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AF3IRM: Fight for DACA and Beyond!

On Tuesday, September 5th, the current presidential administration signaled the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy. AF3IRM, along with other organizations and community groups, have spoken out against this, as well as this administration’s continued attacks on immigrant rights and the xenophobic and white nationalist agenda it espouses.  As transnational/women of color, AF3IRM knows that liberation for im/migrants means more than DACA – and we will continue to fight to end the criminalization of im/migrants and against detention centers, borders, unjust citizenship and immigration policies, and other forms of state violence that have been used to terrorize im/migrants, indigenous and native peoples, and people of color. AF3IRM has been organizing and participating in demonstrations and rallies across the country, including the DefendDACA March in Oakland and the Defend DACA March and Rally in Los Angeles. Versions of the following speeches were delivered at the Defend DACA March and Rally in Los Angeles on September 10th, which was co-lead by AF3IRM. 

AF3IRM SF Bay Area at Defend DACA in Oakland

AF3IRM LA – DACA Rally

BY AF3IRM NATIONAL CHAIR IVY QUICHO

My name is Ivy and I am the National Chairperson of AF3IRM, a transnational feminist, anti imperialist organization of women of color, with a 28 year history of grassroots organizing.

We are here today because this war against us has been waged long before Trump- it began when women became the first form of property, it was when class society was set-up, it was when our peoples were first colonized, it was when free trade agreements were passed and imperialism boomed and forced us to migrate out of our countries of origin in the first place…  the only difference is that our society has now reached this fascist state where our enemies have become more overt in their vision to bleach this country white, to purify it with only Christians, and to lead it as rich, corporate, misogynist, men… but we are here to remind these fascists, the KKK, the alt right… that after centuries of attempts, and thousands of years later, we are STILL HERE and we are NOT GOING ANYWHERE!

We in AF3IRM know that this ongoing war has a woman’s face. It is no coincidence that we transnational, im/migrant women are the majority of immigrants imported between and among countries; that we are the most vulnerable to detentions and deportations, particularly our trans Latina sisters who are unable to find jobs due to discrimination and live off of less than $10,000 a year, as we often work in the informal economy as caregivers, garment workers, street vendors; that we are transnational mothers caring for our family members in several countries and are often separated from our children; that we are those who are sexually assaulted, raped, and trafficked/prostituted during our journey, once we arrive, and when we are detained; that we are the majority of low wage workers; that we are the fastest rising population of mass incarceration; that we are the fastest rising population of homeless people, are quite literally being killed off or disappeared whether it be our Muslim sisters such as Nabra Hassanen, or our THOUSANDS of indigenous women such as Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, or the 64,000 missing/murdered Black women such as the murder of black trans woman, Kiwi Herring by St Louis police. And now, they are attacking our babies, our immigrant youth, because they are the future generation of people whom these bigots want obliterated.

But we in AF3IRM know that they INTENTIONALLY target us women, youth, and people of color for one reason, and one reason alone– because we are powerful.

We stand here today on the shoulders of women past and present from the women fighters who resisted the first colonizers, to the women who continue to resist and organize women’s strikes in the Texas and Pennsylvania detention centers. Sisters- they may try detain us, to deport our people, to oppress our communities, to hunt us down… but they will never, ever kill the revolutionary spirit of women!  

We have been here before- they tried to get rid of us with the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, with Operation Wetback in 1954, with HR 4437 in 2006, and Arizona’s S.B. 1070 in 2010, but what they fail to realize is that their oppressive immigration policies have only fueled our rage and strengthened our determination.

My community we are here because not only will we survive again, and again, and again… we will TOPPLE DOWN Trump and his cronies, we will DISMANTLE this entire government that was never set-up for us… and WE WILL BUILD A NEW SOCIETY!!  

  • We in AF3IRM do NOT want to live in a world where policies like DACA are even needed– we want to look beyond DACA and other reforms, many of which have been men-centric, and defend ALL immigrants including those who didn’t go to college, those who may have made mistakes in their lives, those who have been deported, and those currently detained such as our trans Latina sisters; we want to shut down detentions centers; and we want to build a world where we live freely without fear and violence and with dignity as PEOPLE.
  • We do NOT just want to be able to stay here to work, to keep our “economy booming”, an economy that is dependent on the exploitation of our bodies whether for labor or sex, so that the rich can just continue to get richer– we want to eliminate the global assembly line and build a world where we do not live to survive, but we live to thrive.
  • We do NOT just want citizenship for all, we want an END TO BORDERS, an END TO NATION STATES, an END TO CORPORATE IMPERIAL POWERS — all of which only exist to divide and accumulate power and profit for the few.

