"Charity is commendable, everyone should be charitable. But Justice aims to create a social order in which, if individuals choose not to be charitable, people still don't go hungry, unschooled or sick without care. Charity depends on the vicissitudes of whim and personal wealth, justice depends on commitment instead of circumstance.
Faith-based charity provides crumbs from the table; faith-based justice offers a place at the table"
~Bill Moyers

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Student / Youth Halloween Protest to Stop ICE - Oct. 31st 2008 San Francisco

IndyBay Coverage:
Thu Oct 30 2008 (Updated 11/02/08) Bay Area Youth Demand an End to Raids
Halloween Protest to Stop ICE This Halloween, Friday, Oct. 31, hundreds of youth from throughout the Bay Area gathered with community members and families to denounce the atrocities committed against immigrant communities by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Youth demanded an immediate end to all ICE raids, the shutdown of all detention centers, and the creation of real sanctuary cities.

The protest started at 10 am in San Francisco’s Ferry Park (Washington between Davis and Drumm) with blessings from Danza Azteca and community organizer and author Betita Martinez, skull face painting, and other festivities. At 11:30 am, a funeral march made its way to the ICE office at 630 Sansome, followed by a mass rally in front of ICE.

The protest was a response to ICE attacks on immigrant communities, attacks that have taken place even in so-called “sanctuary cities” like San Francisco. The protest also brought attention to the repression and violence faced by immigrant communities during a presidential election season that has seen neither major candidate address the issues facing immigrant families.

Breaking News From 10/31:

2:15pm: In Oakland, 400 people were reportedly prevented from attending the protest because of BART's closure of the Fruitvale station.

2pm: Protesters have surrounded the ICE building on Sansome. Several people have locked down with 55-gallon drums on both ends of the building's driveway, where vans normally load and unload detainees.

11am: BART police have shut down at least three stations - Richmond, Fruitvale, and Coliseum - from which groups of protesters were gathering to commute to the protest in downtown San Francisco. At least three protesters were arrested in Richmond. Some trains were delayed, and others were bypassing Fruitvale and Coliseum stations.

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Recent ICE Coverage: ICE Raids More Than a Dozen Bay Area Homes

SFGate (SF Chonicle) Coverage:

Protesting teens shut 3 BART stations

Carolyn Jones, Matthew B. Stannard, Jill Tucker,Rachel Gordon, Chronicle Staff Writers

Saturday, November 1, 2008

(10-31) 16:16 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- Hundreds of youths heading to a political protest jumped BART fare gates Friday morning, catching transit officials off-guard and forcing shutdowns at three East Bay stations that stranded some passengers for more than an hour.

The Fruitvale and Coliseum stations in Oakland and the Richmond station were all closed starting about 9:15 a.m. as young people heading for a rally in San Francisco against enforcement of federal immigration laws evaded fares. All three stations reopened by 10:30 a.m., but BART closed the Fruitvale station a second time for nearly an hour starting at 11 a.m. as more youths jumped the gates.
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Cobertura en Alianza Metropolitan News


Por Manuel Ortiz

31 de octubre de 2008

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. Jóvenes del norte de California, y organizaciones comunitarias, se "saltaron el Halloween" para protestar contra las aterradoras políticas anti inmigrantes del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE).

En menos de un año, el ICE ha efectuado 1, 172 redadas en todo el país. En 11 meses, del 1 de octubre de 2007 al 31 de agosto de 2008, ICE arrestó a 4,959 personas en estos operativos; sólo 1/5 parte de estas personas eran buscadas por haber cometido un crimen o por tener orden de deportación.
Para mayor información o unirse a la organización contra las redadas: stoptheraidsnow@gmail.com

Slideshow from I.C.E. Protest Oct. 31st 2008
Audiovisual de la marcha contra el ICE en SF.

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