March 6, 2007
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Shuya Ohno, MIRA (617) 821-8990
Maria Elena Letona, Centro Presente, (617) 497-9080 x11
Ali Noorani, MIRA (617) 835-1402
Corrin Williams, Community Economic Development Center (774) 451-8687
Helena Marques, Immigrant Assistance Center (508) 735-1953
Paul Graham, United Interfaith Action (617) 960-7465
A Community in Crisis: New Bedford and Boston Response to Raids that Destroyed Families
When and Where:
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Boston, MA: 12:00 PM (JFK Federal Building, Government Center)
New Bedford, MA: 2:00 PM (Our Lady of Guadalupe at St James Church, 233 County Street)
Who: Immigrant families and community leaders
Why: To call for the immediate release of approximately 350 mothers and fathers detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Michael Bianco Inc. factory in New Bedford on March 6, 2007.
Early reports show the raid destroyed hundreds of families and left dozens upon dozens of babies and young children without a home. Somewhat coincidentally, the raid led to the arrest of a handful of unscrupulous employers.
In New Bedford (2:00 PM, Our Lady of Guadalupe at St James Church, 233 County Street) local leaders will gather to update media on the humanitarian crisis in the New Bedford immigrant community.
In Boston (12:00 PM, JFK Federal Building, Government Center), leaders will deliver a letter to the Boston District office of U.S. ICE calling for the immediate release of all detained workers, the provision of legal representation to workers and their families, and a moratorium on all such raids.
MIRA works to advocate for the rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees. In partnership with its members, MIRA advances this mission through education, training, leadership development, organizing, policy analysis and advocacy.