Emergency protest against ICE raids

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    When:
    February 16, 2017 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    2017-02-16T16:30:00-07:00
    2017-02-16T19:00:00-07:00
    Where:
    Federal Building - Tucson
    300 W Congress St
    Tucson, AZ 85701
    USA

    Español Abajo-

    “In the past week, the repressive ICE agency conducted nationwide coordinated raids and collateral arrests of more than 680 undocumented immigrants. These attacks are part of the Trump administration plans to increase massive persecution, arrests and deportations of our undocumented brothers and sister.

    Immigrant rights action committee L.U.P.E is calling on all progressive and popular forces in Tucson for an emergency protest outside of the Federal Building (300 W Congress St) on Thursday 16th at 5pm. Let us demonstrate with a unified voice of peoples power our determination to fight back and resist.

    More than ever here in Tucson we need our city government to take a stand against the Trump administration and declare Tucson a Sanctuary City, by approving concrete measures that will prohibit collaboration with ICE and Border Patrol. We demand from our City Council concrete policies that commit to protecting and defending our undocumented brothers and sisters.

    No Raids!
    Sanctuary City!
    No Muslim or refugee ban!
    No wall!

    Español-

    Protesta de emergencia contra las redadas de ICE
    En la última semana, la represiva agencia de ICE realizó coordinadas redadas nacionales y arrestos colaterales de más de 680 inmigrantes indocumentados. Estos ataques son parte de los planes de la administración de Trump de incrementar masivamente la persecución, arrestos y deportación de nuestras hermanas y hermanos indocumentados.

    El comité de acción L.U.P.E hace un llamado a las fuerzas progresistas y populares del pueblo de Tucson para una protesta de emergencia en el edificio federal (300 W Congress ST) este jueves 16 a las 5pm. Demostremos con una sola voz la fuerza del pueblo unido y nuestra determinación de luchar y resistir.

    Más que nunca aquí en Tucson necesitamos que nuestro gobierno local tome una posición contra la administración de Trump y declare a Tucson como Ciudad Santuario, al aprobar medidas concretas que prohíban la colaboración con ICE y la Patrulla Fronteriza. Le exigimos al concilio municipal políticas concretas que protejan y defiendan los intereses de nuestras hermanas y hermanos indocumentados.

    ¡No a las Redadas!
    ¡Ciudad Santuario!
    ¡No a la prohibición de musulmanes y refugiados!
    ¡No al muro fronterizo!”

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

    3 COMMENTS

    1. **PRESS RELEASE**
      Lucha Unida de Padres y Estudiantes

      February 17, 2017
      Tucson, Arizona
      lupetucson@gmail.com

      On Thursday February 16th, 2017 we were met with police brutality by the Tucson Police Department. We L.U.P.E (Lucha Unida de Padres y Estudiantes), organized a peaceful rally in front of the Federal Building in Downtown Tucson, AZ, against the recent ICE raids and in solidarity with the National Day Without Immigrants. Approximately 200 community allies including children, students, elders, undocumented immigrants, members of the LGBTQ community, and refugees peacefully gathered, chanted and heard from community leaders.

      After leaders spoke on the recent nationwide ICE raids and on the continued terrorization of our immigrant communities, we began to march at the corner of Congress and Granada. Approximately fifty feet into the march a Police SUV drove into the crowd, almost hitting one of the organizers, blocking the march as protesters dodged their way around the vehicle. Without provocation, a protester was then unjustly arrested as he directed the crowd to safety.

      As we attempted to de-escalate the situation, an increasing number of officers began using excessive force violently throwing people on to the pavement. As protesters attempted to assist injured people, police further escalated the situation by assaulting and pepper spraying elderly women and children.

      Cries of “HELP ME, HELP ME” resonated through the crowd as one of the leaders of Tucson Black Lives Matter was pepper sprayed, pushed to the ground, pulled by her hair, and dragged to the sidewalk, and later into the SUV where she was arrested.

      At least a dozen people, including two children, a retired teacher, a nurse, and two legal observers were inhumanely pepper sprayed directly in the face and the cloud of pepper spray reached the rest of the crowd. This resulted in the arrest of four people, three women and one man.

      At that point, due to safety concerns we decided to end the march for the well-being of those involved.

      As an immigrant rights action committee, L.U.P.E takes the safety and security of all participants very seriously and we continue to work in ensuring the protected participation of all, to the best of our ability. Our responsibility to the Tucson immigrant community and to all oppressed peoples is unwavering and uncompromising.

      Overwhelming video evidence and testimonies confirm that as we attempted to comply with police orders we were confronted and outnumbered by a militarized police force. These actions directly contradict Tucson police Chief Magnus´ statement from Feb 9th, 2017 “I want our department position to be clear, we are committed, and in fact duty bound, to protecting and preserving the civil, constitutional, and human right of all residents and visitors to our city.”

      We the people, gathered yesterday against the recent nationwide attacks on our communities by ICE, and we continue to oppose all collaboration of local law enforcement and officials with immigration enforcement agents.

      We demand from our city officials:

      1. AN END TO POLICE VIOLENCE AND BRUTALITY FROM TUCSON POLICE DEPARTMENT
      2. THE STOP OF THE CRIMINALIZATION OF PEOPLE OF COLOR
      3. END THE COLLABORATION BETWEEN LAW ENFORCEENT AND BORDER PATROL
      4. CONCRETE LEGISLATION THAT PROTECTS AND DEFENDS OUR IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY
      5. A COMMUNITY LED INTERNAL INVESTIGATION ON THE ASSAULT BY TPD ON THOSE INVOLVED AND THE IMMEDIATE TERMINATION OF THE OFFICERS INVOLVED
      6. DROP THE FABRICATED CHARGES AGAINST THOSE UNJUSTLY ARRESTED BY TPD

      Press Conference on Feb. 18, 12 noon at Armory Park Center (220 S. 5th Ave.) to address this press release and the protest. See BFAZ calendar.

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