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 - json version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles
link:

DREAMers confront Sheriff Baca on Deportations, 6 arrested

by Rockero Monday, Sep. 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

Thursday, September 6, 2012

LOS ANGELES - While other immigrant rights organizations were getting bogged down in DACA paperwork1--many of them charging for the service--the DREAMers, never content to rest on their laurels despite their enormous accomplishment, realized the necessity of advancing the movement. Over ten years of organizing has made them masters of political strategy, timing being their forte. And last Thursday was no exception.

DREAMers confront Sh...
baca-004.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x799

While the nation's attention was on the farcical Democratic National Convention, with the party of the donkey pandering to Latinx voters by taking credit for the deferred action policy for DREAM-eligible youth, the deportations continue. One of the main ways the undocumented are deported is out of county jails, where they are held when accused of minor offenses, and deported even prior to having been convicted. And while Joe Arpaio may be today's answer to Bull Connor and a perpetual thorn in the side of justice movements for his outspoken racism, Los Angeles County's Sheriff Lee Baca has deported many more people than Maricopa's, (about half of the 80,000 deported from California this year) and has done so much more quietly.

He broke his silence, however, shortly after the long-fought-for TRUST act reached Governor Brown's desk. TRUST, if signed into law, would allow local authorities more control over who they hold in their detention facilities. Rather than honoring all ICE holds requested through the controversial "Secure Communities" data sharing deportation program, (referred to as SCOMM by immigrant rights activists) California sheriffs and police chiefs with jails would be able to save taxpayer money by releasing those accused of only minor offenses. Baca, however, took the alarming position of declaring not just his opposition to TRUST, but in a move reminiscent of the nullification and interposition policies of Southern politicians in the civil rights era, announcing that he would refuse to honor the law if signed by Brown.

The strategy was simple: A traditional civil disobedience action to shut down traffic in the area around Men's Central--where detainee abuse has been rampant, prompting lawsuits and promises of the facility's closure--to draw attention to TRUST, challenge SCOMM, and hold Obama to his word for his prosecutorial discretion policies.

Things became somewhat complicated, however, due to the conduct of law enforcement. While DREAMers held the intersection, protected by their allies, traffic continued to circulate around the edges of the occupied intersection. Firefighters arrived to direct traffic. One of them backed into a photographer, nearly knocking her down. She urged him not to push her, and attempted to reclaim her space in order to document what was going on. He again displaced her, causing a small dispute. We later learned that the firefighter filed assault charges on the woman, accusing her of having pushed him.

In another incident, one vehicle, turning down Bauchet Street, was blocked by protesters. Apologetically, we explained that the street was closed. "I need to get to work!" she screamed. Without any regard for the people standing in front of her vehicle, she advanced the mini SUV into the crowd. "That's assault with a deadly weapon," one protester told her. (Often, law enforcement opens fire on individuals simply for continuing to drive or for not stopping quickly enough during stops. When these victims survive, they are often charged with assault with a deadly weapon (the vehicle) and/or assault on an officer.) Having no other choice, protesters relented and allowed the vehicle through. The aggressor later appeared on the front line of deputies in a sheriff's uniform.

Most of the rest of the protest went according to plan. DREAMers, including some who are ineligible for deferred action, gave testimony in the middle of the street. At a certain point, the order was given to clear the street to allow for the planned arrests. About 30 LAPD officers wearing plastic face shields rushed in from their staging area and formed a circle around the sitting DREAMers. This was supplemented by an outer circle of Baca's deputies. One-by-one, they were handcuffed and led away, to the cheers and sobs of their supporters, now congregated on the sidewalk.

After the arrests, a few more words were shared by the coordinators of the action, and invitations were made to upcoming actions, including the annual march against police brutality on October 22.

Despite the DREAMers' bold action, TRUST remains on Brown's desk unsigned, SCOMM remains in place in Los Angeles, Men's Central remains open, and genuine respect for the human rights of migrants and immigrants remains distant from the platform of any party. But history, even just recent history, has shown that it is precisely this type of militancy that is most effective for advancing social justice.

___________________

1. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is the Obama administration's policy, announced June 15, 2012, to allow DREAM-eligible youth under thirty who have been in the US for at least five years and have either graduated from high school or are currently enrolled in school to apply for "deferred action," or a sort of protection from deportation, which, if their application is approved, would last for two years. Approval would also allow applicants to request work permits, which would also make them eligible for driver's licenses in most states.
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


002

by Rockero Monday, Sep. 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

002...
baca-001.jpg, image/jpeg, 594x446

Pre-action press conference
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


003

by Rockero Monday, Sep. 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

003...
baca-002.jpg, image/jpeg, 594x446

Pre-action press conference
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


004

by Rockero Monday, Sep. 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

004...
baca-003.jpg, image/jpeg, 594x446

Interviews with corporate media
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


