"Watching Big Brother Watch
Immigrants and Citizens Together"
Renee Saucedo and Riva Enteen
Tuesday, June 21, 12:30
SF Gray Panther General Meeting
Unitarian-Universalist Center, Fireside Room
1187 Franklin St (betw. Geary and O' Farrell)
This is a crucial time for civil liberties
and human rights.
Immigrants are being threatened by:
armed border vigilantes whom the US Congress has feted and Schwarzenegger
has invited to California •,
and is already planning action in California •
- The 71 member US Congressional Immigration
Reform Caucus issued at widely-publicized 33 page report praising the
Minutemen and calling for the governors of Arizona, California, Texas
and New Mexico to get federal funding to deploy 36,000 National Guard
Troops along the US-Mexico border .
- The Real
ID Act, making it virtually impossible for states to issue drivers
licenses to undocumented immigrants, and moving the US closer to a
national ID card •
- New laws making political
asylum extremely difficult • ,
- Federal laws discouraging
immigrants from using using health facilities, and
laws barring undocumented immigrants from receiving health or any
other state services, and criminalizing state employees who fail to
report undocumented immigrants.
Citizens are being threatened
- Administration moves to sneak
through the perpetuation of provisions of the USA Patriot act that are
due to expire at the end of this year • ,
and even expand it • ,
- Government exercises in integrating
its police, security, and intelligence forces to achieve massive roundups,
such as the recent Operation Falcon, where over 10,000 were arrested
nationwide over a short period of time • • ,
including over 145 in Northern California •,
over half in San Francisco.
- Reports of renewed grand
jury subpoenas of political activists nationally and in the Bay
Area • •
Under provisions of the Patriot Act not due to sunset, information
obtained from grand juries can be given to the CIA. • See
of June 22 demonstration against grand jury in San Francisco.
Our speakers will talk about the implications of these threats, what we
can do to fight them, and give examples of how people are already organizing
against them. Also updates on SF Grand Jury actions and news from Lodi
of recent SF demonstration for immigrant rights.
about the Patriot Act, and provisions
due to expire this year.