AFSC’s Newark staff, scores of human rights advocates and immigrants walked three miles Thursday to protest a proposed immigrant detention center that would be one of the largest in the country.
The participants, many dressed in orange jumpsuits to symbolize the prison uniforms worn by immigrant detainees, marched from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in downtown Newark to Essex County Correctional Facility. The proposed new facility would add 2,700 new beds to an already crowded and inhumane immigration detention system.
Rev. Sandra Pontoh of the Maranatha Indonesian UCC Church in Madbury, NH waits to testify against HB 644 at New Hampshire's State House.
Before the NH House Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety even heard from all of the immigrants’ rights activists, law enforcement lobbyists, and business leaders who were waiting to testify against an anti-immigrant bill, committee members voted unanimously to recommend the proposal be killed.
The quick end to the hearing surprised a room full of immigrants’ rights activists, who had expected a difficult fight in a legislature that is led by ultra-conservative members.
The second evening of training will be Monday, January 31, 6:30-8:30 pm. Colorado AID, of which AFSC is a founding member, invites you to volunteer to visit and support immigrants who are being detained. Out of our commitment to Abolish an Inhumane Detention system, we provide witness and support in solidarity with detained persons and their communities.
A U.S. Border Patrol agent in San Diego has been arrested for hiding his undocumented father and other people in the U.S. illegally. Authorities took Marcos Gerardo Manzano Jr. into custody earlier this week. They've charged him with harboring illegal immigrants at his home and lying to federal investigators, who had asked him about his whereabouts. AFSC's Christian Ramirez weighs in.
Join us for the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Marade!
The American Friends Service Committee & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights will participate in the MLK Marade at 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 17, 2011! We'll meet at City Park (by Ghandi near the MLK statue) and walk to Civic Center Park together. We'll have some stickers and signs to share. Dress WARM!
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