My community, let us UNITE, let us FIGHT like we’ve never fought before, and let us TRANSFORM our dreams of freedom, into realities of liberation!  

We in AF3IRM say a woman’s place it not in the home, it is not in the kitchen, it is not in the bedroom… a woman’s place is here in the STREETS at the HEAD of this struggle for the liberation of all humanity!


BY ALMA of AF3IRM LA 

My name is Alma and I am a member of AF3IRM LA, a transnational feminist, anti-imperialist organization.

I am a woman, I am a mother, and I am undocumented.  I came to the U.S. when I was 6 years old (not too long ago just 27 years ago!)  I have experienced the pain of family separation due to deportations; I have gone through the fear of not coming home to my family, children, and to my community.  I had lived in the shadows for 15 years. I have experienced Depression, anxiety, anger and pain due to my immigration status.  

In 2005, my older brother was deported.  I did not have the tools to help him and to organize for him.  His deportation broke my family apart.  He was deported to our home state Guerrero, where drug cartels and violence have now taken over.  There is not one day that my mother doesn’t cry for him. I don’t want more families to go through the pain that my family went through and that is why I decided to organize and fight against this deportation machine! In 2011, when 4 activist and I went inside the Metropolitan Detention Center as an act of civil disobedience to protest against 287g secure communities, one of the officers that was guarding told us that ICE did not want to deport us, that instead ICE wants to deport our family members or the people who do not speak English and don’t know their rights or how to organize.

And he was right, the most vulnerable in this inhumane immigration problem is not us, it is our brothers and sisters who don’t hold a college degree, those who never had a DACA status.  Some of them have worked hard for us to have AB540, for us to have the CA Dream Act, and for us to even have DACA.

Now it is our duty to stand up, to rise once again, to make the changes that we want to see! Today, we must not forget the major problems that this inhumane immigration system brings to our undocumented immigrant community.  We must stand and demand to stop the mass deportations that are occurring as we speak, we must demand to stop the killings of our undocumented transgender sisters, and we must stand with our Undocumented non-Latino brothers and sisters.  We are more than a temporary program, we are more powerful than them so don’t sit and wait for a solution, don’t let your energy end here. Today we must rise up and organize!  It’s time to demand dignity and respect for all!

So now, let me ask you:  When immigrant rights are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back! When transgender rights are under attack, what do we do?  Stand up, fight back! When refugees rights are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back! When women’s rights are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!

 

This Saturday: No Borders! No Nations! End Deportations! Noise Demo by AF3IRM SF Bay Area

In recognition of International Women’s Day, AF3IRM SF/Bay Area calls on the community to join us in solidarity with all immigrants for a noise demonstration outside of the Bay Area’s largest ICE Detention Facility – the Contra Costa West County Detention Facility in Richmond, CA.

On March 11th, we stand with all immigrants, denounce the targeting of migrant women including, Guadalupe Garcia De Rayos, Jeanette Vizguerra, Valeria de la Luz, Ms. Gonzalez, Sara Beltran-Hernandez, & Daniela Vargas, and honor the ongoing resistance of women on the front lines, leading the fight against Trump’s racist (anti-indigenous, anti-black, anti-arab, anti-asian), xenophobic, and islamophobic executive orders & defying ICE arrests, raids, detention, and deportation!

Our solidarity breaks through walls! Bring pots & pans, drums, noise-makers, bull-horns, music, signs, your voice, your friends! Let this State and administration hear us loud and clear; immigrants are welcome here!

#NiUnaMas #Not1More #HereToStay

No Borders! No Nations! End Deportation!
Noise Demonstration
Saturday, March 11, 2017
3:00PM to 8:00PM
Contra Costa West County Detention Facility
5555 Giant Highway, Richmond, CA 94806
Contact: sfbayarea@af3irm.org

TRANSPORTATION:
If you plan on taking the bus, AC Transit route 71 will get you directly to the location. Carpools & caravans are highly encouraged.

For drivers, there are a few parking lot options in the area–
Attendees can park at the Richmond Parkway Transit Center for a $4 FEE and take the AC Transit Bus to the facility (via ROUTE 71).

Single trips on the AC Transit bus are $2.10 (one-way) and day passes cost $5.

