Decision comes after the Immigration Jail was Regarded as one of the Worst in the Country
After years of outrage at the conditions for immigrants in detention at the Pinal County Jail, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has ended its contract with the county. Since 2005, ICE has used the Pinal County Jail in Florence, Arizona to detain immigrants facing removal in Arizona. In 2012, in response to repeated hunger strikes and protest letters from people detained in the jail, Arizona advocates responded by holding vigils, organizing visitation programs and advocating for the termination of this contract. As recently as June 2014, men detained in the jail began a hunger strike in protest of the conditions.
“ICE’s decision to end its contract with the Pinal County Jail is long overdue. Year after year, since the beginning of this contract, men and women detained in the jail have bravely protested the punitive treatment and inhumane conditions,” said Victoria Lopez, Policy and Advocacy Director at the ACLU of Arizona and author of the 2011 report, In Their Own Words: Enduring Abuse in Arizona Immigration Detention Centers. Read more
There is a real critical need today and tomorrow to call Sakuma Brothers Farms and demand that they negotiate a contract with the farm workers. The berries are ready to pick, the berry pickers are on strike, and Sakuma Bros Farms is refusing to negotiate.
Farmworkers will be rallying today. Please call Sakuma Bros. Farm and encourage them to do the right thing and not displace entire families. Come in person to rally with the farmworkers as they enter a new stage in their labor struggle for a contract that would make them more secure in their jobs as pickers.
For background information on this labor struggle:
Last week, indigenous and Latin@ workers at Sakuma Brothers Farms held two sit down strikes, achieving small wage increases. But they want more – they want a contract that can’t be reneged. Sakuma Farms fired Ramon Torres, the president of the farmworkers’ organization, the very next day. Since then Sakuma workers have been on strike.
This morning, Ryan Sakuma came to labor camp 2 and informed the farmworkers that those who were planning to strike today needed to pack up their belongings from the labor camp and come to the Sakuma Field office to pick up their severance paycheck. Read more
Click on the "Videos on Immigration" link in the dark red title bar above for these videos -------
Highly recommended! – some are available online for free, others at public libraries or for purchase online. Please request that these videos may be made available at your local library!
Lost in Detention,
Harvest of Empire,
Harvest of Shame & Harvest of Shame Revisited,
The Secret Government/ Bill Moyers.