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#Not1more strikes again: California youth protest for-profit immigration detention centerNovember 25, 2013
Three young adults chained their necks with bicycle locks to the front gates of the newly reopened Adelanto Detention Center, a for-profit immigrant prison in California.
Since its reopening in 2011, Adelanto has become the largest immigrant detention center in California. It’s privately owned and run by GEO Group Inc., a for-profit prison corporation. Adelanto is already known for its “segregation cells,” a form of solitary confinement. The privately-owned prison has 1,200 beds to hold migrants who are either waiting for a ruling on their immigration cases or to be deported from the country.
The three young women are part of the Empire Inland-Immigrant Youth Coalition. The action was organized to support three family members currently detained inside the prison, with the broader demand to end inhumane incarceration and release everyone detained in time for the holiday season.
“We need a moratorium on deportations, deferred action for all, and the end of inhumane treatment,” said Luis Serrano of the Coalition.
Today’s action is part of the broader national #Not1more campaign intended to pressure President Obama to take administrative relief and halt deportations. Since he has taken office in 2008, nearly two million people have been deported, more than during any other time in U.S. history. The #Not1more campaign is behind the escalating national movement to use direct action to stop deportations, which include shutdowns of ICE detention centers across the country.
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I cannot post this without also saying that since this the charges given to these beautiful humyns has been felony levels of vandalism for the fence cutting that the cops did after they stayed locked to the fence. While this is brave and a personal choice of the individuals, I can’ t help thinking about the efficacy and cost of such actions such as this. The symbolism of the action is powerful, however, the charges so hightened that one wonders how folks could possibly affect vandalism in the future if we are to be charged with it… Basically, while I feel these protests build  public awareness, I also think that public awareness is not what brings change. People know that undocumented immigrants are apprehended, discriminated against, caged and deported- yet some are racist/nationalistic enough to think this is deserved and others while others wish to change the reality but feel powerless to the state that holds all power to give and take away rights. We all have the right of migration because we do- and we must resist the state’s categorization and action against this migration for the sake of capitalistic segregation of class and race. We must resist it to the point of destroying these prisons where mothers fathers sisters and brothers are held for crossing a line on the literal sand of the Earth. Decolonize ourselves and our tactics.

thepeoplesrecord:

#Not1more strikes again: California youth protest for-profit immigration detention center
November 25, 2013

Three young adults chained their necks with bicycle locks to the front gates of the newly reopened Adelanto Detention Center, a for-profit immigrant prison in California.

Since its reopening in 2011, Adelanto has become the largest immigrant detention center in California. It’s privately owned and run by GEO Group Inc., a for-profit prison corporation. Adelanto is already known for its “segregation cells,” a form of solitary confinement. The privately-owned prison has 1,200 beds to hold migrants who are either waiting for a ruling on their immigration cases or to be deported from the country.

The three young women are part of the Empire Inland-Immigrant Youth Coalition. The action was organized to support three family members currently detained inside the prison, with the broader demand to end inhumane incarceration and release everyone detained in time for the holiday season.

“We need a moratorium on deportations, deferred action for all, and the end of inhumane treatment,” said Luis Serrano of the Coalition.

Today’s action is part of the broader national #Not1more campaign intended to pressure President Obama to take administrative relief and halt deportations. Since he has taken office in 2008, nearly two million people have been deported, more than during any other time in U.S. history. The #Not1more campaign is behind the escalating national movement to use direct action to stop deportations, which include shutdowns of ICE detention centers across the country.

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I cannot post this without also saying that since this the charges given to these beautiful humyns has been felony levels of vandalism for the fence cutting that the cops did after they stayed locked to the fence. While this is brave and a personal choice of the individuals, I can’ t help thinking about the efficacy and cost of such actions such as this. The symbolism of the action is powerful, however, the charges so hightened that one wonders how folks could possibly affect vandalism in the future if we are to be charged with it… Basically, while I feel these protests build  public awareness, I also think that public awareness is not what brings change. People know that undocumented immigrants are apprehended, discriminated against, caged and deported- yet some are racist/nationalistic enough to think this is deserved and others while others wish to change the reality but feel powerless to the state that holds all power to give and take away rights. We all have the right of migration because we do- and we must resist the state’s categorization and action against this migration for the sake of capitalistic segregation of class and race. We must resist it to the point of destroying these prisons where mothers fathers sisters and brothers are held for crossing a line on the literal sand of the Earth. Decolonize ourselves and our tactics.

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The Modern Swastika

Every time I drive by suburbs with American flags hanging from every other house I can’t help but feel sick. The sickness emerges from the preservation of an imperialist state at the cost of millions of lives around the world, their resources and the health of the planet at large. The Amerikkkan flag is founded on the genocide of the indigenous, holding more people in prison today than were originally in slavery, torturing people kidnapped from their homes in the middle east without trial or evidence, indefinite detention, funding genocides of other peoples around the world, exploiting the planet without regard, police murder of one persyn of color every 28 hrs… and the list goes on. 

What really is the symbolic difference between ‘old glory’ and the swastika? Was it that Nazi Germany was overt in it’s imperialistic method and ideology while the US has seized land for military bases in 194 countries under the guise of ‘goodwill’ and quietly poisons Iraq with White phosphorous while dropping drones on Pakistan & Yemen? Perhaps it is that the US prefers the method of sanctions and embargoes against areas as methods of starving populations (Somalia, Haiti… ect) and exploiting other under-nourished peoples for their cheap labor rather than setting up formal labor camps. Oh wait, but then there are US Prisons, which now produce goods for dozens of US corporations and companies while ‘paying’ prisoners an average of 9 cents an hour. And yes, Nazi Germany killed a LOT of folks systematically on the basis of ethnicity, race, sexuality, ability, and personal convictions. It was horrific. The US is systematically killing people for their land, resources and labor unchallenged as they are systematically ‘othered’. US companies and the military have and continue to murder regions around the world (1984 a less than up to date fertilizer plant managed by DOW leaked massive amounts of poisonous gas into a province of India killing 10,000 and eventually about 20,000 people; the mass sale of Monsanto GMO cotton seeds requiring massive amounts of water contributed to the overwhelming debt and suicides of 250,000 farmers in the last ten years in India alone, napalming Vietnam, detonating Nukes over the south pacific). But, perhaps more sinister is the way that the global wealth disparity we perpetuate with high interest loans, trade ‘agreements’, wars and overall exploitation creates poverty and poverty-driven violence. The US has more than it needs. It is actively murdering regions around the world in cold, indifferent, capitalist greed.

When I see Amerikkkan flags prominently displayed I want to vomit and whenever I can, I take them down. May I not be one who remained complacent during the perpetuation of an imperialist regime.