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Protesters Target Palantir for Profiting from ICE Contracts
by Ruth Robertson
Tuesday Jul 16th, 2019 2:52 AM
July 12 was a national day of action to call for the protection of immigrants from ICE raids. In Palo Alto, demonstrators marched on Palantir Technologies' headquarters, saying the data mining company is helping the Trump administration separate families. Palantir sells software that assists the government in tracking and finding people to arrest and deport.

Please credit the photographer: Jack Owicki, Pro Bono Photo.
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On a national day of action to protect immigrants targeted in Immigration and Custom Enforcement raids, hundreds united in a march to shut down Palantir Technologies for complicity with ICE.

Palantir’s multimillion-dollar contracts with ICE that help in human rights abuses have sparked outcry across the nation, and possibly nowhere greater than in Palantir's own backyard. The Coalition to Close the Camps -- Bay Area said we must hold corporations like Palantir responsible for the human rights abuses they create and enable. The coalition's work to bring about the demo at Palantir was part of their continuing effort to dismantle the system that allows concentration camps and the mass deportation and terrorization of immigrants and asylum seekers to exist.

Demonstrators marched through blocks of Palo Alto's downtown area, bringing traffic to a halt in key locations. They rallied at Palantir's front door, blocking the main entrance/exit. Filling Alma Street, a major city of Palo Alto artery, they chanted their demands, calling on the data mining company to stop contributing to immigrant targeting. Palantir helped create the the U.S. Custom and Border Protection’s “Analytical Framework for Intelligence” and other tools. ICE utilizes Palantir’s software to map a target's family relationships, get their Social Security number, address, phone number, height, weight, eye color, and driver's license number.
§Palantir is NOT welcome
by Ruth Robertson Tuesday Jul 16th, 2019 2:52 AM
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§Refugees ARE welcome
by Ruth Robertson Tuesday Jul 16th, 2019 2:52 AM
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§We are here--not going away!
by Ruth Robertson Tuesday Jul 16th, 2019 2:52 AM
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§Chanting
by Ruth Robertson Tuesday Jul 16th, 2019 2:52 AM
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§Descending on the Building at 555 High St.
by Ruth Robertson Tuesday Jul 16th, 2019 2:52 AM
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§SIREN
by Ruth Robertson Tuesday Jul 16th, 2019 2:52 AM
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Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN) is a partner in the Coalition to Close the Camps--Bay Area along with Anakbayan Silicon Valley, Democratic Socialists of Silicon Valley, Tech Workers Coaltion and scores of other organizations.
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by Ruth Robertson Tuesday Jul 16th, 2019 2:52 AM
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§speaker
by Ruth Robertson Tuesday Jul 16th, 2019 2:52 AM
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§Blocking the Main Entrance
by Ruth Robertson Tuesday Jul 16th, 2019 2:52 AM
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§Mother and Child,Victims of Trump's Draconian Immigration Policies
by Ruth Robertson Tuesday Jul 16th, 2019 2:52 AM
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This mom spoke in Spanish. She and her child were separated for months due to the Trump administration nightmare.
§Cheering
by Ruth Robertson Tuesday Jul 16th, 2019 2:52 AM
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§#NoTech4ICE
by Ruth Robertson Tuesday Jul 16th, 2019 2:52 AM
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Tech folks are on board with this cause. They look at their cell phones while hoisting the hashtag of a movement.

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