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In December 2005, the US House of Representatives voted to adopt the harshly anti-immigrant House Resolution 4437, prompting a wave of opposition that has grown into the largest display of decentralized, coordinated protest in US history. The protests successfully stalled the adoption of parallel legislation in the Senate and have grown into a call for the full enfranchisement of all immigrant workers. Mobilizing continues to build a general strike on May 1, 2006. Organizers say they seek real immigration reform that is comprehensive, respects civil rights, reunites families, protects workers, and offers a path to citizenship for the current undocumented and future immigrants to the US.

Local Immigrants Rights Organizations: Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) || Portland VOZ -- Proyecto de Educacion de Derechos Laborales || Portland Jobs with Justice || Cross-Border Labor Organizing Council

National Links: No HR 4437 || Immigrant Solidarity Network || Delete the Border || National Day Laborer Organizing Network

See Also: IMC-US Immigrant Rights Archive

tácticas de la resistencia | immigration 27-Oct-2016 12:37

SOLIDARITY RALLY & Vigil for Immigrant Justice - "Standing against the hate" 10.27.16

From the open publishing newswire: Rain or shine tomorrow...
NOW is the time, you have the voice!
This a great opportunity to show your solidarity
during this election season with this diverse community of welcome.

"Rally and Vigil for Immigrant Justice"

Standing Against the Hate Rally
This is the perfect moment to stand with your Oregon neighbors to demonstrate that we are a community and country who will accept nothing less than dignity and justice.

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 - 5:00pm
Terry Schrunk Plaza
364 SW Madison St.
Portland, OR - downtown on 3rd street


tácticas de la resistencia | el género y la sexualidad | immigration 06-Aug-2015 11:29

Trans and/or Women's Action Camp Blocks Seattle Street to Call for Justice for Immigrants

From the open publishing newswire: Today the Trans and/or Women's Action Camp (TWAC) blocked a road in downtown Seattle in solidarity with the Northwest Detention Center Resistance and Not1More movement! The action was in opposition to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the GEO group corporation that operates private prisons and detention centers for profit.

Seattle, WA- "Trans and/or Women's Action Camp (TWAC)" in solidarity with NWDC Resistance and the Not1More movement to end detentions and deportations, today did a civil disobedience action to bring attention to the ICE presence in downtown Seattle. TWAC called attention to ICE, located on 1000 Second Ave where they have a large presence and headquarters, and their local quota that guarantees a minimum of 800 beds to be filled at the immigration jail in Tacoma (aka Northwest Detention Center) operated by Geo group corporation. [...]

TWAC brought attention to the inhumane treatment of transgender detainees at all detention facilities, including the one located in Tacoma as well as the inhumane treatment of all other detainees.



tácticas de la resistencia | immigration 07-Aug-2014 09:45

Video: Portland Rally to Support Immigrant Children Refugees

From the open publishing newswire: Rally in Portland Oregon supporting immigrant children refugees. Features testimonials from "dreamers" who have grown up in the United States.

Rally was held in front of the Portland Federal Building in downtown Portland, sponsored by a number of organizations, including religious groups. Prominent among these was Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice
The event was moderated by Marco Mejia of Portland Jobs with Justice, who introduced the music as well as the three young people giving testimony regarding their status in this country.

These youth spoke about their experiences in this country and their desire to remain and continue being productive citizens of this country.
Video is about 19 minutes in length.

Video: Portland Rally to Support Immigrant Chidren Refugees


tácticas de la resistencia | immigration 05-Aug-2014 11:40


From the open publishing newswire: Around 75 people gathered in front of the Federal Building. The vigil participants shared music and speeches and personal stories with a common demand for the US government to end this growing deportation crisis.

Vigil at the Portland Oregon Federal Building; for Immigrations Rights and to demand that President Obama take immediate action to keep families together and STOP the humanitarian crisis at the border!

 http://youtu.be/RAB04udAMQE [Video 30 minutes]

Filmed on Thursday, July 31 2014
5:00 PM at the Portland Federal Building


tácticas de la resistencia | immigration 23-Jul-2014 22:51

Video - No Immigration Amnesty is protested at Portland Ore. Mexican Consulate, July 18

From the open publishing newswire: A protest by March for America attracted a couple proponents in front of the Mexican Consulate on July 18 2014 in Portland Oregon. Only a couple people were there to protest the No Amnesty idea. The couple dozen other people who were at the Consulate were anti-protesters who were there in solidarity of immigrants rights and human rights and to stand united against the rise of unjust immigration laws.


tácticas de la resistencia | immigration 15-Apr-2014 11:10

Annual May Day March and Rally at the Oregon State Capitol on May 1st

From the open publishing newswire: Join us on Thursday, May 1st at 10:30am for the annual May Day March and Rally on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem!

On Thursday, May 1st, organizations and businesses will host the annual May Day March & Rally on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. The event will begin at 10:30am with thousands expected to turn out.

Topics will include the Oregon Driver Card -- Oregon Safe Roads Campaign, Immigration Reform with a path to citizenship, Healthcare for All Children, Workers Rights and Stopping Wage Theft, and Equality for All.