The Route 71 schedule can be viewed on this website:
http://www.actransit.org/maps/schedule_results.php…

Additionally there may be available parking in the surrounding residential neighborhoods, on cross streets 1) Atlas Rd. & Horizon Dr. or 2) Giant Rd. & Phanor Dr.

ABOUT THE DETENTION FACILITY
The Richmond ICE Detention Center is located in a semi-remote area. We believe that this location and its architectural design are intentional. This place is purposefully built is to keep detainees locked far away from loved ones & to discourage the general public from being in the area. Do not let this inhumane construction discourage you; that’s exactly what they want!

Please also note that people and vehicles may potentially be subject to searches while on the ICE facility grounds. No firearms, weapons, drugs nor alcohol are permitted on the premises.

SAFETY:
Don’t go to actions alone; Bring a buddy or group!
Do not snitch on each other! Do not talk to police about yourself or anyone else. Use extreme discretion when posting photos & video on social media.

NATIONAL LAWYER’S GUILD (NLG) LEGAL HOTLINE:
415-285-1011 **Write this phone number in permanent marker on your body**

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS (KYR):
You have the right to remain SILENT, say “I am going to remain silent.”
You have the right to lawyer. Say, ” I want to talk to a lawyer.”
You have the right to walk away if you are not being detained by an officer, ask: “Am I free to go?” If they say no, ask “am I being detained.” Repeat, until you are told you are free to go.
Let it be known that you DO NOT consent to any searches. (Note: areas of the detention facility say that they may search people on the premises– please keep this in mind. Doesn’t hurt to announce it anyway).
We can film the police!

NOTE (KYR): Do not assume the authorities will honor or uphold your rights. It is likely that they will violate them. You are your best advocate– explicitly affirm these rights by vocalizing them clearly. Also, know that cops are allowed to LIE to you. GOLDEN RULE: DO NOT TALK TO COPS (unless it’s to say you aren’t going to talk to them )– anything you say can be used against you or other people.


En reconocimiento del Día International de la Mujer, AF3IRM SF/Bay Area invita a la comunidad a que nos acompañe en solidaridad con todos los inmigrantes en la demostración enfrente del Centro de Detención mas grande en la área de la bahía – Centro de Detención del Condado Contra Costa West en Richmond, CA.

El 11 de marzo mostraremos apoyo a inmigrantes, denunciaremos el ataque en contra de mujeres migrantes incluyendo a Guadalupe García De Rayos, Jeanette Vizguerra, Valeria de la Luz, Ms. González, Sara Beltran-Hernandez, y Daniela Vargas, y honoremos la resistencia continua de mujeres luchando en contra de las ordenes ejecutivas racista, xenofóbicas e islamofobicas de Trump.

Nuestra unidad romperá muros! Traigan hoyas, tambores, silbatos, música, carteles, sus voces y amigos! Haremos que el la administración nos escuche fuerte y claro! Inmigrantes son bienvenidos aquí!

No fronteras! No naciones! Fin a las deportaciones!
Saturday, March 11, 2017
3:00PM to 8:00PM
Centro de Detención del Condado Contra Costa West
5555 Giant Highway, Richmond, CA 94806
Información de contacto: sfbayarea@af3irm.org

#NiUnaMas
“Aqui estamos y no nos vamos!”

TRANSPORTE:
Si desea tomar el autobús, AC Transit route 71 lx lleva directamente a la locación. Les recomendamos que viajen juntxs. Proveeremos un mapa con estacionamiento que quede cerca de la locación cuanto antes posible.

ACERCA DEL CENTRO DE DETENCIÓN:
Lxs personas y sus vehículos serán sujetos a búsquedas mientras estén en el centro de detención. No están permitidas las armas de fuego ni las armas en general, ni tampoco las drogas o el alcohol.

SEGURIDAD:
Siempre traiga a algún/a compañerx; no vaya sin acompañamiento a las demostraciones.
No soples a nadie de la demostración! No hable con la policía sobre usted ni cualquier otra persona. Use discreción mientras utilize medios de comunicación social.

NATIONAL LAWYER’S GUILD (NLG) LEGAL HOTLINE (EL GREMIO NACIONAL DE ABOGADOS):
415-285-1011 **Escriba este número con tinta permanente en su cuerpo**

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS (KYR)/ CONOZCA SUS DERECHOS:
https://nationalimmigrationproject.org/…/know-your-rights-e…
Usted tiene el derecho a…
-Permanecer en silencio, diga, “Voy a guardar silencio.”
-Hablar con un abogado, diga, “Quiero hablar con un abogado.”
-Irse si no esta detenidx por un policia, pregunte: “¿Me puedo ir?” Si le dice que no, pregunte “¿Estoy siendo detenidx?” Repita hasta que le digan que se puede ir.
Que se sepa que NO TIENE porqué consentir a ninguna búsqueda. (Atención: ciertos lugares dentro del centro de detención tienen avisos para hacer búsquedas — por favor acuérdese de esto.)
¡Podemos filmar a la policia!

