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Anti-Immigrant Hysteria Opposed in Campbell
by ~Bradley (bradley [at]
Sunday Aug 12th, 2007 1:55 PM
On August 11th, Raging Grannies and friends rallied on the corner of Hamilton and Bascom to keep Campbell a hate-free zone, stop the militarization of the border and protest the Minutemen. The Golden Gate Minutemen / East Bay Coalition for Border Security are trying to expand their anti-immigrant interpretation of God's Law and the Bible to the South Bay. Campbell is a small city in Santa Clara County next to San Jose and just over the hill (Highway 17) from Santa Cruz.
During the late 1800s, Campbell was the center for shipping fruit grown in the surrounding area, but now Campbell is home to eBay, the world's largest auction and shopping website with their headquarters only a block away from the protest on Hamilton. Many people will remember Campbell for the Pruneyard Shopping Center, a sprawling open-air retail complex which was involved in a famous U.S. Supreme Court case that established the extent of the right to free speech in California.

The Raging Grannies have put out a call for people to join them at the corner of Bascom and Hamilton on the second Saturday of each month from noon to 2pm for a rally to challenge the presence of Minutemen. The San Jose "gaggle" of Raging Grannies spearheaded the August protest and the September demonstration is being organized by the Action League Grannies of the Peninsula.

There were approximately 10 - 15 people on each side of Hamilton. The Raging Grannies and friends declare Campbell a hate-free zone and call for an end to the militarization of the border. Meanwhile, Santa Clara's "anti-illegal immigrant protest" organizer Roberta Allen and others held signs for "Full Pardons For Our Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean" and to "Free the Texas 3". One man repeated over a bullhorn, "Tell Bush, no political prisoners in the United States. Free Jose and Nacho."

They are demonstrating and petitioning the President on behalf of deceitful law enforcement officers; former Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, and their colleague, former Sheriff’s Deputy Guillermo Hernandez. Ramos and Compean, while Border Patrol officers, shot Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila as he tried to cross the border into Mexico. Instead of following Border Patrol policy, Ramos and Compean cleaned up the scene and tried to pretend nothing happened. Ramos was sentenced to serve 11 years and Compean was sentenced to serve 12 years.

More people are needed on September 8th, the second Saturday of September, to protest the Minutemen and demonstrate that their crusade of scapegoating immigrants will not be tolerated in Campbell or anywhere else. You can contact the Raging Grannies and learn more at their website,
§Stop Racism Against Immigrants
by ~Bradley Sunday Aug 12th, 2007 1:55 PM
§No War on Immigrants, on Iraq, on Iran
by ~Bradley Sunday Aug 12th, 2007 1:55 PM
South Bay Mobilization
§Stop Border Militarization
by ~Bradley Sunday Aug 12th, 2007 1:55 PM
§Soy Ilegal Y Que!
by ~Bradley Sunday Aug 12th, 2007 1:55 PM
§No Human Being is Ilegal
by ~Bradley Sunday Aug 12th, 2007 1:55 PM
§Racism Divides America
by ~Bradley Sunday Aug 12th, 2007 1:55 PM
§End Anti-Immigrant Hysteria
by ~Bradley Sunday Aug 12th, 2007 1:55 PM
towards a global network of movements against borders

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by Action League Grannies
Sunday Aug 12th, 2007 2:20 PM
We couldn't be there because we were at Muslim Unity Day, a long standing commitment to perform...and while we were there we met Muslim folks who know us from these demos in Campbell, some of whom will join us next time.
by velma
Sunday Aug 12th, 2007 6:10 PM
Fact Sheet
August 10, 2007
Contact: ICE Public Affairs
(ICE is the Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the Department of Homeland Security)

ICE and Social Security Administration “No-Match” Letters

Every year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) informs thousands of employers via a “nomatch”
letter that certain employees’ names and corresponding Social Security numbers provided on Forms W-2 do not match SSA’s records.

Out of approximately 250 million wage reports the SSA
receives each year, as many as four percent belong to employees whose names and corresponding Social Security numbers do not match SSA’s records.

Through regulation, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reiterating that employers remain accountable for the workers they hire and clarifying the steps employers should take to resolve mismatches identified in letters issued by SSA.

The DHS regulations provide guidance that will help employers comply with legal hiring requirements by outlining specific steps they should take under immigration law when they are notified that employees’ names or corresponding Social
Security numbers as provided on Forms W-2 do not match SSA records.

SSA is not changing its procedures for issuing employer no-match letters, and SSA guidance on how to correct Social Security records is unchanged.

However, no-match letters issued by the SSA for Tax Year 2006 will be accompanied by a letter from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) informing employers on how to respond to the employer no-match letter in a manner consistent with obligations under U.S. immigration laws.

There are many reasons for a mismatch between employer and SSA records, including transcription errors and name changes due to marriage that are not reported to SSA. Employers should not
assume that the mismatch is the result of any wrongdoing on the part of the employee. Moreover, an employer who takes action against an employee based on nothing more substantial than a mismatch letter may, in fact, violate the law.

The DHS regulations and the ICE letter describe with specificity what steps employers should take upon receipt of a no-match letter:

1) verifying within 30 days that the mismatch was not the result of a record-keeping error on the employer’s part;

2) requesting that the employee confirm the accuracy
of employment records;

3) asking the employee to resolve the issue with SSA;

4) if these steps lead to resolution of the problem, follow instructions on the no-match letter itself to correct information with SSA, and retain a record of the verification with SSA; and

5) where the information could not be corrected, complete a new I-9 form without using the questionable Social Security number and instead using documentation presented by the employee that conforms with the I-9 document identity requirements and includes a photograph and other biographic data. Employers unable to confirm employment through these procedures risk liability for violating the law by knowingly continuing to employ unauthorized persons.

ICE has developed a comprehensive interactive section on its website,, which will answer no-match related questions, or your inquiries may be directed to ICE at 800-421-7105.
by stel
Sunday Aug 12th, 2007 9:20 PM
is the woman in the last picture the one with the unusual colored contact lenses?

This new law will just function like the opposite of a unionization effort. Workers will have to shift jobs every 90 days and will have fewer grounds for improving conditions. The employers will be put a little bit on edge aren't really going to be surprised that their people don't have correct SS numbers. They will probably quickly adapt to shifting workers back and forth and not submitting tax information. If there is a recession, that probably could result in some people not making enough money that it wouldn't justify the opportunity cost of living in bad conditions here away from their grandparents and kids.
by Senior X
Thursday Aug 23rd, 2007 4:40 PM
Please help challenge Racists in Northern Virginia.

They vent their hatered for immigrants on this blog called Black Velvet Bruce Li.


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