005

by Rockero Monday, Sep. 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

005...
baca-005.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x799

Blocking the sheriff's bus
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


006

by Rockero Monday, Sep. 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

006...
baca-006.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x799

Blocking the sheriff's bus
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


007

by Rockero Monday, Sep. 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

007...
baca-007.jpg, image/jpeg, 594x446

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

add your comments


008

by Rockero Monday, Sep. 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

008...
baca-008.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x799

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

add your comments


009

by Rockero Monday, Sep. 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

009...
baca-009.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x799

Nick, a deferred action-ineligible youth, gives his testimony
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


010

by Rockero Monday, Sep. 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

010...
baca-010.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x799

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

add your comments


011

by Rockero Monday, Sep. 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

011...
baca-011.jpg, image/jpeg, 594x446

TRUST Act now!
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


012

by Rockero Monday, Sep. 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

012...
baca-012.jpg, image/jpeg, 594x446

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

add your comments


013

by Rockero Monday, Sep. 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

013...
baca-013.jpg, image/jpeg, 594x446

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

add your comments


014

by Rockero Monday, Sep. 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

014...
baca-014.jpg, image/jpeg, 597x465

The deputy who tried to plow into peaceful protesters
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 2 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
operation chaos plotz Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Local News

LA Fields Two Marches Against Police Executions Photoset 2 of 2 A21 9:09PM

LA Fields Two Marches Against Police Executions Photoset 1of 2 A21 7:01PM

Running Down the Walls 2014 A20 8:48PM

Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery Extends Exclusive Engagement A19 3:37PM

Los Angeles Declares “Hands Up!” in Peaceful Protest of LAPD Murder of Ezell Ford A18 4:09AM

Ezell Ford and Ferguson Solidarity A17 6:35PM

Family and Supporters of #Justice4Fords Protest LAPD Execution of Ezell Ford in South L.A. A17 2:49PM

Southern California Swarms to Save the Bees in Solidarity with Honey Bee Day Around the Gl A17 5:30AM

L.A Supports August 2nd International Gaza Protest Photoset 4 A05 7:03PM

L.A Supports August 2nd International Gaza Protest Photoset 3 A05 6:45PM

More about KPFK via Pacifica turmoils A05 6:29PM

L.A Supports August 2nd International Gaza Protest Photoset 2 A05 6:23PM

L.A Supports August 2nd International Gaza Protest Photoset 1 A05 11:36AM

Demonstration in Support of Persecuted Christians Saturday A02 10:40AM

Water in California - info proliferated now is dubious J28 5:04PM

Pacifica clearly endangered. Reposting info here: J28 2:34PM

Video: Occupy Love (2013), 1 hr 19 min J28 4:43AM

Who declares themselves to be the ultimate-only-valid-authority here on current wars elsew J27 11:11AM

MDRC's Rent Reform Assault: Section 8 tenants vs. affordable housing industry J24 12:24AM

Obama at LA Trade Tech J23 3:23PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Wasecans hope trip to Ghana makes a difference A28 1:27PM

Targeting Syria A28 11:42AM

The Russians Are Coming Big Lies A28 5:11AM

Washington Sabotages Russian/Ukrainian Summit A27 1:29PM

The unconditional basic income - a social concept for Europe A27 10:49AM

Gaza Ceasefire: Hold the Cheers A27 6:04AM

Ottawa, Kansas Police Cure for Depression is 16 Bullets A27 4:08AM

Turkey is training ISIS / Islamic State A26 2:58PM

Did Obama really save the Yezidis? A26 2:38PM

Obama Declares War on Syria A26 12:43PM

What we're being told about ISIS just doesn't add up A26 12:29PM

Another No-Peace Ceasefire A26 12:23PM

Mejicanada angelina rechaza contundentemente al "Presidente" Peña Nieto A26 12:19PM

Joseph Stiglitz Calls for Fair Taxes for All A26 5:05AM

Israel v. Palestine: MSM Unreported Truths A26 4:05AM

Russia and America: Geopolitical Opposites A26 3:40AM

Anarchie ou barbarie A26 12:11AM

Steven Salaita's Academic Lynching A25 10:32AM

America’s Mind Manipulators Meet New Members A25 10:27AM

Pharma Corps Act as Mafia Dons by Suppressing Cancer Treatment Alternatives A25 7:35AM

in-human rights in the U.S. A25 6:46AM

Fascism Grips Israel A25 5:55AM

The Free Trade Trap A25 4:30AM

Shocks The Conscience, Offends Sensibilities A24 2:53PM

Ukraine's Independence Day A24 12:12PM

Israel's Genocidal Killing Machine A24 7:58AM

Obama Heading for War on Syria? A24 3:22AM

Fucking Awesome Local Show A24 12:41AM

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