Saturday, May 26, 2012

Montreal Corporate Advertising Replaced With Political Art Supporting Immigrants & Students

Le Collectif No Borders Claims Responsibility


MONTREAL, May 23, 2012 -- Yesterday morning, close to 100 street-level advertisements were replaced with immigrant justice and pro-student strike messages.

Members of Le Collectif No Borders replaced the ads, opening up private advertising booths operated by Astral & Pattison in various Montreal neighborhoods and covering corporate advertising with messages of solidarity, resistance and hope. The posters were put up on advertising panels in the following Montreal neighborhoods: Parc Extension, Rosemont, Plateau-Mt-Royal, Villeray, St-Michel, Montreal-Nord, St-Henri & Centre-Ville. […]

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L'Art Politique Vient en Appui aux Immigrant-e-s et aux Étudiant-e-s et Déloge L'Affichage Publicitaire à Montréal
Le Collectif No Borders Revendique Cette Action!


MONTRÉAL, le 23 mai 2012 - Hier matin, près de 100 réclames publicitaires situées dans des bornes d'affichage ont été remplacées par des oeuvres d'art et des messages en appui à la grève étudiante et à la justice migrante.

Des membres du Collectif No Borders ont enlevé des publicités, ouvrant des bornes d'affichage privées exploitées par Astral et Pattison dans plusieurs arrondissements, dont Parc Extension, Rosemont, Plateau-Mt-Royal, Villeray, St-Michel, Montreal-Nord, St-Henri & Centre-Ville. L'opération visait à substituer à l'affichage publicitaire des messages de solidarité, de résistance et d'espoir. […]

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Know Your Rights and Secure Your Own Community

By the New York State Youth Leadership Council
May 15, 2012

Starting today the program Secure Communities will be implemented in New York City; this means that local police will be required to send fingerprints of everyone arrested to immigration officials. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents will then check to see whether that person should be deported. The program has already been in effect in 31 counties, including Nassau, Dutchess and Westchester and now New York City. The activation of Secure Communities in New York City is a threat to our immigrant communities leading to the deportation of many immigrants who pose no public safety threat to the city, state, or country at all, separating more families, inciting ethnic and racial profiling and negatively affecting the relationship between police and our immigrant communities.

Know Your Rights: What To Do If You're Stopped By Police, Immigration Agents or the FBI
Following are some tips created by the ACLU for interacting with police and understanding your rights.

- You have the right to remain silent. If you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud.
- You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car or your home.
- If you are not under arrest, you have the right to calmly leave.
- You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested. Ask for one immediately.
- Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have constitutional rights.

- Do stay calm and be polite.
- Do not interfere with or obstruct the police.
- Do not lie or give false documents.
- Do prepare yourself and your family in case you are arrested.
- Do remember the details of the encounter.
- Do file a written complaint or call your local ACLU if you feel your rights have been violated.

You have the right to remain silent and do not have to discuss your immigration or citizenship status with police, immigration agents or any other officials. You do not have to answer questions about where you were born, whether you are a U.S. citizen, or how you entered the country. (Separate rules apply at international borders and airports, and for individuals on certain nonimmigrant visas, including tourists and business travelers.)
If you are not a U.S. citizen and an immigration agent requests your immigration papers, you must show them if you have them with you. If you are over 18, carry your immigration documents with you at all times. If you do not have immigration papers, say you want to remain silent.
Do not lie about your citizenship status or provide fake documents.
Read more tips when stopped for questioning HERE.

Are you in deportation proceedings or do you know someone who is? As part of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance effort, our sister national organization, we are willing to help you on any deportation case as long as you and your community are willing to learn. On May 4th the NIYA launched the program Secure Your Own Community or SYOC.

It's very important for all of us to know how to secure our own community because we know full well no one else will do it for us. If you or someone you know is facing deportation and you'd like your case to be dismissed then please complete this form and we'll be in touch with you.

There is never too much to do, if you know of anyone in deportation and they'd like their case dismissed please get in touch with us. Don't wait until it's too late. You can either fill out this quick 8 question intake form [...] and we'll be in touch with you.

Stay tuned for more updates and share the “Know Your Rights” info with your family, friends and community. Contact us if you have any questions:

Warm Regards,

Friday, May 18, 2012

Lawsuit Says Sheriff Discriminated Against Latinos

By Fernanda Santos and Charlie Savage, New York Times
May 10, 2012

PHOENIX — A federal lawsuit asserting a “pattern of unlawful discrimination” by law enforcement officials here claims that Latinos at the county jail were often referred to as “stupid” or addressed with a coarse ethnic slur. It also says that an e-mail circulated among jail officers contained a photograph of a Chihuahua in a swimsuit, over the words, “A rare photo of a Mexican Navy Seal.”

On the streets, Latino drivers were five to nine times more likely than their non-Latino counterparts to be stopped or searched, the suit asserts, for appearing disheveled or dirty or if it was deemed that too many people were in the back seat. Some were detained because they were said to have looked nervous or avoided eye contact. [...]

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

ICE's Collateral Damage in an Ironic Sex Trafficking Raid

By Subhash Kateel, The Huffington Post
May 4, 2012

An article in this week's Miami Herald brought me back to November 2008, when I was an immigrant rights organizer in South Florida. It turns out that two men from Guatemala, Adolfo García and Julio Díaz, are set to be deported by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) on May 18. How they got picked up and why they shouldn't be deported is the subject of my flashback.

