Activists #shutdownICE at Boston Detention Center

Activists Shut Down ICE at Boston Detention Center
Activists at the April 17, 2014 action

UPDATE: 19 arrested.  Boston Globe coverage.

Protestors Shut Down Entrance to Suffolk Detention Center, Call on President Obama to Stop Deportations

This action includes activists from Unidad Latina en Accion, Amistad Catholic Worker, Migrant Justice, and other protestors from around New England. Click here for the Live Feed, or scroll down below.

More media coverage: CBS Boston, Free Speech Radio News, Northeast Public RadioWatch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Boston, MA – Immigrant activists and religious leaders from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont have formed a human chain at the entrance of the Suffolk Detention Center in Boston to demand action from President Obama to end the suffering caused by deportation. The prison at 20 Bradston Street has been the site of an immigrant prisoner hunger strike in October 2013 and is currently embroiled in lawsuits protesting indefinite detention.

Those risking arrest include many directly impacted by deportation, including Alejandro Gonzalez, an undocumented man from Connecticut. “I participate in this civil disobedience during Holy Week to let those in high positions in the government know that we reject the laws that criminalize our people, only for not having a piece of paper,” says Gonzalez. “Although I know I face being deported too, eleven million people need us to act.  For that reason, the word ‘fear’ is not in my vocabulary. On this holy day, we remember that we must make sacrifices to help our community.”  Read More…

Live Feed via National Day Laborer Organizing Network

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Connecticut Caravan to Protest Obama’s 2 Million Deportations

On April 5, 2014, Families fighting deportation traveled in a caravan to various towns across Connecticut in rallies demanding that President Obama stop deportations, end S-Comm, expand DACA, and stop separating families.

The caravan passed through eleven cities, including New Haven at 11:30 AM (details below)


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7:00 am    Greenwich & Port Chester (Prayer vigil at train station at 3 Broad St, Port Chester, NY)

8:30 AM    Stamford (Government Center, 777 Washington Blvd)

9:00 AM    New London (St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 10 Huntington St)streaming Why Him? 2016 film

9:30 AM    Norwalk (Exit 16, Rite Aid parking lot, 190 East Ave)

10:30 AM  East Haven (Town Hall parking lot, 250 Main Street)

10:30 AM  Bridgeport (Exit 27, Bluefish Arena parking lot, 500 Main Street)

11:30 AM   New Haven (Junta for Progressive Action, 169 Grand Ave.)

1:00 PM   Meriden (St. Rose of Lima, 35 Center Street)

1:00 PM   Willimantic, Manchester & Norwich (Kickoff at Joseph Square, Willimantic)

2:00 PM   New Britain (St. Marks Church, 147 W Main St.)

3:00 PM   Hartford (Federal Building, 450 Main Street. Followed by a gathering at Charter Oak Cultural Center.)

¡Todos a la calle! El 5 de abril en todos los Estados Unidos se escucharán las voces de una COMUNIDAD MIGRANTE, cansada de promesas incumplidas, de dolorosas deportaciones, de injusticias…TODOS a unirnos en este CLAMOR NACIONAL reclamandole al Presidente Obama NI UNA MAS DEPORTACION … ALTO AL PROGRAMA DE COMUNIDADES SEGURAS … ACCION DIFERIDA — DACA — PARA TODOS. La CARAVANA de la SOLIDARIDAD y la ESPERANZA recorrerá varias Ciudades del Estado de Connecticut el 5 de abril. Organize a tu comunidad. Unese a la caravana. Pronto anuciaremos el horario de la caravana.

VAMOS TOD@S…SI INUNDAMOS LAS CALLES…SE ESCUCHARA CON FUERZA NUESTRA VOZ

SE PUEDEN COMUNICAR A LOS SIGUIENTES TELEFONOS / YOU CAN CALL THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE:
Stamford (Luis Yumbla 203-667-3799)
New London (Lizbeth Polo 860-204-6813)
Bridgeport (Jose Casco 917-509-7238)
East Haven (Herman 203-843-0347)
New Haven (John Lugo 203-606-3484)
Meriden (Alejandro Gonzalez 203-464-3905)
Willimantic (Juan Salas 860-465-9828)
New Britain (Grace Montesi 860-986-3789)
Hartford (Alok Bhatt 860-324-0086)

