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, Nov 14, 2003
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Sent: Friday, November 14, 2003 6:06 PM
Subject: NOV 19 - TAKE A STAND AGAINST SPECIAL RE-REGISTRATIONS!]
Please send this out to your lists, if possible. We would love to see
all of you out there on Wednesday in support of our Muslim, Arab and south
Asian brothers and sisters, who are under attack. I know some of you
were very supportive last year, and we're looking forward to working
with you this year.
yours in resistance,
Not In Our Name.
TAKING A STAND AGAINST SPECIAL RE-REGISTRATION
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2003
BICE (INS) BUILDING, WASHINGTON AND SANSOME, San Francisco
11 AM TO 1 PM (Press conference at 12 noon).
The Dept. of "Homeland Security" Special Re-registrations of men and boys
from 24 mainly Muslim countries has already begun again this month. Last
year special registration meant humiliation, detentions and brutality for
many of the nearly 90,000 who came in to register. This program has created
fear, anxiety, frustration and despair in the Arab and Muslim communities,
causing great distress to wives, children and relatives as reported by the
American Muslim Voice nationwide hotline. Last year, registerees were
fingerprinted, photographed, and had to turn over bankcards, social security
cards, driver's licenses, credit cards and other information. Every time
they left the country they were required to get an exit stamp and
re-register upon return. And in the end, about 13,000 men are facing
deportation proceedings! The pettiest of visa violations, even those caused
by INS incompetence are now tearing families apart.
Now the same people who registered last year are being registered again.
Last year the protest of Iranians in Los Angeles in December and opposition
in the streets in January across the country, brought the reality of this
ugly program to light. These actions drew attention to the fact that the
1940s Alien Registration Act foreshadowed the round up and detention of
120,000 Japanese Americans. Registration also preceded the round up of Jews
in Europe. This year, as the ACLU has pointed out, the secrecy surrounding
registration has all the markings of a TRAP, by which those who do not
realize they have to register or miss a deadline will be subject to
deportation. The Blue Triangle Network in close association with American
Muslim Voice and many other organizations is calling for a rally and press
conference Wednesday, Nov. 19 to denounce special re-registration, demand an
end to it, and stand in solidarity with people subjected to it. Please join
this effort and PASS THE WORD.
Endorsed and supported by Not in Our Name.
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