Monday, May 10, 2010

Arpaio DISTORTS Arrest Info and VIOLATES ICE Policy

I've been curious about why Arpaio and his masked volunteer goons were arresting so many people for "Human Trafficking." After a little investigation, I found out why. HE's DISTORTING the Arrest Data!!! He is saying they are "smuggling themselves" therefore they are Human Trafficking. If this wasn't so despicable it would be funny. Additionally, he Violates ICE policy by targetting/arresting people for riding in cars. reports:
Stretching the Law
Arpaio finds creative ways to arrest illegal immigrants — using state law intended on human smuggling to charge them with smuggling themselves — something no one else in the state has attempted. Arpaio has another unusual tactic. Though the Phoenix Police Department has a policy of not asking "citizenship" on arrest, down at Arpaio's county jail, which houses prisoners from a number of jurisdictions, it's a different matter. Every single person who is booked — regardless of the charge — is asked their citizenship and social security number. Officials then look them up in the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, database. Since last May 7,000 illegal immigrants have been detained this way according to Amy Coon, one of 160 Maricopa County sheriff's deputies trained to enforce federal immigration law. According to the agreement with ICE, prisoners are only supposed to be held on immigration charges if they were arrested for something else first. On the night of this reporter's visit, however, at least one illegal immigrant is arrested for simply being a passenger in a car that was stopped. Arpaio justifies his practices. "We put the holds on them so they won't be released back to the streets. We do that since the cops will not do it," he says, in a backhanded dig at the more immigrant-friendly Phoenix Police Department.

Additionally, Arpaio inflates his arrent numbers! All to look good on Camera!
CBS reports:
PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio takes credit for putting 37,000 illegal immigrants in jail but a closer look at the numbers reveals it's not his deputies who are making most of the arrests. (Arpaio) took credit for putting tens of thousands of illegal immigrants behind bars. “We've been very, very successful… approximately 37,000 illegal aliens that this office has been responsible for investigating, arresting, detaining," said Arpaio. Nevertheless, the sheriff’s own internal reports, obtained by CBS 5 News, show those numbers don’t tell the full story. The sheriff’s internal statistics show his human smuggling unit made 3,671 arrests as of early February. The first 12 crime sweeps netted nearly 700 arrests -- about half of those arrested were for immigration related violations. More than 31,000 of the 37,000 arrests were made by other police agencies. (yet Arpaio wrongly takes credit for these arrest numbers) The arrestees were brought to the jail to be processed by sheriff’s detention officers.
(As noted above, he is Violating Phoenix & ICE's policy by inappropriately querying ICE's database.)


Vicente Duque said... : How to Win the Arizona Boycott : Recruit Enthusiastic Youngsters and Students for a Summer Boycott and continue the Boycott activities beyond the season - Call the conventions and ask cancellations

Adrenaline, Youth, Enthusiasm :

A triumph of the Arizona Boycott would be a Great Wonderful Beautiful Political Stunt with many repercusions not only for Immigration Politics but also for Democratic and Liberty Politics. - Those that want to invade private life and police human beings for their color or facial features would be rebuked.

The Arizona Boycott is a wonderful golden opportunity for youngsters and students that are considering a political career. They would learn what a grassroots movement filled with enthusiasm is ( from the inside ! )
How to Win the Arizona Boycott
May. 11‚ 2010

by Randy Shaw‚
Randy Shaw is the author of Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century, which will be out in paperback in July.

How to Win the Arizona Boycott

Some excerpts :

In the past two weeks, the call for an economic boycott of Arizona has spread far beyond the political arena. In addition to labor and immigrant rights groups, it quickly won support from such unusual suspects as pop singers Shakira and Ricky Martin, the NBA’s “Los Phoenix Suns,” and the Major League Baseball Players Association. Polls show African-Americans are even more hostile than Latinos to the racist Arizona law, and conventions from multiple groups are already being switched out of state. But boycotts typically start with a flurry of activity. Most then dissipate without building the boycott infrastructure necessary to achieve their original goal. For the Arizona boycott to succeed, activists must follow the lessons of the UFW grape and lettuce boycotts of the 1960’s and 1970’s, the South Africa divestment campaign of the 1970s and 1980’s, and the UNITE HERE “Hotel Rising Boycott” of 2006. And the timing is perfect for a “Boycott Summer,” which would boost immigrant rights activism both in Arizona and nationally.

