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Stop The Raids Now!!! Oct. 31st Action in SF!!
END THE RAIDS NOW!!! OCT. 31ST ACTION IN SF!!
Youth-Led Resistance Against the Immigration Raids and Deportations.
This Halloween, join hundreds of young people in a broad and united youth led campaign against the ICE raids and deportations, for an action packed event to expose the inhumane attacks on im/migrant communities. The news will have no option but to report on the repression and violence that many of our families and communities silently suffer. We Will Not Let Them Intimidate Us Into Passive Silence!!!
Please see attached Letter and Fliers to print and spread around your communities:
(Get involved and organize locally in your city!!! Email stoptheraidsnow [at] gmail.com)
STOP THE RAIDS NOW!!!
PARTICIPATE IN THE YOUTH-LED RESISTANCE AGAINST THE IMMIGRATION RAIDS AND
Friday the 31st
Yes, Halloween! :)
10am: Gather for music, theater, face painting, banner and sign
making, food and more @ Ferry Park, (Washington btwn Davis and Drumm
Get off at Embarcadero Bart
11:30: March to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) @ 630
Sansome (near Washington), SF
12pm: Mass Rally, Theater and More in front of ICE headquarters.
This 2008 year marks the 40th anniversary of the mass mobilizations
that were going on globally in 1968. Looking back at the various
liberation struggles within the U.S. during that time, we as youth
take pride in the organizing efforts of our elders—our communities
that paved the way for the present youth to continue that same
resistance. We are inspired by the works of freedom fighters from the
Black Liberation Movement, the Chicano Movement, the American Indian
Movement, in their fight for land, education, justice, peace and
Today, we continue fighting to keep what we have won and fight harder
for our collective liberation. Giving honor to all those who fought
not only for their communities, but for the generations to follow, we
have to ask ourselves—Are we justly following in their footsteps? Most
of the struggles that our elders fought for are still going on today!!
Through out the history of oppression, from slavery to incarceration,
from Japanese internment camps of the 1940s, to the current
immigration detention centers, from the Chinese Exclusion Act of the
1920s, to Prop 187, HR4437, SB2611, Patriot Act and other recent
bills, the U.S.
government has reinvented waves of hate and discrimination that have
scapegoated people of color, the poor and working-class immigrant
We have the power and the opportunity to do something about it! We
cannot sit back and watch as the discrimination and racism continues
to affect our people right before our very eyes. Think about it…
Will the future generations look up to us, as we do the freedom
fighters of the '60s?
Will we be an inspiration, or a disappointment?
Since the nationwide mobilizations of May 1st 2006, the conditions in
our communities have worsened. The repercussions of mobilizing have
resulted in more I.C.E. raids than ever before, to instill fear and to
prevent us from speaking up against these injustices. In 2007 alone,
276,912 U.S. residents were deported. Families continue to be
separated and our communities targeted.
Free trade agreements and foreign policies are still in place as more
walls continue to be built to define and secure borders. Natural
resources continue to be extracted from our countries while the flow
of money crosses borders. Our people are prevented from following work
opportunities that have been taken from them in their country of
As a society, we all benefit from the fruits of exploited immigrant
labor. More importantly, as youth with the privilege to speak up and
in comparison to those who risk everything, we have nothing to lose,
therefore it is our duty to do something about these injustices. We
cannot go on during our life time without standing up and taking
We must stop the persecution and criminalization of our people! End
the attacks on economic and political refugees!
We cannot allow this government to continue to divide and conquer. We
must break down the borders that were set up to divide us.
Young people…our time is NOW! Search deep within your soul and ask
yourself—What Am I going to do? With the types of injustices going on
in society today, nobody should be at peace or oblivious to the
suffering of our communities.
We will not let them intimidate us into silence!
NO ONE IS ILLEGAL!!!
To get involved, please contact: stoptheraidsnow [at] gmail.com