imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Tell the NSA: StopWatching.US

Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - js reader version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles
link:

Vigil for HIV+ transwoman who died in ICE custody

by SCHA-LA Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 at 6:19 PM
scha.losangeles@gmail.com

Victoria Arellano, 23, died on July 20 while in the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) . She was denied medications necessary to treat HIV.

Vigil for HIV+ trans...
sm-victoria_vigil_048cover.jpg, image/jpeg, 640x480

**Transcripts of speeches in English & Spanish, as well as video, are forthcoming.**

page 1 of 2

Victoria Arellano was a 23 year old transgender woman who died because she was denied medical treatment for HIV-AIDS while in detention for her immigration status.

Tonight's vigil was intended to honor Victoria's life as an immigrant, a person with AIDS, and a transgendered woman, and to bring attention to the denial of humane medical care being given to immigrants in ICE detention. The vigil speakers will also demand accountability for her needless death by calling on Congress to conduct an independent hearing into the circumstances surrounding her death.

Coalitions and allies need to be made between groups who may appear to be different, but are all really longing for the same ideals, and are being hurt by the same enemy.

In this case, immediate bonding must take place between LGBT communities and immigrant communities. Both parties are under attack by the same inhumane right wing. Recently, the political wedge was the same sex marriage issue, now it's becoming the immigrant issue. These items are what the right wing is using to steer right wing voters to the polls. And we all need to take a stand together in solidarity, NOW, because there should not be so many little teams all independently fighting against the same "big bad" team, but one new and improved team, consisting of all the little teams coming together to mobilize as ONE, to dismantle this "big bad" team, which is only so "big" because we allow it to be so by being so divided.

In mid July, trans woman Victoria Arrellano died in immigrant detention. Arrellano had AIDS, and was living due to the medication she was receiving, however, once detained; she was not given the right medication, although she repeatedly asked to see the doctor. Arrellano knew exactly was her prescription was, in fact, it is well known in the medical field what the treatment for her disease is. She pleaded to her captors for mercy, and was denied. She spent the last weeks of her life begging to live, as her body was ravaged by the virus. Instead of a nurse, her fellow detainees cared for her the best way they could, and they even protested for her right to be treated by chanting "hospital...hospital" over and over again. Her being trans was overlooked by the inmates, and the movement that stirred all the detainees to action was that of humanity, which should bind all of us, regardless of our supposed differences. Sadly, even the entire group's voices were ignored, and Victoria passed away in a hospital due to lack of medical treatment.

Arrelano had once been a patient of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center's state of the art AIDS clinic. Lorri L. Jean, the Chief Executive Officer of the Center, stated "Given today's medications, people with HIV at the stage that Victoria was at do not decline that quickly. And I have no doubt in my mind that Victoria died because she was denied the medications that she needed to stay alive". Jean and her staff recently had a meeting with U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) to discuss what happened.

Unfortunately, this outrage is not an isolated incident, in fact, 3 other deaths were reported in the same week in immigration detainment through out the country. There have been over 60 cases (reported) total. But what makes this particular case so strong, is that Arrelano was in detention for weeks, long enough for them to know how to treat her, but instead, she was just shackled to her bed, as she vomited. The appalling and horrendous conditions of the medical treatment of immigrants being held in custody is unconstitutional, and barbaric, and will have to be revised. The lack of standards system responsible for these senseless deaths (one would dare say murders) needs to be examined. There has to be accountability for these tragic losses and the authorities need to enforce action. A independent/public investigation and oversight needs to be done by the federal government on Victoria's death, because an investigation from only the immigrant department will not be sufficient (because they would basically just be doing an investigation on themselves, and we know what that means- are they really going to want to incriminate their own people?!). Pressure needs to be placed on Congress members to protect the human rights of immigrants, even if they are in detention. Yes, many Congress members will find it politically risky to stick up for immigrants, but if enough people urge them to, it will make a difference. Please ask your Congress person to have this case investigated.

