[act-ma] 2/12 - 1pm Protest "Secure Communities" at the State House in Boston
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Thu Feb 10 18:27:52 PST 2011
“Secure Communities Program (S-COMM) Endangers Civil Rights and
info at bostonmayday.org
On Saturday, February 12th, 2011 at 1PM, people from across Massachusetts will come
together at the State House to protest the State's intention to join the
anti-immigrant and racist “Secure Communities” program (S-COM).
Under the guise of
public safety, “S-Comm” endangers the civil rights and security of all and is
particularly an attack on immigrants and people of color. The federal program
mandates local law enforcement to cross check the fingerprints of those
arrested against the Homeland Security's database in search of immigration
status. While supposedly targeting “violent offenders,” the vast majority of
those detained and deported are considered “non-criminals”. This would include
those who have been unlawfully arrested, those arrested for minor offenses like
traffic violations and those who ultimately have their charges dropped. In Suffolk County, the only jurisdiction in the
state currently enrolled, 68% of those detained and deported have been
“non-criminals”, the sixth highest percentage in the country.
The "S-Comm" program is part of an overall effort to target
immigrants and maintain a permanent second-class status for millions of
workers. The time is now for communities across the state to stand together
against “S-Comm” and all anti-immigrant programs. We strongly believe that
undocumented immigrants are not criminals!
Our demands are simple and clear:
* No to “Secure Communities” and all anti-immigrant programs!
* No human being is illegal—Full rights for all immigrants!
* Stop the raids and deportations now!
Initiated by the Boston May Day Committee (BMDC)
– ( Members: Mass. Global Action, July 26
Coalition, Tecschange, Latinos for Social Change, Socialist Alternative,
Socialist Party USA,
Socialist Workers Party, ANSWER Coalition)
Partial list of endorsers
(as of 2/10/11): American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts,
Boston-Cambridge Alliance for Democracy, Center for Nonviolent Solutions,
Centro Presente, Chelsea Uniting Against the War, Circulo Bolivariano Martin
Luther King, Code Pink, Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador
(CISPES), Community Church of Boston, Dominican Development Center, FMLN
Boston, Harvard No Layoffs Campaign, Immigration Pastoral Center, Industrial
Workers of the World (IWW), International Action Center (IAC), MassCOSH/Centro
de Trabajadores, Mass. Jobs with Justice (MJWJ) , MataHari: Eye of the Day,
MIRA, National Lawyers Guild (NLG) - Massachusetts Chapter, Party for Socialism
and Liberation, Project Voice AFSC, Proyecto Hondureno, Resist the Raids
Network, Stop the Wars Coalition, Student Immigrant Movement, Student (SIM), Labor Action Movement (SLAM), Union of
Minority Neighborhoods (UMN), United for Justice with Peace, Veterans for
Peace, Worcester Immigrant Coalition (WIC), Worcester PeaceWorks
Sign the on-line petitions demanding that the U.S. sign the UN Convention on Migrant Workers Rights
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