Marcha en Solidaridad con La Huelga de Hambre/March in Solidarity with the Hunger Strike.

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Marcha en Solidaridad con La Huelga de Hambre/March in Solidarity with the Hunger Strike.

Sábado 5 de Abril a las 12-pm/Saturday April 5th at 12-pm.

1201 Pacific Ave, Tacoma WA 98402 (enfrente de Wells Fargo-Bank)

 

El Comité convoca a sus aliados y a la comunidad en  general a una Marcha en solidaridad con los Immigrantes detenidos en Huelga de Hambre. Comenzaremos La Marcha en 1201 Pacific Ave, Tacoma WA 98402 (enfrente de Wells Fargo Bank) y Marcharemos hasta El Centro de Detención de Inmigración (1623 E J St, Tacoma, WA 98421)

El Comité invites its allies and the greater community to march in solidarity with arrested immigrants that are currently Hunger Striking. The march will begin at 1201 Pacific Ave, Tacoma WA 98402 (across from Wells Fargo Bank) and will end at The Immigration Detention Center (1623 EJ St, Tacoma, WA 98421).

 

¡NO ESTÁN SOLOS!

 

PRESS RELEASE: El Comite and Allies from the Seattle Community to hold a Press Conference on Thursday March 27, 2014.

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MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 24, 2014

Contact: El Comité, ph. 206.650.2106, em: info@elcomitewa.org.

El Comité and Allies from the Seattle Community will hold a Press Conference to address the surpassing of 2 Million Deportees under the Obama Administration.

SEATTLE – El Comité and Allies from the Seattle Community will hold a joint press conference on Thursday, March 27th, 2014, to address concerns over the recent eclipse of over 2 Million Deportees under the Obama Administration. As congress continues to drag its feet on the matter of a humane immigration reform, communities across the country continue bear the brunt of their inaction as families are separated and community members live in fear. Event details:

What: Press Conference to address the surpassing of 2 Million Deportees under the Obama Administration.

Who: El Comité and Allies from the Seattle Community

Eddie Rye, Urban Forum Northwest Radio Program (emcee)
Father Tony Haycock, St. Mary’s Church (welcome)
Rev. Dr. Leslie D. Braxton
Estela Ortega, El Centro de La Raza
Dr. Sheley Secrest, NAACP
Diakonda Gurning, Indonesian Lutheran Fellowship
Sandy Restrepo, Colectiva Legal del Pueblo
Michael Ramos, Church Council of Greater Seattle
Representative from El Comité.

When: Thursday March 27th, 2014. Press Conference will begin at 10:00 a.m., and will end at 12:00 p.m.

Where: Fr. Tony Haycock Parish Center (2021 South Weller Street, Seattle, WA 98144).

Background
Under the current administration, up to 390,000 undocumented immigrants are deported each year. As of last week, the administration has attained the dubious distinction of having deported over 2 Million Immigrants. This is not the progress we envisioned when we sought to defeat xenophobic congressional legislation eight years ago. The administration is on par with the notorious Mexican Repatriation Program of the 1930s, and has now surpassed “Operation Wetback” of the 1950s in numbers of immigrants deported. The recent hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma is one of many actions that call for immediate action to remedy this matter, as inactivity continues taking a toll on our communities. As we have done for over a decade, we will continue to organize to ensure that all are able to live, work, and have the opportunity to normalize their documented status, without fear and deprivation of basic human rights.

EDUCATE, ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE.

For more information, contact the following: El Comité, ph. 206.650.2106, em: info@elcomitewa.org

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Save the Date: May 1st 2014/Guarde el Dia: 1o de Mayo 2014

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Foro Comunitario (11/17/2013)

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El Comité WA State

Foro Comunitario
Domingo  17 de Noviembre 2013-11-13
2021 S Weller St.
Seattle WA

Despues de S 744, Que Hacer!

Programa

I.                    Bienvenida

II.                  Razon de la Session

III.                Historia de la legislación S 744

IV.                Es Posible parar las deportaciones?

V.                  Propuesta Nacional “Extension de Accion Deferida” para 11 millones!

PRESS RELEASE: Immigrants Rights Activists will hold a Rally on Labor Day

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MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 23, 2013

Contact: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social, ph: 425.344.8641 and 253.347.4229, em:  info@elcomitewa.org.

Immigrant Rights Activists Will Hold A Rally for a Just Immigration Reform at Westlake Park on Monday September 2nd, 2013.

SEATTLE – El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social will hold a rally at Westlake Park, on Monday September 2nd, 2013. The purpose of the rally is to draw attention to the plight of the immigrant community in wake of the passage of Senate Bill 744 in the U.S. Senate. Details for the event are below:

WHO: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social.

WHAT: Labor Day Rally for a Humane and Just Immigration Reform.

WHERE: Westlake Park (400 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101)

WHEN: Monday September 2nd, 2013, 11:00 am-1:00 pm.

Background

SB 744, which is currently stalling in the U.S. House of Representatives, is legislation that will benefit only a select portion of the estimated 11 Million undocumented residents in the United States, while simultaneously pumping more capital into an already bloated Border Enforcement Mechanism. The 13 year process, which makes documentation hinge on the ability to maintain continuous employment, places many immigrants in a tenuous position where they are at their employer’s will, making for an atmosphere that can lead to workplace abuses. The clear winner in this proposal are the Arms and Private Detention Center Industries which benefits from unprecedented spending allocated toward policing the border and detaining undocumented immigrants. We join our peers in the southern borderlands in opposing this proposal. The bill is short-sighted, lacks protections for immigrant workers, and further works at corroding the fabric of our communities. As workers who are essential to the U.S. economy we deserve better! We will continue to voice our concerns and push for a just immigration reform that respects the human, civil and labor rights of all.

