Private Prisons in a Wider Context: Video

Recent momentum has been building against the private prison industry, including here in Denver, and is exciting and is already making progress. Over at the blog Chaparral Respects No Borders (CRNB), an excellent two part video series has been put together on the ways in which the criminal justice system intersects with capitalism, white supremacy, colonialism, and other forms of oppression to maintain themselves.

These are great videos to watch to remember the bigger picture of imprisonment and criminalization in this country so as we put the heat on corporations such as Wells Fargo, GEO, and CCA that we avoid what CRNB warns of

“An anti-private prison campaign can easily fall into the same traps as the “go after the real criminals” message, as though there’s nothing wrong with the “criminal” “justice” system.”

Really? A Raid on Father’s Day? ICE proves they can sink even lower

The strawberry festival was all but empty after a raid on dads at a family festival on Father's Day took place.

As if colluding with private prison companies to profit off of destroying families wasn’t enough, ICE upped their cold-heartedness (pardon the pun) with a sting on Dads during Father’s Day. ¬†Not only did ICE rip apart families in Glenwood Springs, Colorado on Father’s Day, they did it at a family festival!

The agency’s disdain for immigrants and basic human rights is to the point where they aren’t even following their own protocol which states that ¬†they must ‚Äúrefrain from conducting enforcement actions or investigative activities at or near sensitive community locations, such as schools, places of worship… and venues generally where children and their families may be present.‚ÄĚ

According to Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, ICE agents detained two brothers who were watching their kids play in a bouncy castle.

“Brothers Cesar and Julio Alvarez were then taken to an ICE van in the back of the fair, while their 4 children waited with their aunt and mother.”

The ICE agents went on to be jerks to the rest of the Alvarez family, putting Julio’s 7-month pregnant wife through so much stress she had to be sent to Emergency Care.

Border Patrol 6 trial resumes this month, trespassing charges dropped


The six people¬†arrested for locking down¬†at the Tucson sector Border Patrol headquarters last May are going back to court to resume their trial on the remaining disorderly conduct charges. The Border Patrol 6 (BP6) havecalled for continued action¬†against all levels of government and business participating in the repression of immigrant communities and the ongoing militarization of the border. At their last trial date in February, dozens of people, from various communities across the state,¬†rallied in solidarity with the BP6 and marched against all borders¬†and the ongoing militarization of Tohono O’odham land, which has been colonized by both the US and Mexican governments.

Since February, the judge has thrown out all of the criminal trespassing charges against all six defendants, leaving just the disorderly conduct charges for the resumption of their trial on June 29th in Tucson. Whether or not the remaining charges are also thrown out, the BP6 have maintained that the previous trespassing charges were always bogus since the true trespassers are the border patrol and the state who occupy stolen indigenous land.


Keep your eyes peeled in the coming days for an official update from the BP6 comrades, but in the meanwhile, there’s nothing gained in waiting! Take a look back at the previous BP6 calls for support and get organized to take action!

No borders, no controls on movement!

 

Support families separated by June 1 workplace raid in Ft. Morgan

On June 1, 2011 Dept. of Homeland Security and Immigration, Customs Enforcement (ICE) joined with area law enforcement officials to arrest 11 dairy farm workers in Ft. Morgan, CO on criminal charges related to work documents. Workers are being held on an astonishing $50,000 bond. Dozens of children and spouses have been separated and left without income, resulting in a humanitarian crisis. Watch video message from separated children below.

CIRC has partnered with OneMorgan County and New Creation Church to set up full donation operations. Give today to help address humanitarian crisis.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW

Or you can send or drop off cash donations, food or diapers to New Creation Church, 929 E. Burlington Ave; Ft. Morgan, CO 80701. 100% of your contribution will benefit the families impacted by the raid, helping with immediate needs such as diapers, food and rent.

Community Rallies for Gerardo, Hearing Date Delayed to December 5th

Gerardo and his family received a warm and enthusiastic welcome this afternoon as around 100 people rallied to support them and to educate English speaking audiences about the injustices of the U.S.’s broken immigration system. ¬†Many students who have been fighting for the DREAM Act were in attendance. Thank you, Jeremy Bermudez of PAZ for a wonderful, rousing call to action! ¬†Also accompanying us were actors portraying banks and private prison corporations, ICE, with students chained by their interests.
After Gerardo spoke to the crowd, he and his family went in to immigration court, where his lawyer proceeded to apply for and receive an extension on Gerardo’s hearing. ¬†It is now scheduled for December 5th. You can be sure we’ll be there.
If you haven’t already signed the petition for Gerardo on United We Dream’s Website, please do so:
Also, we hope to see you at the following upcoming events:
Immigration Forum¬†at Denver’s First Universalist Church at Colorado and Hampden,¬†June 12, 11:30 to 2. ¬†This is a great opportunity for folks to learn what’s going on with deportations in the U.S. The program will be in English, and will feature RAP leaders Jeanette and Gerardo as well speaking via translator.

