#AbolishICE Protests Target National Homeland Security Conference & Mayor DeBlasio to Demand ICE Out of NYC

New York, NY – Activists affiliated with the Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council (MACC) will join members of New Sanctuary Coalition, Occupy ICE NYC (Foley Sq.), and NYC Shut It Down to protest Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s keynote speech at this year’s National Homeland Security Conference Tuesday morning.  Following the wave of #OccupyICE protests around the country, activists are increasingly targeting not only ICE facilities, but the political and economic relationships that facilitate the ever-more authoritarian work of immigration enforcement, deportation and detention.  Organizers with MACC note that #AbolishICE actions are especially important in New York City, which has proven to be a “Sanctuary City” in name only.  “It’s telling how little the ‘Sanctuary’ designation means that that the Mayor of the nation’s most ardent Sanctuary City doesn’t see a contradiction in delivering the keynote address to a National Homeland Security Conference,” said Marisa Holmes of MACC.

New York City is home to an estimated 500,000 undocumented residents and, despite Sanctuary status, hosts numerous ICE facilities that oversaw over 2,000 deportations in 2017. While De Blasio and the city administration pretend to defend immigrants and stand against ICE, they simultaneously advocate for “broken windows” policing. “Broken windows” policies have been shown to disproportionately affect communities of color and the poor, funneling these communities into the criminal justice system and, through data sharing from NYPD to the FBI to ICE, putting them at risk for arrest, detention, and deportation by ICE.


What:

#AbolishICE demonstration protesting DHS/ICE/CBP border regimes and NYC’s “Sanctuary City” administration acting in complicity with DHS/ICE

Where:

Sheraton Times Square, 811 7th Avenue 53rd St., New York, NY, 10019

When:

Tuesday, July 10th, 9AM 


While the national movement to Abolish ICE has emphasized a need for greater protections for immigrants in local municipalities and an end to policies like family separation at the border (which remains unresolved), MACC activists trace their lineage to “alterglobalization” protests, saying that the issue demands much broader political change. “The Department of Homeland Security conference is an abhorrent celebration of border militarization and mass-surveillance, ultimately used to target immigrants for state violence,” said Matthew Whitley, an organizer with MACC. “When we say Abolish ICE, however, it’s not a call to replace it with a slightly less cruel and inhumane bureaucracy.” Whitley continued, “This is just one part of a decades long international struggle for freedom of movement that is claiming lives daily.  Until we have just and egalitarian economic and political systems, borders will continue to reflect our “free trade” world, designed quite intentionally to globalize the rich and localize the poor.  The result is further racism and xenophobia, but the causes are political and economic institutions that harden inequalities and disenfranchise the struggling, the desperate and the working class.” 

MACC and its co-sponsoring partners intend to continue Abolish ICE actions in the run-up to the July 27th National Day of Action.


This release is intended to reflect MACC’s participation in this demonstration.  We encourage journalists to contact partnering organizations for their perspectives.

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Call to #OccupyICENYC / Llamada a Ocupar ICE

MACC is calling for an emergency occupation starting today, June 22nd, at 5 pm at the ICE processing center (201 Varick Street) in downtown Manhattan. Join us as the resistance from below mobilizes to #OccupyICE and sound the call that “No one is illegal!”

Friday, 6/22, 5 P.M.
201 Varick Street, Manhattan
Follow @OccupyICENYC for updates


MACC hace un llamamiento para una ocupación de emergencia comenzando hoy, 22 de Junio, a las 5 pm en el centro de procesamiento de ICE (Cumplimiento de Inmigración y Fronteras, la Migra) en 201 Varick Street, en el centro de Manhattan. Únete a nosotros y forma la resistencia desde abajo mientras nos mobilizamos para #OcuparICE y hacer sonar el grito de “Ningún ser humano es ilegal!”

#OccupyICENYC
Viernes, 22 de Junio, 5 P.M.
201 Varick Street, Manhattan.
Sigue a @OccupyICENYC para mantenerte informado.


STATEMENT

Seeing parents ripped from their children, children from their parents, friends from their friends – human beings from their freedom – tears through our hearts and fuels our rage.

The Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council stands against every ICE agent who takes children from their families, every politician who empowers them, every police officer who participates in this same racist and xenophobic project, every Republican who cheers for this brutality in public, and every Democrat who condemns it in public and does nothing whatsoever to stop it.

