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February 26th through March 2nd was a week of protest against the recent ICE raids, against guestworker programs, and in support of legalization. Every day, people gatheredfrom 11am to 1pm outside of San Francisco's Homeland Security/ICE Building at 630 Sansome St. imc_video.gif Video: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | imc_photo.gifPhotos | Reports: 1 | 2
On Friday, legal workers, immigrant rights organizations, and labor unions came together for a march from 16th and Mission Streets, then filled the plaza at the front of the Federal building. 18 activists, including people of faith and labor leaders met with Nancy Pelosi's office, and when her office's response to community concerns and demands was insufficient, they sat in and were arrested. imc_photo.gif1 | 2 | 3
On Friday, January 12th, there will be a picket line at the Federal Building in San Francisco (450 Golden Gate) from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. Protesters will demand: an end to the immigration raids now; freedom for all detained workers; the return of jobs to all those detained; the right for all undocumented immigrants to unionize; and "a General and Unconditional Amnesty for all!"
Just 10 days before Christmas, the Woodfin Suites hotel in Emeryville fired 21 immigrant workers who have been involved in a campaign to enforce the city's living wage law. On Friday, December 15th, Woodfin management placed the workers on two weeks suspension with pay and terminated them effective December 29th due to Social Security "no-matches".

On December 18th, dozens of community organizations joined with the workers to announce a boycott of the Woodfin Suites. Photos The workers are seeking an injunction to stop the retaliatory firings. A hearing is scheduled on Thursday in Alameda County Superior Court.
At least 1,280 workers have been arrested in a series of immigration raids targeting six Swift & Co. meatpacking plants. The raids took place in Colorado, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Iowa and Minnesota It marks the largest sweep of its kind ever against a single company. Local Spanish radio host, Antonio Medina, describes the immigration raid as aggressive and ugly. “I went to the plant to see what was happening, but because I’m Latino they immediately asked me for my papers,” said Medina.
On Monday, November 13th hotel workers and their supporters gathered for an evening rally against threatened mass firings at the Woodfin Hotel in Emeryville. imc_audio.gifAudio Report Woodfin Hotel workers are still demanding what is owed to them under the new living wage law in Emeryville, Measure C, which took effect last December. After the passage of Measure C, the Woodfin Hotel bosses began to claim that many of the workers' social security numbers are "incorrect," and are threatening to fire the workers unless they fix their alleged, unproved worker authorization problems.
Emergency Action: Thurs. Oct. 5th, 7–9 a.m. at Woodfin Suites Hotel, 5800 Shellmound, Emeryville.
On Friday morning, September 29, community members including faith-based leaders, local union members and residents demonstrated their support for immigrant workers at the Woodfin Suites in Emeryville. Carrying mops, brooms, drums, and noise makers, protesters demanded "Woodfin Clean-Up your Act" and "Worker Rights Now!" as workers waved bedsheets from the windows. Photos
On Monday, September 25, federal authorities asserted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers have arrested 109 people on suspected immigration violations, throughout the Sacramento area, including 12 in Lodi. The raids were part of the government’s “Operation Return to Sender” campaign of cracking down on undocumented immigrants. The raids are strikingly similar to the recent roundups in Santa Cruz, Watsonville and Hollister on September 7th and 8th, where 107 were arrested by ICE officials in a move that infuriated the community.
Condemnation of the raids

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