May Day 2014 March & Rally
Date: Thursday, May 1st, 2013 - Time: 10:30 a.m.

Oregon State Capitol (Front Steps)
900 Court Street NE Salem, Oregon

homepage:  http://www.oregonmayday.com


tácticas de la resistencia | immigration 09-Oct-2013 22:40

Videos: October 5th National Day of Dignity & Respect for Immigrant Families

From the open publishing newswire: Video Report Back: October 5th National Day of Dignity & Respect for Immigrant Families in Portland
Over 300 hundred people attended the speeches, music and dancing at Directors Park on Oct 5th joining in solidarity with communities across the country. This action was to bring families into the streets to press for dignity and respect for immigrant families and to send a message to the House of Representatives to: "Get Immigration Reform Done; and Get it Done Now. For our families, for our communities, for our country!" Portlander's joined with 14 organizations at Director Park at 3pm for the National Day of Dignity & Respect for Immigrant Families. The complete event was documented by Portland Indymedia.

The Oct 5 Immigrant Rights Dignity Rally in Portland Oregon was attended by over 300 or more participants.
The event was held in the Directors Park in downtown Portland.
One cop and one security officer was observed at this permitted "National Rally for Citizenship and Family Respect"
The event consisted of music, dancing, information, speeches and singing

The complete full video is available on YouTube here:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIYRKjNzdfU (2 hours and 19 minutes)


10.5.13 - 3:00pm Director Park 01-Oct-2013 10:09

October 5th National Day of Dignity & Respect for Immigrant Families in Portland

From the open publishing newswire: On October 5th, communities across the country will bring families into the streets to press for dignity and respect for immigrant families and to send a message to the House of Representatives to: "Get Immigration Reform Done; and Get it Done Now. For our families, for our communities, for our country!" Join over 14 organizations in Portland at Director Park on October 5th at 3pm for the National Day of Dignity & Respect for Immigrant Families.

Immigrant rights organizations and allies nationwide will continue escalating pressure on members of Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill by holding more than 100 events nationwide on Oct. 5 as part of the "Day of Dignity and Respect" for all immigrant families.

In Portland, people will gather for the October 5th National Day of Action by holding a rally for immigration reform in Director Park at 3pm.

"The Day of Dignity and Respect will show House Republicans why they must act quickly on passing an immigration reform bill that contains a path to citizenship and keeps families together," said Andrea Miller, Executive Director of Causa Oregon. "We will continue to put pressure on members of Congress until immigration reform is won."

October 5th National Day of Dignity & Respect for Immigrant Families
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 3:00pm
Director Park (SW Taylor and SW Park) Portland, Oregon
homepage:  http://www.causaoregon.org/oct5


immigration | el labor 05-Aug-2013 00:09

Voz campaign to keep the MLK Jr. Worker Center

From the open publishing newswire: Voz is a worker's rights education project that protects basic rights and provides education for day laborers in Portland. In 2008, the organization opened the MLK Jr. Worker Center as an initiative of the City of Portland to increase the safety and equity of the Central Eastside Industrial District. It has since become an important community institution, as it has decreased public safety concern now that less people congregate on the street to look for work and disrupt area businesses.

The center also provides accountability to employers and sets a minimum wage of $10 per hour (possibly $12 currently) to protect workers from exploitation. The MLK Jr. Worker Center has generated over 16,000 jobs for Portland area day laborers. Voz's 5-year lease on the center ended in June 2013 and the property can be sold as early as December per their month-to-month lease contract starting in July. Mobilizing our community around a permanent home for this center is urgent!

Voz is building community support from area business owners, employers, allies, individuals and unions. Please join them in their efforts to ensure a permanent home for the MLK Jr. Worker Center.


Conozca a su Taller de Derechos: 27 de abril de mediodía a 14:00 21-Apr-2013 16:10

Know Your Rights Workshop: April 27

flier From the open publishing newswire: Know Your Rights Workshop
April 27, noon-2pm
6401 SE Foster

Sponsored by the Committee Against Political Repression and the Portland Central American Solidarity Committee.

What to do if the cops of ICE try to talk to you -- at home, in the street, or while driving.

Presentation in English and Spanish.

Conozca a su Taller de Derechos
27 de abril de mediodía a 14:00
6401 SE Foster

Auspiciado por el Comité Contra la Represión Política y el Comité Centroamericano de Solidaridad Portland.

¿Qué hacer si la policía de ICE intentan hablar con usted - en casa, en la calle, o mientras se conduce.


la guerra en contra de las drogas | immigration 02-Feb-2013 12:15

Fear Conquers All: My Afternoon with Oregonians for Immigration Reform

Rusty Fleming: Our Only Hope. From the open publishing newswire: Gary "Rusty" Fleming was a no-show at the Salem Public Library on Saturday January 26th, but in spite of this over 75 people turned out for the OFIR-hosted screening of his film "Drug Wars: Silver or Lead." The film is a bloody romp through the lawless world that is the US and Mexico border. The movie was written and produced by Gary "Rusty" Fleming, filmmaker and volunteer public information officer in Hudspeth County, Texas.

