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August 3, 2016 Maru Mora Villalpando 206-251-6658
Community Organizers Converge to Protest Deportations and Call for the Right to Return
Cambodian, Southeast Asian, Asian Pacific Islander, and Latinx Communities Unite To Demand Family Unity
Tacoma, WA- Organizers, activists, fighters and believers from around the country and across Washington state, will converge in Tacoma to rally against detentions and deportations, and call for the right to return of deported communities and families. This event is co-sponsored and supported by over 40 organizations nationwide. The rally will occur at the infamous Northwest Detention Center where many members of the Cambodian and other immigrant and refugee communities are transferred from many places around the country, as their last stop before deportation and often permanent separation from home and loved ones.
The organizers call the event STAND TOGETHER 4 LOVE to build unity and solidarity amongst the movement for humanity and dignity. Northwest Detention Center is significant for many immigrant and refugee communities, because people are locked up, people are separated from their families, and then deported from this site. For many communities around the nation this location represents broken hearts, crushed dreams, and inhumanity.
WHO: Activists from across the country, community members from the Puget Sound area, representatives from the #Not1More deportation and the #Right2Return Campaigns
WHAT: Rally, march and demonstration
WHERE: Northwest Detention Center 1623 E J St Tacoma, WA
WHEN: Friday August 5th, 5PM
Co-Sponsored By: 1Love Movement (Philadelphia, PA),Formerly Incarcerated Gathering to Heal Together (FIGHT), Not1More, Mijente, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), Families for Freedom, Immigrant Defense Project, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Immigrant Justice Network, Juntos (Philadelphia, PA), Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC), Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC), Asian Pacific Islander Coalition of Washington State, Khmerican, Inc., Studio Revolt, Northwest Detention Center Resistance Coalition, Autonomous Actions Against Prisons, Latino Advocacy (Seattle, WA), National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), U.S. Human Rights Network, Community Justice Network for Youth, National Immigration Project, Asian Law Caucus, National Immigration Law Clinic, ChangeLab, ManForward (St. Paul, MI), Freedom, Inc (Madison, WI), Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM), Mekong NYC, Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association (New Orleans, LA), ASPIRE, Organization for Human Rights & Democracy (Atlanta, GA), Southeast Asian Coalition (Charlotte, NC), Asian American Pacific Labor Alliance (APALA), National CAPACD (Washington, D.C.), Families for Justice as Healing (Boston, MA), National Council For Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women & Girls, AARW-Asian American Resource Workshop (Boston, MA), Global Action Project (New York City, NY), Hilltop Urban Gardens (Tacoma, WA), Seattle CISPES Chapter (The Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador), Community to Community (Bellingham, WA).