Yesterday, nearly two dozen New Yorkers were arrested in front of 26 Federal Plaza in an act of civil disobedience calling on Obama and the the U.S. Federal Government to stop playing with people’s lives and move on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. From the Unity Statement signed by those arrested in NYC yesterday:
Being conscientiously of the opinion that our current immigration laws betray our core principles of democracy, inclusiveness and justice; that they allow for Arizona’s immoral and unconstitutional SB1070; and that their continued enforcement through detention and deportation separates families and destroys communities; we are compelled to escalate our call for Comprehensive Immigration Reform in the face of inaction from our nation’s elected representatives.
Now I am not an advocate for “reform”, especially in the way it is being used to continue pushing enforcement policies while ignoring critical human rights issues in our communities. I am not an advocate of the farce that is being performed when many know that CIR is dead. However, it made me a little happy to be at yesterday’s event, seeing people step it up. Yes, it was highly symbolic. Those arrested get released quickly compared to those left to wither in the prison industrial complex driven detention system in the U.S. Pero as mentor Richie Perez said before my own civil disobedience arrest back in the day, in certain struggles there comes a time when people need to choose. They need to be in the streets or behind bars because they took their own streets.
Where are you?