El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social clarifies misinformation about events in Seattle for May 1st, 2012.

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: Sunday January 29, 2012

Contact: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social, 206.650.2106 or 206.850.0497, info@elcomitewa.org.

El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social clarifies misinformation about events in Seattle for May 1st, 2012.

Despite claims to the contrary, neither we nor any major  labor international have called for a general srtike on May 1st.

 

SEATTLE – El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social would like to clarify openly that contrary to the writings of fringe groups within Occupy Seattle, neither we, nor any any of the national leadership organizing May 1st actions throughout the U.S. has called for a general strike on May 1st 2012. There may be some groups calling for a general strike but they and their agents do not represent El Comité or are authorized to make any statements on our behalf and or misrepresent us in any capacity. We ask these participants to cease and desist immediately and respect our democratic organizational structure. As a community organization, we elect our board every year, including the spokespersons. Any claim that we support or call for actions, that are not made from our spokespersons, are completely false.

To be clear, we acknowledge the fact that these subgroups and fringe entities are not representative of Occupy Seattle as a whole and we do not intend to conflate their activities with Occupy Seattle’s work in vocalizing the excesses and abusive nature of our deregulated financial system that has led to mass unemployment, home foreclosures, economic speculation, attacks on workers’ right to organize, and left many of us mired in the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. As an organization that prides itself on being overtly pro-worker, especially with regard to many of our immigrant brothers and sisters who are socially and economically marginalized, we laud Occupy Seattle’s great work in helping bring these concerns into mainstream parlance.

We look forward to future collaboration with OS and welcome the energy they bring into this dialogue. However, given recent altercations between the OS fringe and long shore workers with regard to the December 12, 2011 “West Coast Port Shutdown,” we feel it necessary to, as the workers along the coast has already done, make it abundantly clear that no one speaks on our behalf but ourselves. And that we insist that any attempt to utilize our name without consent is in direct violation of our principles.

For more on the port action see the following links:

http://www.ilwu.org/?p=3296

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2016994886_occupyport12m.html

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017000774_apwaoccupyportswashington5thldwritethru.html

As a community-based organization, we take our work very seriously as we directly experience the result of our organizational efforts. The program for the annual May 1st march, in existence since 2000, is the result of various open forums and immigrant worker assemblies organized by El Comité, which take place in Seattle, Tacoma, South MLK County, and other areas throughout the Puget Sound region. The theme of our March and organizational priorities for the entire year are decided in these community forums. In effect, it is our community that dictates what approach to take and what sequence of actions serve best as a whole. As of yet, there have not been any public meetings convened, and as such, we cannot claim to support, much less call for a general strike.


In closing, we wish to reiterate our point that we ask any individual or entity to immediately cease using our name and attempt to subvert and dismantle the work that we have undertaken for over 12 years. We welcome any and all who wish to work with us and offer support in solidarity. Likewise, we echo the long shore worker’s point that we as immigrant workers and community members are the only ones who can directly address the matters that afflict our communities. We respect the work that many other social justice organizations undertake. As such, we expect this same mutual respect in regard to our own internal workings and democratic structure. There is no need for petty tactics, misinformation, and infiltration of our communications infrastructure. Let us all join as one to ensure we all coexist in a dignified way as workers, community members, students, as human beings.

EDUCATE, ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE!

For more information, contact the following: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social, 206.650.2106 or 206.850.0497, info@elcomitewa.org.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Organizers Anticipate Larger Turnout for Annual March Scheduled for Sunday, May 1st 2011.

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: Tuesday April 19, 2011

Contact: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition, 206.324.6044.

Organizers Anticipate Larger Turnout for Annual March Scheduled for Sunday, May 1st 2011.

Cuts in Public Services, Attacks on Organized Labor, and the recently proposed Drivers’ License bill that would have denied undocumented immigrants, among major issues in mobilization.

 

SEATTLE – This year, as in the past, El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition will host their annual May 1st March, scheduled to begin at Judkins Park in Seattle on Sunday, May 1st 2011, in what many anticipate will be one of the largest marches yet. This is scheduled to be yet another major event in what has been a very active year. Protests have erupted throughout the country in response to adverse economic conditions as well as congressional inactivity in addressing immigration reform in a humane, non-racially biased way.

The recent wave in demonstrations both locally and nationally have illustrated popular discontent with the direction in which law makers in Olympia and Washington D.C. have taken budgetary discourse. Cuts in public services in many states have drawn scores of demonstrators in opposition. Likewise, labor disputes centered on the right to organize collectively have sparked a groundswell of support for workers in many states along the Eastern United States, most notably in states like Wisconsin, New Jersey and Michigan, among others.

Similarly, in the State of Washington, one of the most controversially contested bills was SB 5407, which would prohibit anyone who is undocumented to obtain a drivers license. Though not as far-reaching and constitutionally questionable as Arizona SB 1070, the bill’s sponsor led legislative hearings around SB 5407 that were fraught with xenophobic grandstanding under the guise of transportation safety. In the end, the bill was defeated, as even Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen (D-Camano Island) cast a vote against the bill that she herself sponsored.

According to Juan Jose Bocanegra, an organizer with El Comité, “these issues are all interconnected. Many who bear the brunt of this economic downturn are also the ones who are blamed by corporate and right wing interests. Workers are divided by barriers in national status, income, and ability. When it comes down to it, we all see the same attacks. It’s important to acknowledge each other and work together for all our common interests.”

The 2011 March route will go downhill from the Judkins Park and curve northbound on way to Memorial Stadium at Seattle Center. A two hour program is slated for attendees and will include musical performances, speeches by local labor and social justice leaders, and a special keynote from longtime, Chicago-based activist, Carlos Arango, formerly a student leader at the time of the Tlatelolco Massacre in Mexico City in 1968 and presently Executive Director of the Casa Aztlan community center in Chicago.

The May 1st Action Coalition is an entity comprised of labor and social justice organizations in the greater Seattle area that has come together in recent years to organize alongside El Comité for the Annual May 1st March. El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social has been in existence since April of 2000. This event will mark the 11th year that this march has been organized and sponsored by El Comité and other social justice groups.

For more information, contact the following: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition, 206.324.6044.

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Immigrants and Allies Rally and March on February 25th, 2011

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: Saturday February 26, 2011

Contact: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition, 206.324.6044.

Immigrants and their Allies Rally at Westlake and March to the Downtown Seattle ICE Offices to Protest ICE Raids and Proposed Anti-Immigrant Legislation on Friday, February 25, 2011.

SEATTLE – El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition held a March and rally in Downtown Seattle, beginning at around 4 p.m. that drew an estimated 80 participants. Many braved 30 degree weather to protest the recent escalation of attacks against the immigrant communities in Washington, on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and anti-immigrant legislation proposed in Olympia.

The program began with a brief Rally at Westlake where participants slowly gathered and came in closer to the stage area. Speakers included spokespersons for local organizations such as The New Sanctuary Movement, Witness for Peace, and faith based organizations. Colette Cosner, Regional Coordinator for Witness for Peace read a brief excerpt from Washington State Senator, Adam Kline’s (D-Seattle) statement on contentious bill SB 5407, which would restrict undocumented residents from obtaining a drivers’ license.

“I oppose SB 5407 very strongly. Personally, I prefer a policy that recognizes reality; the immigrants have come here to work, and their labor is welcome because even in this deep recession there are jobs that native-born Americans don’t seek. These people keep our economy going.”

Sen. Kline’s statement illustrated the theme of the demonstration as participants then marched west-bound on Pine Street and south on 2nd Ave on way to the 1000 Building which houses offices for the both the Washington State Department of Licensing as well as an Immigration Court and offices for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency. A brief rally continued at the March’s destination.

According to Sandy Restrepo, Co-Chair for the May 1st Action Coalition, “these policies at the state and national levels are an all out assault on our youth. They bear the brunt of not being able to attain drivers’ licenses if they are undocumented and of having their parents taken away and having their families separated because some members of the family are documented and others may not be.”

Antonio Flores, Spokesperson for El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social, further noted, “our children are those who suffer most from these inhumane laws. They are at danger of losing their caretakers in their parents and have to cope with the psychological trauma of having agents come in and disappear family members at will.” He further stated, “I am indigenous. My family is indigenous. We are not strangers to these lands and we all have the human right to migrate to be able to provide for our families. My childrens’ suffering and all our childrens’ suffering is on you (ICE Officials)! Shame on you!”

As the demonstration wrapped up, speakers related these issues to others around the country, namely around resistance to budget cuts and to the labor issues transpiring in Wisconsin and other states in the Midwest. They ended the program with the chant, “we’ll be back, we’ll be back,” indicating that their concern is yet to be resolved.

As done the previous eleven years, organizers will continue to fight to secure the basic rights of all, regardless of place of origin.

For more information, contact the following: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition, 206.324.6044.

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Press Statement from El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition Concerning Recent Raids and Anti-Immigrant Bills.



MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: Friday February 18, 2011

Contact: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition, 206.324.6044.

Immigrant Community and Allies to Mobilize Against ICE Repression and Washington State Anti-Immigrant Legislation.

SEATTLE – El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition are mobilizing for an action on February 25, 2011 in Seattle (details on time and location are forthcoming) to protest the recent escalation of attacks against the immigrant communities in Washington, on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and anti-immigrant legislation proposed in Olympia. This will be one of many actions to take place in anticipation of the annual march set for May 1st, 2011.

In a recent ICE operation in Central Washington, agents descended upon the small city of Ellensburg, Washington under the pretext of targeting presumed “criminals.” The resulting raid in Ellensburg saw ICE agents use strong-arm tactics to forcibly enter homes without consent and remove hard-working immigrants from their families at gunpoint of a semi-automatic weapon. In Yakima, Washington, ICE agents stationed themselves in grocery store parking lots, in a show of intimidation not seen in the area in many years.

In Olympia, there are presently six proposed bills that impact the immigrant community. One example is SB 5407 that would force new drivers to present a Social Security Number to be issued a license. The hearing itself had little to do with transportation and much to do with political pandering as supporting details failed to take transportation safety and cost of implementation (in wake of a budget crippling recession) in consideration.

The sponsor, Sen. Haugen (D-Camano Island) presided over a session replete with fictitious information and xenophobic grandstanding that failed to afford many witnesses the opportunity to testify. The resulting audience dissent forced her to shut down the proceedings, silencing those who came to speak.

Given the complex nature of the discussion around immigrant rights in wake of congressional inaction, immigrant organizers and allies from various social justice organizations throughout the Puget Sound region will employ a two-fold organizational campaign to address the situation as it plays out with ICE and the State Legislature. As done the previous eleven years, organizers will continue to fight to secure the basic rights of all, regardless of place of origin.

For more information, contact the following: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition, 206.324.6044.

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Over 300 Immigrant Rights Activists Take To The Streets In Conjunction With President Obama’s Visit To Seattle.

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: Tuesday August 17, 2010

Contact: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition, 253.347.4229 (Spanish) 360.556.7949 (English).

Over 300 Immigrant Rights Activists Take To The Streets In Conjunction With President Obama’s Visit To Seattle.

SEATTLE – Earlier today immigrant rights organizers and their allies in civil, human and labor rights initiated a high-energy rally and subsequent demonstration in conjunction with President Barack Obama’s visit to Seattle, his first since being elected. The event, organized primarily by El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition, marked the first such action in bringing to the fore the issue of immigrant worker rights during this contentious election season. According to an event spokesperson, Federico Martinez, “the intent is to draw attention to the plight of the immigrant community in wake of enforcement-first approaches to “Immigration Reform” which includes mass deportation, the “Secure Communities” program, the “287 (g)” Program, and E-Verify, among others. This also marks a point in which those of us who had hope in the presidency of Barack Obama are now seeing his actions and are trying to draw to his attention that this is not what we wanted him to be and that the issue is more important to us than him and we are willing to make the upcoming electoral season very interesting for his party if he doesn’t stop his enforcement-only tactic.”

The group initiated the day’s activities by marching from Westlake Park to a small triangle park adjacent to the Seattle Westin Hotel where Barack Obama would be speaking. Protesters, numbering approximately 300 participants, held a small rally in the triangle until they attempted to march on the sidewalks around the Westin Hotel where they were met by Seattle Police in front of the west entrance of the hotel who refused to let the protesters pass and began to push people back using their bikes. Protesters stood their ground. People refused to move and clashes ensued. The Seattle Police pushed demonstrators, including children, in a forceful manner, in effect escalating their tactics. Demonstrators moved back to the triangle and continued their rally. After the presidential convoy arrived at the hotel and the president made his way in, immigrant rights demonstrators again, attempted to march around the Westin Hotel where they were met by police once again who barricaded them from the hotel. As a result demonstrators marched down Westlake Avenue and marched in a circle, jamming traffic in defiance of the Seattle P.D. “We only saw a fraction of the repression our communities face. And we were willing to escalate our tactics due to the overwhelmingly harsh tactics that are used on our communities by the federal government.” said Sandy Restrepo, Secretary of El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social.

