[act-ma] Wed. 10/1 -- Call for a moratorium on ICE raids -- JFK Bldg Boston

Sergio Reyes sreyes1 at yahoo.com
Sat Sep 27 16:32:46 PDT 2008

Join UUA President Rev. William Sinkford & UUSC President Charlie Clements, Arlington Street Church, First Parish in Malden (Universalist) , UU Church of Medford Task Force on Immigration, Immigration Pastoral Center in Massachusetts, MIRA (MA Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition), Centro Presente, MA Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, and interfaith, community, & immigrant rights organizations for a -- 
Call for a Moratorium on ICE Raids
WHEN: Wednesday, October 1st, 5pm-6pm 
WHERE: Boston City Hall Plaza by the Government Center T Stop. 
[The JFK Federal Bldg., located at City Hall Plaza, houses the federal immigration court.]
'Witness for Justice' is affiliated with the national Tour of the Faithful: Moral Voices Unite for Immigration Reform Month of Action 
Raids, Detentions and Deportations: 
ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has stepped up its raids on factories and homes across the country, arresting tens of thousands, breaking up families, and creating a climate of fear and repression among immigrant communities. Since the highly publicized New Bedford raid in which 300 ICE agents arrested 300 workers at the Bianco factory in March 2007, raids have continued in Massachusetts at day labor sites, grocery store parking lots, and immigrant neighborhoods. Most recently, last August ICE officials launched "Operation Community Shield" raiding homes during the middle of the night in Somerville, Lynn, East Boston, and Lowell, arresting about 150 immigrants (documented and undocumented) and detaining them. Many were transferred without notice to several different detention centers. Their families had no idea where they were being held. Some have been deported and many others now face deportation. 
Stop the Deportations & Abusive Treatment--Justice for Immigrant Families--Provide a Path to Citizenship
Sponsored by: Arlington Street Church; Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA); Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC); First Parish Church in Malden (Universalist) ; The Task Force on Immigration of the UU Church of Medford; Bishop Felipe Texeira, OFSJC, Bishop of Saint Francis of Assisi Church; the Paulist Center, Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (CMM); First Congregational Church of Somerville, UCC; Centro Presente; Greater Boston United for Justice with Peace; Cambridge United for Justice with Peace (C-UJP); Proyecto Hondureño; MA Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA); Jobs With Justice; Boston May Day Coalition; Dominican Development Center; Massachusetts Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice; LUMA; ACLU; Chelsea-East Boston-Everett May Day Coalition; the Brazilian Women's Group; ONE Lowell; the Boston Bolivarian Circle; Irish Immigration Center; La Comunidad Inc., Chelsea Collaborative 

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