Tag Archives: immigrant rights

Reportback from Arizona resistance movements

From Arizona to Texas, fighting back for immigrant rights

Several activists who traveled to Arizona this summer to protest the implementation of the racist SB1070 will be there to share …their experiences and answer questions about the movement of resistance to SB1070 and increasing xenophobia and racism in Arizona.

On November 30th at 6pm in the University Center(UC)- Aegean room (rm 82 in the UC underground). Come be a part of the dialog around this law and hear about how what is happening to Arizona has implications for both Texas and the struggle against attacks on immigrants throughout the US. Facebook Event

Anti-immigrant legislation modeled on SB1070 and other Arizona bills has already been proposed by Texas Republicans for the upcoming legislative session. Read some of the proposed bills.

May First and May Fifth: hitting the streets for immigrant rights

Education, Not Deportation!

SDS at UH was able to mobilize a small number of students for UH to join the march of more than 6,000 people that took to the streets to celebrate mayday and demand immigrant rights, worker rights and comprehensive immigration reform. We participated and lead chants including “Education, Not Deportation”, and “Helado Si! Migra No!” (Ice Cream, Yes! Border Patrol, No!) On Thursday we screened Despierta Gigante! Giant Awake! as part of an effort to get UH students thinking about the immigrant rights movement.

SDS Supporting the Struggle for Immigrant Rights

The strong turn out this year’s Mayday march is certainly influenced by the repressive and racist SB1070 legislation that was passed in Arizona, and reawakened immigrant rights activism across the country that has not been seen since the mass mobilizations in 2006 against HR4437. We are excited about the end of our semester and looking forward to pushing for immigrant rights over the summer and in the upcoming semester. [More photos on Houston Indymedia | Houston Indymedia feature | Houston Chronicle | UH’s El Gato]

Helping cops with how to enforce SB1070

On May 5th, SDS participated in a protest of the Diamondback’s Astros baseball game that took place downtown in Minutemaid Park. As part of the national call to Boycott Arizona, the Arizona Diamondbacks coming to Houston was to important to miss, finals be damned! The owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks has been a longtime fundraiser for the Arizona republican party and continues to use the Diamondbacks to economically support the legislators who passes the SB1070 legislation. The protest was covered by The Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Associated Press story about the protest was picked up in many outlets, including ESPN.

No to SB1070. White Backs go home!

No to SB1070. White Backs go Home!

Eric of the FIRE Collective also took some great photos and wrote up a critical piece about the protest and where the movement to stop SB1070 might go from here.

Students from across Texas gather in Raymondville to protest Tent City detention center

Willacy County Processing Center AKA Tent City

Shut it Down!

On April 10th, SDS at the University of Houston joined student activists from the Social Justice Action Committee and the Palestine Solidarity Committee of UT Austin and the World Peace Alliance and Southwest Workers Union and representatives of the United Methodist Church of the Rio Grande Valley assembled in Raymondville to protest the Willacy County Processing Center, better know as Tent City. The 3,086-bed Willacy County Processing Center, a private prison operated by Utah-based Management and Training Corporation (MTC) and partially constructed of Kevlar tents, is the nation’s largest immigrant detention center.

Supporting the Struggle for Freedom of Movement

This action is part of the national Dignity not Detention campaign to resist the unchecked growth of the immigrant detention system.

Our protest was covered by the valley’s Channel 4 News:
Text Story | Video Story
More photos on Houston Indymedia

International day of the Migrant celebrated protesting Houston Processing Center

Happy Internernational Day of the Migrant!

Students for a Democratic Society and others picked the Houston Processing Center to protest the raids of Mambos restaurants and detaining 33 restaurant workers on suspected immigration violations, on Dec 2nd. The location of the Houston Processing Center is important, as the first private prison in the United States. Private companies operate dozens of detention centers for immigrants across the nation [map].

About 2 dozen protesters gathered on Greens Road and walked a picket line with chants about immigrant rights including; “What do we want? Immigrant Right! How do we get it? Melt the ICE!” “Immigrantes, Escucha, estamos en su lucha” “Immigration is not a crime, why are people doing time?” and “Ariba, Abajo, migra al carajo!” We had a powerful soundsystem that may very well have permeated the thick concrete walls of the detention center. People spoke and sang songs, we did interviews with television reporters, and we then marched to the other side of the facility.

Stop the Raids!

