ICE officials said undocumented demonstrators arrested in Phoenix on Tuesday don’t fall under the agency’s enforcement priorities and won’t be deported. (Facebook: Diane Ovalle)
Federal authorities said Wednesday they will not deport six undocumented immigrants arrested this week during a Phoenix, Ariz. protest against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration policies.
from the email they’re sending out about this [please tune in & pass this around if you can]:
For years now Sheriff Joe Arpaio has had full permission to do as he wishes with the undocumented community here in Arizona. And he has been pretty good at doing just that. Twice a month he conducts his version of raids, going into businesses and charging working families with felonies for attempting to put food on the table. He has put a lot of fear in the the community and now it is time for us to fight back.
Today, Rocio (17), Jackie (16), Viridiana (20), Daniela (20), Hugo (23) and Stephanie (18), will be coming out as undocumented and unafraid to demand an end to Arpaio’s career and they want you to watch it.
We’ll be going live at 3:00pm PST / 6pm EST. Be sure to tune in and join the fight against Arpaio’s out there who think they will forever hold our communities down. We need to fight back. We need to show them that, despite the fear, we are ready to confront them and take ownership of they same thing they think they can use against us, our fear.
The youth coming out, if arrested, would be handed over to Sheriff Arpaio. At his jail they could be placed into deportation proceedings, but it is a risk they are willing to take. Will you support them?
The hunting and murder of migrants by US Marines along the Arizona border was among the first facts revealed, after LulzSec hacked the Arizona Department of Public Safety on Thursday.
Describing the hacked data, Boingboing.net, said, “There are countless mundane documents covering hours worked, officers’ personal information and other stuff of minimal journalistic interest. But the bulletins often offer fascinating stories of law enforcement encounters, such as this one with off-duty Marines patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border with assault weapons.”
The data describes heavily-armed US Marines, working on contract, to hunt migrants:
“In other incidents reported in October, U.S. Border Patrol agents encountered two subjects who claimed to be members of the Border Watch Group the Blue Lights based on the Caballo Loco Ranch. The subjects, armed with pistols and at least one M4 rifle, were dressed in full desert camouflage uniforms, similar to those of the United States military. They stated they were not members of the Minutemen, but paid contract employees who ‘get the job done’ and ‘were not just volunteers.’ They possessed valid United States Marine Corps identification cards.”
As it released this data, Lulz Security said in a statement, “We are targeting AZDPS specifically because we are against SB1070 and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona.”
Groups like Lulzsec and Anonymous are helping to bring accountability to power structures in a way the media hasn’t.
All that matters now is how we use this information.
And here is the torrent that Lulzsec released containing all the information they had unveiled for anyone interested in looking at it. If you don’t know how to use torrents, watch this tutorial produced by what sounds like a 9 year old.
*VIA - Color Lines
Arizona’s attempt to dismantle Tucson’s ethnic studies program was dealt a blow Tuesday when students rose up and took over a school board meeting where a resolution to determine the fate of the program was up for discussion. The Tucson school board was set to consider a resolution by Tucson Unified School District board president Mark Stegemen that would have effectively dismantled the program.
Currently, the school district offers history and English courses in Mexican-American studies that can satisfy students’ required credits for the state’s core Social Science requirements. Stegeman’s called on the district to weaken the program so the Mexican-American history courses could only count as elective credit.
Fifteen minutes before the board meeting was set to start, Tucson’s KVOA reported, nine students stormed the stage and chained themselves to the board members’ chairs as protesters filled the room and chanted: “Our education is under attack, what do we do? Fight back!”
The protest lasted for hours, and was successful enough that they shut down the meeting. District officials vowed to reschedule the meeting and take up Stegeman’s resolution at a later date, but students have vowed to continue to pressure the district to back off the resolution.
“Nobody was listening to us, especially the board,” said student activist Lisette Cota, AlterNet reported. “We were fed up. It may have been drastic but the only way was to chain ourselves to the boards’ chairs.”
It’s the latest, and perhaps most thrilling chapter, in the long-running saga over the long-running program, which supporters argue is a vital course offering that’s contributed to higher high school retention and graduation rates in the district.
Despite this, legislators have tried to axe the program for years, and the fight culminated with the passage of HB 2281 last year, a law which then-State Superintendent Tom Horne admitted was an attempt to shut down Tucson’s ethnic studies program. Horne, making the talk show rounds, also frequently that Tucson’s ethnic studies courses teach “ethnic chauvinism.”
HB 2281 outlawed any Arizona public school course which encourages students to “resent or hate other races or classes of people; promote[s] the overthrow of the United States government; promote[s] resentment toward a race or class of people” or “is designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group” or “advocate[s] ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.”
Since then a group of Tucson ethnic studies educators filed a lawsuit against the State Board of Education to protect the program, and the state has commissioned an audit of the program, which Mexican-American Studies supporters have also challenged.
But now students are demanding that they be heard.
“Just like the people of Wisconsin took a stand and said ‘enough is enough’, the youth of Tucson are standing up and letting it be known that they are fed up with these attacks on their education and on their future,” said Sal Baldenegro, Jr., a TUSD Ethnic Studies alum and member of the Southern Arizona Unity Coalition, AlterNet reported.
“As Arizonans, we absolutely must stand behind our youth and say ‘enough is enough’ with these attacks on their education. There has never been a more critical time to stand behind our children as they fight for their rights and for their futures.”
MALDEF: 9th Circuit Court Confirms that Arizona’s SB 1070 Anti-Immigrant Law Cannot Take Effect
Monday, April 2011
The 9th Circuit upheld the preliminary injunction issued by the District Court in late July 2010 barring the most egregious provisions of SB 1070 from being implemented.