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Young Immigrant Family URGENTLY Needs Your Support!
by Young Workers United
Thursday Dec 22nd, 2005 8:52 PM
Last Thursday in San Francisco at 7 in the morning, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents with guns busted into the apartment of two Young Workers United members
* Young Immigrant Family URGENTLY Needs Your Support!
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Young Immigrant Family URGENTLY Needs Your Support!

Dear sisters, brothers and friends,

Please read this. We need your help in this emergency situation.

Last Thursday in San Francisco at 7 in the morning, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents with guns busted into the apartment of two Young Workers United members*. The couple was excitedly preparing for the birth of their first child, scheduled for this week. We have every reason to believe the mother’s former employers called the ICE on this young family.
The employer of the mother was paying far below the legal minimum wage. The employer also yelled at workers, threatened them with deportation, called them racial slurs and finally, fired the mother for speaking out and organizing against these abuses and being pregnant. The mother has been a brave leader in fighting for workers’ rights in the face of threats from the employer.

The father was taken away and flown that night to a detention center in Eloy, Arizona. It is virtually impossible to get into the detention center and 90% of the detainees have no access to a lawyer. The father is still there and YWU is working tirelessly to coordinate with lawyers and Arizona immigrant rights group to get the father all the resources he needs.

This morning we took the mother to the hospital and it looks like she will give birth to a healthy baby boy this week. YWU has helped win a minimum wage charge through the City and has claims for pregnancy discrimination and retaliation. .

These worker leaders fought for the ideals we all try to honor everyday: respect, equality and fairness. They need your help. The mother has no income since the ICE is detaining her partner. We are doing everything we can but we need your help. If you can donate food or money, you can help fight this racist, horrific system that would tear a newborn baby from his parents.

Please send checks for whatever you can give to Center for Labor Research and Training (YWU’s fiscal sponsor) at PO Box 15866, SF CA 94115. If you can give food, please call our office at 415-621-4155.

In struggle, in solidarity, and in thanks,
Young Workers United

*Due to legal considerations, we cannot name the couple or the restaurant.


Sara Flocks
Young Workers United
(415) 621-4155
http://www.youngworkersunited.org
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