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Audio: War on Immigrants Report from October 5

October 9, 2010

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WHAT: War on Immigrants Report, a segment of Global Movement, Urban Struggles on Pacifica Radio

HOSTED THIS MONTH BY: Donald Anthonyson of Families for Freedom and Adem Carroll of Muslim Consultative Network

WHY: BEATING BACK SECURE COMMUNITIES IN NY STATE! This summer, Governor David Patterson’s administration signed—without public comment—an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security allowing the agency to use the criminal justice system as a way to dragnet thousands more New Yorkers each year into the deportation system. The signing of this agreement galvanized immigrants across the state to fight back and demand that it be immediately rescinded! We will be talking today with organizers working in NY to end the state’s agreement with DHS, activist researchers investigating the impact that such criminal-immigration collaborations are having across the country and one NY City Council Member whose community is an epicenter of the nation’s crisis of mass detention and deportation. We will also get a brief update on the case of the Newburgh 4.

WE WILL SPEAK WITH THE FOLLOWING GUESTS: NY City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, of the 45th District of Brooklyn. Williams represents Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands, and parts of Midwood and Canarsie. He is a first-generation Brooklynite of West Indian parentage. He is a proud product of our public school system including Brooklyn Tech and Brooklyn College. He received a Master’s Degree, also from Brooklyn College, in Urban Policy and Administration. Williams has been raising his voice to stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from collaborating with law enforcement in NY State to detain and deport New Yorkers via ICE ACCESS programs such as Secure Communities and the Criminal Alien Program among others. http://council.nyc.gov/d45/html/members/home.shtml.

Angela Fernandez, Executive Director of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights (http://nmcir.org/). Ms. Fernandez is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law whose legal experience includes a combination of public interest and corporate work, including work with the Center for Human Rights Legal Aid in Cairo and pro bono work for the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Ms. Fernandez’ nonprofit management experience includes successfully opening and running elementary charter schools in the South Bronx and in Washington DC. She has also worked as a Women’s Studies instructor for the LCC Inmate Education Program at Rikers Island, an Off-air Reporter for ABC News and a staffer for former United States Senator Bill Bradley. Presently Ms. Fernandez writes a weekly column on immigration matters for El Diario La Prensa, the most widely read Spanish language daily in the North East.

Renee Feltz, Co-Founder of the Website: Deportation Nation: (http://www.dep ortationnation.org/). Renee Feltz is a multimedia investigative journalist and 2010 Soros Justice Fellow. Most recently she was a multimedia producer for PBS WIDE ANGLE during its 2009 season and its upcoming series, Women, War & Peace. In January 2010 her Nation Institute-funded cover story for The Texas Observer exposed how the state still executes mentally retarded prisoners, and included a video report broadcast on Democracy Now. She has also reported on a Pulitzer-nominated series for The New York Times, and for MotherJones.com and The American Prospect.

Alicia McWilliams, the aunt of defendant David Williams (one of the Newburgh 4) has dedicated the past 13 months to winning justice for the 4. She has worked to organize the events in support of the 4 men accused of trying to bomb Bronx synagogues. The 4 men, all Muslim converts, say they were entrapped and that the plot was entirely the product of a paid government informant—a practice that has sent a chilling affect throughout the Muslim community, already targeted by increasing discrimination and violence.

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