In a press release we got today, Nick Espinosa from MIRAc (Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action coalition) shares with us that MIRAc is in the process of planning "Non-Violent Civil Disobedience Trainings" in order to prepare for action to prevent I.C.E (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) from deporting family and community members.
The group sent an open letter to President Obama stating that "if the Obama administration does not sign an executive order declaring a moratorium on immigration raids and deportations, they will take matters into their own hands through non-violent civil disobedience aimed at shutting down I.C.E. headquarters."
In a twist that is reminiscent of David Walker's Appeal, the letter goes on to quote President Obama's own rhetoric: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
The group says they are ready to realize Obama's message. Phillip Lickteig, one of the dozens of community members participating in this action, states, “President Obama, we take you at your word. If an executive order declaring a moratorium on I.C.E. raids is not signed within the first hundred days of your administration, we will use non-violent civil disobedience to shut down ICE detention centers. We are non-violent because we wish, through contrast, to expose the system of violence and fear that pervades the communities, workplaces, schools, and homes of the undocumented and their children. We are disobedient because the law is unjust.”
Trainings will take place April 15th at 7:30pm at Bethany Lutheran (2511 E Franklin Ave Mpls, MN 55406); April 19th at 1:00pm at Macalester College (4th Floor of Old Main); and May 1st at 6:00pm at Nicollet Ave. and W 28th St (Mpls 55408).
Then on May 6th at 7am the protests will begin at I.C.E. Headquarters (2901 Metro Drive Bloomington, MN 55425).
MIRAc is an organization that "organizes the immigrant community and their allies to try to win legalization for all and equality in all aspects of life. They struggle for legalization, for a moratorium on raids and deportations, and for drivers licenses for all regardless of immigration status."