SB 590: Race War or Social War?

This is not a new poster; it was printed and distributed at the height of opposition to SB 590, but the PDF never made it up to this site.  We know the struggle against borders and social repression is a long-term one, so we’re now sharing this file in the hopes that it’ll contribute to an ongoing resistance.

For 11 x 17 printing:  racewarorsocialwar


Five DREAMers arrested in protest against SB 590 and HB 1402

Reposted message from DREAM activists in Bloomington:

We send this email to you in deep sorrow due to the arrests of FIVE courageous Indiana DREAMers (youth who are undocumented) who protested SB 590 & HB 1402 (no in-state tuition for undocumented youth) in Indianapolis at the statehouse just a couple of hours ago in order to demand that their future not be torn by these bills. Both are on Governor Mitch Daniels’ desk waiting to be signed, ignored, or vetoed. His spokeswoman said he will sign them into law in a few days. You can find the stories and news clip on the events below.

This simple last measure could mean taking away the right to education for a large number of Indiana students. We want to emphasize the injustice of these bills for Hoosiers who have worked hard in school since a very young age and have overcome so many obstacles just to make it to college. They work hard to pay for their studies, but many don’t have a pathway to legal residency! We ask you, what will they do if the price is raised so much higher? Do we want a more uneducated populous? Do we want their talent to go to waste just because their families, not them individually, had to come here to find more opportunities for a better future for these DREAMers? This is their home and Indiana is mostly all that they know. Will you speak up for them? Our legislators did not understand DREAMers’ situations or immigration as well as they should have before passing such bills. We ask you to please support and spread this message to your friends, family, professors, and to as many people as possible. These Hoosiers need the Indiana community’s help! Check out the links below to see how you can help.

Story about event: http://www.courierpress.com/news/2011/may/09/six-protesters-arrested-outside-gov-mitch-daniels/?partner=RSS

(with video) http://www.theindychannel.com/news/27831083/detail.html

(IndyStar) http://www.indystar.com/article/20110509/LOCAL18/105090351/Undocumented-youth-speak-out-immigration-bills?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Communities|s

Picture of arrest that someone posted online: http://twitpic.com/4vn52k

Video of Sayra – Indiana Dreamer ARRESTED http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9mLaoc0e1Q&feature=youtu.be

Video of Lupe – Indiana Dreamer ARRESTED http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwSSXZbomQ4&feature=youtu.be

YOU CAN HELP: Fund to help dreamers: https://action.dreamactivist.org:443/bail/

UPDATE:

[Two days ago]  at 5 a.m., as our five undocumented brothers and sisters risk being detained by ICE, they declared a hunger strike calling for the veto of SB590 and HB1402!  Their request has an added sense of urgency:  HB1402 becomes law today unless vetoed by Gov. Daniels.

Love and solidarity to these five courageous fighters.


Neither a defeat nor a victory

Both houses of Indiana’s legislature have now passed versions of SB 590.  The bill is in conference committee now, where it faces further revision.  It’s likely that the final version (and the whole bill could still die in committee) will be milder than the original proposal.  For example, it will most likely pass without the racial profiling provision requiring police to check immigration status.  But we should keep in mind that such practices are already common, and that the rest of the bill is equally racist.  Between the competing politicians, the divisive question is not “for or against racist measures,” but “how fast should those racist measures be legislated and implemented.”  So if the final SB 590 eliminates the profiling measure or anything else, we need to remain watchful so that these measures are not implemented unobserved and piecemeal.

To the degree that the bill has been moderated for the time being, though, it’s because of the popular mobilization that’s happened, and which continues.  Our resistance is what divides the politicians and slows their attacks.  We’ll post more updates soon.


Pictures from Monday’s Demo

Before the PA was set up.


PDF Por La Marcha Y Asamblea

marcha 2 espanol : 11x 17

marcha 2_halfsheet : English, for printing 8.5 x 11


Next Week: Demo on 4/4 and Assembly on 4/6

 

For download and printing (11 x 17 or 8.5 x 11):  marcha 2 pdf.


General Assembly: Monday March 21

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