Migrant Emancipation: June 2008 Archives
Watching this speech by Tim Wise cleansed my soul. People that can articulate oppression like Time Wise are a treasure. You have to watch the whole thing, but I especially liked his articulation of how white people, or those that buy into whiteness, are tricked into blaming migrants. I'll quote it below.
Immigrants' Rights Action
THE CENTRAL NEW YORK DETAINMENT TASK FORCE
Saturday, June 14 (Flag Day)
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
at the Regional Transportation Center (Greyhound Bus and Amtrak Train Stations)
Join this lively, yet peaceful solidarity action
* Distribute flyers * Inform travelers of their rights *
* Show solidarity with those at risk of deportation * Hold Banners & Signs *
Crossing A Border is NOT a Crime, but a Civil Offense - Yet Families are being Torn Apart because of Border Patrol's activities at the Regional Transportation Center
All Those Who Show Up will Get an Attractive "United Nation's Blue" Wrist Band that says "Justice for Immigrants"
Bring a flag, help distribute "Know Your Rights" literatureWe will supply you with a sign
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This just goes to show that discrimination against migrants, or anyone for that matter, isn't to far removed from discrimination against everyone else. Just the other day, another U.S. citizen was deported from her own country. When is the federal government going to come for you?
Get into some air-conditioned comfort & see this important film, then get out and enjoy the season's bounty of fruits and vegetables with new eyes.
Roberto Lovato has been sounding the alarm for weeks now on the deaths in detention scandal that ICE is now trying to brush under the rug. I have to admit I’ve not yet given the issue the attention it deserves in this small corner of the blogosphere.
As is often the case, Nina Bernstein broke the story in the NY Times. The Times’ editorial board, headed up on this issue by Lawrence Downes, followed up with an opinion piece citing Bernstein's article.
Ms. Bernstein chronicled the death of Boubacar Bah, a tailor from
Guineawho was imprisoned in for overstaying a tourist visa. He fell and fractured his skull in the New Jersey early last year. Though clearly gravely injured, Mr. Bah was shackled and taken to a disciplinary cell. He was left alone — unconscious and occasionally foaming at the mouth — for more than 13 hours. He was eventually taken to the hospital and died after four months in a coma. Elizabeth Detention Center
Nobody told Mr. Bah’s relatives until five days after his fall. When they finally found him, he was on life support, soon to become one of the 66 [ed. note: the Post reports the number is now 83] immigrants known to have died in federal custody between 2004 and 2007. Mr. Bah’s family still does not know the full story of when or how he suffered his fatal injuries.
Some of the gems from the video: