Two day labor worker leaders from Tucson, Arizona need your support. Our close-knit community has been devastated by two attacks in this war against migrants.
Amador Hernández Ramírez and Sergio Martínez Cota are both respected day labor worker leaders in Tucson. They have dedicated themselves to helping others to organize against workplace abuses, wage theft, and racial profiling. Now, they have been ripped from their loved ones and lost in the detention system that profits from our incarceration and denies us the most basic rights–including the right to a lawyer.
We need your support!
Their detention is part of a concerted attack on our communities designed to strike fear in the hearts of migrants, turning us into profit for private prison companies and pushing us further underground into low-paying jobs where our rights are regularly violated.
Our fundraising goal is $5,000! We are raising funds to cover these workers’ and their families’ urgent needs such as legal costs, and rent and food money.
Please donate via Paypal here or mail checks to:
Corazón de Tucson
317 W. 23rd St.
Tucson, AZ 85713
(pay to the order of “Corazón de Tucson”, memo line: “Protection Network”)
Out of tragedy comes triumph. Amador and Sergio would want to know that their detention is leading to positive change.
Thank you,Raúl Alcaraz Ochoa, Southside Worker Center, Margot Veranes, Corazón de Tucson, and Marisa Franco, NDLON
PS. Amador Hernández Ramírez and Sergio Martínez Cota are both respected day labor worker leaders in Tucson. Both have made a great impact in the Tucson community through their leadership in the Southside Worker Center—a Tucson day labor program that seeks to develop worker leadership and improve labor conditions and Corazón de Tucson—a grassroots group of families and community members dedicated to equality and justice for Arizona’s migrant communities.
Amador Hernández Ramírez is an exemplary day labor leader. As a member of the Southside Worker Center in Tucson, Arizona, Amador graduated from the Worker Leadership Academy and ever since he has been actively involved in his community. He regularly leads community presentations in the churches and recently facilitated a Know Your Rights workshop where he spoke from his own experience. Amador also participates in community groups such as Corazón de Tucson and the Prison Divestment Campaign. He has amazing leadership skills and an admirable commitment to bettering his community.
Border Patrol pulled over Amador while on his way to work, a case of racial-profiling, detained him, and denied Amador the right to see his lawyer over the course of four days. Now our community leader has been deported. He was bussed from Arizona to California and deported to Mexicali, where he knows no one. His personal belongings, including his money and identification, were not returned to Amador by Border Patrol. Just five nights before Christmas, Amador was deported on a cold night in a strange city with only the clothes on the back and his resourceful, strong nature.
Sergio Martínez Cota, another day labor leader, was detained shortly after completing the Worker Center Leadership Academy in Tucson, Arizona. Since May 2011 he has been detained at Pinal County Jail (Florence, Arizona) and a judge has denied his political asylum case. Sergio fears returning to Mexico because he and his family have been victims of persecution and violence by corrupt Mexican police. He will appeal the decision. Sergio also is a strong leader with a commitment to changing the oppressive conditions day laborers face on a daily basis.
In both cases, both Amador and Sergio were processed through a detention system that profits from our incarceration and denies us the most basic rights–including the right to a lawyer. These are two examples of injustices occurring at systematic levels.
Despite these harsh realities, there is hope and power in community-building.
We hope you can support our beloved community leaders Amador and Sergio!