Seattle, WA – On June 4th Mijente launched the “Chinga La Migra/ Abolish ICE” tour to tell the story of what the deportation crisis under President Trump looks like in real time, support the efforts of directly affected people and communities, and point towards how to resist and overcome the anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric plaguing the country. The tour was announced via video on Mijente’s facebook and will run from June to September 2019.
“We think it’s time to start exposing what’s really happening to immigrants inside of President Trump’s Racism First agenda,” explained Marisa Franco, Director of Mijente. “Chinga la Migra will travel from city to city to support the efforts and lift up the stories of people who are on the front lines for human and civil rights.
The tour will include the filming of a short web-documentary that will be distributed by Mijente. Mijente member and immigrant and reproductive rights organizer Alejandra Pablos, recently released from Eloy detention center in Arizona, will be hosting the web series.
The stops, which will be announced on Mijente’s website, include:
Seattle, Washington (June 4-6, 2018): Hosted by Northwest Detention Center Resistance/Resistencia NWDC and immigrant rights leader Maru Mora Villalpando, an outspoken activist against deportation and detention who is being targeted by ICE for deportation for to her organizing.
North Carolina (June 13-15, 2018): Hosted by Siembra NC, Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción (CIMA), and Southerners on New Ground (SONG) who are responding in Alamance County, Hendersonville and Asheville, organizing to defend their communities against the raids and to fight back from the implementation of 287g, a program that gives local police the power to deport individuals.
Morristown, Tennessee (June 16-17, 2018): A few months ago, the small manufacturing town of Morristown, Tennessee, became the target of the largest work-site raid in the last decade. Since then, the state of Tennessee has also passed HB 2315, a law which demands all law enforcement to act as immigration officials. The tour will catch up with activists in real time responding to the various developments.
Chicago, Illinois (June 24-26, 2018): Meet with members of Organized Communities Against Deportations, an undocumented-led organization that has been a first responder to wide-spread immigration raids and has been leading the fight against the Chicago Gang Database, an unsubstantiated list of people suspected by Chicago Police of being gang members that is shared with ICE and other federal agencies.
“Chinga La Migra” Tour is a Project of Mijente. Mijente is a digital and grassroots hub for Latinx and Chicanx movement building and organizing that seeks to increase the profile of policy issues that matter to our communities and increase the participation of Latinx and Chicanx people in the broader movements for racial, economic, climate and gender justice.