The south side of the facility is the visitor entrance, where during specified hours people can visit their loved ones locked up in the detention center. We sang and chanted more, and then called it a day and left. There was discussion of possibly making vigils at the detention center a monthly event, as well as discussion of upcoming work being done to support Comprehensive Immigration Reform, that may help fix the broken immigration system, which separates families and allows companies like the Corrections Corporation of America to profit off of human misery.

More Photos on Houston Indymedia

Report by Gloria in Workers World: Houston actions support immigrant workers

Dec 18th: Observe international day of the migrant

Stop the Raids!

What: Protest! Free the Mambo 31!
Date: Friday, December 18, 2009
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Houston Processing Center – 5520 Greens Road

This event is endorsed by: Students for a Democratic Society at UH, La Raza Justice Movement, International Action Center, CRECEN/America Para Tod@s, Houston Interfaith Worker Justice Center, doscentavos.net, Brother Jesse Blog, ournewanahuac.net

International Migrants Day is an international day observed on December 18th as International Migrants Day appointed by the General Assembly of United Nations on 4 December 2000 taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world. On 18 December, 1990, the General Assembly adopted the international convention on the protection of the rights of migrant workers and members of their families.

This day is observed in many countries, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations through the dissemination of information on human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, and through sharing of experiences and the design of actions to ensure the protection of migrants. [Background: United Nations | Wikipedia]

Facebook Event | Flier on Houston Indymedia as PDF

Building opposition to the 287(g) program

287(g): puts racial profiling into local law enforcement

287(g): puts racial profiling into local law enforcement

On Monday October 12th, Houston SDS distributed fliers in front of the MD Anderson Library on campus and performed street theater about the racist nature of the 287(g) program, which gives local law enforcement the ability to enforce immigration law, which is a federal responsibility. The text of the flier is below, as well as uploaded as a jpg and pdf [ Read It! (PDF)] that we encourage supporters of immigrant rights and racial justice to distribute.

On Wednesday October 14th, we hosted a workshop by the Houston Interfaith Worker Justice Center about the 287(g) program and the efforts taking place in Houston to get the city and county to terminate their agreements with the federal government through this program. We are working on a letter writing campaign to the Harris County Commisioners and the mayoral candidates for them to strongly oppose the implementation of this program, which is a waste of local resources and a violation of civil rights. 287(g) is a program that should be scrapped in Houston and nationwide.

If you are not familiar with 287(g), check out This Report by Justice Strategies which comprehensively documents the problems with this program.

What Now?

Distributing Fliers on Campus

Distributing Fliers on Campus

Right now the city of Houston has ended its agreement with the Department of Homeland Security. Mayor Bill White has declared “Rather than letting us simply write the agreements on our own terms, they want to put language in there that we object to. We don’t want anything that creates obligations on the part of the city, or that would be inconsistent with our policies not to divert patrol ocers from solving crimes.” However Harris County continues the 287(g) program in its jails. We oppose this program and want Sheri Adrian Garcia and the County Commisioners to end this program as soon as possible to defend our rights and our pocketbooks. Tell them you oppose 287(g) www.co.harris.tx.us/elected_officials.asp

Our work galvanized the Daily Cougar to write a story about the 287(g) program that was on the front page of the October 15th issue:

Students for a Democratic Society hosted a forum Wednesday night at the UC on the controversial Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act in anticipation of the Oct. 27 vote to re-sign the agreement in Houston.

The Immigration and Nationality Act is a federal law, but Section 287(g), created in 1995, allows local police officers who have received training from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to carry out immigration enforcement functions, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.


More photos on Houston Indymedia

May 1st SDS participates in International Workers Day Rally

SDS at May First Rally

SDS at May First Rally

On May 1st at 4pm around 70 people gathered in front of the Mickey Leeland Federal Building to host a rally for just immigration reform. People from the faith community offered prayers, a number of musicians sang, poets performed, and representatives from different community organizations spoke about their work, including SDS, who spoke about our work fighting immigrant detention for profit, and trying to shut down the T Don Hutto family detention center in Taylor Texas. [see photos from the rally]

May First is celebrated worldwide as international workers day, observing the struggle for the eight hour work day in Chicago and the Haymarket Martyrs, anarchist immigrant workers from Germany and Bohemia, as well as Albert Parsons from Texas. Protest for workers and immigrant right take place across the US and across the world on this day.