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Los Angeles, CA – As protesters were arrested blocking a deportation bus outside Washington, DC, local groups in California shut down the downtown LA Detention Center to protest the almost 2 million deportations about to take place under the Obama Administration. Six immigrant youth and allies chained themselves to two 8 ft ladders with U-locks to their necks, in front of the gates of local detention center blocking any exit of buses that transport people to other detention facilities or to the border to be deported. Read more



These 11 people are risking arrest in civil disobedience calling on the President to use his power to stop deportations.

Luis Serrano is an undocumented organizer with the Los Angeles Immigrant Youth Coalition. Since 2009 Serrano has advocated for the decriminalization of migrant communities. Luis has taken an active role in organizing around deportation cases, many of which are his personal friends.

Betty Hung is part of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) and the daughter of immigrants from Taiwan who emigrated to the United States after racist national origins quotas were finally lifted in 1965. Her parents settled roots in the San Gabriel Valley and sponsored their family members – their sisters and brothers – to join them in the U.S. She believes in the human right of all families – including LGBTQ families – to be together with their loved ones. No family should be separated. She stands in solidarity with migrant communities and urges president to end deportations.

Barbara Moore is a life long Unitarian Universalist and her faith is the primary source of her commitment to working for social justice. She serves on the Immigrant Justice Steering Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry in California.

Martha Arévalo is the executive director for the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN). She specializes in immigrant advocacy work, community outreach and Latino strategic communications. Arevalo has extensive experience in the areas of social marketing, public education, immigration, education, civic participation, public policy and community organizing.

Claudia Ramirez came to the USA when she was only 4 years old. By organizing she knows it is time to let go of fear and to stop protecting ourselves behind four walls. Claudia has been active in the Los Angeles Immigrant Youth Coalition and the Saint Lawrence Dream Team, focusing on organizing youth in East and South Los Angeles. Claudia has been a pioneer in highlighting the mental health issues that affect undocumented youth through sharing her experiences and creating safe spaces for others to do so as well.

Edna Monroy is an undocumented and unafraid woman. She came to the United States in 2001 at the age of 12. Born in Iguala Guerrero, México, she came to reunite with her father after jobs as flower street vendors could no longer support them in a tough economy. She grew up in South Central Los Angeles, and after graduating from high school she attended UCLA where she became involved in organizing. She is engaging in this type of work because it is important to continue building momentum, and escalate to hold the government and president Obama accountable for the numerous deportations that have taken place and continue to occur throughout the country.

Myisha Arellano was born in Mexico. She grew up in both Mexico City metropolitan area and the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California. She has resided in California since the age of nine. She became involved in her community through her work as an artist and has been active ever since. Currently she is part of the Los Angeles Immigrant Youth Coalition (IYC) and San Fernando Valley Dream Team. Myisha is currently a student at California State University, Northridge after receiving a scholarship at CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts – Multimedia and Performing.

Adrian James is an undocumented Malaysian-Indian immigrant from Bangkok, Thailand. He chooses to take action against the immoral criminalization and deportation of immigrants because he holds the fundamental belief that NO human being is disposable, especially to achieve political ends. He also recognizes that current anti-immigrant efforts are part of a broader system of oppression against people of color and that it must be actively resisted. Adrian is a passionate community organizer, writer, student, and film-maker. He completed two undergraduate degrees in philosophy and psychology. He hopes to attend law school in the future. Adrian is an organizer with the Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Coalition.

David Lemus was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. He came to the United States in 2008, at the age of 15. Since then he has lived in South Central Los Angeles. David attended John C. Fremont High School and graduated with the class of 2012. He is currently attending the University of California Berkeley, planning to double major in Ethnic Studies and Spanish. He organizes with the East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition and USEU (Unión Salvadoreña de Estudiantes Universitarios) He is undocumented, unafraid, unashamed and unapologetic.

Alexandra Suh is executive director of the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA). Her past experience includes community organizing and advocacy on issues of police brutality and women workers; peace and trade justice; and homelessness, prostitution, mental illness, and substance abuse faced by immigrant women. She is a co-founder and board member of the Korea Policy Institute. Alexandra holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and was a professor of literature and cultural theory at Scripps College.

Luis Enrique Gonzalez  came to the USA when he was 15 years old and graduated from Benjamin Franklin high school. He attends Pasadena City College majoring in math but also wants became a social worker . Luis is an undocuqueer youth organizer with the San Gabriel Valley Immigrant Youth Coalition working to create safe spaces for undocuqueer youth in his community.

Read More about the action at: http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/?p=1692

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As President Visits Los Angeles to Fundraise, Undocumented People and Allies Unfurl Banner Reading “Not1More Deportation” in Intersection at 26th and San Vicente in Santa Monica.

(06.07.2013) Los Angeles, CA  – Seated around a banner that says “Undocumented, Unafraid: Not1More Deportation” 11 undocumented people and allies blocked a busy intersection in Santa Monica during a larger rally nearby the President’s Los Angeles fundraiser. The rally referred to Los Angeles as the “deportation capital of the United States” citing that Los Angeles County deports more people under programs like “Secure Communities” than any other in the country, even more than Sheriff Arpaio in Arizona.

Similar to protests that greeted the President when he visited his hometown of Chicago, participants are risking arrest to urge the President to stop the 1,100 daily deportations that he continues to oversee as Congress debates reform.

“Why should my family still have to live in fear of being deported at the same time that Congress is talking about passing immigration reform? ” asked Myisha Arellano, an undocumented member of the Immigrant Youth Coalition originally from Mexico. “The President can’t just give speeches about reform when he’s also deporting our families in record numbers. He could stop our suffering and stop deportations with the stroke of a pen.”

Another protestor, Adrian James, an undocumented Malaysian-Indian immigrant from Thailand said, “Under the President’s current policies, people are being racially profiled and targeted. Victims of crimes can’t even seek help. We’re doing this to make that change.”

Luis Serrano, an undocumented member of the Immigrant Youth Coalition, added “It doesn’t make sense to keep deporting people that could qualify for immigration reform. We want our families to still be here when a path to citizenship opens. We’re calling on the President to give our parents and everyone in our community the same relief he gave when he created DACA.”

Also in attendance at the rally were families currently in deportation proceedings whose specific cases protestors were calling to be closed.

Read the bios of the participants here

Livestream at http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/2013/06/07/iyc-demo/. Follow on Twitter at @ImmigrantPower and @NDLON