Posts Tagged ‘immigration’

Join the Wingnut Anarchist Collective on July 12 at 7pm for this All ages, Sober event. Come support anarchists in the movement who are being harassed by government for their anti-border and related work. This will be a verbal presentation with power point visuals.
2005 Barton Avenue

Free event but PLEASE bring some money to give to Dane to support others who have been arrested and extradited and have lots of related expenses! Solidarity!


They Flew Me to Canada, and Boy Are My Arms Tired!

Dane Rossman speaks about his experience being extradited to Canada for actions during the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto. Dane is an anarchist living on occupied Tohono O’odham land in Tucson, Arizona. He’s been involved for several years in anti-colonial, No Borders, and prison/police abolition movements, and will try to situate his experience of incarceration and extradition within that history, with an emphasis on ongoing struggles in Arizona.

Dane hopes to use this opportunity to raise funds for the other G20 extraditees still being held by the Canadian state, so bring cash if you can.

For more info on those cases and struggles in Arizona, see the following:

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Southerners On New Ground
Building Connecting and Amplifying LGBTQ Organizing for Liberation
SONG Calls for Support and Power-Building as Key Southern LGBTQ leaders Sit in Jail to Stop Deportations

At this moment 16 Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice and LGBTQ leaders in Georgia (including SONG Founder Suzanne Pharr, Co-Director Caitlin Breedlove, and Board Member/Co-Director of Project South, Stephanie Guilloud) are participating in a non-violent civil disobedience at the U.S. Immigration Court in Atlanta, GA to stop today’s deportations.

These brave leaders have locked arms to demand Obama puts an Immediate End to Deportations and Detentions and the violent policies of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Together they demand #not1more. Immigrant people, people of Color, and LGBTQ often live lives filled with violence, fear, and isolation. We are central to the fabric of our communities and our economy. We deserve so much better.

People being deported at this time in the US are the people who wash our dishes, pick our vegetables and build our houses. We need to honor their work and their lives, not rip them out of their communities.

United in the vision of what is possible for all of us beyond our fear when we are willing to take shared risk, this group has chosen to put their bodies on the line to demand an end to the fear mongering and caging of our family who is undocumented. Over 2.2 million individuals have been deported during Obama’s presidency and thousands languish in detention right now. More than 276,000 undocumented LGBTQ immigrants are living in fear in the US today. Our communities cannot afford to wait. Si se puede!!!


SONG is reaching out to ask for your support. Our movements badly need moments of shared risk to build our integrity across lines of race, class, culture, gender and sexuality. Our communities are sitting in fear, violence and cages. SONG along with one of our closest organizational partners, The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) is partnering with the Not1More campaign to hold a major rally and press event to call on President Obama to end deportations and show that LGBTQ people are deeply a part of the fight for immigrant communities to live free of violence and fear.


1. Could you write a Blog or Op/Ed telling your own story about why this is important to you, using our talking points?

2. Would you join our twitter campaign (goal—100 tweets to @MHarrisPerry and @MHPShow) to ask Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC TV host, to have Paulina Helm-Hernandez (SONG Co-Director) on her show to tell their viewers that it is PAST TIME to unite the fight for lives of LGBTQ people with the fight for the lives of immigrants and people of Color and the poor. We are uniting and have been. More people just need to know!!!!

3. Could you share our Memes on Facebook? These can be found at

4. Want to make a donation to legal fees or bail fund for leaders? Please go to for evolving information about how to give.
If you can help, please let Hermelinda Cortes at SONG know how and share with her (

SONG envisions a sustainable South that embodies the best of its freedom traditions and works towards the transformation of our economic, social, spiritual, and political relationships. We envision a multi-issue southern justice movement that unites us across class, age, race, ability, gender, immigration status, and sexuality; a movement in which LGBTQ people – poor and working class, immigrant, people of color, rural – take our rightful place as leaders shaping our region’s legacy and future. We are committed to restoring a way of being that recognizes our collective humanity and dependence on the Earth.

Southerners On New Ground
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Atlanta, GA 30312-3032
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Reposting for friends at VACLAA. Immigration and May Day are incredibly intertwined, and the connections between labor struggles and immigration struggles really can’t be emphasized enough. Come out on First Fridays (May 4th) to meet with folks from VACLAA and tie these struggles together and make some art! This is going to be awesome.
Our Copwatch First Fridays Patrol will be meeting basically across the street from this event at 7pm.

