Wind of the Spirit is a faith-based organization for all immigrants and non-immigrants who are moved by the tradition of hospitality. We strive to create an environment free of discrimination. At our core, we are motivated to act by the challenges that immigrants in the United States continue to face. Wind of the Spirit works with immigrant communities to ensure their access to information that will strengthen their leadership abilities and will also allow them to realize their power as social and political actors. We currently support communities in Morristown, Dover, Madison, the city of Orange, Wharton, East Orange, Moonachie, Ridgefield Park, and New Brunswick, in addition to advocacy on the state and federal levels. On the state level, we are a core member of the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice, and we also form part of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and Alianza Americas, an international organization fighting for the well-being of immigrants across the Americas.
- Organize and train the community for social change.
- Help immigrants and non-immigrants so that they can meet and enrich each other.
- Educate members of the immigrant community about their rights and responsibilities.
- Promote activities to celebrate the cultural diversity of the Community in New Jersey.
- Advocate for human rights and dignity of all people regardless of immigration status.
- Establish a deeper understanding of global conditions that relate to immigration.
- Work together in solidarity for a world of justice and peace.
Wind of the Spirit campaigns support a large spectrum of issues related to immigration on local and national levels. Our dedicated staff and members, working together with our community at large have achieved significant results.
- 2017 WotS earned sick days for workers and passed resolutions for municipal IDs in Morristown. Also, we passed the “Fair and Welcoming” resolution in Dover and Plainfield. We also organized the march against fear and hate, where over 500 people participated.
- 2016 WotS worked with nurses from the College of St. Elizabeth to do general checkups for day laborers in Morristown.
- 2015 WotS helped to pass local resolution in favor of Driver’s License for Undocumented Immigrants and municipal IDs. Dover and Victory Gardens in Morris County successfully passed the resolution in support. Along with other organizations, we are working to restore DACA.
- 2014 WotS Co-led the “Driving without Fear” campaign. We obtained our BIA recognition to officially offer legal services. We participated in nonviolent actions to stop deportation and detention, and to expand DACA and implement DAPA. We are part of founding members of the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice. We have the first group of bilingual AVP (Alternatives to Violence Project) trainers. We trained 1500 workers in Safety and Health -OSHA 10
- 2013 WotS youth lead the campaign for the NJ Dream Act (which allows undocumented college students to pay in-state tuition). We participated in national actions against deportation and detention.
- 2012 WotS began the process to establish local groups in New Brunswick, Camden, Newark, Paterson, and Dover. The police in Camden began to accept the WotS ID as WotS trained more than 300 immigrant workers in Safety and Health as a response to Hurricane Sandy. We were a part of the national effort to pass DACA.
- 2011 WotS gained undocumented students access to the County College of Morris. We supported the start of the NJ Dream Act Coalition.
- 2010 WotS was recognized by Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor, as the most efficient community alliance in the country, having trained more than 1000 workers in Safety and Health -OSHA 10-. On December 10th, we walked more than 8 miles to the County College of Morris, as part of a campaign to gain access for our undocumented students.
- 2009 WotS won the campaign against the implementation of 287g in Morristown.
- 2007 WotS launched a campaign against the implementation of the 287g in Morristown (Collaboration between local police and Immigration).
- 2006 WotS mobilized about 1400 people in opposition to “The Sensenbrenner”. Also, on May 1st in Morristown, over 1000 people marched in opposition to “The Sensenbrenner”.
- 2005 WotS organized over 120 people who walked 10 miles on the International Day of Human Rights to bring attention to the possibility of passing of the legislation known as “The Sensebrenner”. This legislation would criminalize immigrants and any immigrant supporter.
- 2004 WotS launched a successful campaign to prevent wage theft and abuse of worker’s rights in Morristown.
- 2003 WotS signed an alliance with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), becoming one of the first alliances in the country.
- 2002 WotS started offering English classes as a response to the need in the community.
- 2001 WotS organized against a local ordinance wanting to fine day laborers $500 or sentence them to three months in jail if they stood in the corner of Morris Ave.
- 2000 WotS is born as a faith-based organization that seeks humane immigration policies.