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Mayday "Undocumented, Unafraid" civil disobedience

In recent years, Mayday has been an event when immigrant activists and the Latino communities have protested with conviction against the unjust and brutal treatment of government officials, INS and police to exploit, intimidate, arrest, and/or deport them. This Mayday, Oregon Dream activists Ricardo Varela, Liliana Luna, Silvio Poot and Diana Banda got involved in an act of civil disobedience to focus on the urgency of the recent anti-immigration policies, and the increasing hardships on their communities.
In recent years, Mayday has been an event when immigrant activists and the Latino communities have protested with conviction against the unjust and brutal treatment of government officials, INS and police to exploit, intimidate, arrest, and/or deport them. This Mayday, Oregon Dream activists Ricardo Varela, Liliana Luna, Silvio Poot and Diana Banda got involved in an act of civil disobedience to focus on the urgency of the recent anti-immigration policies, and the increasing hardships on their communities. Wearing graduation gowns, they marched with a banner, proclaiming "Undocumented, Unafraid!" They chanted, "Up, up with education! Down, down, with deportation!" and "Undocumented, unafraid!" They led other activists and supporters to the Gus Solomon Courthouse in downtown Portland, where they placed huge banners on the street. The banners' messages articulated the plight of many immigrants here in the US: "Undocumented, Unafraid," "We will no longer live in the shadow," "Stop ICE."

The four activists spoke movingly of their experiences living in fear in the US for so long as they saw their friends, family and folks arrested and deported. They decided to get arrested voluntarily in an act of civil disobedience to focus attention on the plight and suffering of undocumented people in the US. They urged people to stop living in the shadow of fear, and to stand up and fight for their rights. Diana Banda said, "If we don't do something, who will?"

As the four were arrested by the cops, many supporters shouted out in solidarity. Several people were moved to tears, while others berated the cops for arresting them.

What happened? 04.May.2012 18:08

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Were the 4 released?

info one ICE hold 04.May.2012 22:07

Ben Waiting

one person, still on a ICE hold
the others were released

video
 http://youtu.be/ZLCAnA_FM4s

link
 http://action.dreamactivist.org/CD/icehold/

The Petition says:

To Presdident Obama, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, John Morton; and Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano:

I write to request that you immediately drop the ICE detainer hold on Ricardo Varela (inmate no. 763974), who is being held at Inverness Jail. Ricardo was arrested during a May 1st civil disobedience action against the same program that is now responsible for his ICE hold, Secure Communities.

On May 2nd the District Attorney refused to file any complaints against Ricardo and the other three protesters, yet Ricardo still finds himself detained at the Multnomah county jail. This is the same type of treatment that Ricardo was protesting.

Ricardo Varela came to the United States at the age of 21 in search of a better future. He is currently a student at Portland Community College and a very active member of his community; he volunteers with numerous workers rights and immigrant rights organizations. Ricardo firmly believes in fighting for the rights of all undocumented people. He is tired of seeing his community taken advantage of because of the fear they have over their status. "We don't gain anything by remaining silent. You have to always speak up and speak up loudly, that's why I am taking action today because our community needs to show the voice we have."

Ricardo is a clear example of the problem with Secure Communities. He is not a priority for removal, he has no criminal record, he is an important asset to his community and yet he still finds himself in the process of deportation.

We ask that you immediately remove the ICE hold on Ricardo and reunite him with his family.

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Video: Undocumented and Unafraid Part 1 - May Day 2012 clip 1 06.May.2012 11:46

Joe Anybody

One 5 minutes video clip from the protest in front of the Federal Courthouse on May Day

Undocumented and Unafraid Part 1 - May Day 2012 clip 1
 http://youtu.be/npaGznaj4BI