On July 2nd, a coalition of groups in Philadelphia occupied the local ICE office. In what follows I offer a few quick sketches of the occupation. I was there at the opening of the march at City Hall at 5PM until I had to leave at 9, and then again the next day (July 3rd) at 9:30, leaving just after noon. Today, July 4th, the occupation enters its third day. The account and ideas below are therefore cobbled together from my own experiences, from Unicorn Riot’s live feed, and from reports from comrades who were there when I couldn’t be.
With Trump planning a major wave of ICE raids targeting Northern California in the coming weeks, especially targeting sanctuary cities, organized community responses are essential to beating back these attacks. The goal, as always with immigration enforcement, is to strike fear in immigrant communities, reinforce their precarious status as workers and feed Trump’s base that supports his white nationalist agenda.
On Wednesday, August 16, at about 7am, a convoy of unmarked federal vehicles rolled up in West Oakland and over two dozen armed Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents stormed a Latina home, supposedly in service of a warrant for the “human trafficking of juveniles.”
Image: First arrestee removed from the house about 8:10am, not related to warrant but over immigration documentation
USA: The Food Chain Workers Alliance in conjunction with the Service Employees International Union United Service Workers West have announced plans for a day of no work, school, or shopping on May 1st, International Workers Day.
The Trump administration has made it a corner-stone of its fascistic platform to harasses, deport, and incarcerate immigrants at an unprecedented rate. DHS and ICE have been raiding homes and workplaces at an increasing pace. One such workplace in NYC is under attack. However, rather than accept their fate and allow their friends and families to be torn apart by these policies, these people have chosen to fight back.
According to local authorties, Homeland Security was misleading local authorities before, during and after ICE raids in Santa Cruz, California earlier this month.
Image: Armoured vehicle during an ICE raid at February 13th in Santa Cruz, California
Today there were massive walkouts and demonstrations against ICE raids across the US, with many shops closed and empty classes in schools. Immigrant communities across the country are on edge after federal immigration agents arrested over 600 people in the past week in the largest raids since Donald Trump became president. Raids were reported in at least 11 states, including California, New York, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin. On February 13th, ICE and Local Police smashed a door and windows in Santa Cruz, California. The Immigrant Defense Project published an ICE raids toolkit.
Image: Doors & windows smashed by ICE and local police in Santa Cruz, California on February 13th, 2017.
According to to immigrant rights activists who claimed at least 134 people were detained after ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raids across Southern California on Thursday. In Los Angeles people took the street to protests against the ICE raids. The raids took place just one day after Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos was detained and deported to Mexico. The Immigrant Defense Project published an ICE raids toolkit.