March 22: Olmeca in concert: HIPHOP / CULTURA / MOVEMENT

Olmeca en New Haven Olmeca is a hip hop artist, activist and educator on the front lines of indigenous and immigrant struggle across Latino America. His music and activism are informed by the poverty, violence, and despair, as well as the beautiful work ethic and daily life of the working class Los Angeles and Mexican neighborhoods where he grew up. Olmeca has garnered attention in the Latin Alternative music scene for pioneering bilingual hip hop, and for his lyrical poetry and unique mix of musical styles and rhythms from Latino America and the “golden age” of hip hop. Olmeca es un músico, activista y educador, que participa activamente en el movimiento inmigrante, ademas de otras luchas como los indigenas, estudiantes y trabajadores. Como muchas familias migrantes, la familia de Olmeca por falta de recursos se mudó a diferentes barrios de Los Ángeles y México. La pobreza, violencia, desesperación, al igual que el bello esfuerzo del trabajo y la vida cotidiana en los barrios, forman parte de la perspectiva de Olmeca. Su música bilingüe, influenciada por la “era de oro” de hip-hop y la música ecléctica de latinoamérica, sobrepasa demográfias musicales y culturales, y le ha ganado el respeto de sus contemporáneos en la música alternativa latinoamericana.

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En esta fiesta, estamos recogiendo fondos para la lucha de ULA para Ni Una Más Deportación /// This party helps us raise funds for ULA’s NOT1MORE deportation struggle!

Feb. 26: Press Conference: Police arrest Gourmet Heaven owner for wage theft

12:30 PM AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS, 1 UNION AVENUE, 3RD FLOOR ATRIUM

Speakers will include:Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Deli owner busted in labor fight

  • Chief of the New Haven Police Department
  • Jorge Perez, President of the Board of Alders
  • Connecticut Department of Labor
  • Julio Olivar, former Gourmet Heaven worker
  • Unidad Latina en Accion

Some news outlets have already broken the news (read it on the front page of the New Haven Register), but it’s important to show up to this press conference. This is the first time in ULA’s ten-year history that the police and Board of Alders are speaking publicly — and taking action — on wage theft.

Arrive 15 minutes early so that you have time to get inside and up to the 3rd floor!

Feb. 19: Court solidarity with Javier Marin

Javier Marin appears in immigration court February 19 to fight his deportation. Join us in the courthouse at 8:15 am, and then join us to visit the offices of our US senators and ask them to help free Javier Marin.

Wednesday, Feb. 19
8:15 am
Immigration Court, 450 Main Street, Hartford
(undocumented people should not enter the courthouse)

To read about Javier’s case and ask Immigration & Customs Enforcement to release him from detention, click here.

Feb. 18: Public hearing to raise minimum wage, stop wage theft

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
1:00 pm
Public Hearing
Legislative Office Building, Room 1E, Hartford

This hearing provides an opportunity to testify on two important bills:Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

S.B. No. 32 AN ACT CONCERNING WORKING FAMILIES’ WAGES
would raise the minimum wage to $10.10

H.B. No. 5071 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING CIVIL ACTIONS AGAINST AN EMPLOYER FOR FAILURE TO PAY WAGES OR COMPENSATION OR MAKE PAYMENTS TO AN EMPLOYEE WELFARE FUND
would require employers guilty of wage theft to pay double the wages owed

If you want to submit written testimony or testify in person, contact us. Written testimony is due by Monday, Feb. 17 at 5:00 pm.

Day of the Dead Parade info

Saturday November 2, 2013 /// Bregamos Theater, 491 Blatchley Ave., New Haven

Gather at 4:00 pm

Parade starts at 5:00 pm

Dance Party  7:00 pm til party o-clock!

  • Live music by Tere Luna, Sabor Tropical, and Chavos de Fuego
  • Home cooked Latin American food
  • Suggested donation $10

How to join the parade

  • Bring a musical instrument or use one of our drums
  • Paint your face
  • Carry one of our giant puppets – wear black
  • Wear a costume
  • Volunteer

Parade Route

The parade winds down Blatchley, Lombard, Monroe, Clay, Shelter, Grand, Lloyd, Woolsey, Poplar, Pine, Fillmore, Grand, Blatchley and back to Bregamos.

Directions to Bregamos

Bregamos Theater is part of the Erector Square complex of factory buildings converted into artist studios.  The theater is not visible from the street. You have to enter a driveway on Blatchley Ave and go down the driveway.Guardians of the Galaxy streaming

From I-91, take Exit 6 for Willow Street. At the end of the ramp, turn left on Willow St. At the light, go straight through (Willow becomes Blatchley). You will quickly go up a bridge over the railroad tracks and immediately see the driveway on your left. The driveway is in between the Classic Car Club and the Eviction Warehouse of the City of New Haven. Enter the driveway and go all the way to the end. Bregamos Theater has a wooden ramp leading up to the entrance.

From downtown New Haven take State Street north until Humphrey St. Turn right on Humphrey (which becomes Lombard), turn left on Blatchley, and after crossing Peck Street, enter the driveway on your right hand side immediately before the railroad overpass.

Parking

We recommend parking on the street or in the free parking lot at Erector Square on 315 Peck Street.

For more info call

Megan at (203) 479-2959, Kris at (917) 747-0528