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PCASC Stands with Francisco Aguirre

PCASC Stands with Francisco Aguirre
  September 29, 2014   Francisco Aguirre is a valued member of our community who has worked for many years in support of immigrants' rights and worker empowerment. Sadly, he is now being targeted by the unjust US immigration system. The Portland Central America Solidarity Committee is steadfast in standing with Francisco and fighting immigration policies that divide communities.   Days ago, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) showed up at Francisco's home without a warrant. When Francisco refused to answer their questions, the agents left and Francisco took sanctuary at Augustana Lutheran Church. He remains in sanctuary with…

Bring Maria Home

Bring Maria Home
Over the course of the last week, over 150 mothers, fathers, children and students have attempted to cross into the US at the border port of entry in California as part of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance's #BringThemHome project. They have presented themselves at the border and asked to be reunited with their families and their communities. Among them, are several people from the pacific northwest. Most of these courageous people are now detained, being held in immigration detention centers and fighting to be released. This historical border crossing is happening during an unprecedented moment when undocumented people across the country are taking their lives into their own…

Immigrants Enduring Brutal Path to Citizenship; Determined to Prevail by Pete Shaw

Immigrants Enduring Brutal Path to Citizenship; Determined to Prevail by Pete Shaw
The Obama Administration is barreling toward a milestone, one it probably would like kept in the shadows. Sometime in the next few weeks, the number of people without documentation deported since President Obama took office in 2009 will exceed 2 million. It’s an astounding number–far more than the Bush Administration deported–and it is puzzling considering the amount of support Obama received in 2012 from voters of Mexican, Central American, and South American descent, as well as other immigrant groups. Of far greater magnitude, it’s also a devastating number. Many of the people deported are parents of children born in the…

Guatemala: The Deported Return

Guatemala: The Deported Return
Guatemalan nationals exit a plane and head for the Migration Office in Guatemala City’s La Aurora Airport after having been deported from the United States. Each week, fourteen flights arrive at La Aurora Airport from the U.S. carrying approximately 135 deportees per airplane

Dream 30 and Others Cross the Border

Dream 30 and Others Cross the Border
As they prepared to enter into Texas, the group of about 35 crossers, surrounded by friends, family and supporters began shouting louder and louder chants in English and Spanish, including, “Undocumented! Unafraid!”

Pelican Bay Prison Strike Newsletter

Pelican Bay Prison Strike Newsletter
Download the Strike The Prisons newsletter from Pelican Bay In June 2011 groups in the Bay Area supported a hunger strike by some California prisoners protesting conditions in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay. The first hunger strike kicked off on July 1st and was followed by the second one  in October of 2011. During the first hunger strike (HS1) the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) publicly admitted that there were 6,600 prisoners on hunger strike in 13 prisons. The number of participants in HS2 peeked at nearly 12,000 (11,898 according to the Office of the…