“Boycott Summer”

The critical distinction between successful and failed boycotts is the creation of a boycott infrastructure. In other words, a campaign operation that continues after the media launch event ends, and that builds the boycott through continually harnessing and recruiting volunteers.

The Center for Community Change, its network of affiliated groups, and its labor allies collectively has the staff capability to build an Arizona boycott infrastructure. And while some might argue that focusing on Arizona is a distraction from comprehensive federal reform, at this point the only way a breakthrough can happen on the latter is by activists showing clout on the state boycott.

With summer approaching and many colleges already out, the timing is perfect for a massive “Boycott Summer” campaign in Arizona. Whether this occurs depends on the commitment of boycott groups to build such an infrastructure, which appears to be a golden opportunity to keep immigration reform on the national radar during hearings on proposed Supreme Court Justice Kagan, the ongoing oil spill, financial reforms, and other news.

Recruitment for a Boycott Summer campaign will keep the issue alive across the nation, nationalizing a local struggle in the same way that the UFW used grape and lettuce boycott recruitment to spread word of its struggle with growers in California’s Central Valley. Recruits also become troops in the larger battle for federal reform, so their value extends beyond Arizona and will likely continue when they return to school in the fall.

Youth, Minorities, Demography and Politics :

Vicente Duque

Vicente Duque said...

Cesar Chavez and the Grape Strike, a successful boycott of Grapes in California - History of Social Issues and Fights for Justice - Useful for Arizona Boycott

Cesar Chavez was raised in an Arizonan Farm and was so poor that he could not study. He learned everything in the fruit fields. This piece of History can be useful to understand the present Boycott of Arizona, its products, services, tourism, conventions, etc ....

This Arizona Boycott is wonderful for Youth, Youngsters, Students, that want to feel the adrenaline of a grassroots movement and go into politics later. They would know a grassroots movement from the inside.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia :

Delano grape strike

Some excerpts :

The Delano grape strike was a strike, boycott, and secondary boycott led by the United Farm Workers (UFW) against growers of table grapes in California. The strike began on September 8, 1965, and lasted more than five years. The strike was significant victory for the UFW, leading to a first contract with these growers.

The strike began when the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, mostly Filipino farm workers in Delano, California, led by Philip Vera Cruz, Larry Itliong and Pete Velasco, walked off the farms of area table-grape growers, demanding wages equal to the federal minimum wage.[1][2][3] One week after the strike began, the predominantly Mexican-American National Farmworkers Association, led by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, joined the strike, and eventually the two groups merged, forming the United Farm Workers of America in August 1966.[3] Quickly, the strike spread to over 2,000 workers.

Through its grassroots efforts—utilizing consumer boycotts, marches, community organizing and nonviolent resistance—the movement gained national attention for the plight of some of the nation's lowest-paid workers.[2][3] By 1970, the UFW had succeeded in reaching a collective bargaining agreement with the table-grape growers, affecting in excess of 10,000 farm workers.[1][2][3]
[edit] Background

As a result of the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee’s decision to strike against Delano grape growers on September 8, 1965, Chavez held a conference in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, on September 16 which is the Mexican Independence Day, in order to allow the National Farm Workers Association to decide for themselves whether or not to join the struggle at Delano. An estimated crowd of more than twelve hundred supporters and members of Chavez’s organization repeatedly chanted, “Huelga!” the Spanish word for strike, in favor of supporting the Delano grape farmers.[4]

On March 17, 1966 Cesar Chavez embarked on a three hundred mile pilgrimage from Delano California to the state’s capital of Sacramento. This was an attempt to pressure the growers and the state government to answer the demands of the Mexican and Filipino farm workers which represented the Filipino-dominated Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee and the Mexican-dominated National Farm Workers Association, led by Cesar Chavez. The pilgrimage was also intended to bring public attention to the farm worker’s cause. Shortly after this, the National Farm Workers Association and the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee merged and became known as the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee.[5]

Youth, Minorities, Demography and Politics :

Vicente Duque

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