Immigrant Rights

Liberation and Resistance to Immigrant Detention

Advocates Gather in Song and Solidarity in front of the GEO Immigration Detention Center in Aurora, Colorado

By Jennifer Piper, AFSC Colorado Interfaith Organizing Director for Immigrant Rights

More than 60 faith and community members joined together on Labor Day, demonstrating their resistance to the continued detention of workers, mothers and fathers. For over a year, faith and community groups have taken turns hosting the monthly vigil, sponsored by AFSC, creating a community of immigrants and citizens opposed to immigrant detention.

Vigil on Labor Day 2010 at GEO Detention Center, Aurora CO

Vigilers for immigrant rights greet motorists on Peoria Street outside the GEO I

Vigilers for immigrant rights greet motorists on Peoria Street outside the GEO Immigrant Detention Center in Aurora, Colorado. AFSC helps organize monthly interfaith vigils at the detention center.

North County CA Times: Latinos attend human rights forum

About 30 members of North County's Latino community gathered Saturday at the MiraCosta College campus in Oceanside to learn about the rights they can exercise if stopped by police ---- especially at traffic checkpoints.

The Human Rights Council of Oceanside organized the event to address growing concerns among some residents that the checkpoints unjustly target Latinos for enforcement. The AFSC's Christian Ramirez presented at the event.

MyFoxBoston.com: Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks in NH

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio spoke at a Republican fundraiser in Nashua, N.H., on his efforts to give local authorities power to enforce immigration laws. The AFSC's Maggie Fogarty weighs in.

Nashua NH Telegraph.com: Protesters for, against, AZ sheriff speaking to GOP

More than 2,500 miles from the Mexican border, opponents and supporters of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who spoke Sunday at a Republican gathering in Nashua, didn’t need a fence to divide them. They found a six-lane roadway.

Stationed across from the Crowne Plaza hotel on Route 101A, nearly 70 demonstrators welcomed Arpaio, known as the nation’s toughest sheriff for his work to fight illegal immigration in Maricopa County, Ariz. Demonstrators included the AFSC's Arnie Alpert and Maggie Fogarty.

Nashua NH Telegraph: AZ sheriff in town to address GOP

Protesters from several immigration and civil rights advocacy groups will greet Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the subject of a federal civil rights probe, when he comes to Nashua this week to speak at a Republican fundraiser.

Denver Westword blog: Immigration Center protesters target new Obama policy

While most of us relaxed and had fun on Labor Day,  approximately sixty people affiliated with organizations such as the American Friends Service Committee and Comite en Defensa del Pueblo protested immigration policy at Aurora's GEO Detention Center, as they've done since last year.

Borders Lifted, Voices Raised

Borders Lifted, Voices Raised event in Denver 9-18-10

WBAI: Amy Gottlieb on Global Movements, Urban Struggles program

WBAI's program Global Movements, Urban Struggles, interviews Amy Gottlieb on Haitians and TPS.

Borders Lifted, Voices Raised

Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 3:00pm

Ten stories by six immigrants and four allies from Denver combine narration, original art, music and images to share their experiences with immigration and creating community.” $9.75 admission.

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