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3/19 in DC: Police Oversight Hearing – Together We Can STOP Deportation Program

March 17, 2010

via our friends at NDLON and Rights Working Group:

DC is on the threshold of perhaps being the first jurisdiction in the nation to reject the so-called “Secure Communities” program. We are asking for emergency legislation to put a moratorium on the program in EARLY APRIL. This Friday there’s an MPD oversight hearing and we all need to be there.  Our goal is the pack the room with 100 people. Please convince your co-workers and everyone you know to take one hour on Friday to reclaim the last 20 years of DC policy and this city’s history towards welcoming immigrants.

The DC Metropolitan Police Department has signed an agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
to implement the FAILED “Secure Communities Program”

Urge the Council of the District of Columbia to demand for an IMMEDIATE halt to this FAILED program

Attend the DC MPD Oversight Hearing:

Date: FRIDAY, March 19, 2010

Time: 10:45 AM (gathering time)

Location: Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, ROOM 500
Washington, DC 20004

Real Community Safety, YES!  Fear and Criminalization, No!

* In November 2009, the DC Metropolitan Police Department signed an agreement to forward fingerprint information of arrested individuals (U.S. Citizen and Non-U.S. Citizens) to a database that will notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about the arrestee’s immigration status regardless whether the person is guilty or innocent or the arrest is later deemed unlawful. The program is antithetical to community policing and the core promise of our justice system.

For more information

Sponsored by: The Latino Federation, DC Jobs with Justice, Empower DC, Latino Action Coalition of DC, National Capitol ACLU, Different Avenues, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Rights Working Group, DC Latino Caucus, The Latino Association of Mt. Pleasant, Mil Mujeres Legal Services, Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care, CARECEN, and over 100 community and civil rights organizations.

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