Indigenous People’s Day Weekend: Marching to Stop the War on Immigrants

On Oct. 11, MADSA and Ga. Tech Young Democratic Socialists of America, with the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, Mijente, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and others marched and picketed at Amazon headquarters in Buckhead during the workday, to protest the company’s contracts with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency that separates families, jails people legally seeking asylum in the U.S. and puts children in cages. The action was coordinated with events taking place throughout the U.S. during the weekend leading up to Indigenous People’s Day (AKA Columbus Day). Below is the statement issued by the demonstrators:

From the day he took office, Donald Trump escalated a failed and cruel immigration policy into an all-out war against immigrants, banning Muslims, slamming the door on refugees, tearing children from their parents’ arms. Each new affront has been met with outrage and protest, but even when he has retreated, Trump has sought new lines of attack: concentration camps, workplace raids, new bars to green cards and citizenship.

Meanwhile many immigrants are being terrorized in their own communities, afraid to answer the door, take children to school, or go to work. These communities need to see and feel the solidarity of the majority that stands with them.

We call on all those who oppose the raids, family separation, deportations and incarceration to unite against this reign of racist persecution. It is time to say, “¬°Basta Ya!” Enough is enough!

This indigenous people’s day weekend let us act together –whether with a march, vigil, rally or direct action– against those who would give us a future of division and white supremacist hate. Let us unite in broad regional coalitions drawing together people of faith, unions, anti-nativist fighters and other progressives to target camps, jails, shelters or other parts of Trump’s anti-immigrant, deportation machinery.

Let us act in the knowledge that no human being is illegal anywhere, not least in a country formed through violent colonialism. Most of all, let us open our arms to immigrants in our country or at our borders with a greeting of friendship: Mi casa es tu casa. Our home is also your home.

Alexander Hernandez of MADSA’s Immigrant Justice Working Group emcees the rally, next to a sign created by Mijente.

Photos: Reid Freeman Jenkins

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