Press releases, statements, and video from most recent major actions led by La ColectiVA found below.
PRESS RELEASE: PACHANGA-PROTEST AT ICE FIELD OFFICE IN FAIRFAX OPPOSING COREY STEWART AND ICE’S RACIST AGENDA
Local groups will come together to oppose Corey Stewart’s Pro-ICE rally.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
La ColectiVA, ICE out of RVA, Justice for Muslims Collective, Metro DC DSA, Sanctuary DMV, SURJ Northern Virginia, along with community members and allies, will mobilize to oppose Corey Stewart’s pro-ICE rally by exposing the racist agenda advanced by both ICE and Stewart, the current Chair of the Prince William Board of Supervisors.
Using art and music, community members will create a stark contrast to ICE and Corey Stewart’s endorsement of systemic violence and hatred. Speakers and participants will address the lies of the “pro-ICE” agenda, make clear the root causes of immigration and other social issues, and make calls to action to fight for a Virginia with united families and communities -- not incarceration and deportation.
PRESS RELEASE: PROTEST AT ICE FIELD OFFICE IN FAIRFAX DEMANDS THE ABOLITION OF ICE
Communities come together to demand the abolition of ICE and the end of the incarceration and deportation pipeline
Thursday, July 5, 2018
FAIRFAX, Virginia – Members of La ColectiVA, Justice for Muslims Collective, Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America, NAKASEC, No Justice No Pride, Sanctuary DMV, SURJ Northern Virginia, and UndocuBlack Network, and community members and allies protested at the ICE Field Office in Fairfax on Thursday evening. They demanded the abolition of ICE, and the end of the incarceration and deportation pipeline, by bringing attention to its root causes and the different ways it separates communities.
In those efforts, they called for:
Local profiteers from the incarceration and deportation pipeline to be held accountable and to cut all economic ties to ICE and other institutions of oppression, including Delegate Alfonso Lopez (49th) of Virginia and his ties to the Immigration Centers of America (ICA) - Farmville immigration prison
Members of Congress to commit to absolutely no funding for ICE or Customs and Borders Patrol (CBP)
Localities to cut all collaboration with ICE (including Fairfax, Prince William, and other cities and counties throughout the DC, Maryland, Virginia area)
The group of around 70 people marched through the shopping center leading to the ICE Field Office. Before arriving at the building, officers from the Fairfax County Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security restricted access to the walkway leading up to the building. Over twenty law enforcement officers were present during the protest. Throughout the protest, Fairfax Department police officers repeatedly told people in the group to move.
Speakers from the organizations addressed the root causes of the incarceration and deportation pipeline and the ways it tears apart different communities through violence and forced displacement. They highlighted the mechanisms used to attack and criminalize black and brown bodies, including imperialism, policing, prisons, surveillance, and deportation.
Together, the group will continue to fight for liberation through the abolition of ICE from the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. They join movements across the country demanding for the end of ICE, any similar type of immigration enforcement agency, and the end of the incarceration and deportation pipeline.
Stacey Manjong, an organizer with La ColectiVA and Metro DC DSA:
“It’s powerful to see all of these organizations here today who truly understand what we mean when we say Abolish ICE. In deportation, there’s a web of complicity that extends far beyond a single agency. It is a function of white supremacy and capitalism, and it is shaped by policing and mass incarceration as well as U.S. intervention abroad. The line between what is domestic and what is foreign, if there is one, is not so clean cut. People everywhere are punished for trying to survive, and we must understand how this violence is interrelated. Further, we must look within our own communities and wonder just how it is that so many of the industries and executives that thrive on misery have been able to call Northern Virginia home.”
Dr Maha Halil, co-director of Justice for Muslims Collective:
“Immigrations and Customs Enforcement was created in 2003 under the Department of Homeland Security. Though immigration was criminalized long before in the public consciousness, the creation of ICE solidified and strengthened the trop of the immigrant as dangerous and criminal. ICE was also created specifically to address the 9/11 attacks on the United States – an attack that the US has used to shape a hegemonic world order. Consequently, the US has not only intervened in and destroyed countries abroad, it has also positioned itself the victim of immigration from the very same countries its violence has reached. In the dominant narrative, the US is the victim, despite destructive economic policies in South and Central America, and dropping bombs on Muslim countries with no remorse for the loss of civilian life, callously referred to as ‘collateral damage.’”
STATEMENT: ORGANIZATIONS THROUGHOUT AREA SIGN ON TO JOINT STATEMENT DEMANDING ACCOUNTABILITY FROM DELEGATE LOPEZ REGARDING HIS TIES TO IMMIGRATION DETENTION CENTER
JANUARY 8, 2018
Twenty five organizations from the local area and throughout Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. signed onto a statement denouncing Delegate Alfonso Lopez (49 -- Arlington) for his ties to Immigration Centers of America (ICA) and his refusal to cut these ties.
ICE Out of RVA, one of the signatories to the statement said: “We signed on to the joint statement because we understand the importance of holding politicians accountable. No matter what party you’re affiliated with or how much you call yourself a champion, if you’re working for the detention of ANY immigrant you are a threat to all of our well-being.”
This morning the Trump Administration announced it has ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for people from El Salvador, now putting thousands of people at risk of immediate detention and deportation. This is the latest addition to the already millions at heightened risk of deportation from last year’s announcements that TPS for Haitians and Nicaraguans and the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program ending. While TPS and DACA did allow individuals to remain in the U.S. with work authorization, they were still at risk of being placed in immigration detention at any point. Now, even the slim protection they did have before has now been completely lifted.
Delegate Lopez worked for and continues to have ties to ICA, the operator of the largest immigration detention center in Virginia, ICA Farmville. He attempts to justify his work by hiding behind the fact that was done during the Obama Administration. However, during this time the company he worked for profited from the detention of thousands of migrants from Arlington, from Virginia, and throughout the country.
Along with people from the community and local organizations, La ColectiVA will continue to demand that Delegate Lopez absolutely end these ties, apologize for having made money off the suffering of migrants, and repay the money he made in the form a bond fund for people currently stuck in immigration detention.
Last year La ColectiVA started canvassing in Lopez’s district in Arlington to collect signatures with these demands. Hundreds have signed on wanting to hold Lopez accountable for his actions.
Jessie Patton, of SURJ Northern Virginia, who canvassed in Arlington, said: “People were genuinely surprised and angry to learn that their delegate has been working for ICA. Once the initial surprise settled, they began to demand further explanation.”