From Citizen Orange:
I just got this from brownfemipower:
Cold Snap Legal is staying on top of what is happening to protesters at the RNC. Among some of the latest updates:
#ICE agents are entering jail and pulling out arrestees with “foreign-sounding names!
#Men in jail have been on 23 hour lockdown, They are on hunger strike until this ends and they are either charged or released.
#f you’ve been released from jail and have NOT had your property returned, please call the Coldsnap hotline (651.356.8635). We can help out!
brownfemipower – La Chola (3 September 2008)
This after “raids” were conducted on protestor’s homes in advance of the Republican National Convention. It’s what pro-migrant bloggers have been saying for a long time now. The U.S. migration debate affects everyone residing in the U.S. If you think it just affects migrants, you’ll get your answer when the government bashes your front door in.
Kyle is right, this should worry everybody, not just immigrants or protestors or people with “foreign sounding names” – everybody.
Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU released this statement regarding the raids and arrests at the Convention.
“Conducting mass arrests and raiding meeting places of innocent Americans exercising their constitutional right to express political dissent are antithetical to the fundamental values of our democracy. Free speech has to be safeguarded during the Republican National Convention, as the workings of our democracy in the streets are as important as those in convention halls. Allegations of police misconduct must be investigated thoroughly and free speech must be safeguarded for the remainder of the convention.”