Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Stop the Raids!

People Of Faith

Statewide Public Meeting to Oppose the ICE Raids in Hartford
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m.
St. Augustine's Church (in the church basement), 10 Campfield Ave., Hartford

Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 21 Hartford residents from the Brazilian neighborhood of Parkville over the first two weeks in November. Its agents barged into people's homes before sunrise and dragged them away. They surrounded a local buffet restaurant and arrested its employees. They crossed the street and raided a car mechanic's garage. They have made Parkville into a ghost-town. Merchants have no customers. Stores close early. Restaurants are empty. Residents keep to their homes in fear of the next ICE attack. Some have fled the city.

There was a time when an ICE raid of this magnitude was considered out of the question in a city like Hartford. Now the question is how soon will there be another?

Please join concerned residents of Hartford, New Haven, Danbury and elsewhere to plan a protest to turn up the heat on ICE and alert immigrant communities that they are not alone.

For more information, call Frank O'Gorman of CT People of Faith at 860-841-5006 or Kate Prendergast of Stop the Raids! Trinity College at 610-209-9264.

This meeting is endorsed by the American Friends Service Committee of Connecticut, CT People of Faith, Stop the Raids! Trinity College, and The Campaign to Stop the ICE Raids in Danbury. More endorsers are forthcoming.

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