“I’m upset that the police would come after us when we are gathered with our families and we are clearly here domonstrating peacefully. ” said Diana Lopez. “That’s endemic of what is happening in our communities. We can’t stand by and let ourselves be intimidated. ”

On November 5th, 2008 a wave of optimism flowed throughout the country with the election of Barack Obama. The framing of the “Hope” and “Change” messages resonated throughout after a conservative majority ran both the legislative and executive branches during most of former President Bush’s Administration. The message was especially symbolic in immigrant communities as mass strikes and demonstrations in the spring of 2006 helped turn back congressional efforts to implement H.R. 4437 (otherwise known as the Sensenbrenner Bill), which would have been the most draconian anti-immigrant legislation in generations and would have effectively criminalized all undocumented workers and their allies for providing them humanitarian aid. The election of a new President and a majority Democratic Congress pointed toward ameliorating the adverse conditions encountered under President Bush and the Republicans. This optimism was short-lived as little has been done and continuation and expansion of Bush-era immigration policy continues unabated.

As a result of these policies, the organizers, in addition to the demonstration, also drafted a letter asking that Barack Obama use an Executive Order mandating that the Department of Homeland Security make the E-Verify, 287 (g), and Secure Communities programs in addition to mass raids, a low priority. Three separate copies were handed over to Obama staffers by guests attending the event inside the Westin. As organizers noted, “we mobilized en masse to support the President and his party under the idea that they would take action in a manner consistent with securing civil, labor, and human rights in reformation of our immigration system. In turn, we demand an immediate cease to harsh enforcement-only policies without human and civil rights and are requesting that President Obama make said policy, which has failed our communities and the country in general, obsolete” The full text of the letter can be found at El Comité blog (https://elcomitewa.wordpress.com/).

For more information, contact the following: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition, 253.347.4229 (Spanish) 360.556.7949 (English

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Letter To President Barack Obama

El Comité Pro-Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social

2021 S Weller ST

Seattle, WA 98144

August 12, 2010

Pres. Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We wanted to take this opportunity to extend a cordial welcome to you to the city of Seattle for the first time since your election. As you may imagine, we still continue the work we’ve done for years as 2010 marks the ten year anniversary of the founding of our organization. Given our previous mobilization and allocation of social capital in supporting your candidacy, as well as that of other elected officials in the Democratic Party, we wanted to draw your attention to the matter of Immigrant Rights, an issue especially pertinent to our communities.

First of all, we wanted to acknowledge the Administration for their role in ceasing deportation proceedings for family members of those in our communities whom presently serve in the armed forces. Likewise, we also wanted to acknowledge the shift away from undocumented persons who have young children here in the United States. These are important considerations, and as such, are welcome policy changes.

That said, we also wanted to point out the indiscriminate use of Bush-era enforcement mechanisms. Said practices, including but not limited to: implementation of 287 (g), Safe Communities, E-Verify, and dragnet raids, have created added stress to our communities. Granted, a reform that respects civil, human and labor rights may take time to work out, the use of enforcement-only policy, has proven adverse to our communities and the country as a whole, as these actions further corrode the social fabric of our communities and leads toward further economic attrition in an already adverse economic environment.

To illustrate our concerns about this, we will point out two examples at the local level, here in Seattle and the other in the rural community of Brewster, Washington. In November of 2009, a local company Seattle Building Maintenance, owned by right-wing radio personality Peter Weissbach, fired over 200 employees, many of them members of the Service Employees International Union. Not only did this virtual raid hamper organized labor, but also removed 200 workers from their jobs, and in effect creating an adverse economic ripple that will impact the community they belong to.

Later in February 2010, over 550 workers in Brewster, Washington experienced the same ordeal as they were economically displaced. This perhaps had a much more dramatic effect on Brewster’s local economy considering the scale of not only the community, but the firing as well. At a time when we see economic hardship across the country, the absence of 550 workers’ contributions to the local economy worsens the already horrific economic environment in this rural community. As a result of these measures, we see a very direct, very tangible impact. As evidenced, we see this approach as terribly ineffective in ameliorating the social condition in our communities. Further, we feel that like these flawed programs, congressional efforts do us little service.