PD CONOZCA SUS DERECHOS:
No asuma que las autoridades honraran o apoyaran sus derechos. Es probable que violen sus derechos. Usted es su mejor defensor/a — afirme estos derechos explícitamente en voz alta. Adicionalmente, debe saber que la policía esta permitida a MENTIRLES. LEY DE ORO: NO HABLE CON LA POLICÍA (salvo que sea para decirles que no hablaran con ellxs )– todo lo que usted diga puede ser utilizado en su contra o en contra de los demás.


About AF3IRM
AF3IRM is an autonomous, transnational feminist, anti-imperialist organization entirely built by, run by, and led by women of color. We are an all-volunteer, grassroots organization whose members recognize the intersectionality of gender, race, class, indigenous, and immigrant struggles and the absolute necessity of transnational women’s revolutionary resistance.

AF3IRM and Espacio 1839 welcome A Trail For Humanity to Los Angeles; Highlight the plight of women and children from Central America to Palestine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 2014
Barbra Ramos, National Communications Director
af3irm@af3irm.org
(323) 813-4272

LOS ANGELES — Mothers and their children who have been walking from the Bay Area to the US/Mexico border arrive in Boyle Heights on August 12th. These women and children are making the journey of more than 300 miles for A Trail for Humanity to shed light on the human rights violations being perpetrated at the US/Mexico border and the US policies that uphold these practices. The latest news shows that the US government is shutting down housing for immigrant and refugee children at the border, leaving 7,700 Honduran, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan children facing homelessness and deportation.

AF3IRM, Espacio 1839 and allied organizations like the People’s Education Movement and Kabataang maka-Bayan (KmB Pro-People Youth) will be hosting an event to welcome A Trail For Humanity to Los Angeles. The event, entitled “From Honduras to Palestine: All Women and Children Deserve Dignity” will be a night of educational discussion, cultural resistance, media, and community building. The event will look at the global plight of women and children, linking the US-backed violations occurring in Palestine to the situation of women and children fleeing Central America. All allies, families, community members and justice-loving people are welcome to attend.

WHAT:  “From Honduras to Palestine: All Women and Children Deserve Dignity”
WHEN:  Tuesday, August 12th
WHERE:  Espacio 1839, 1839 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles (Boyle Heights)
TIME:  6:30pm
CONTACT: To endorse event or for more information contact af3irm@af3irm.org

To view the FB Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1457980821121883/

ORGANIZATIONAL ENDORSEMENTS:
People’s Education Movement
Kabataang maka-Bayan (KmB Pro-People Youth)
California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ)
Mujeres de Maiz

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AF3IRM Speaks Out Against Border Brutalities: Women Seek to Tear Down Walls, From Palestine to the US and Mexico!

For Immediate Release
July 18,  2014
Contact:
Barbra Ramos | National Communications Director | af3irm@af3irm.org | (323) 813-4272
Katrina Socco |  National Programme Coordinator | natcoord@af3irm.org
Zeena Aljawad | AF3IRM Irvine/Orange County | irvine@af3irm.org

This weekend, in five cities across the country, the women of AF3IRM take to the streets to demand justice against border brutalities! As transnational feminists, we stand with the women and children in Palestine and we stand with the migrant women and children along our borders. The ongoing crises both here and abroad speak to the heightened levels of US and Israeli state-sanctioned violence and oppression that demand that we as women rise together in global resistance.

Even as border brutalities occur thousands of miles apart, we the women of AF3IRM are acutely aware that they are not simply about a far-off “conflict” or an immigration issue, but in reality are parts of the concerted war on women. When the women and children are targeted, the goal is not just repression, but genocide. We denounce the ongoing murderous rampage on Palestinian women and children, the inhumane treatment of migrant children, and the unjust creation and enforcement of artificial borders on stolen land – and we name them as deliberate acts of genocide.

