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News :: Human Rights : International : Labor : Organizing : Race
Ice Strikes Providence: People Fight Back
30 Jul 2008
On July 15th, 2008 over 150 community members rallied at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in downtown Providence where many immigrants were held after a raid that same day. The 30-plus detained janitorial workers were employed at six courthouses across Rhode Island. Many of the janitorial workers who were detained were in the midst of a labor dispute with their employers. A local militant workers association, Fuerza Laboral, had been organizing with the workers to get unpaid wages. (
The "La Red de Defensa" rapid response network, set up by the Olneyville Neighborhood Association, went into affect, calling out hundreds of migrant people, union members, community groups, clergy and progressive individuals from all over the Providence area.

The protesters made human blockades at the exits of the facility, using direct action to delay and resist the transport of the imprisoned immigrant people. According to ABC, "Twelve of the detainees have been freed so far, and the rest are with ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] in Boston."

We made a strong show of community power and indignation to fascistic immigration policy. We will continue to stand together to resist the criminalization of immigrant people! Stay alert for updates on how to help bring justice for the detainees, and continue to resist the criminalization of immigrant people.

The local immigrant action coalition has set up a legal defense and aid campaign for the detainees and their families, many who have no source of income now and children to care for. You can help these families. More info here:

[Article re-posted from BAAM's newsletter, issue 11]
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