FW: Protest Repression of Latino day labor activists
We received this yesterday from the Latino Union in Chicago . They requested that it be forwarded around the country.
Chicago activist Julieta Bolivar faces expulsion from the country (aka voluntary departure) after being seized by the notorious Pennsylvania State Police and handed over to the Migra -- because of being in a car with a flat tire.
Arturo Moreno and Mariano Granados are still in jail. To oppose the detention of these activists is to resist the effort to chill the political activity of immigrants in this country.
[There should be a Spanish version of this information coming.]
-Don; Revolution Books, Chicago
Protest Racial Profiling and Harassment of Latino Immigrant Travelers in Pennsylvania
On Aug. 14, 2002 , nine Latino worker activists from Chicago were driving
through Pennsylvania on their way to a regional day labor conference in
Brooklyn , New York , when their van got a flat tire in Mercer County (near
the Ohio border in western Pennsylvania ). As they were changing the tire,
an officer of the Pennsylvania State Police arrived and demanded
immigration documents from all the passengers. The activists showed him
driver licenses and other forms of identification but said the officer had
no right to demand immigration documents. The officer insisted he needed
to see the passengers' "green cards."
The officer arrested three of the activists and handed them over to the
Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Two of the activists, Arturo
Moreno and Mariano Granados, were detained by the INS and taken to York
County Jail in southeastern Pennsylvania . Another, Julieta Bolivar, was
released after signing a "voluntary departure" form; she and the others
went on to participate in the conference, organized by the National
Network for Day Laborers. Julieta Bolivar is now back home in Chicago
awaiting a hearing in immigration court. Arturo Moreno and Mariano
Granados are still being held at York County Jail.
The National Network for Day Laborers is calling for a mass demonstration
outside York County Jail on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002 , at 9am , to protest
the unjust arrest and detention of immigrant workers. The jail is located
at 3400 Concord Road , York , PA 17402 , near the corner of Mt. Zion Road
(route 24) just off highway US-30 (near Interstates 83 & 76) in York
County , Pennsylvania (about 2 hours west of Philadelphia ).
Supporters of civil rights are also urged to call or fax the Pennsylvania
State Police in Mercer, PA (phone 724-662-6162, fax 724-662-6169) to
protest their use of racial profiling against travelers. Tell them: the
state police has no business asking travelers for immigration documents,
especially when officers are singling people out for this treatment based
on racial profiling.
For more information, contact Jose Landaverde, Executive Director of the
Latino Union of Chicago , at (773) 398-4023 or
Coalition for the Human Rights of Immigrants (CHRI)
Coalicion para los Derechos Humanos de los Inmigrantes
339 Lafayette St, New York , NY 10012
tel 212-254-2591 / 888-575-8242 (888-57-LUCHA)
fax 212-674-9139 email
web site: http://www.itapnet.org/chri