It all started with a November 21, 2008 press release authored by the former U.S. Attorney for South Florida Alex Acosta (now the Dean of the FIU law school) and the former ICE Special Agent-in Charge of all investigations for the Miami field office, Anthony Mangione, announcing that they had broken up a South Florida sex trafficking ring involving Central American immigrants in Palm Beach, Broward county and Homestead, a small rural-esque city in south Miami Dade county. [...]

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Sign a petition telling Immigratio​n and Customs Enforcemen​t Director John Morton to stop the deportatio​n of Adolfo Garcia and Julio Diaz:

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

U.S. Border Patrol Increases Use Of Unmanned Drones For Surveillance

By Cristina Costantini, The Huffington Post
May 1, 2012

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency is ramping up its use of fancy technology to monitor the nation's borders again -- this time by opening up Washington's airspace to two unmanned Predator drones.

The announcement comes as part of the Department of Homeland Security's six year effort to build the nation's largest fleet of domestic surveillance drones. The program carries a $250 million pricetag and has produced mixed results, according to the Los Angeles Times. [...]

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Immigrant Workers Win in Struggle Against New York Food Manufacturer

A note from Daniel Gross of Brandworkers

May 7, 2012
Dear Focus Friends,

We are overjoyed to announce the biggest victory yet from Focus on the Food Chain! Workers at Flaum Appetizing, with your unwavering support, have won their campaign with an exemplary global agreement. Our members have recovered $577,000 in unpaid wages and compensation for retaliation along with a binding code of conduct ensuring Flaum comports with all workplace rights going forward including anti-discrimination and health & safety protections.

You can check out some of the press coverage on today's victory:

New York Times: Kosher-Food Manufacturer to Pay $577,000 in Settlement

Crain's New York: Settlement paves way for end of hummus boycott

Jewish Daily Forward: Uri L'Tzedek Celebrates Flaums Victory

For over a decade, workers at Flaum Appetizing worked grueling sixty to eighty hour work weeks without overtime pay and sometimes not even the minimum wage. Latino workers were subjected to constant verbal harassment and forced to work at unsafe speeds. Focus on the Food Chain, a joint project of Brandworkers and the NYC IWW, helped the workers launch a powerful campaign that persuaded over 120 grocery store locations to remove Flaum products from their shelves and convinced the world's largest kosher cheese company to stop using Flaum as a distributor until workers' rights were respected. In the process, Flaum workers won a precedent-setting victory at the Labor Board in D.C. helping workers nationwide fend off unfounded allegations into their immigration status.

This global agreement, including over half a million dollars in recovered wealth, would not have been possible without your support. The Flaum workers have proven that all working people have the power to get organized, build their own campaigns, and successfully fight for dignity at work. Thank you for your solidarity and we look forward to continue working with you to create a sustainable food system that respects workers' human rights.

In Solidarity,

Daniel Gross
Executive Director

New York's main Spanish language newspaper, El Diario-La Prensa, also covered the story:
Trabajadores latinos recuperan salarios

Monday, May 7, 2012

George Zimmerman’s Disparaging Remarks About Mexicans on MySpace

"I dont miss driving around scared to hit mexicans walkin on the side of the street, soft ass wanna be thugs messin with peoples cars when they aint around."

By Jennifer Preston, The Lede (NY Times blog)
May 2, 2023

As George Zimmerman’s legal team began a new social media presence for him this week, one of its first challenges on the new Facebook page has been responding to questions about an old MySpace account, where he made disparaging remarks about Mexicans.

The Miami Herald reported that Mr. Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mark O’Mara, has confirmed that the abandoned 2005 account belonged to his client. On the MySpace page, Mr. Zimmerman calls himself “Joe G.” and is pictured holding a small child. [...]

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Winds of May Day: 2006-2012

By Kent Paterson, Frontera NorteSur News
May 2, 2012

Revived in the United States on a mass scale by the immigrant rights movement six years ago, the annual commemoration of International Workers’ Day is fast becoming an established tradition across the country. And if anything captured the essence of the 2012 celebrations, it was the convergence of issues popularized by Occupy Wall Street-influenced movements with demands for justice long pushed by immigrant community organizations. Held on a balmy spring day, a rally and march in Albuquerque, New Mexico, gave a glimpse of movements that could continue to reshape U. S. and world politics in future years. [...]

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Another Mass Murder by an Anti-Immigrant Vigilante

According to the local authorities, Arizona racist leader J.T. Ready slaughtered four people, including a toddler, before killing himself on May 2, almost exactly four years after another anti-immigrant vigilante, Shawna Forde, murdered a nine-year-old girl and her father. Ready's "U.S. Border Guard" group says it will continue its anti-immigrant activities.

Gilbert mass shooting: White supremacist J.T. Ready left tracks in politics
by Gary Nelson, Tucson Citizen
May 02, 2012

J.T. Ready, the avowed White supremacist and militant critic of illegal immigration who authorities believe was the gunman in Wednesday’s multiple murder-suicide in Gilbert, cut a swath through Arizona politics before — and after — it became apparent he represented the far-right fringe of the political spectrum. [...]

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Leader dead, but group says border patrol to go on
By Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press
May 5, 2012

PHOENIX—The death of a former neo-Nazi whose group patrols Arizona's desert near the Mexican border for illegal immigrants and drug smugglers is raising questions about his organization's future.

Friends of Jason Todd "JT" Ready vowed Friday that U.S. Border Guard's armed patrols will continue, but monitoring groups doubted the operations could be sustained. [...]

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