As Israel prepares to launch a ground invasion and missiles continue to fall, more than 264 Palestinians have been killed and over 1,600 Palestinian homes hit or destroyed in the latest attacks. This highly militarized assault on a repressed people on occupied land in the name of justice is perverse. This is not about justice – it is about finding any excuse to continue the massacre of Palestinians. Ayelet Shaked of the Israeli Parliament shamelessly calls for the slaughter of all Palestinian mothers, stating, “They have to die and their houses should be demolished so that they cannot bear any more terrorists […] They are all our enemies and their blood should be on our hands.”

Across oceans in Central America, the US-backed murders continue. With over 4,000 women killed in Honduras in unspoken femicide and with poverty and violence plaguing cities and villages in Central America, we know the exodus of refugees to the US— more than 50,000 children refugees alone since October—is not about getting a “free pass” but that the children are desperate to seek the homes and families that have been destroyed and stolen from them. And when these refugee women and children reach our borders, the cycles of abuse and oppression continue. They are detained, sexually assaulted, and mistreated by coyotes (smugglers), vigilantes border officials and even deported—-sometimes as young as the age of 1—-back to the violence and poverty created by the legacy of Operation Condor and covert wars in Latin America. These migrant children are either forced to die in their home countries ravaged by US-backed dictators, die crossing the border, or die in Obama’s detention centers.

Indeed, AF3IRM calls out the United States government, which has been complicit in fueling the violence and abuse in both areas. One Palestinian child has been killed by the Israeli military every 3 days since 2000—-funded with $20 billion in aid, weapons, and military assistance given to Israel from the United States every year. 90% of migrant children at the border are refugees who qualify for asylum—due to instability caused by US-backed covert wars in Central America. The US has been de-stabilizing Central America since the Cold War—-from the US-backed overthrow of populist elected Guatemalan President Jacobo Arbenz in 1954 to the recent coup d’état of Honduran President Zelaya in 2009. Central American migration is also born out of a legacy of US-sown civil wars and brutality.

Another tool of US and Israeli genocide has been the creation of artificial walls and borders, designed to seize power and resources for the privileged few. We the women of AF3IRM see the connections and we denounce the methods of oppression used. We especially condemn these borders  that serve to divide native lands and peoples, as well as separate transnational and diasporic communities. From the checkpoints and the physical walls, these borders have bred cultures of constant fear and violence and created unjust and inhumane conditions. It has led to the restriction of water rights, with 95% of the water in Gaza unfit for human consumption and the criminalization of water stations along the US border. It has led to checkpoints in both areas, exposing women to violence and cutting off access to medical resources, with women facing miscarriage or death as they are forced to give birth when stopped and facing sexual assault and rape.

We the women of AF3IRM recognize that the genocide and oppression of Palestinians and migrants are transnational feminist issues and require global resistance. When women and mothers are unable to keep children safe because of a militarized state that targets faces that very much mirror our own children, all women should be outraged. When countless children are killed in Gaza in the latest massacre by Israel and 70,000 migrant children are treated like cattle in hidden detention facilities in the United States, women need to be at the forefront demanding justice. We do not forget our sisters across borders– and we stand with the women and mothers from Palestine and Central America who lie awake at night with grief for murdered children and worry for those still trying to survive.

We heed the call of our sisters’ struggles and we the women of AF3IRM encourage all to resist and to fight! As transnational feminists, we know that our existence, especially as women, is dependent upon our personal and collective resistance. Together, we continue to call for the end of the occupation of Palestine! We demand divestment and the end to US aid to Israel! We seek more just and humane treatment for all migrants along our borders, especially the refugee women and children facing detention and deportation! We demand more protections for migrant and refugee women and children under VAWA! Even as they try to stop and destroy us, the flame of women’s resistance will continue to rage on! We women will never give up the fight!

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AF3IRM DEMONSTRATIONS AND PROTESTS THIS WEEKEND (July 18-20)

 
SAN DIEGO
Demonstration to End Israeli Occupation
Friday, July 18, 4pm
880 Front Street
San Diego, California 92101
sandiego@af3irm.org

ORANGE COUNTY
Emergency Protest for Palestine
Friday, July 18, 4pm
Orange Ave & S Brookhurst St
Anaheim, CA 92804

 

NEW YORK
Mass Rally to Stand up with Gaza against Israeli Crimes
Saturday, July 19, 3pm
Time Square 42nd St & 7th Ave
New York, New York

 

LOS ANGELES
Stop the Massacre and Rally
Sunday, July 20, 3pm (Meet at 2pm)
Westwood Federal Building
11000 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

 

SAN FRANCISCO
All Out for Palestine
Sunday, July 20, 3pm
Ferry Buillding/ Embarcadero BART
San Francisco, CA