Ana Maria Archila

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Ana Maria Archila
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Ana Maria Archila, executive director of Make The Road New York, speaking at an anti-violence rally on Staten Island.
ResidenceQueens, New York
OccupationCo-executive director, Center for Popular Democracy

Ana Maria Archila is the co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD).[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Archila was born in Colombia.[4] At the age of 17, Archila came from Colombia to the United States.[5] She worked in community organizing roles in New York.[4] After obtaining her bachelor's degree, she became a staff member of the Latin American Integration Center (LAIC) in Queens, New York.[5] The founding director of LAIC, Samaria Archila, was a former human rights lawyer from Colombia and her aunt.[5]


Latin American Integration Center[edit]

After Samaria Archila died from cancer, Ana Maria Archila became the director of LAIC.[5][6] She served in this role in 2003, where she spoke to the media about the Latino population in New York state.[7] She worked as executive director of LAIC in 2003 working out of their offices in Port Richmond, Staten Island.[8] Archila advocated on behalf of parents with limited English language skills in Staten Island and Queens, New York, to obtain more information about their children's education.[9] She subsequently worked on immigration issues with the organization Make the Road New York (MRNY).[10][11] She took MRNY from its beginnings to become the biggest group in New York City supporting initiatives on behalf of local communities.[4]

Center for Popular Democracy[edit]

In her role as co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), Archila spoke out in 2018 against the immigration policies of US President Donald Trump.[12][13][14] Archila told CNN that removing children from their parents and their family would cause damage that would be difficult to repair later in life.[15] She supported a reformation of the immigration process in the United States.[16][17] In June 2018, Archila lamented that the zero tolerance policy of the Trump Administration which separated immigrant children from their parents, was still in operation.[18]

Archila brought attention to Puerto Rico and problems of lack of power after Hurricane Maria.[19] Archila warned that Puerto Rico was lacking in proper governmental organization in advance of the following hurricane season.[20] She advocated for debt relief to alleviate economic problems in Puerto Rico.[21] Archila pointed in particular to Bank of Santander as an example of economic debt pressures on Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.[22] Archila said Puerto Rico was not getting responsive assistance from the US federal government, because the United States Congress did not view the locality as within their representation duties.[23]

U.S. Senate hearings on Supreme Court nomination[edit]

On September 28, 2018, US Senator Jeff Flake announced his intention to vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh had been accused of sexual assault by a number of women, including Christine Blasey Ford, who testified for several hours before the Senate Judiciary Committee the day before Flake's announcement. Kavanaugh subsequently testified and denied the allegations. Flake said that Ford's testimony was "compelling", but added that Kavanaugh's response was "persuasive" and left him "with as much doubt as certainty" regarding what had occurred.[24] Following his announcement, Flake was confronted by Archila along with Maria Gallagher, two anti-Kavanaugh protestors, in a Senate office building elevator.[25][26] On the same day, Flake voted not to subpoena Mark Judge to appear before the Judiciary Committee, who Ford said was present during her sexual assault.[27] That afternoon, Flake voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, but said he was a "yes" vote "only if the final Senate vote [was] delayed for one week, during which time the FBI [could] investigate sexual harassment allegations against Kavanaugh"; Senate Republican leaders agreed to support the proposed investigation.[28][29] Later that day, President Trump directed the FBI to undertake a one-week investigation of the allegations against Kavanaugh.[28]


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  2. ^ Miller, Justin (June 15, 2017), "In New York City, Fast-Food Workers May Soon Have a Permanent Voice", The American Prospect, retrieved September 29, 2018
  3. ^ Chen, Jackson (October 13, 2017), "Mayor Shows Tepid Support For Housing Displaced Puerto Ricans", DNAinfo, archived from the original on 2018-09-29, retrieved September 29, 2018
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  5. ^ a b c d Milkman, Ruth; Ott, Edward, eds. (2014), New Labor in New York: Precarious Workers and the Future of the Labor Movement, Cornell University Press, pp. 174–175, ISBN 978-0801452833
  6. ^ Anuario Hispano Hispanic Yearbook: The Resource and Referral Guide for an about Hispanic Americans, TIYM Publishing Company, Incorporated, 2005, p. 311, ISBN 978-0965654586
  7. ^ Bashinsky, Ruth (August 20, 2003), "Immigrants dream of an education - Push law to school illegals", New York Daily News, p. 3 – via NewsBank
  8. ^ Young, Deborah (October 15, 2003), "Free tutoring deadline is extended - Students in 7 Island schools have until next Wednesday to sign up for additional help", Staten Island Advance, p. A1 – via NewsBank
  9. ^ Young, Deborah (February 20, 2004), "Public schools failing parents with little English skills - There are no adequate translation services, says study by advocacy group", Staten Island Advance, p. A3 – via NewsBank
  10. ^ Zepeda-Millán, By Chris (2017), Latino Mass Mobilization: Immigration, Racialization, and Activism, Cambridge University Press, p. 106, ISBN 978-1107076945
  11. ^ McAlevey, Jane F. (2016), No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age, Oxford University Press, p. 191, ISBN 978-0190624712
  12. ^ Gamboa, Suzanne (June 1, 2018), "Trump migrant family separations protested as U.S. is accused of violating human rights", NBC News, retrieved September 29, 2018
  13. ^ Kaden, Allison (June 1, 2018), "Immigration rally in Manhattan protests policy separating children from parents at the border", WPIX, retrieved September 29, 2018
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  15. ^ Lobosco, Katie (July 25, 2018), "Immigrant advocates attack banks for financing private prisons", CNN, retrieved September 29, 2018
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  18. ^ Harnish, Amelia (June 28, 2018), "'We Disobey': Women's March Protestors Sit-In To Protest Family Detention", Refinery29, retrieved September 29, 2018
  19. ^ Gamboa, Suzanne, "Still waiting for power: Six months after Hurricane Maria, frustrated Puerto Ricans rally in D.C.", NBC News, retrieved September 29, 2018
  20. ^ Acevedo, Nicole, "Two weeks before hurricane season, Puerto Rico is not ready, groups warn", NBC News, retrieved September 29, 2018
  21. ^ Dayen, David (July 25, 2018), "2020 Democrats band together to call for Puerto Rico debt cancellation", The Intercept, retrieved September 29, 2018
  22. ^ Munns, Charlie (January 31, 2018), "Local protesters rally in opposition to Columbia's relationship with Santander Bank", Columbia Spectator, retrieved September 29, 2018
  23. ^ "Puerto Rico: Shelter After the Storm",, May 2, 2018, retrieved September 29, 2018
  24. ^ Rowland, Geoffrey (2018-09-28). "Flake says he will vote to confirm Kavanaugh". TheHill. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  25. ^ "Flake confronted by two female protesters after announcing he'll back Kavanaugh". CNN. 2018-09-28. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  26. ^ "Miami Herald". Who were the women who confronted Sen. Jeff Flake about Kavanaugh vote in an elevator?. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  27. ^ "Jeff Flake says he will vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh". NBC News. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  28. ^ a b McLeod, Paul (September 28, 2018). "Trump Has Ordered An FBI Investigation Of The Sexual Assault Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh". Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  29. ^ Peterson, Kristina; Andrews, Natalie (2018-09-28). "Kavanaugh Nomination Advances to Full Senate With One-Week Delay". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-09-28.

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