Oregonians for Immigration Reform are an interesting bunch of folks. Their members actively write to local publications, chastising journalists for not referring to undocumented people as "illegal-immigrants" and calling for the implementation of the highly unreliable E-verify system. Last month the Federation for Immigration Reform (FAIR) released a publication entitled "The Fiscal Burden of Illegal-Aliens on Oregonians," which OFIR proudly makes references to in their endless stream of guest opinion columns and letters to the editor. The report is lousy with exaggerated numbers and fully acknowledges that it has no data on the immigration status of foreign-born students, but claims that 75% of the US-born children of undocumented immigrants will need Limited English Proficiency instruction. OFIR hasn't shut up about this report since it came out and it didn't take long to learn something about this group: they're ticked off, they're vocal, and they're scared to hell of pretty much everything. This event was no exception to the rule, and OFIR had been hyping it since December with urgency and panic in every website update, one of which insisted:

It opened with a quote that stated "The first terrorist in this country was a drug dealer, and nobody did anything about it." The film didn't go on to elaborate exactly who this first terrorist was, because we were immediately plunged into a montage with real-life footage of bodies lying in the street, SWAT teams swarming into buildings, and assorted white powders on cracked mirrors. This was interspersed with reenactments of shoot outs filmed in pick-n-pull lots where Mexican gangsters in red bandannas and white tank tops hid out amongst piles of old junky cars.[...]

"The producer of the documentary recommends that children as young as 10 should see this movie. Gangs and cartels are targeting even younger children now. Shockingly, eight year olds are the new cartel target for drug addiction. Every child is at risk." [...]


immigration | el estado policial y las cárceles 18-Dec-2012 13:24

Sheriff Staton fails to end deportations in Multnomah County

From the open publishing newswire: On Monday, December 10th, various organizations from the ACT for Justice and Dignity network held a rally and press conference to call on Multnomah County Sheriff Daniel Staton to stop honoring Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) holds. ICE holds and deportations are responsible for separating families and causing local and state governments to pay the cost for federal immigration enforcement. Local organizations have been working for years to stop the Multnomah County Sheriff from deporting people in our communities. After the meeting with organizers, Sheriff Staton said that he would announce his decision the following Monday at 3pm.

Today [12.17.12] activists returned to 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. to show their ongoing support towards ending collaborations between the Multnomah County Sheriff and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Earlier in the day, a group that included Commissioner Amanda Fritz had met with Sheriff Staton and expected a follow-up response at 3pm. A number of people gathered on the ground floor where the Portland Radical Choir sang revised Christmas carols, harmoniously calling for an end to deportations. At 3pm the group went up to Sheriff Staton's office, crowding the lobby and spilling into the hallway. The sheriff was a no-show at press time, opting instead to send two representatives, one of whom remarked (emphasis mine):

"He (Sheriff Staton) feels like for today he's made his statements and received your information," adding "He has more information to consider now."

Not at all satisfied with his I-don't-feel-like-it-attitude, members of the crowd insisted that Sheriff Staton come out to speak to them directly, and the Radical Choir kept everyone entertained as his representatives were sent to try and summon him from his office. The sheriff still refused to show and it was clear that he had no interest in addressing the community, even though he had confirmed that he would during the previous meeting. [...]

[1.] VIDEO: Sheriff Staton Fails To Respond To Citizens On ICE Holds On 12/17
[2.] VIDEO: Sheriff Staton NO SHOW and the ICE Holds continue - Portland Oregon 12.17.12


Dec 17th Rally at 3:00PM - Sheriff makes ICE announcement 15-Dec-2012 12:49

VIDEOS: Sheriff Daniel Staton & Jeff Cogen Respond To Delegates On I.C.E. Holds 12/10

From the open publishing newswire: On human rights day in Portland Oregon, protesters and local activists occupied three key locations with one of them being the east Multnomah building in southeast Portland where they aimed to hold Sheriff Daniel Staton accountable for the county ICE immigration holds that target hispanic americans as well as other minorities and often times ends in deportation and separation of familys.

joeanybody.com Report-Back Newswire

The california law that has now spread into federal law, mandates that those deemed "suspicious" of being illegal aliens be subject to federal INS holds under the "discression" of the county, and is not mandatory. Over 100 people attended this rally and demonstration, and all of them proceeded to enter the building as it was verified that Sheriff Staton was in his office. A conference was arranged by a staff member and delegates met with him to discuss his role in placing the ICE holds and to ask him to stop the federal-county collaborations. County Commission Chair Jeff Cogen was also notified and came down to address the mass of citizens with a positive statement. This action was organized by Portland Jobs With Justice, ACT, Dream Activists, VOZ, PCASC, and other Portland Occupiers. A decision will be made on monday 12/17 by Sheriff Staton and protesters plan to rally once again at 3pm in hopes that his decision will be to not comply any longer with ICE holds.

Video Links:

Trailer (Short) | Sheriff Staton Meeting Video | Full Length Video


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