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The Language We Use To Describe Japanese American Incarceration During World War II Matters

Out the front windows of our bus, we could see acres of sun-dried grasses during a hot and arid Northern California summer. On either side of the road stood barbed-wire fences, like the ones many of our family members spent years behind, surrounded by armed guards and guard towers, living in crowded tar-paper barracks with little to no privacy. “How many of you have been here before or were here during World War II?” our tour guide asked. A few Japanese Americans—in their 70s and 80s, or even older—raised their hands. Many of us were stunned by what the tour guide said next, almost in passing: “Welcome back.”

Protesters Demand Microsoft Stop Profiting Off Concentration Camps, Immigrant Raids, Deportations

New York, NY, September 14, 2019 — Close the Camps NYC coalition led hundreds of protestors to peacefully march on the premiere retail location of Microsoft on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, staging a sit-in to demand that the tech giant stop allowing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to use its technology in the racist campaign against immigrants and legal asylum seekers. This action comes one month after the Close the Camps NYC coalition successfully gathered hundreds of protestors who shut down the West Side Highway. That event publicly shamed RXR Realty LLC for allowing ICE to covertly operate among social justice organizations in its Starrett-Lehigh office building. “By knowingly and willingly providing technology support to ICE, Microsoft Corporation is colluding with ICE and its racist mission to tear apart families, and mistreat children” said Andy Ratto.

Jewish Groups Are Taking Action From Coast To Coast To Close The Camps

Jewish Communities are holding "Close The Camps" actions across the country to protest the detention of migrants in the United States, the current immigration policies and mistreatment of migrants seeking asylum. On July 30, Never Again movement activists blockaded the Minnesota Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building in St. Paul for over three hours. Twenty seven were arrested. On August 2, Jewish Activists marched and rallied in Portland Maine. On August 5, Jewish activists protested at the GEO Group office in Los Angeles. The GEO Group is one of the private corporations that profits by running migrant detention centers. More protests are planned in the coming weeks.

Actions To #CloseTheCamps Escalate

With billions from Congress and zero oversight measures, the deportation force of ICE and CBP continues to open up detention camps across the country to incarcerate immigrants and children. In spite of new horrors being revealed almost every day, conditions in these camps worsen, no perpetrators have been held accountable and the people of color being tortured in them have not been released.  We must stop the criminalization of immigrants, family separation, and the killing of asylum seekers.  We must lead with values and respect for human lives by defunding these agencies and ending the mass incarceration of children and immigrants. 

Activists Shut Down ICE Office In Washington, DC

On Tuesday, July 16, at 11:30 am at the ICE headquarters on the National Mall and 7th St. NW, Movimiento Cosecha and Never Again Action shutdown the ICE headquarters in downtown Washington, DC, blocking all entrances and exits. Some were arrested.  “As Jews, we know from our own history what happens when a government targets, dehumanizes, and strips an entire group of people of all their civil and human rights. We refuse to wait and see what happens next,” said Never Again Action’s Hannah Klein, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors and the daughter of a refugee. “Never again is now.” Today’s action in DC is organized under the banner of Never Again Action and the Cosecha Movement, an immigrant-led-movement fighting for permanent protection, dignity, and respect for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

Call To Action: Close The Concentration Camps Now!

This week we wrote about the need to transform US immigration policy beginning with closing the immigrant detention camps in Stop Immigrant Arrests, Close The Camps, Transform Immigration Policy. We are calling on all people of conscience to shut down the concentration camps on the US-Mexico border through any nonviolent means necessary. From Abolitionism to Standing Rock, Americans have come together time and again to defy horrific injustice. Now, as the government tries to normalize concentration camps, it is time like never before to target those responsible.

Stop Immigrant Arrests, Close The Camps, Transform Immigration Policy

Public awareness of the brutal repression against immigrants seeking entry to the United States, the reasons for their migration, and terrorism against immigrants living in the US are reaching levels that make them hard to ignore. The current immigration crisis is self-created and bi-partisan. Although the Trump administration's rhetoric is extreme, it reflects policies that have developed over a long period of time. Under Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a person has “the right to leave any country, including his or her own, and to return to his or her country at any time.” Until the twentieth century, immigrants were welcomed into the United States. Immigrant and slave labor built many of the institutions and much of the infrastructure in the US. 

Trump’s Immigration Police State Persistently Violates The Law

The US government’s treatment of immigrant children not only shocks the conscience, it is also in chronic, blatant violation of US law. The US government’s deliberate, unlawful cruelty to its child hostages was vividly illustrated by government attorney Sarah Fabian, a self-described mother, as she tried to explain to the disbelieving three judges of the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals how the US government could say it held children in “safe and sanitary” conditions as required by law. Fabian’s stunning performance went viral, showing her defending conditions in which the government deprives its child-prisoners of soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, or beds. A federal district court had already ruled that these conditions were not “safe and sanitary.”

House Democrats Give $4.6 Billion For Trump’s Concentration Camps

House Democrats voted overwhelmingly to provide the American immigration Gestapo with $4.6 billion to round up and jail thousands of immigrant children in concentration camps yesterday. The vote is a political endorsement of Trump’s fascistic policy. It exposes the Democrats as a thoroughly anti-immigrant party that is hostile to the democratic rights of the entire working class. By a margin of 305 to 102 (129 to 95 among Democrats), the Democratic-controlled House passed a Senate version of the appropriations bill...

Concentration Camps Made In The USA, The Battle To Ban Poisons & Police Artillery

Legal wins against herbicides and pesticides are often just the beginning of more battles – and could fall short of the necessary change to protect our land and our soil. Next, the number of refugees worldwide is the highest its ever been, since the the UN started keeping track some 70 years ago. As the US perpetuates war, climate change and bolsters fascism here at home, we can not turn away from the reality we are creating. Finally, Vanessa Beck with Black Alliance for Peace joins us to talk about the 1033 program and the empire's militant home game.

A Brief History Of US Concentration Camps

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has ignited a firestorm of criticism, from both the left and the right as well as the mainstream media, for calling US immigrant detention centers “concentration camps.” To her credit, Ocasio-Cortez has refused to back down, citing academic experts and blasting the Trump administration for forcibly holding undocumented migrants “where they are brutalized with dehumanizing conditions and dying.” She also cited history.
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