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Announcement :: Human Rights : Labor
Rally for New Bedford Detainees 3/17
17 Mar 2007
Rally to Support Detainees, Deportees, and their Families

Saturday, March 17 @ 2:30 PM

53 North Sixth Street (Corner of Sixth and Elm)
New Bedford, MA
[From the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition]

Call to Action!

Rally to Support Detainees, Deportees, and their Families

Saturday, March 17 @ 2:30 PM

53 North Sixth Street (Corner of Sixth and Elm)
New Bedford, MA

On Tuesday, more than 500 armed homeland security officers descended upon Michael Blanco Inc in New Bedford, MA. Over 350 employees, mostly mothers with young children, were swept up in the raid, shackled together in groups of three by their wrists and ankles and marched to buses bound for Fort Devens, 100 miles away.

Community activists in New Bedford have scrambled to locate the children and their parents. One baby who was breast-feeding had to be hospitalized for dehydration because her mother remained in detention, authorities said. One mother was located in Texas after her 7-year-old child called a state hot line set up to help reunite the families.

This is not a new story, but the story keeps getting more horrific. In recent months raids have hit nearly every state in the country. According to ICE's own numbers over 500 people are deported from this country everyday ! Each one of these deportations has a very human element that is about families and children. It's time that we pressure the President to "Stop the Raids" and lead on passing a Fair and Humane Immigration Reform Bill. Everyday we wait hundreds of more families are torn apart, children abandoned, and communities disrupted.

In New Bedford, families will be holding a huge rally at the federal building here calling for the release of all detainees, a congressional hearing on the raids, and immediate passage of humane and fair immigration reform.


What you can do:

Come to New Bedford, MA and join us on Saturday, March 17th at 2:30 pm.

Organize a march or rally at a federal building in your city or town for Saturday, March 17.

Call your Congressperson and ask them to "Release the Families and Stop the deportations!"

Donate to the relief effort for the affected families of New Bedford.

So please join the families in New Bedford and all the other cities and towns that have had ICE raids tear at the fabric of their communities by moving to action on Saturday, March 17. It's time for us to say "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!" Stay tuned to to learn more. For more information contact (508) 979- 4684 or (508) 996-8113.
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