena has worked on countless electoral campaigns among low propensity voters, and in 2019, co-founded Polonia Glosuje (Polish Diaspora Votes), a UK-based grassroots campaign that helps mobilise diaspora voters in Polish elections. She is a frequent contributor to and active Board Member of Red Pepper magazine, and has been published in two anthologies: Queer Activism After Marriage Equality and Asylum for Sale: Profit and Protest in the Migration Industry. She co-leads the Radical Communicators Network, and is a queer, nonbinary Polish immigrant who grew up undocumented in the US.