Just last week a new aid package concerning border security was passed in congress and approved by your administration. This was done, despite evidence indicating that said allocation of funding is unnecessary. As statistical trends note, violence along the border is lower, as is the occurrence of border crossings, largely due to the recession we find ourselves in. Further, allocating this level of funding amidst economic uncertainty is a fallacy in prioritization of programming. We are not in the position to pander politically! And we expect much better from both our legislative and executive branches.

What we propose, is for the use of an Executive Order to mandate that the Department of Homeland Security make E-Verify, 287 (g), Safe Communities, and the tactical use of mass raids and deportations, a low priority. Given the state of our economic environment and the residual negative impact that enforcement-only activity has produced in our communities, we deem it very important to reshift focus away from harassment based on ethnic and racial profiling of people who contribute both social and economic capital to the communities they belong to.

This would be an excellent way to ameliorate some of the already existing conditions. We can’t turn a blind eye as people are continually deprived of their very basic civil, human and labor rights. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

El Comité Pro-Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social

Press Release: President Obama’s Visit to Seattle

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: Tuesday August 10, 2010

Contact: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition, 253.347.4229.

El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition To Hold a Demonstration in Conjunction With President Obama’s Visit To Seattle To Protest Enforcement-Only Policy With Immigration Reform, on August 17, 2010.

SEATTLE – El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition are mobilizing a protest in conjunction with President Obama’s visit to Seattle on Tuesday, August 17, 2010, to protest the increased deportation of immigrants and the use of enforcement only policies to deal with Immigration, which in turn put increased stress on our communities by instilling fear and intimidation, breaks families apart, and facilitates economic attrition in an already adverse economic environment. The intent is to draw attention to the plight of the immigrant community in wake of enforcement-first approaches to “Immigration Reform” which includes mass deportation, the “Secure Communities” program, the “287 (g)” Program, and E-Verify, among others. Details about the event are as follows:

What: March and Rally in conjunction with President Obama’s visit to Seattle

Who: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social, the May 1st Action Coalition, and other allied human and civil rights organizations.

When: 10 a.m., Tuesday August 17, 2010

Where: March will commence at Westlake Park (10 a.m.), Rally in front of the Westin Hotel, 1900 5th AVE (10:30 a.m.).

Background

On November 5th, 2008 a wave of optimism flowed throughout the country with the election of Barack Obama. The framing of the “Hope” and “Change” messages resonated throughout after a conservative majority ran both the legislative and executive branches during most of former President Bush’s Administration. The message was especially symbolic in our communities as mass strikes and demonstrations in the spring of 2006 helped turn back congressional efforts to implement H.R. 4437 (otherwise known as the Sensenbrenner Bill), which would have been the most draconian anti-immigrant legislation in generations and would have effectively criminalized all undocumented workers and their allies for providing them humanitarian aid. The election of a new President and a majority Democratic Congress pointed toward ameliorating the adverse conditions our communities encountered under President Bush and the Republicans. Sadly, the optimism was short-lived as little has been done and repression of immigrant communities continues unabated.

Additional information on continued Bush-era practices can be found at the following links:

“Illegal Workers Swept from Jobs in ‘Silent Raids’” (New York Times, July 9 2010) [http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/10/us/10enforce.html?_r=1&pagewanted=2]

“Tough enforcement against illegal immigrants is decried.” (Los Angeles Times, April 21 2010) [http://articles.latimes.com/2010/apr/21/nation/la-na-obama-immigration-20100422/4]

“Little New in Obama’s Immigration Policy” (The Washington Post, May 20, 2009) [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/19/AR2009051903404.html]

As such, we are using this visit by President Obama to Seattle as an opportunity to draw attention to the critical situation at hand within our communities. We mobilized en masse to support the President and his party under the idea that they would take action in a manner consistent with securing civil, labor, and human rights in reformation of our immigration system. In turn, we demand an immediate cease to harsh enforcement-only policies without human and civil rights and are requesting that President Obama make said policy, which has failed our communities and the country in general, obsolete. This can be done by the president by way of an Executive Order mandating the Department of Homeland Security make E-Verify, 287 (g), Secure Communities, and mass deportations a low priority.

For more information, contact the following: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition, 253.347.4229.

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AVISO PARA LOS MEDIOS DE COMUNICACION

Para los Medios de Comunicación: Martes, 10 de agosto 2010

Contacto: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social y la Coalición de Acción del Primero de Mayo, 253.347.4229.

