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Day 3 of Hunger Strike Against 287(g). More Action To Follow

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No To 281(g)

 

Alejandrina Madmouj

Alejandrina Madmouj

Spirits were high at City Hall Wednesday, on the third day of the hunger strike against 287(g).  Pastor Julio Barquero and Alejandrina Madmouj stood strong on what many hunger strikers agree to be one of the most grueling day of any hunger strike: day three.

Neither the heat, rain, humidity deterred the strikers who heard from a representative of City Hall.  All of their efforts are focused on 287(g).  This law, essentially converts local law enforcement into federal immigration agents, and has resulted in deportation of people from everyday walks of life for the most minor of traffic offenses.

Pastor Julio Barquero

Pastor Julio Barquero

The In Defense of Our Community Coalition met with the hunger strikers to offer support and to talk strategy. Three events have been scheduled for this Saturday alone. From the release:

(Houston, Texas) This Saturday, September 12, immigrant rights, civil rights organizations, religious leaders and activists : continue their 18th month struggle against the DHS 287g program to deputize local law enforcement as immigration law enforcers whether in jails or on the field. The community is called to join in the following three protests:

1. Protest the anti-immigrant fundraising event featuring the infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County of Arizona. He is being investigated for civil rights violations and racial profiling in the implementation of 287g. The demonstration will begin at 8:30 AM pubic sidewalk at the Marriot Westchase Hotel, 2900 Briarpark Drive, Houston, TX 77042.

2. March with immigrants and refugees at the Fiestas Patrias Parade. Banners and signs will say NO TO 287g and FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM. The group will meet at 8:30 AM at the corner of Congress and Hamilton, behind Minute Maid Park, in downtown.

3. Day 6 of Hunger Strike at City Hall against 287g. Two persons have been on hunger strike since Labor Day. Many have fasted for a day or two. Others have come by to help out and stand in solidarity with the strikers. All day any time.

Contact:

Teodoro Aguiluz 281-658-8201

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