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Uncovering the Truth Week of Coordinated Events & Advocacy on ICE/Police Collaboration

April 27, 2010

Visit www.UncovertheTruth.org for updates on local events and actions and multimedia.

NATIONAL MEDIA CONTACTS

•           NATIONAL/GENERAL:  Alison Roh Park (917) 805-8899, apark@ccrjustice.org

•           ARIZONA: Carlos Garcia (520) 248-1697, karlox_00@hotmail.com

•           ATLANTA, GA: Azadeh Shahshahani (770) 303-8111, ashahshahani@acluga.org

•           GRATON, CA:  Davin Cardenas (707) 318-2818, davin_cardenas@yahoo.com

•           HOUSTON, TX: Cesar Espinosa (713)271-9703, americaptodos88@yahoo.com

•           LOS ANGELES, CA:  Carl Berquist (213) 353-1334, cbergquist@chirla.org

•           MIAMI, FL: Jonathan Fried, (305) 281-9377, jonathan@we-count.org

•           MORRISTOWN, NJ: Diana Mejia (201) 563-1062, WindoftheSpirit1@aol.com

•           NEW YORK, NY: Ravi Ragbir (917) 566-4816, rrchanges@gmail.com

•           NORTH CAROLINA: Dani Martinez (919) 856-2178, dani@ncjustice.org

•           OREGON: Shizuko Hashimoto (503) 236 7916, info@pcasc.net

•           PHILADELPHIA, PA: Jen Rock, (267) 275-7810, nsmphiladelphia@gmail.com

•           RALEIGH, NC: Dani Martinez-Moore (919) 856-2178, dani@ncjustice.org

•           SAN BERNADINO, CA:  Suzanne Foster (310) 486-8499, sfoster.peoc@verizon.net

•           UPPER MARLBORO, MD: Tania Del Angel (240) 353-2288, tdelangel@casamd.org

•           WASHINGTON, DC: Mackenzie Baris (202) 974-8224, mbaris@dclabor.org

Monday April 26, 2010

UPPER MARLBORO, MD

Contact: Tania Del Angel (240) 353-2288, tdelangel@casamd.org

6:30 p.m. – Prince George County Correctional Center 13400 Dille Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Press Conference and Protest: Recently Prince George County decided to participate in the failed “Secure Communities” program. The protest was sparked by the case of 26 year-old Florinda Fabiola Lorenzo- Desimilian of Gables Residence, who was arrested last Tuesday for selling $2 telephone cards without a license in her home, taken into custody leaving her 13 month old baby, 5 year-old and 10 year old in the custody of her parents, and subsequently transferred to ICE custody by the County.

HOUSTON, TX

Contact: Cesar Espinosa (713) 459-8923, americaptodos88@yahoo.com

11:00a.m. – Mickey Leeland Federal Building

1919 Smith Street, Houston, TX

Press Conference:  Houston will join in a national effort to put an end to ICE and police collaborations.  Community leaders, leaders of faith and community members will ask the Obama Administration to put an end to programs like the so-called “Secure Communities” program and stop separating families.

Tuesday April 27, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC

Contact: Mackenzie Baris (202) 974-8224, mbaris@dclabor.org

10:00 a.m. – The Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC

Press Conference:  Rights groups will be joined by national and local speakers to announce FOIA litigation against various federal agencies for information pertaining to ICE’s so-called “Secure Communities” program and asking for the termination of the program in Washington D.C. The press conference will also launch the national “Uncovering the Truth” campaign.

NEW YORK, NY

Contact: Ravi Ragbir (917) 566-4816 rrchanges@gmail.com

12:00 p.m. – Jacob K. Javits Federal Building‎

26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY

Press Conference and Rally:  Rights groups launch the national “Uncovering the Truth” campaign.

MIAMI, FL

Contact: Jonathan Fried (305) 281-9377, jonathan@we-count.org

11:00 a.m. – Government Center, South Side

111 NW 1st Street, Miami, FL 33128

Press Conference:  Florida Immigrant Coalition and WeCount! release a report titled “Immigrants, Police and Community Safety: A Community Study about Why Immigrants Do Not Trust Local Law Enforcement in Miami-Dade County” and announce a second public information request to Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department concerning the county’s participation in ICE’s so-called “Secure Communities” program.

MORRISTOWN, NJ

Contact: Diana Mejia (201) 563-1062 WindoftheSpirit1@aol.com

7:00 p.m. – Town of Morristown

200 South Street, Morristown NJ

Morristown Town Meeting:  Local residents will testify at the Morristown Town Meeting before city council members about the negative impact of programs like 287(g) and the so-called “Secure Communities” program on community policing. They may also present preliminary findings from surveys with Morristown residents.

ATLANTA, GA

Contact: Azadeh Shahshahani (770) 303-8111 ashahshahani@acluga.org

9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Catholic Charities of Atlanta 680 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA

Training:  “Responding to ICE Enforcement in 2010” is an intensive one-day training on current ICE enforcement mechanisms and providing assistance following an ICE action. The training will highlight enforcement issues in Georgia. Sponsored by Catholic Charities of Atlanta and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc (CLINIC).

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

SAN BERNADINO, CA

Contact:  Suzanne Foster (310) 486-8499, sfoster.peoc@verizon.net

10:00 a.m. – San Bernardino City Hall

300 North “D” Street, San Bernardino, CA 92418

Press conference: Immigrant rights advocates will announce a FOIA request of the San Bernadino Sheriff’s Department on recent implementation of Secure Communities as well as its ongoing participation in the controversial 287(g) program, along with the announcement of a May 1st Immigrant Workers’ Rights March in San Bernardino, and a call to end racial profiling in Arizona.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

GRATON, CA

Contact: Davin Cardenas (707) 318-2818, davin_cardenas@yahoo.com

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa, CA

Film Screening: Join community members and advocates for a screening of “800 Mile Wall,” followed by panel discussion regarding the imminent passage of S.B. 1070 in Arizona and the recent participation of Sonoma County in the so-called “Secure Communities” program, which occurred without public consultation or discourse.

Friday, April 30, 2010

RALEIGH, NC

Contact: Dani Martinez-Moore (919) 856-2178, dani@ncjustice.org

12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – NC Justice Center

224 S. Dawson St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Brown Bag Lunch & Workshop:  “Uncovering the Truth: Institutionalized Racism in Public Policy” is an opportunity for participants to learn more about two key policies making national news—the racial profiling inherent in ICE collaboration with local police, a dangerous and disastrous practice that is at the heart of the new Arizona anti-immigrant law currently receiving wide national media attention. An action will be taken at immediately following the event. Visit http://tinyurl.com/apr302010 for more information.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

PHILADELPHIA, PA

Contact:  Jen Rock, (267) 275-7810, nsmphiladelphia@gmail.com

1:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Mifflin Park

6th Street and Ritner Street, Philadelphia, PA

Community Barbecue: Join the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia and JUNTOS/Casa de los Soles for the Family Unity Barbecue celebrating the strength and diversity of the immigrant community of Philadelphia, which is being threatened by Philadelphia Police Department collaboration with ICE. The event calls for an end to this collaboration and for the creation of local policies that support and protect all families.

Visit www.UncovertheTruth.org for more information.

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