EDUCATE, ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE.

For more information, contact the following: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social, ph: 425.344.8641 and 253.347.4229, em:  info@elcomitewa.org

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PRESS RELEASE: Response to Senate Bill 744

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MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 23, 2013

Contact: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social, ph: 425.344.8641 and 253.347.4229, em:  info@elcomitewa.org.

Immigrant Rights Activists Respond to Senate Bill 744

The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 ignores the reality of contemporary migration and immigrant labor.

SEATTLE – The recent passage of Senate Bill 744 is the latest attempt to overhaul the United States’ immigration system since the “Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility” (IIRIRA) Act of 1996. This action in congress is a pro-active measure at addressing a concern that has been the central preoccupation of various families and communities directly impacted by the issue. In reaching bi-partisan support, congress has drafted and voted through, a measure that will allow for a drawn out 13 year path to citizenship for some, while simultaneously militarizing a southern border that is already heavily fortified.

On Sunday, August 4th 2013, we held a gathering to hear community concerns about the bill and craft our official response to SB 744. El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social, reaffirms its stance that any legislation that is entertained through both the House of Representatives and the Senate, MUST secure the rights of immigrant workers, families, and communities. As a matter of principle, it is important to address the humanitarian needs of our communities first and foremost. All are deserving of a dignified existence, free of intimidation, workplace abuse, police harassment, violence, and forced family separation. It is with this in mind, that we vociferously oppose the enforcement heavy amendments and provisions codified within S 744.

From preliminary discussion, it appears likely that S 744 will be scrapped by the U.S. House of Representatives in favor of house-initiated legislation that promises to be even more divisive and restrictive. As social justice proponents, this is not what we had in mind when we took to the streets to demand drastic change to the immigration infrastructure. We saw draconian legislation over seven year ago, and see more of the same as the emphasis on “enforcement-first” points to the fact that conservative politicians, of both stripes, have a tenuous grasp of reality and are still utilizing an ineffective, outdated model that has proved useless in meeting our present day challenges.

The only major beneficiaries are the representatives of the Military Industrial Complex and the politicians working on their behalf. While immigrants are forced to pass through a 13 year labyrinth which will inevitably weed many out of the path to citizenship, the arms industry will line its pockets with lucrative contracts that pump more money into an already bloated border defense apparatus. As such, we join human rights proponents, social justice advocates, and our peers along the southern border, in opposing the legislation as is.

The first action that we will take in verbalizing this position will be with a demonstration at Westlake Park on Labor Day. Details to follow in the coming days. As a community, we believe that addressing the humanitarian crisis should take precedence. We’ve spent too much time watching the situation deteriorate. We need a just immigration reform, and we need it now!

EDUCATE, ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE.

For more information, contact the following: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social, ph: 425.344.8641 and 253.347.4229, em:  info@elcomitewa.org

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PRESS RELEASE: May Day March 2013 in Seattle

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MEDIA ADVISORY

 

For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 2, 2013

 

Contact: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition,

ph: 206.650.2106, em:  info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #M1SEA.

 

Thousands of Demonstrators take part in the 13th Annual May Day March & Rally for Workers and Immigrant Rights.

March focus was to voice community concerns regarding the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill proposed by the “gang of eight.”

 

SEATTLE – Thousands demonstrators took to the streets of Seattle to participate in the 13th Annual May Day March & Rally for Workers and Immigrant Right. The events began at Judkins Park at 1:00 p.m., with a Rally that hosted speakers from the local faith-based organizations in the Seattle area. Speakers represented several denominations and faith communities, which then filed westbound, on Lane Street to start the March at 3:00 pm.

 

March participant, Alma Gutierrez noted, “we’re here for our families. It is a shame that our communities are divided by raids and repression with absolute impunity.” Others echoed similar concerns as yearly deportations have now exceeded more than 390,000 in recent years. Organizers noted that it is insulting that the most recent Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill is still nebulous on several details, save for the enforcement mechanisms.

 

According to Juan Jose Bocanegra, “It’s like the ‘good, the bad, and the ugly.’ We want to keep the good, we want to change the bad, and we want to get rid of the ugly.”

 

The procession was led by the Ce Atl Tonalli Aztec Dance Group that helped pace the march from 20th and Jackson Streets, to the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building in downtown Seattle. The march ended with a program that included speakers from different segments of the community. They spoke on how current immigration law impacts youth, families, LGBTQ, women, workers, and others.

Carlos Padilla, an organizer with  the  Washington  DREAM Act  Coalition  mentioned, “I had to come out of the closet as undocumented…later, I came out of the closet   as gay. I am an undocuqueer youth. All our movements all our concerns are  one. We are a community that seeks justice for all.”

 

Bocanegra reflected on the day’s activities, “Our message has been clear throughout the day. I keep getting asked if there was anxiety  before the march. All we can do is prepare for what we need to do to ensure the march serves to demonstrate our unified message. Fact of the matter is that unfortunately, last years events are the central focus for many news agencies. Somehow, 15 minutes of property destruction at a separate event are deemed  more important than the human crisis we’ve seen over the last 26 years with families being separated, workers being exploited, and people being held in the most inhumane  conditions at private, unregulated Detention Centers.”

 
In spite of adverse media reporting the march went off without a hitch. Demonstrators came from Auburn, Tacoma, Bellingham, and some as far as Yakima. The march also benefited from a strong youth presence with one contingent organized by local high school students, and another arriving from the local colleges and universities. As legislation is debated locally as well as nationally, participants made it clear that there is a need to continue the pressure for humane reform, and the right of all members of the community to live and work without fear. 

 

For more information, contact the following: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition, ph: 206.650.2106, em:  info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #M1SEA.

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