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How to help respond to the raids

Reposted from Jobs with Justice
www.jwjpdx.org
Dear JwJ Pledger:

I know many of you want to help the folks affected by Tuesday's ICE raids. While stuff is still coming together, and immigrant activists are mostly in crisis mode, I wanted to send out info on some of the resources available, and ways people can help.

1) Donate to a relief fund for families:
Make checks payable to "El Programa Hispano- Catholic Charities" and in the memo line put "raid relief". Checks can be mailed to: 451 NW 1st St, Gresham, OR 97030
Also, the group working on Sanctuary is setting up such a fund. Donations can be made to AFSC, earmarked YLMB-Sanctuary. Mail to: AFSC 2249 E. Burnside, Portland, OR 97217

2) Write a letter to the editor
Anti-immigrant responses are flooding local papers in response to their coverage of the ICE raids. Stand up for the affected children and families today - talking points are below. You can submit your letter to:
Oregonian:  letters@news.oregonian.com
Statesman Journal:  letters@statesmanjournal.com

3) Call the mayor
The mayor's office is working hard to help with resources and information. While Mayor Potter has received a few kudos for his strong statement in outrage over the raids, his phone is ringing off the hook with angry anti-immigrant calls. Please take a few minutes to call and thank Mayor Potter for his stance.
Mayor Tom Potter
Phone: (503)823-4120
E-mail:  mayorpotter@ci.portland.or.us

4) Attend the Day of Solidarity With Oaxaca Rally Tonight, which will have an immigration component
Thursday June 14th, 7 pm
Mexican Consulate-SW Morrison and 12th Street

5) Attend the Vigil for Human Rights in Tacoma this Saturday:
Announcement below; Carpools from Portland leave @ 10am
- Liberty Hall (311 N. Ivy St. Portland, OR)
- Ascension Catholic Church (7507 SE Yamhill St Portland, OR)
email  info@pcasc.net



STOP THE RAIDS!

VIGIL FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2007

12:00 - 4:00 PM

NORTHWEST DETENTION CENTER

1623 East J Street, Tacoma, Washington 98421

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This week's Del Monte raids in Portland have resulted in over 160 immigrant workers being detained and processed for deportations.

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Families, who are now separated from their primary caregivers, are suffering.

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ICE continues to transfer those detained in the raid to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.

SUPPORT THOSE BEING DETAINED & THE FAMILIES THAT DEPEND ON THEM!

SHOW ICE THAT WE WILL NOT ACCEPT INHUMANE RAIDS!

CAUTION: Guards ask visitors who enter the facility their immigration status. If you are not documented, do not enter the

facility.

For more information contact Changnary Pich: 206.723.2203 x213 or  changnary@hatefreezone.org




A few resource numbers:



Nuevo Movimiento Santuario 503-203-4267

Emergency resources/shelter for affected families, immigrant rights advocacy


Catholic Charities 503-542-2855

Immigration Legal Services


ICE "Friends and Family Line" 866-341-3858

Call to see if a friend or family member has been detained. You need the person's first and last name and A#


Jay Breslow 971-207-7163

Point person for support to affected students in Roosevelt Cluster schools

Sadie Feibel 503-453-6034
Point person for support to affected students in Jefferson Cluster schools


Attorneys providing free consultations to families affected by the Del Monte raid. Current as of 6/14/07, 12pm

Abogados que están dando consultas gratis a familiares afectados por la redada de Del Monte.

Mark Kinzler
Law Office of Brian Conry, P.C.
534 SW Third Ave, Ste. 711
Portland, OR 97204
503-274-4430

Michael Meltzer
4225 SW Huber St., Suite 410
Portland, OR 97219
(503) 892-6615

Allison Mosher
Hecht & Smith, LLP
208 SW 1st Ave., Suite 360
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 224-8600

Nicole Nelson
Hecht & Smith, LLP
208 SW 1st Ave., Suite 360
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 224-8600

Ruben Rivera
Law Office of Rubén Rivera, PC
PO Box 40244
Portland, OR 97240-0244
Tel. 503 223 5800
Fax 503 223 5803

Philip Smith
Hecht & Smith, LLP
208 SW 1st Ave., Suite 360
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 224-8600

Teresa Statler
522 SE 5th Ave., Suite 812
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 220-4185

Jonathan Tamez
2325 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214-1655
(503) 234-0322


Stop the Raids - Talking Points

If it is lawful for ICE officers to separate little children from their mothers then something is dreadfully wrong with our immigration system.

What a terrible contradiction that as the Senate debates passing a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would include a pathway to citizenship the Administration is arresting, detaining, and deporting the same immigrants this legislation would help.

These aggressive and far-reaching raids have disrupted the lives of thousands of families. We are at a crossroads as a nation in deciding what kind of country we want to be and how we value family unity, community, and the rights of children.

This aggressive attempt to instill fear simply underscores the urgent need for Congressional leaders to act swiftly and boldly on passing a comprehensive immigration reform bill that is fair and just and brings immigrant workers out of the shadows of our society and onto a path to citizenship.

ICE raids separate little children from their mothers. The damage caused by these actions will cause long-term trauma to thousands of children.

The stepped up arrest and detention of immigrant mothers and father, many who have been contributing to this country and their communities for many years, has only succeeded in polluting the problem and sending a terrible message to the nation and to the world.

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Oregonian Ltr: Tsarist and Soviet Russia -- and Bush USA 14.Jun.2007 17:59

Marian Drake

Editor, Oregonian:

Mayor Potter and Sen. Avel Gordly are doing exactly the right thing by speaking forcefully against the outrageous acts against immigrant workers. I hope they both follow through to find a way to force the Federal government to stop this harassment.

We have the Bush imperial rule, to thank for this frightening event. First the immigrants, then the mentally ill, then the Jews....

My first husband was a Jew. His father fled Tzarist Russia with the family at the age of two. My husband said his father remembered only one thing about life in the Russian ghetto. Late one night, he was there when Cossack soldiers broke down the door, grabbed his uncle, threw him up against the wall, and shot him.

There is not a whole lot of difference between that experience, and what has happened here in Portland! In both cases, minority persons have been seized by government forces. It's one small step to Tzarist - and Soviet - Russia.

When people tell me that Bush has only "X" number of days left in office, I say, "You don't know WHAT he'll do."

Marian Drake, EdM
NE Portland
former ESL teacher to Hispanic adults, Chemeketa CC