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STOP THE RAIDS!

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I felt a very strange feeling as we passed through the streets of downtown Hartford to get to the Court House. My nervousness reached its peak when I got close to our destination, seeing the court house on the right of my shoulder, feeling my palms getting sweatier than before. Just like the feeling you get when you carry out a public speech in front of many people, my heart started to palpitate as I felt the small hairs on my back leap up.

We begin to put ourselves in a group, and as I take in a deep breath and feel the dryness of my mouth, I proudly raise my poster that I painted with markers in the air and shout along with the entire group with all the power that my voice can congregate, “WHAT DO WE WANT?”  “STOP SIGN THE RAIDS!”  “WHEN DO WE WANT IT?”  “NOW!” Right after this, a heroic and brave activist named Daniela Ortiz stands up on a platform in front of the building and says, “Every raid that occurs in this city, we will protest it.  Every swindle the federal government takes advantage of defenseless immigrants, we will protest it.  We are not going to tolerate the injustices neither the intimidation of the department of Homeland Security.  We ask you to stop now.  Enough is Enough!”

This protest in the federal house on October 2008 shows the power of the activism of university students, committed to the political change thanks to the braveness of an organization called Stop the Raids!

Stop the Raids!, an organization directed by students of Trinity College, was created in opposition to the raids conducted against immigrants lacking identity papers. This organization of students, many of Latin American descent, works with leaders of the Hartford community to create awareness of the abuses of immigrants’ rights and try to establish connections with other influential organizations around the country, showing the importance of winning support especially of the Latin American community, a vulnerable community that has been associated with having illegal status in our country.  This organization plans events with the community of Hartford and does protests in response to raids conducted by ICE.  ICE, or Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is an agency that was created in 2003 with the implementation of the Homeland Security Act of 2002.  The mission of ICE is to protect national security in the form of imposing “our nation’s customs and immigration laws”. ICE carries out these raids by detaining individuals without documentation and removing them out of their homes or workplace without any type of warning.  The controversy that surrounds this form of response to the status of the illegality of immigrants in our country has to do with the theme of human rights.  Due to this reason, Stop the Raids! has been a powerful organization, showing a sense of unity and activism.  Its power and charisma have been felt and seen in many events, such as its presentation of a prominent activists art exposition, and protest in the house federal court.  There we have allied themselves with other groups that included The American Friends Service Committee, CT Center for to New Economy, Hartford Areas Rally Together (HART), Greater Hartford Interfaith Coalition for Equity and Justice, Hartford Organizing for Power and Equality (HOPE), Latin American Unit in Action of New Haven, CT People of Faith, the Muhammed Islamic Center of Greater Hartford, Latin American Against the War, Campaign to Stop Raids in Danbury, Free People’ s Movement, Queers Without Borders, Voluntown Peace Trust to promote legal change towards the rights of immigrants in the United States.  Stop the Raids! continues to be a very energetic and proactive organization with tremendous influence in Trinity and the community of Hartford and embraces people interested in human rights and issues dealing with political of social and political rights of vulnerable groups.  They invite everyone and anyone to explore the world of activism and to rise up with them to Stop Sign the Raids!

Sentí una emoción muy extraña mientras pasábamos por las calles del centro de Hartford para llegar al tribunal supremo. El nerviosismo mío llegó a un punto culminante viendo el palacio de justicia a la derecha de mi hombro, sintiendo las manos más húmedas que antes. Así, como cuando uno hace un discurso público delante de muchas personas, mi corazón empezó a palpitar, sintiendo los pelitos de mi nuca levantándose.

Empezamos a ponernos en un grupo, y tomando un aire hondo, siento la sequedad de mi boca, y con eso orgullosamente levanto mi cartel que pinté con pintura en el aire y canto con todo el grupo y con todo el poder que mi voz pueda mostrar, “WHAT DO WE WANT?” “STOP THE RAIDS!” “WHEN DO WE WANT IT?” “NOW!” Con esto se para una heroica activista llamada Daniela Ortiz y dice, “Every raid that occurs in this city we will protest it. Every time the federal government takes advantage of defenseless immigrants, we will protest it. No vamos a tolerar las injusticias ni las intimidaciones del departamento de Homeland Security. We ask you to stop now. Enough is Enough!

Esta protesta hecha en el tribunal supremo el octubre del 2008 demuestra el poder del activismo de estudiantes universitarios, comprometidos al cambio político  gracias a una organización valiente llamada Stop the Raids!

Stop the Raids!, una organización dirigida por estudiantes de Trinity College, fue creada en oposición al acorralamiento de inmigrantes  en contra de inmigrantes indocumentados. Esta organización de estudiantes, muchos de descendencia latina, trabaja con líderes de la comunidad de Hartford para crear una concientización del maltrato de los inmigrantes y tratan de establecer conexiones con otras organizaciones influenciales alrededor del país, demostrando la importancia de ganar apoyo especialmente de la comunidad latina, una comunidad vulnerable que ha sido asociada con tener estatus ilegal en nuestro país.
Esta organización planea eventos con la comunidad de Hartford y hace protestas en respuesta de los acorralamientos de inmigrantes que hace ICE. ICE, o Immigration and Customs Enforcement, es una agencia que fue creada en el año 2003 con la implementación de la Homeland Security Act de 2002. La misión de ICE es de proteger la seguridad nacional en forma de imponer las leyes inmigratorias y aduaneras de la nación. ICE realiza acorralamientos para detener y retener a individuos sin documentación, sacando a personas de sus casas o lugar de trabajo sin cualquier tipo de advertencia. La controversia que rodea esta forma de respuesta a la base de la ilegalidad de inmigrantes en nuestro país tiene que ver con el tema de derechos humanos. Por esta razón, Stop the Raids! ha sido una poderosa organización, demostrando un sentido de unidad y activismo. Su poder y carisma se ha sentido en muchos eventos, incluyendo su presentación de una exposición de arte de activistas prominentes, y una protesta en el tribunal supremo. Allí se aliaron con otros grupos como The American Friends Service Committee, CT Center for a New Economy, Hartford Areas Rally Together (HART), Greater Hartford Interfaith Coalition for Equity and Justice, Hartford Organizing for Power and Equality (HOPE), Unidad Latina en Acción of New Haven, CT People of Faith, the Muhammed Islamic Center of Greater Hartford, Latinos Against the War, Campaign to Stop the ICE Raids in Danbury, Free People’s Movement, Queers Without Borders, Voluntown Peace Trust para promover cambio legal hacia los derechos de inmigrantes en los EE.UU. Stop the Raids! continúa ser una organización vigorosa con influencia tremenda en Trinity y la comunidad de Hartford y mantiene los brazos abiertos para personas interesadas en derechos humanos y en cambio político y social para grupos vulnerables. Invitan a todos a explorar el mundo del activismo y a unirse con ellos para Stop the Raids!

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