#NoBusinessWithICE: Action for Dignity Not Detention
On February 16, Marxist protestors held an all out march and direct action targeting a company (Thompson Reuters) that they claim profits at the expense of (illegal) immigrant lives.
“We DEMAND that private companies stop being complicit in the horrific violence against immigrant communities.”
“We DEMAND that private companies cancel all contracts with ICE and withdraw all support that allows the violent institution (ICE) to continue to carry out its bloody mission.”
“At the end of the day, private companies provide facilities, transportation, tech, research, and myriad other forms of support to this violent institution (ICE) almost completely under the radar.”
So, once again the Marxists assembled on the steps of the famous NYC Public Library at Fifth Ave and 42nd Street; preaching to the passersby of the horrible treatment immigrant families (ILLEGALS) suffer under the racist TRUMP administration.
About an hour after I arrived, having taken a grab bag of photos criticizing Trump and company, I lost interest. (They do repeat themselves) Also, the speakers were boring, accented, and difficult to understand. Ad nauseum indictments of racist Republicans and greedy CEOs.
Flickr Slide Show at the Library
In the short video below, one speaker mentions COMMUNIST “freedom fighter”, Assata Olugbala Shakur . They honored her by repeating a chant she is known for:
Decided to forego the interminable wait for the march …. to a secret location … It’s a corporation, that we knew, but they with held the “who or where”. We had to wait. Wish I’d hung in since the march was a short hop to 42nd and 7th ave., where they proceeded to lock-down a major intersection.
Caught a few tweets and articles on the “shut the city down” maneuver (like that street action would get a response from Reuters.)[https://twitter.com/i/status/1229508038358454274]
[MSN.com] About 200 protesters marched from the New York Public Library to the headquarters of Thompson Reuters in Times Square on Sunday evening.
photo: Samantha Liebman
[WPIX 11] “The system of detention and deportation in the US would not be able to function without the cooperation with corporations,” said organizer Andy Ratto.
Next, for those activists who want to give sanctuary to illegals, a pledge:
Take the No Business With ICE Pledge [Face Book]
As ICE continues to target immigrant communities across the country, we must take action against the cities, schools, and corporations that do business with ICE. Every day, ICE depends on and receives support from mayors, local police departments, private tech companies, airlines, hospitals, and more to separate immigrant families. We say enough is enough. If you do business with ICE, then we won’t do business with you.
* The Marxist/Leftist protesting organizations endorsing the protest:
-New Sanctuary Coalition
-Rise and Resist
-South Asia Solidarity Initiative
-National Writers Union
-Doctors for Camp Closure
-NYC DSA Immigration Justice Working Group
-Hand in Hand: Domestic Workers Alliance
-South Asian Americans Lead Together
-Congregations for Justice and Peace
List of Corporations – that are to be harassed and shut down – because they have contracts and agreements with ICE – top 15
Note: if you choose to target a company, it is best not to demonize the workers, but rather demonize the CEO or the corporation itself. You will win more public support this way. [https://www.lahuelga.com]
Tech and Electronics Industry
- Amazon – list of Amazon locations, letter from employees
- Microsoft – facts and talking points
- Salesforce – facts and talking points
- Google – letter from employees
- Dell – link
- Canon – link
- Xerox – link
Business Services, Communications, Consulting
McKinsey ended its work with ICE recently!
- The Geo Group
NOW, some Good News from the Law and Order side of the divide: “ICE Rejects California Law, Arrests People At Courthouse” (Finally!)
”Our officers will not have their hands tied by sanctuary rules when enforcing immigration laws to remove criminal aliens from our communities,” David Jennings, ICE field officer director in San Francisco, said in a statement. ICE stated that California’s law does not supersede federal law and ”will not govern the conduct of federal officers to make arrests of removable alien inside the United States. [Sacramento CBS]
Thank you, President Trump!
++Where indicated pictures and videos property of Pamela Hall (VSB)++