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(en) US, Minnesota: RNC-WC Statement on ICE Raids

Date Thu, 31 May 2007 11:34:14 +0300

The RNC Welcoming Committee- a group of Twin Cities-based anarchists and anti-authoritarians formed to organize resistance to the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul- stands firmly with immigrant communities in opposing the recent wave of nativist repression led by the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) branch.
To those people impacted by the raids, to those people resisting this new wave of anti-immigrant activity: we would like to offer our bodies and our infrastructure in whatever way is most constructive. As community turnout on May 19th demonstrated, you are not alone. We are always ready and willing to support you in your struggle for justice; we maintain a politics of solidarity, and believe we have common ground with all targets of State and systemic repression.

To ICE and the Minneapolis Police Department: We want to make clear our opposition to the raids that occurred in South Minneapolis last weekend, to all raids, and to this system that denies certain people and their families their basic right to survival. We condemn the practices of both ICE and the MPD, recognizing that the raids weren’t a break with policy so much as a continuation of the long-standing law enforcement tradition of terrorizing communities, for the sake of maintaining an unjust social order. Our communities have always been terrorized by law enforcement, whatever their initials; this terror is furthered daily, on the streets, in our workplaces, even in our homes. We know that it will continue- tomorrow, next week, at the RNC in 2008, and into the future- as long as our communities are not able to sustain and defend themselves. Thus, we are committed to building alternatives that render law enforcement agencies obsolete, and in the meantime to resisting State terror however it manifests itself, by whatever means are available to us.

rnc08 (a) riseup.net
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