Behind the Redwood Curtain, ICE (Dept of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has terrorized many individuals and families.  Even before the creation of ICE, cruel U.S. policies and U.S. invasions throughout the world  have paved the way for local toxic industries (for example: cut flowers-Sun Valley Floral Farms and corporate logging using pesticides-Simpson, Sierra Pacific, Pacific Lumber) to exploit the labor and hurt the lives of many people who have migrated to the North Coast from all over the world. 


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Over Raided, Under Seige

U.S. Immigration Laws and Enforcement Destroy the Rights of Immigrants


War Resisters League Magazine on Borders and Immigration

Inside Immigrant Prisons
By Maria Muentes and Families For Freedom
Roberto Martinez: the Struggle to Overcome the U.S.-Mexico Divide
By Joseph Nevins
The Border Wall: A Photo Essay
By Sarah Wellington
The Red Juvenil of Medellín, Colombia
By Moira Birss and Janice Gallagher


In the Redwood Curtain area, it is important to REMEMBER (late 1800's to early 1900's) how government and civilians from Eureka to Cresent City perpetrated round ups of Chinese people and massive violence against them!

"...Driven Out: Roundups and Resistance of Chinese People in the Pacific North West, 1850-1906 (Random House 2006)... describes the expulsions of Chinese people from over one hundred rural towns, from Southern California to including Washington Territory--in Eureka, Truckee, Red Bluff, Crescent City, and Fresno. Opening with the story of the Eureka's "roundup," "Driven Out" exposes and analyzes the purges and the failed purges, and describes the many successful efforts of Chinese resistance--legal, militant, legislative, and passive--as well as what I believe to be the first lawsuit for reparations in the United States, Wing Hing v. the City of Eureka, 1886. It considers the mass actions of passive resistance by 110,000 Chinese people in 1892-1893 who risked deportation by collectively refusing to carry photo-identity cards under the Geary Act. The talk includes slides of the various roundups, from the 1871 lynching in Los Angeles to the burning of Chinatown, San Jose. "Driven Out" ends with photographs of the 1906 "final" roundup of Chinese cannery workers along the Eel River near Ferndale, California (who were held in railroad boxcars on "Indian Island" or Gunther Island in Humboldt Bay--the site of the 1862 massacre of the Wyott tribe), successfully refusing deportation until they were paid for their full season's contract.

The relationship between China and the overseas Chinese and the relationship between China and the United States put these expulsions in a global context of migration, trade, and expansion. In many ways the expulsions of Chinese people were connected to movements against indigenous peoples and to lynchings and land deprivation of African Americans during Reconstruction. The model for these expulsions came first from the Black Codes of the Southern Democrats who, by the 1880s, had taken over California's governor mansion, state legislature, and many local county boards, mayors, and so on, and second, by the mass removal of native people onto reservations, which was happening close by. The roundups of Chinese immigrants foretell the ideology and methods of later expulsions against Mexican immigrants and Japanese Americans. ...."