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Protestors Shut Down Entrance to Suffolk Detention Center, Call on President Obama to Stop Deportations

Boston, MA – Immigrant activists and religious leaders from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont have formed a human chain at the entrance of the Suffolk Detention Center in Boston to demand action from President Obama to end the suffering caused by deportation. The prison at 20 Bradston Street has been the site of an immigrant prisoner hunger strike in October 2013 and is currently embroiled in lawsuits protesting indefinite detention.

Those risking arrest include many directly impacted by deportation, including Alejandro Gonzalez, an undocumented man from Connecticut. “I participate in this civil disobedience during Holy Week to let those in high positions in the government know that we reject the laws that criminalize our people, only for not having a piece of paper,” says Gonzalez. “Although I know I face being deported too, eleven million people need us to act.  For that reason, the word ‘fear’ is not in my vocabulary. On this holy day, we remember that we must make sacrifices to help our community.” Read more

On June 24, 2013, over 80+ people and I marched down to the Suffolk County Detention Center. Claiming immigrant rights and justice for criminalized immigrants, justice was to be served. Or at least that is how we all saw it. Filled with events in honor of deported immigrants, our job was to raise awareness to the public about the impacts these un-justified acts have. While this was only my second vigil, the eventful day was became a rather remarkably inspiring, moving, and poignant moment for me. Filled with passionate activists and supporters, the words expressed moved me.

Never had I seen such passion come together over such a significant cause. From revolutionary songs to guitar strings, to meaningful chants, I was moved by every detail of this event. However, my heart sunk the most not when we were making noise for all of Boston to hear, but when we began having dialogues with convicted immigrants, themselves. Innocent, unwillingly convicted, and stuck in those gates, as we came to find them, they banged on the windows, wrote on those windows, waving their arms from left to right to signify that they were with us in our fight.

I was moved. I was touched. And it felt so good to be in dialogue with them. While their status is the only thing liberating their freedom, they used the little freedom they had beneath those walls to communicate, to translate a message to their supporters albeit us. It was beautiful. So what do we do now? What do we do today? Keep their faces and their movements on our minds, and keep fighting for justice to be heard. Their voices. Their innocence. There may be progressive measures taking place in the State and Senate, but it is our responsibility to decriminalize their statuses and help them reunite with their families. It is the only just thing to do. So let us continue to fight, sin barreras!

Reflections from Boston’s Not1More Deportation Week of Action.


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Boston, Massachusetts.- No más deportaciones. Ese es el mensaje central de campaña de acción nacional donde se esta protestando contra deportaciones y educar a inmigrantes sobre este proceso.

Localmente, el Movimiento Inmigrante Estudiantil conocido en inglés por las siglas SIM, en colaboración con otras organizaciones pro inmigrantes se unieron a los esfuerzos y esta tarde realizaron actividades en el ayuntamiento de Boston donde se enfocaron solamente en educación sobre el tema

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