Immigrant Communities Demand An End to Immigration Raids

"ICE agents left hundreds of families traumatized and living in fear after trampling through our neighborhoods and homes randomly arresting and deporting loved ones," declared Larisa Casillas, director of the Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition, announcing the beginning of a Bay Area wide week of actions in which dozens of organizations will be mobilizing to demand an end to the practice of immigration raids.

Over 30 community organizations and local coalitions are launching the "Week of Action Against ICE Raids and for Immigrant Rights" after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) patrols came through Richmond, San Pablo, Oakland, Redwood City, San Francisco and other cities in the Bay Area brutally detaining and deporting over 100 immigrants. According to ICE reports, over 13,000 immigrants have been rounded up nationally in deportation sweeps across the country since late January.

The Bay Area Coalition for Immigrant Rights, along with the San Francisco community coalition Deporten a La Migra, is leading the "Week of Action Against ICE Raids and for Immigrant Rights" in San Francisco starting Monday, February 26, 2007. Every day this week community groups and leaders will be assembling in front of the immigration building in San Francisco (630 Sansome Street) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to show how immigration raids shatter families, undermine workers' rights and violate human rights.

The last day of the week of action, Friday, March 2, will culminate in a "Walk Against Raids & For Immigrant Rights," starting at 16th and Mission and ending in front of the Federal Building in San Francisco.

Each day of the week of action will be dedicated to different sectors of immigrant communities, including faith, workers, students, youth, families and women.

BAIRC members and allies will be calling on the government to end immigration raids and instead respect the due process rights of all residents and workers, regardless of their immigration or citizenship status.

Several other activities will also take place from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond and other places (the daily schedule is listed below and visit www.immigrantrights.org for a full calendar of activities and updates).

What: Week of Action Against Immigration Raids
Where/When: Monday – Thursday, Feb 26 – March 1, 2007. 630 Sansome St., San Francisco, CA, 11 am - 1 pm daily

Walk against Raids & for Immigrant Rights: Friday, March 2, 2007.

Convene at 11:00 a.m. on 16th and Mission. Program at 1:00 pm at Federal Building at Golden Gate and Larkin.

Visuals: People of different nationalities, including parents, families, children, young people, standing up against ICE raids. Signs & colorful banners.

Detailed Daily Information
(Also visit www.immigrantrights.org for daily updates and information on activities)

Monday, February 26, 2007, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Theme: Launch Week of Action
Community Sector Highlighted: Faith
Lead Organization: Deporten a la Migra Coalition
Contact: Maria Poblet 510-384-1220
Confirmed Speakers & Performers: Reverend Phil Lawson, Black Alliance for Just Immigration; Brenda Vaca, Pastor, Nueva Vida Ministries, United Methodist Church; Francisco Herrera (musician and performer); Norman Fong (invited); Betty Canton Self, Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights; Chief of Police Fong; Pastor Mauricio Chacon, Iglesia Presbyteriana de la Misión; Mayor Gavin Newsom

Event Description: Faith vigil and action, representatives from all sectors
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2007 11 am – 1 pm
Theme: "We Are Workers!"
Sector: Labor and Workers
Organization: La Raza Centro Legal Day Laborer Program
Contact: Renee Saucedo, 415-553-3404
Speakers & Performers: Tim Paulson, SF Central Labor Council; Mike Thierault, SF Building and Trades Council; Sharon Cornu, Central Labor Council of Alameda County; Crista Indriolo, San Mateo County Central Labor Council; Maria Guillen, SEIU Local 790; Frank Martin del Campo, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement; Carlos Mares, Lucha Unida del Jornalero; Julio Loyola, SF Day Labor Program

Wednesday, Feb 28, 2007 11 am – 1 pm
Theme: "We Are Families!"
Sectors: Families, Women, Students, Youth
Lead Organization(s): Mujeres Unidas y Activas--Andrea Cristina Mercado, cell 510 205-3684; work 415 621 8140; Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition--Evelyn Sanchez, 510-839-7598
Speakers: Maria Jimenez, Mujeres Unidas y Activas; Representative, Graton Day Labor Center; Katie Salas, youth worker, Young Workers United; Laid-off Immigrant workers, Chinese Progressive Association; Ixquel Sarin, Mujeres Unidas, Mills College; Ramon Rios-Parada, MEChA, SFSUl Fernanda Valdez, Transgender Immigrant Justice Project; Representative, Tenderloin Coalition on Homeless Families
Detailed Event Description: Rally and march to picket-line at a nearby electronics store to support the boycott of Monster Cable that laid-off hundreds of immigrant workers.

Thursday, March 1, 2007 11 am – 1 pm
Theme: "Equality for All!"
Sectors: Criminal justice and Immigrant Rights
Contact: Arab American Legal Defense, Lily Haskell, 912-398-5641
Speakers: Education not Incarceration; Lawyer for the LA 8 (Palestinian); Critical Resistance; Ella Baker Center; Justice Now; San Francisco 8 (Black Panther Party)
Event: Queer & immigrant sector also highlighted.

FRIDAY, March 2, 2007 11 am – 1 pm
Where: Gather at 16th and Mission, march to to SF Federal Building (Golden Gate x Larkin), San Francisco, CA
Why: "Stop the Raids, Fair & Just Immigration NOW!"