Again, all oppressed people will be so much stronger in their quest for freedom and respect if we just realize that our causes are all so similar, and devote time and energy to what appears not to be just our specific struggle. We all are pieces of the same puzzle...all connected. Once we act in accordance to this, the swifter and more productive our victory/Victoria over tyranny will be. Victoria's death has given more birth to the strong and powerful alignment of the LGBT and immigrant communities, which will help weaken the dark forces that want to persecute us all.
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


08.27.07 vigil at the Federal Building in LA

by SCHA-LA Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 at 6:19 PM
scha.losangeles@gmail.com

08.27.07 vigil at th...
sm-victoria_vigil_051.jpg, image/jpeg, 480x610

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


08.27.07 vigil at the Federal Building in LA

by SCHA-LA Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 at 6:19 PM
scha.losangeles@gmail.com

08.27.07 vigil at th...
sm-victoria_vigil_050.jpg, image/jpeg, 640x480

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


08.27.07 vigil at the Federal Building in LA

by SCHA-LA Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 at 6:19 PM
scha.losangeles@gmail.com

08.27.07 vigil at th...
sm-victoria_vigil_047.jpg, image/jpeg, 403x640

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


08.27.07 vigil at the Federal Building in LA

by SCHA-LA Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 at 6:19 PM
scha.losangeles@gmail.com

08.27.07 vigil at th...
sm-victoria_vigil_046.jpg, image/jpeg, 640x373

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


08.27.07 vigil at the Federal Building in LA

by SCHA-LA Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 at 6:19 PM
scha.losangeles@gmail.com

08.27.07 vigil at th...
sm-victoria_vigil_044.jpg, image/jpeg, 640x480

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


08.27.07 vigil at the Federal Building in LA

by SCHA-LA Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 at 6:19 PM
scha.losangeles@gmail.com

08.27.07 vigil at th...
sm-victoria_vigil_043.jpg, image/jpeg, 640x480

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


08.27.07 vigil at the Federal Building in LA

by SCHA-LA Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 at 6:19 PM
scha.losangeles@gmail.com

08.27.07 vigil at th...
sm-victoria_vigil_042.jpg, image/jpeg, 487x480

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


08.27.07 vigil at the Federal Building in LA

by SCHA-LA Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 at 6:19 PM
scha.losangeles@gmail.com

08.27.07 vigil at th...
sm-victoria_vigil_041.jpg, image/jpeg, 526x480

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


08.27.07 vigil at the Federal Building in LA

by SCHA-LA Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 at 6:19 PM
scha.losangeles@gmail.com

08.27.07 vigil at th...
sm-victoria_vigil_039.jpg, image/jpeg, 417x640

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


08.27.07 vigil at the Federal Building in LA

by SCHA-LA Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 at 6:19 PM
scha.losangeles@gmail.com

08.27.07 vigil at th...
sm-victoria_vigil_038.jpg, image/jpeg, 480x511

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


08.27.07 vigil at the Federal Building in LA

by SCHA-LA Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 at 6:19 PM
scha.losangeles@gmail.com

08.27.07 vigil at th...
sm-victoria_vigil_037.jpg, image/jpeg, 563x480

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


08.27.07 vigil at the Federal Building in LA

by SCHA-LA Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 at 6:19 PM
scha.losangeles@gmail.com

08.27.07 vigil at th...
sm-victoria_vigil_036.jpg, image/jpeg, 497x480

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


08.27.07 vigil at the Federal Building in LA

by SCHA-LA Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 at 6:19 PM
scha.losangeles@gmail.com

08.27.07 vigil at th...
sm-victoria_vigil_034.jpg, image/jpeg, 597x480

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


08.27.07 vigil at the Federal Building in LA

by SCHA-LA Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 at 6:19 PM
scha.losangeles@gmail.com