El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria y Justicia Social y la Coalición de Acción del Primero de Mayo Tendrán Manifestación en Conjunción Con la Visita del Presidente Obama a Seattle Para Protestar la Póliza de Aplicación-Primero con Reforma Migratoria, el 17 de Agosto, 2010.

SEATTLE – El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social y la Coalición de Acción del Primero de Mayo movilizaran para una manifestación en conjunción con la visita del Presidente Obama a Seattle el Martes, 17 de Agosto 2010, para protestar el aumento de deportaciones de inmigrantes y el uso de pólizas que aplican los mecanismos más duros en enfrentando el tema de inmigración, que en torno produce más ansiedad en nuestras comunidades debido al inculca miento de miedo e intimidación, la separación de familias, y facilita atrición económica en un ambiento económico adverso. El intento es de subrayar lo que sucede en comunidades inmigrantes con el enfoque en “aplicación-primero” a la “reforma migratoria” que incluye deportaciones en masa, el programa de “Comunidades Seguras,” el programa “287 (g),” y el programa “E-Verify,” entre otros. Detalles acerca del evento son los siguientes:

Que: Marcha y Manifestación en conjunción con la visita del Presidente Abana a Seattle

Quien: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social, la Coalición de Acción del Primero de Mayo, y otras organizaciones aliadas de derechos humanos y civiles.

Cuándo: 10 a.m., martes 17 de agosto, 2010

Donde: Marcha comenzara en el Parque Westlake (10 a.m.), Manifestación en frente del Hotel Westin, 1900 5th AVE (10:30 a.m.).

Antecedentes:

En el 5 de Noviembre del 2008 una ola de optimismo fluyo por el país ante le elección de Barack Obama. La “Esperanza” y el “Cambio” eran mensajes resonantes después de tener una mayoría conservadora durante la mayoría de la administración del ex-Presidente Bush. Este mensaje era especialmente simbólico en nuestras comunidades ya que manifestaciones y paros de trabajo en masa en la primavera del 2006 pararon los esfuerzos concrecionares en progresando la legislación H.R. 4437 (conocido como el Sensenbrenner Bill) la cual sería la póliza anti-inmigrante más dura en generaciones y que hubiera efectivamente criminalizado a todos trabajadores indocumentados y sus aliados por proveerles ayuda humanitaria. La elección de un nuevo presidente y una mayoría Democrática en el congreso apuntaban hacia el mejoramiento de las condiciones adversas en nuestras comunidades bajo la Administracion Bush y los Republicanos. Desgraciadamente, el optimismo solo surgió brevemente ya que poco se ha hecho y la represión de comunidades inmigrantes sigue como antes.

Información adicional acerca de pólizas iniciadas por la Administración del Ex-Presidente Bush que se han continuado e incrementado se puede ver en los siguientes links:

“Illegal Workers Swept From Jobs in ‘Silent Raids’” (New York Times, July 9 2010) [http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/10/us/10enforce.html?_r=1&pagewanted=2]

“Tough enforcement against illegal immigrants is decried.” (Los Angeles Times, April 21 2010) [http://articles.latimes.com/2010/apr/21/nation/la-na-obama-immigration-20100422/4]

“Little New in Obama’s Immigration Policy” (The Washington Post, May 20, 2009) [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/19/AR2009051903404.html]
Eso dicho, usaremos esta visita del Presidente Obama a Seattle como oportunidad de subrayar esta situación crítica en nuestras comunidades. Nos movilizamos en masa para apoyar el Presidente y su partido con la idea en mente que ellos tomarían acción en una manera consistente con asegurando los derechos civiles, laborales, y humanos en reformando nuestro sistema de inmigración. En torno, demandamos un cese inmediato a las pólizas de “aplicación-primero” sin derechos humanos y civiles y exigimos que el Presidente Obama haga dicha póliza, que nos ha fallado a nuestra comunidad y el país entero, obsoleto. Esto se puede hacer por el Presidente por parte de un Orden Ejecutivo con mandato al Departamento de Seguridad Interna de hacer los programas E-Verify, 287 (g), “Comunidades Seguras,” y deportaciones en masa como prioridad baja.

Para información adicional, por favor contacte los siguientes: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social y la Coalición de Acción del Primero de Mayo, 253.347.4229.

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