From the Virginia Center for Latin American Art:

VACLAA’s back at First Friday’s Artwalk on May 4th with a new live mural project about words and power and we need your input!

Messages about Text

Some of the most amazing writing on the topic of work, struggle and human dignity was created in Latin America. From the political discourse of Che Guevara to the poetic innovations of Cesar Vallejo, the word has always been a respected tool in Latin America for attaining a more just society and ennobling the efforts of women and men as they seek a sense of personal dignity. In honor of these efforts, VACLAA is producing a mural with components of relief and collage that challenges Richmonders to seek a deeper vein of discourse in a world in which words carry such little weight they drift away in text bubbles.

We invite members of the Richmond community to bring their own favorite quotes from artists, poets, political activists, grandmothers, or their own dog-eared journals on the subject of the power of men and women through work to attain a sense of self worth.

In addition to the live art event, our site at 401 W. Broad St. will be alive with readings from Latin Youth Poets from Huguenot High School, music from Underwater Seacreatures, handmade crafts from a group of Mexican artisans, savory food from Ken Ticos Cuban Restaurant and VACLAA coffee tastings.

Location: 401 West Broad Street – Moore’s Auto body parking lot

VACLAA regresa al First Fridays Artwalk el 4 de Mayo con un proyecto nuevo. Es un mural hecho en vivo acerca de las palabras y el poder. ¡Para completarlo necesitamos su participación!

Mensajes sobre Texto

Algunos de los escritos más increíble sobre el tema del trabajo, la lucha y la dignidad humana, fue creada en América Latina. Desde el discurso político de Che Guevara a las innovaciones poéticas de César Vallejo, la palabra ha sido siempre una instrumento respetada en América Latina para alcanzar una sociedad más justa y elevar los esfuerzos de mujeres y hombres que buscan un sentido de dignidad personal. En honor a estos esfuerzos, VACLAA está produciendo un mural con estos elementos. Esperamos que el collage desafía la gente de Richmond a buscar una vena profunda del discurso en un mundo en el que las palabras tienen pesan tan poco que se alejan en las burbujas de texto.

Invitamos a los miembros de la comunidad de Richmond a traer a sus citas favoritas de escritores, poetas, activistas políticos, sus abuelas o sus propias revistas de sus diarios personales sobre el tema del poder de los hombres y mujeres a través del trabajo para lograr un sentido de autoestima.

Además del evento de arte hecho en vivo, nuestro sitio en el 401 W. Broad St. también tendrá las recitaciones de poetas jóvenes de América de la escuela secundaria Huguenot, música de Seacreatures Submarinas, artesanías hechas a mano de un grupo de artesanos mexicanos, la comida sabrosa de Ken Ticos Restaurante Cubano y pruebas de café hecho para VACLAA.

Localizado en el 401 West Broad St.- En el aparcamiento de Moore’s Auto Body

Yesterday, August 2, 2010, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli passed a legal opinion saying that police in Virginia should check the immigration status of people they detain or stop. This law does not require police to ask about immigration status, but it does give them approval to go ahead and do so. This is clearly another step in the process of increasing racism, xenophobia, and classism in Virginia.

Apparently Prince William County is the county that is the most anti-immigrant and avid about searching out ‘illegal’ immigrants. Hopefully other areas will not be choosing to enforce this new approval. However, it might be a good time to remind your local politicians that you are against this change in policy. Many jurisdictions have said that the drain on resources and time required to check immigration status would be too much, and so they probably will not enforce this policy.

As anarchists we are avidly against this increase of anti-immigrant sentiment in Virginia and nation wide. We are against nations,  borders, militarization of borders, and criminalization of free movement. We support the free movement of all people. We are against racial profiling and any increase in the role or power given to the police. We are for dignity and autonomy for all people.  We do not believe that people can be ‘illegal’.

We believe that in this time of increased racism and hostility towards immigrants and people perceived as immigrants it is important for anarchists and others to make their stances clear and find ways to be allies in this struggle. These are incremental changes in policy which add up to huge changes in peoples’ lives. We need to stop this before it is too late, before it gets worse.

For more information on the background of this situation in Arizona and Virginia- and the connections between the two- please check out our friend Kontra’s blog!

We will be doing our best to stay on top of this and related issues. Any news of other information or developments would be appreciated. You can contact us at