Jeanette’s Final Deportation Hearing¬†at Immigration Court, 17th and Welton,
July 13 at 8:30 a.m.  According to her wishes we want to bring an even bigger crowd this time, so be sure and mark your calendars

Help Stop the Deportation of Gerardo!

Seguido en espa√Īol

RAP allies, supporters, and friends! 

Join Rights for All People
****Wednesday May 25th from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM ****
621 17th Street Downtown Denver
Federal Immigration Courthouse

The‚ÄúUnification Not Deportation‚ÄĚ campaign is entering its fourth week and continues to gain momentum in the fight to ¬†stop deportations and keep our families and communities together!¬†

 RAP organizer and mother Jeanette was supported by nearly 100 who turned out for her immigration hearing.

Gerardo is a DREAM student who is facing the second of his immigration court dates; he is a visionary young man that graduated from Smoky Hill High School and dreams of becoming an automotive engineer. He has been in the United States since he was 9 years old! Gerardo was pulled over last year only blocks from his house for a broken license plate and is now facing deportation.  He is one of the many thousands of DREAM students whose futures are in jeopardy and are at risk of deportation until Congress passes the DREAM Act.

RAP is asking supporters to attend the rally and send this action alert to 10 more people!

The goal is to triple the number of people at the press conference in front of the courthouse. We will then be marching down to the 16th street mall to bring awareness with our street theater piece and gather signatures for our petition to keep Gerardo here with his family!

 

Click here to sign the online petition to tell Dept. of Homeland Security to stop the deportation of Gerardo!

 We need volunteers to help with the street theater piece in which we will depict the big business of our broken and unjust immigration system. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Judith at 303-893-3500 x 103 or  judith@rap-dpt.org.

Click here to RSVP on Facebook!

 Thanks for your action and we’ll see you and at least 5 more of your friends on Wednesday afternoon to take a stand to keep families together!

 

Rights for All People
Immigrant-Led Change
1400 Dayton St.
Aurora, CO 80010
(303) 893-3500
www.rap-dpt.org 

 

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STOP The Deportation of Jeanette!

NOW is when we need your immediate support! As many of you know, one of RAP’s amazing leaders Jeanette Vizguerra, a mother of 4, wife, small business owner, and community activist, is facing her final immigration court date this coming Monday, May 16th.

That’s why we need you to JOIN us on JEANETTE‚ÄôS COURT DATE for a rally outside of the courthouse. We‚Äôll be gathering bright and early this Monday, May 16 at 7:30 a.m. in downtown Denver at the corner of 17th and Welton to rally for Jeanette and the thousands of others facing deportation. Program starts at 7:30am, actions will continue as Jeanette goes into the hearing.

Let’s stand in solidarity with Jeanette! Let’s speak out against the big business of deportations! NO one should profit from family’s pain!

WE need to make some noise and be the conscience of those who ignore or want to hide the truth!!

Take action NOW to send faxes to key targets before Friday at noon!
http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5016/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6797

More info call 303-893-3500 or liz@rap-dpt.org

Watch Jeanette’s story here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9M3ktorCBY

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AHORA es cuando necesitamos su apoyo inmediato! Como saben, un l√≠der incre√≠ble de RAP Jeanette Vizguerra, madre de 4 hijos, esposa, due√Īa de un negocio local, y activista de la comunidad, enfrenta su fecha final de corte de inmigraci√≥n el pr√≥ximo lunes 16 de Mayo.
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“Eddie” Zheng Faces Deportation Again

Xiao Fei “Eddy” Zheng, an Asian American immigrant community leader, faces deportation to China, yet again.

In the 1980s, 16-year-old Zheng and his family faced language barriers that kept them from fully understanding that he was found guilty of an aggravated felony and going to serve over 20 years in prison. After being released in 2007,  Zheng was in danger of immediate deportation due to his status as a legal permanent resident (non-U.S. citizen) with an aggravated felony. But he threw himself into becoming a contributing member of his local San Francisco Bay Area community.

Read more here

 

Actions Escalate in Defense of Detained Haitian Activist Jean Motrevil as Nine More Are Arrested

Since December 20, 2009 when ICE agents detained immigrant rights activist Jean Motrevil, immigrants, human rights activists, clergy and other community members have rallied behind the him.  Recently protests have ended with people blocking traffic to the New York City ICE building.  The first came on Tuesday, when ten were arrested and most recently another nine were arrested on January 7th after refusing to move from their spots in front of Varick Street Detention Center.

In the middle of an immigration check-in meeting, ICE detained Motrevil on a twenty year old drug conviction, which he already served eleven years in prison for.  He now faces deportation despite not breaking any laws since his time in prison.

Montrevil supporters are calling upon ICE to grant him discretionary relief from deportation.  Already the petition being circulated has garnered 1300 signatures.  A slew of local politicians are also actively calling for his release.  Many feel the detention of Montrevil is highly politicized, motivated by his active work in groups such as Families for Freedom, the NYC New Sanctuary Movement, and Detention Watch Network.

Take Action

Sign the online petition to free Jean Montrevil.