immigrant rights

Victory Against Repression: Carlos Montes Court Case Ends in Victory! [VIDEO included]

On June 5, 2012 Carlos Montes’ criminal court prosecution ended in a victory for Carlos and the movement.

Carlos Montes’ home was raided on May 17, 2011, by the combined forces of the LA County Sheriff’s Swat Team and the FBI, by crashing his door down at 5:00 a.m., with automatic assault rifles drawn, almost killing him. He was charged with 6 serious felonies with a possible jail time of up to 18 years.

With local and national support, via solidarity protests, call-in campaigns to President Obama and U.S. Attorney General Holder, local rallies and protests, and an offensive legal strategy, two felonies were dropped - this was a first partial victory. However the District Attorney still stated that they wanted Montes to do at least 5 years in state prison for the 4 felony charges remaining.

The local and national Committees to Stop FBI Repression launched a petition drive and a “Call the D.A.” campaign, with phone banking and a robo call by Carlos to over 4 000 supporters, urging folks to call District Attorney Steve Cooley. The D.A.’s office was flooded with calls and letters.

Montes’ attorney made several motions to get charges dropped on various grounds, but the Los Angeles Superior Court judge rejected them. Preparations were made for a trial, knowing well the state judicial system is not ‘fair and impartial.’ Montes and his attorney Jorge Gonzalez got widespread support and media coverage including in the Democracy Now! TV show, La Opinion and the Guardian UK newspaper.

 

Kentucky's Attack On Migrant People: Senate Bill 6

The attack on migrant people can divide families and destroy lives. SB6 hurts all of us. When ANY group is under attack, democracy is undermined. Our own humanity depends on refusing to be silent. Stop SB6 and build a climate of justice today and over the long haul.

SB 6 will seriously harm Kentucky and all Kentucky residents because:

Republicans Attack Birthright Citizenship of Babies Born to Undocumented Parents

State Lawmakers Outline Plans to End Birthright Citizenship, Drawing Outcry

By JULIA PRESTON  Published Jan 5, 2011

WASHINGTON — Conservative legislators from five states opened a national campaign on Wednesday to end the automatic granting of American citizenship to children born in the United States of illegal immigrants.

At a news conference here timed to coincide with the start of a new Congress, Republican state lawmakers introduced two model measures curtailing citizenship rights for children of illegal immigrants. The legislators said the measures would be introduced in at least 14 states.

JOIN THE DIGNITY CAMPAIGN for Real Immigration Reform

Friends,

Most immigration reform bills before Congress have an built-in bias and nativist prejudice toward immigrants, both documented and undocumented. These immigrants are presumed guilty until proved innocent.  

Many of us believe that a new approach toward immigration reform is urgently needed. Thats why we are joining the Dignity Campaign.  Hopefully, more individuals and groups will join in with this campaign.

Hasta La Victoria!

 

HAPPY MAY DAY! - from Critical Resisance, Strategy & Struggle to ABOLISH the Prison Industrial Complex

Dear Friends,   
                                    
Happy May Day!

Today all over the world people are coming together to demonstrate the power of political and economic solidarity; to challenge anti-immigrant racism; to celebrate spring and rebirth; and to affirm our capacity to build a society founded on interdependence.

We know that in the United States, this "other labor day" isn't officially recognized or celebrated in every community.  Reclaiming May Day is an important tactic for building alliances with communities worldwide.