2018 Refugee Caravan: Viacrucis Migrantes en la Lucha

Via Pueblo Sin Fronteras

We are a group of people from different nations, religions, genders, gender expressions, and sexual orientations migrating and seeking refuge. We seek to become one collective, supporting each other shoulder to shoulder and demonstrating that by uniting we can abolish borders.

We Central Americans have formed a caravan of many united in struggle. We leave Tapachula, Chiapas on March 25.

If all goes well we will be in Puebla, Mexico from April 5 to 9 to participate in legal preparation and workshops. From there we will hope for the blessing of solidarity from the Mexican people and human rights organizations, who we hope will join our struggle and assist us with the supplies and resources that they have available. We appreciate the support and collaboration of the people of Mexico and the United States. We hope to be an example of solidarity and struggle to the world.

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Wells Fargo Rips Off Customers While Funding the Gun Industry & Prison Industry

Via LittleSis.Org | Gin Armstrong and Derek Seidman

Coming a month after the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, thousands of students across the US staged massive walkouts yesterday to protest school shootings. The actions and critiques of these students have put a renewed focus on the multi-billion dollar gun industry, its bought-off politicians, and its powerful lobbyists like the NRA.

We’ve recently tried to highlight (here and here) the powerful role that big profiteers – banks, hedge funds, asset managers, top CEOs – play within the gun industry. These figures not only rake in millions and billions from gun manufacturing and sales, but they are often figures who, if pressured, could actually make decisions that could lead to change within the industry.

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Deadly Detention: Self-Portrait of a Tragedy

Via Capital and Main | Robin Urevich

 DETENTIONCENTER

A suicidal detainee never got the mental health care he needed and was placed in a cell that contained a known suicide hazard,
a ceiling sprinkler head.


Sometime after midnight in mid-May of 2017, 27-year old JeanCarlo Jimenez Joseph fashioned a noose from a bed sheet and hanged himself in his solitary confinement cell at the Stewart Detention Center, located in the pine woods of southwest Georgia. Stewart’s low-slung complex lies behind two tall chain-linked fences, each crowned with huge spirals of glinting barbed wire. Beginning in 2006, the facility began to house undocumented immigrants detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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#DefundHate Petition Delivery

Join DWN, MoveOn, CREDO, AFSC and the #DefundHate coalition tomorrow at 9am in D.C. as we deliver over 115,000 petitions to Congress demanding cuts to funding for ICE and CBP.

Register here for tomorrow’s petition delivery!

When: Tuesday, March, 13 at 9am
Where: Capitol (First St SE and East Capitol St NE, in front of the visitor center)
What: Overview of the purpose of delivery and roles, take a photo, then head to the deliveries!

For months, groups across the country have been meeting with their representatives and senators, reminding them that if they are truly supporters of immigrants, they should be opposing funding for these dangerous and harmful agencies.

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Florida: $4 million legislative giveaway, mostly to GEO Group

Tampa Bay Times | Steve Bousquet

In a rare Sunday overtime session, the Florida Legislature passed a budget of nearly $89 billion for next year to end a session that was overshadowed by the mass shootings in Parkland.

Lawmakers needed extra time to finish a budget after the mass shooting in Parkland forced them to quickly craft a response that included a three-day waiting period, a minimum age of 21 to buy a gun in Florida, and $400 million for mental health and school safety and a program that allows school personnel to carry concealed weapons.

The National Rifle Association has challenged the law in federal court.

“We had an incredible session, but probably the most important thing we did this year is we listened to the families of Parkland,”  said Gov. Rick Scott, who joined legislative leaders at an end-of-session ceremony. 

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How the Supreme Court is Expanding the Immigrant Detention System

lead_960.jpgThe Atlantic | Garrett Epps

A quarter-century ago, in 1994, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, on any given day, was holding somewhere around 5,500 immigrants in “immigration detention.”

For fiscal year 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement budget documents projected an average daily population in detention of roughly 31,000. That increase—nearly six-fold in 25 years—made the Enforcement and Removal Operations division of ICE roughly the 13th largest prison system in the country. On its busiest days in FY 2017, ICE housed a population well above that.

During FY 2018, ICE reports that its average daily population has been 40,726. Before the year began, ICE budget documents had projected a detention population of 51,379. That staggering expansion—65 percent in a single year—would have vaulted ERO to a spot somewhere around No. 7. Its population would rank in size behind only the federal prison system and those of California, Florida, Georgia, New York, and Texas.

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Senate calls on Syracuse University to promise divestment from for-profit prisons

Daily Orange | By Sara Swann

Members of the University Senate passed a resolution on Wednesday calling for Syracuse University officials to publicly commit to not investing in for-profit prisons.

Jackie Orr, an associate professor of sociology, and Janice Dowell, graduate director and professor of philosophy, gave a presentation to senators on for-profit prison divestment and why it would be significant for SU to make a public statement.

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