We stand not only against the cruel policy of family separation - which hasn’t been resolved by the recent Executive Order - and the abuse of youth and adult immigrants in detention centers, but also against militarized border regimes that allow money and elites to travel freely while rejecting and dehumanizing the poor and working class. The criminalization of poverty and migrants is nothing new and crosses party lines. More than 2.5 million undocumented people were deported under Barack Obama. Every day, more than 30,000 people sit in cages, imprisoned because the nation they are in does not match where they were born. Our politicians are invested in this system of exploitation and all that it entails: the erosion of democracy by technocrats, mass incarceration, colonial mentalities that target our own citizens and indigenous peoples as “foreigners,” the systematic abuse of undocumented workers, and the racist ideas that provide them justification to profit off of this cruelty.

We recognize that, if change is going to come, it must come from ourselves - from below. We are inspired by ICE occupations in Portland and elsewhere, and call on all New Yorkers to stand in solidarity with immigrants and against ICE.

Until every cage is empty. Abolish ICE prisons and all prisons; no borders, no states! #OccupyICENYC

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DECLARACIÓN

Ver a padres y madres apartados de sus hijxs, hijxs de sus familias, amigxs de sus amigxs - seres humanos de su libertad - desgarra nuestros corazones y alimenta nuestra rabia.

El Consejo Coordinador Anarquista Metropolitano (MACC) está en contra de cada empleado de ICE que separa a niñxs de sus familias, cada político que los empodera, cada policía que participa en el mismo proyecto racista y xenófobo, cada Republicano que aplaude esta brutalidad en público, y cada Demócrata que lo condena en público y no hace absolutamente nada para detenerlo.

No solo estamos en contra de la cruel política de separación de familias - que no ha sido solucionada por la reciente Orden Ejecutiva - y el abuso a inmigrantes jóvenes y adultos en los centros de detención, sino también de los regimenes con fronteras militarizadas que permiten al dinero y las élites moverse libremente mientras rechazan y deshumanizan a los pobres y la clase trabajadora. La criminalización de la pobreza y los migrantes no es nada nuevo y atraviesa las líneas de los partidos. Más de 2.5 millones de personas indocumentadas fueron deportadas bajo el mandato de Barack Obama. Cada día, más de 30,000 personas esperan en jaulas, encarcelados porque la nación en la que están no es la misma que en la que nacieron. A nuestros políticos les interesa este sistema de explotación y todo lo que implica: la erosión de la democracia a manos de tecnócratas, encarcelamientos masivos, mentalidades coloniales que atacan a nuestros propios ciudadanos y gentes indígenas como “extranjeros”, el abuso sistemático de trabajadores indocumentados, y las ideas racistas que les proporcionan la justificación para aprovecharse de esta crueldad.

Renonocemos que, si va a haber un cambio, tiene que surgir de nosotros - desde abajo. Nos inspiramos en las ocupaciones a ICE en Portland y otros lugares, y llamamos a todos los Neoyorquinos para que vengan a solidarizarse con los inmigrantes y oponerse a ICE.

Hasta que todas las jaulas estén vacias. Acabemos con las prisiones de ICE y todas las prisiones; sin fronteras, sin estados! #OccupyICENYC

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April General Assembly

General Assembly

Friday, April 13th, 6:30PM @ Verso Books

20 Jay Street, Suite 1010, Brooklyn

Facebook event

The Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council (MACC) is hosting one of our monthly general assemblies on Friday, April 13th at Verso Books. If you haven’t attended before, these assemblies are an opportunity to get plugged in with MACC, its various committees and working groups, and other NYC based anarchist projects.

As with all assemblies, we encourage everyone to come with ideas about what they would like to see for future campaigns or actions and what direction they’d like MACC to take in terms of building a more powerful, militant anarchist movement.

MACC assemblies are open to all anarchists, antifascists, anti-authoritarians and those interested in anarchist ideas and organizing so please invite your friends and share widely!

An orientation will precede the assembly starting at 6:30 PM for those interested in familiarizing themselves with MACC, the history, process and politics that underskirt general assemblies, and anarchist ideas. This orientation will also include information from our working group MASC OFF and their new Project SEAD focusing on Saf(er) Spaces, Accountability and so on within MACC.

Tentative agenda:

  1. Welcome and introduction
  2. Report-backs and check-ins
  3. Breakouts
  4. Brief break out report-backs
  5. Community Announcements
  6. Social at a nearby venue!

MACC’s safer spaces policy is available here

For more information contact us at [email protected]


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