Migrant rights and drug policy groups are calling for the halt to deportation and use of discretion in the developing story of migrants being released under sentencing reform.
In response to the news of the murder of Tamara Dominguez and the loss of Jovana Luna, a leader at El/La Para Translatinas in San Francisco, the latest of transwomen, Marisa Franco of #Not1More and Mijente, issued the following statement:
“Earlier this summer, when a transgender woman interrupted the President’s LGBTQ reception a person in the crowd of mostly LGBTQ activists shouted to her, ‘This isn’t for you.’ Yesterday when news broke of another transgender women murdered the number hit officially 17. The question becomes then, what is?
We have witnessed women released from detention centers where they have been humiliated, tortured and abused only to face the asphyxiation of poverty and the boot of naked violence. Read more
En respuesta a las protestas en Baltimore, Marisa Franco de #NI1MAS comparte esa declaración:
[In English here] A pesar de la crisis clara expuesta por Ferguson y Staten Island, Cleveland y Columbus, la lista de los que han perdido su vida a manos de la policía crece en número casi todos los días. Nunca olvidaremos sus nombres.
Esa es la violencia que deploramos.
La historia, actual y pasada, muestra que es sólo cuando las personas salen de las líneas pre-diseñadas de como deben existir y como deben resistir como Negros, pobres, o aquellos que son olvidados y considerados desechables que por fin las cámaras de noticias salen y los expertos predican. Read more
In response to the protests in Baltimore following the killing of Freddie Gray, Marisa Franco of #Not1more, issued the following:
[En español aquí] Despite the clear crisis exposed by Ferguson and Staten Island, Cleveland and Columbus, the list of those who have lost their lives at the hands of police grows in number almost every day. We will not forget their names.
That is the violence we deplore.
History, current and past, shows that it is only when people step out of the pre-drawn lines of acceptable existence and resistance as Black people, poor people, or those who are forgotten and deemed as disposable that the cameras come and pundits preach. Read more
Note: The following is an op-ed by Marisa Franco, lead organizer of the #Not1More campaign at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.
With the US witnessing rising levels of community and labor activism in the past two years, one would expect the 2014 midterm elections to be a vibrant moment of civic engagement, translating that activity into political power. But this year, that wasn’t the case.
With so much in motion, where’s the disconnect?
In every corner of the country there are examples of an active and engaged population pushing for change. The murders of Eric Garner in Staten Island and Mike Brown in Ferguson as well as countless others killed at the hands of police generated a new spirit of organizing affirming that black lives matter. LGBTQ issues are making dramatic advances and unheard of cultural leaps. Our cities are roiling with the fight for 15 and a rising tide to lift the minimum wage. More than 400,000 people turned out for climate justice this Fall in New York City to sway the UN discussion. Native and indigenous communities pledge to be Idle No More. Undocumented people have tirelessly faced down fear and placed their bodies in the way of buses to stop deportations. And the incredible stamina of the Moral Mondays movement in the face of attacks of voting rights and campaign finance laws refuses to wane. Read more
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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