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This week marks five years since Arizona’s Governor Brewer signed SB1070 into law on April 23, 2010.
Since that time a national movement has emerged with Arizona at its epicenter confronting the Arpaio’s in our own backyards.
As we march with Puente to launch its ICE Free AZ campaign and strategize the next generation of resistance against criminalization, you can watch the recorded hang outs below.
A discussion with leading community leaders and organizers about what the resistance has looked like post SB1070, what life is like living in post 1070 Arizona and a look into the future plans.
Un panel de trabajadores indocumentados, estudiantes, y miembros de la comunidad quienes salieron de las sombras y riesgaron arresto y deportación para empujar el Presidente para poner un alto a las deportaciones.
We Belong Together returns to Arizona five years after bringing a women’s delegation to investigate the impact of police-ICE collaboration and of laws like SB1070. Hear from delegation participants returning back from the US/Mexico border and discussing intersections between gender, race and immigration status.
Marichuy Leal Gamino is 23 years old and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. She is transgender, and has been detained in immigration custody for over a year. A few weeks ago, she reported experiencing sexual harassment at the Eloy Detention Center, but was told by the guards to “deal with it.” Then just last week she was raped by her cellmate. When she told the guards, they pressured her into signing a statement saying the rape was consensual.
If ICE can’t guarantee her safety, she should be released immediately. Please sign the petition demanding Marichuy is released.
Even though she is a transgender woman, Marichuy continues to be held in the male-section of the facility and is still in danger. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender detainees are 15 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than other detainees.
Marichuy’s story is one more example showing how the Eloy administration is not capable of guaranteeing a minimum level of safety and dignity for transgendender people. In fact, it is not a safe facility for anyone. Eloy detention center has a long history of conditions that have lead to nearly a dozen deaths in the last decade, including two suicides just last year.
Please sign the petition to makes sure that Marichuy is released immediately.
Just now, protestors chained themselves in front of the Eloy Detention Center. Their action calls on the President to stop deportations and the criminalization of immigrants. Through civil disobedience they say they’re exposing the inhumane imprisonment at the center of current immigration policy and the needless warehousing of the undocumented who could benefit from reform.
Many of those inside Eloy have committed no major offense and instead are victims of Congress’ 34,000 minimum detention bed mandate and the profiling of Sheriffs like Arpaio and Border Patrol required to fulfill the arbitrary quota. Read more
PHOENIX — President Barack Obama came to Phoenix on Tuesday to speak about the housing market, but dozens of activists showed up with their own agendas. Among them were critics of the President’s deportation policy.
More than 40 immigrant rights activists gathered outside of the high school where the President spoke, some holding signs that called Obama “Deporter in Chief” — a reference to the record-breaking deportation numbers during his presidency.
They also called for the release of nine young immigrant activists who were recently detained after they crossed into the country without documentation.
“We are here to ask president Obama to stop the deportations,” said Carlos Garcia of the Phoenix advocacy group, Puente. “You can’t come to a place like Arizona, that has been the epicenter of this issue with Sheriff Arpaio and 1070, and not address immigration.”
The President did manage to mention immigration — though only briefly.
In the plan he unveiled to improve the housing market, one step was fixing the nation’s broken immigration system.
That line got big applause.
“It’s pretty simple, when more people buy homes and play by the rules, home values go up for everybody,” Obama said. “And according to one recent study the average homeowner has already seen the value of their home boosted by thousands of dollars just because of immigration.”
He went on to urge the audience to encourage House Republicans to “stop dragging their feet” on passing immigration reform.
NotOneMoreDeportation.com is a campaign made of individuals, organizations, artists, and allies to expose, confront, and overcome unjust immigration laws.
As the immigration debate continues, #Not1More enters the discussion from the place that touches people in concrete ways and can offer tangible relief. By collectively challenging unfair deportations and unjust policy through organizing, art, legislation, and action, we aim to reverse criminalization, build migrant power, and create immigration policies based on principles of inclusion.
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