Saturday, September 14, 2019

#NoBusinessWithICE: Close the Camps!

Fifth Avenue/53rd StreetShut down ICE! NO Business with ICE!

Close the camps, open the border!

Yesterday New Yorkers shut down Microsoft and then all of 5th avenue to say #NoBusinessWithICE Microsoft.
It's an effort to put a price for tech for doing business with ICE.
Inside Jewish activists shared their family stories from the Holocaust. Former Microsoft workers talked about the responsibility of tech workers to refuse to cooperate with ICE and the concentration camps. Social workers spoke about the horror of family separation and many others told their stories and why they decided to take action.
As the police was about to start arrests of those blocking the door and those inside the Microsoft. After the NYPD made the warning that they will be arrested they suddenly backed down. Microsoft has asked the NYPD not to go a head with arrests. They did't want images of people arrested in their store is my guess.
The thing that always breaks me in these actions is when we start reading the names of the children who died in government custody.
All my life I was asking myself where where the good people when Jews were massacred. Who spoke early and loudly against hate and racism. Against complicity.
This weekend I had the honor to join many good people who choose not to be silent. Becouse we have seen this before and we know how this can end. And #NeverAgainIsNow!

Saturday morning, I  attended a bar mitzvah in which a friend’s child spoke about the times when we need to disobey the law.
This  may be one of those  times.
Certainly,  it feels like it hearing about strangers, immigrants,  migrants, being  locked up and separated from their families, often permanently.
Instead of embracing  the stranger, we’ve criminalized.

Turning our backs on our friends and our selves.
Detention is a business.
Activists across New York highlighted this today at the steps of the New York Public Library: 

“Children are caged in concentration camps and ICE is terrorizing our communities, all while private corporations continue to provide the support ICE needs to rip families apart. At the end of the day, private companies provide facilities, transportation, tech, research, and myriad other forms of support to this violent institution almost completely under the radar. Join us for a march and direct action targeting a company that profits at the expense of 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 to continue to carry out its bloody mission.  We DEMAND that private companies sign the pledge to say #NoBusinessWithICE:
At the  rally, a diverse group of activists were  on  hand.
A B O L I S H I C E.
Don’t do business with ICE.
Marching, chanting, putting their  bodies on the line.
One man’s  sign declared:
“Warning Kristallnacht is coming for us all!!”
Referring to “November 9 to November 10, 1938 when Nazis in Germany torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses and killed close to 100 Jews. In the aftermath of Kristallnacht, also called the “Night of Broken Glass,” some 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to Nazi concentration camps.”
Today, its immigrants.
Tomorrow its any of us.
Never again is now.
We have concentration camps in the USA.
Over a hundred people committed civil disobedience in front of the Microsoft Store,
Suggesting corporations who work will ICE on the raids will be targeted.
Those supporting the camps will be called out.
Close the camps. 

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