08.27.07 vigil at th...
sm-victoria_vigil_032.jpg, image/jpeg, 480x541

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


08.27.07 vigil at the Federal Building in LA

by SCHA-LA Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 at 6:19 PM
scha.losangeles@gmail.com

08.27.07 vigil at th...
sm-victoria_vigil_028.jpg, image/jpeg, 640x274

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


08.27.07 vigil at the Federal Building in LA

by SCHA-LA Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 at 6:19 PM
scha.losangeles@gmail.com

08.27.07 vigil at th...
sm-victoria_vigil_027.jpg, image/jpeg, 640x215

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


08.27.07 vigil at the Federal Building in LA

by SCHA-LA Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 at 6:19 PM
scha.losangeles@gmail.com

08.27.07 vigil at th...
sm-victoria_vigil_026.jpg, image/jpeg, 395x640

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


08.27.07 vigil at the Federal Building in LA

by SCHA-LA Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 at 6:19 PM
scha.losangeles@gmail.com

08.27.07 vigil at th...
sm-victoria_vigil_025.jpg, image/jpeg, 480x585

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


08.27.07 vigil at the Federal Building in LA

by SCHA-LA Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 at 6:19 PM
scha.losangeles@gmail.com

08.27.07 vigil at th...
sm-victoria_vigil_024.jpg, image/jpeg, 640x458

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 13 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
Bamby Salcedo's Speech scha-la Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2007 at 4:57 AM
Bamby Salcedo's Speech (en espanol) SCHA-LA Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2007 at 4:58 AM

Local News

Latest Black Flag Newsletter Available J20 8:05PM

Why The Actual Artists Keep Fleeing What Once Was The Los Angeles Arts District J16 4:15PM

12 Peoples Of Rain To the People of California J16 3:36PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Israeli Settlers Burn Palestinian Infant to Death J31 9:04AM

US Neocon Urges War on Iran J31 7:23AM

More Illegal US Sanctions on Russia J31 3:32AM

The Shortwave Report 07/31/15 Listen Globally! J30 5:05PM

Russia Challenges America's Orwellian National Endowment for Democracy J30 11:59AM

Anti-Iranian Nuclear Deal Blitzkrieg in Full Swing J30 11:37AM

Israel Declares War on Palestinian Hunger Strikers J30 5:41AM

Irresponsibly Bashing Russia Veto Against Establishing Kangaroo MH17 Tribunal J30 3:13AM

US Wants Enhanced UN Peacekeepers Serving Its Interests J29 11:51AM

Russia to Veto UN Resolution for US-Controlled MH17 Tribunal J29 10:57AM

Israel Bombs Syria During Large-Scale War Games J29 6:51AM

Another US Jail Cell Death Sentence J29 3:46AM

Illegitimate Show Trial Sentences Gaddafi's Son to Death J28 12:15PM

Another Jail Cell Murder in America J28 11:52AM

United Nations Votes for Global Bankruptcy Principles J28 11:37AM

Greece demonstrate J28 10:28AM

Hezbollah's Nasrallah Urges Resistance Against Israeli Lawlessness J28 7:00AM

Tormenting Greece is about sending a message J28 5:16AM

Balkanizing Syria Planned J28 4:01AM

NUCLEAR SHUTDOWN NEWS JULY 2015 J27 4:54PM

Troika Bandits Want More from Greece J27 11:37AM

Anti-fascist and anarchist from Russia needs help and solidarity J27 11:17AM

Assad Vows to Defend Syria's Homeland J27 11:16AM

CFPB Fines Predatory Student Lending Practices; Religious Organizations Pray for Relief J27 9:40AM

Saudis Keep Bombing Yemen After Declaring 5-Day Halt J27 6:36AM

Cleveland Police Attack Black Activists J27 3:36AM

Paraphysique du non-dit J27 1:39AM

Hindus seek withdrawal of “ampm” posters linking cheeseburger with “Holy Cow” J26 5:25PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy