Watch a powerful video of testimonies from LGBTQ immigrants and domestic violence survivors about the criminalization of immigrants and devastating impact of law enforcement and immigration enforcement collaboration. What is S-Comm? S-Comm is a federal program which automatically cross-checks fingerprints of everyone arrested for any reason with immigration databases - regardless of whether they were profiled or whether probable cause to arrest them existed or whether they are ever convicted of any crime. If there is a "hit" or question about someone's immigration status, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sends a request or "hold" to pressure local jails to detain community members for extra time – at local expense – even if a judge ordered them released or the charges against them were dismissed, just so the person can be picked up for deportation. Last year the governors of Illinois, New York and Massachusetts tried to opt out of the program only to be told they had no choice. For more information visit: http://www.streetwiseandsafe.org/say-no-to-s-comm/ and http://www.cuav.org/+ More details
Listen to powerful testimonies from LGBTQ immigrants and domestic violence survivors about the criminalization of immigrants and devastating impact of law enforcement and immigration enforcement collaboration. For more information visit Streetwise and Safe's website: http://www.streetwiseandsafe.org/say-no-to-s-comm/ or visit Community United Against Violence's website: http://www.cuav.org/+ More details
Michael German, Senior Policy Counsel for National Security and Privacy for the ACLU Washington Legislative Office, will discuss "Data Mining, Government Surveillance and Civil Liberties." Mr. German previously served as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he specialized in domestic terrorism and covert operations. He is a Senior Fellow with www.GlobalSecurity.org. The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom established Choose Privacy Week in 2010 to help libraries work with their communities in navigating the complicated but vital issues of privacy rights. Privacy has long been a cornerstone of library services in America and a right that librarians defend every day. The theme for Choose Privacy Week 2012 is "Freedom from Surveillance." For more information on Choose Privacy Week, visit www.privacyrevolution.org+ More details
On Monday, April 25, day laborer and migrant organizations in San Francisco protested the attacks on immigrants under the S-COMM program. They demanded that the program, which has eliminated safe environments and Sanctuary Cities, be changed so that local cities can opt-out of the mandatory program. BACKGROUND: Begun in 2009, "S-Comm" (short for "secure communities", a term designed to blame the deteriorating quality of life in the US not on the crisis of the manic-driven corporate profit system, but on the migrants struggling for survival) is a federal program which makes it mandatory for local police to investigate the immigration status of every individual being arrested or questioned, citizen or non-citizen, and allow ICE officials to detain and deport undocumented individuals - without the basic right to a day in court. While S-Comm's stated mission is to target serious offenses, ICE’s own data shows about four out of five people deported under S-Comm had no convictions or were accused only of minor offenses. Migrant residents who are victims or witnesses to a crime fear cooperating with police, since any contact with law enforcement can result in separation from their families and deportation. Migrants directly affected and attacked by S-COMM spoke out at this protest. Also, Dee Allen of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade, read an excerpt from his poem "Migrant."+ More details
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