Seeking strong engagement from Council Members with members of oppressed communities / Letter to Bellingham City Council and Whatcom County Council, Dena Jensen

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Click the graphic to access the 1/17/18 Democracy Now interview with Maru Mora Villalpando

January 17, 2018 Dena Jensen

Dear Bellingham City Council and Whatcom County Council:

It was very interesting standing out in front of Mount Baker Theater on Martin Luther King Jr. Day during the City of Bellingham’s MLK event. Many of our county’s most effective activists were out there holding signs, conducting interviews, and passing out educational literature to people who were either passing by or going into the event. Continue reading

ICE Serves Deportation Notice on Undocumented Leader for Organizing Detained Immigrants / Press Release, NWDC Resistance and Mijente

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Click the graphic to access a 1/16/18 article on this topic by Crosscut

January 16, 2018 Press Release, NWDC Resistance and Mijente

 

The recent deportation notice filed against Washington-based immigrant rights activist and mother, Maru Mora-Villalpando, is a clear sign that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is turning into Trump’s secret police and silencing immigrants who fight back.

 

Press Conference Tuesday, January 16 at 9 a.m. at 1000 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA

Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) deception leads advocates to investigate ‘cancelled’ mass deportation raids / Press Release, NWDC Resistance

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7 hrs  September 9, 2017  Press Release  NWDC Resistance

FOIA requests to be filed at Seattle ICE field office

Seattle, WA — Immigrant advocates are not taking ICE officials at their word over this week’s announcement that ICE is scrapping “Operation Mega,” its plan to target and detain nearly 10,000 immigrants over a five-day span beginning September 16.

On Tuesday, September 12, advocates will deliver a FOIA request to the local ICE office, demanding information into the detailed plans for “Operation Mega” and any potential future plans to implement mass immigration raids in Washington State.

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Fourteen Cuban Asylum-Seekers Refusing All Food and Water Since Sunday, Launching Fifth Hunger Strike at NWDC this Year / Press Release, NWDC Resistance

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Click this screenshot of the video posted on the NWDC Resistance Facebook page to access the video featuring Maru Mora Villalpando talking about the Cuban Nationals that are now on a hunger and water strike at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma

August 29, 2017  NWDC Resistance

For Immediate Release

Fourteen Cuban Asylum-Seekers Refusing All Food and Water Since Sunday, Launching Fifth Hunger Strike at NWDC this Year
“We Came Here Seeking Freedom, and They Have Imprisoned Us”

Tacoma, WA – Fourteen Cubans currently imprisoned at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, Washington have refused all food and drink since Sunday morning. Continue reading

ICE Retaliates Against Youth for Filing Lawsuit / Press Release, NWDC Resistance

 

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August 26, 2017  NWDC Resistance

For Immediate Release August 26, 2017

ICE Retaliates Against Youth for Filing Lawsuit

Mt Vernon, WA- A minor filed a lawsuit against Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) for racially profiling two years ago. As soon as this youth turned 18 years old, ICE threatens him with possible deportation, as soon as next Tuesday. The then 15 years old, AJ (name listed in lawsuit as a minor) had been racially profiled by the Bellingham Police Department (BPD) in a regular traffic stop in Bellingham, WA. Continue reading

Elfo asks, why citizen oversight for community safety? Answers become apparent / Noisy Waters Northwest

August 2, 2017  Dena Jensen

On Saturday July 22, 2017 Community to Community Development posted a live-feed of their Family Forum for Community Safety that was held that evening at the Bellingham Public Library.

Near the end of the event, the facilitator, Rosalinda Guillen of Community to Community Devolopment, explained why she was being direct and public with this discussion.  She said that people are concerned about the federal government finding ways to impose immigration regulations and to make the county sheriff comply with immigration enforcement. Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo responded, indicating that federal officials had already tried to exert pressure and impose regulations, but that his sheriff’s office had said no and that they would continue to say no to federal mandates. Continue reading

County Council is uninformed on community concerns about immigration policies at 6/27/17 Whatcom County Council Meeting / Facebook post, Noisy Waters Northwest

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Council Member Todd Donovan brings forward concerns of community members regarding immigration policies at the June 27, 2017 Whatcom County Council Meeting

1:08pm  July 4, 2017  Dena Jensen

I am posting this link to a portion of last week’s [June 27 2017, Whatcom] County Council meeting where Council Member Donovan says he is trying to figure out how to procedurally approach addressing an ordinance and concerns people have expressed having to do with how our law enforcement agencies might be interacting with people of the immigrant community. He says that a group of people have brought this to the attention of himself and Council Member Weimer. Continue reading

Tacoma Immigrants Demand Moratorium on Deportations as Supreme Court Fails to End Partisan Attack on DAPA / Press Release, #Not1More/NW Resistance

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June 23, 2016  Press Release, #Not1More/NW Resistance

Tacoma Immigrants Demand Moratorium on Deportations as Supreme Court Fails to End Partisan Attack on DAPA

What: Press Conference to React to Supreme Court Immigration Decision
Where: NWDC 1623 E J St, Tacoma WA
When: Thursday June 23 at 12PM PT
Who: NW Resistance, Community to Community, Surge Reproductive Justice and members of the immigrant community Continue reading