Friday, December 16, 2011...In a dramatic protest against the Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act with a provision allowing the military to indefinitely detain American citizens on U.S. soil without charges, Occupy San Jose held a solemn candlelight funeral procession to mark the effective death of the Bill of Rights.
The march proceeded from City Hall to the Issei Memorial Building near 5th and Jackson, site of a memorial to the internment (indefinite detention) of Japanese and Japanese-American citizens during World War II. Protesters spoke movingly of their determination to defend our rights as guaranteed by the Constitution.
The Santa Clara Coalition Against S-Comm won a significant victory in October when the County Board of Supervisors voted on a new set of guidelines for immigration detention, effectively ending the County's collaboration with Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The county receives "hold" or "detainer" requests from ICE for individuals who have served their time but whom ICE wants to pick up for deportation. The new policy states that the County will honor such requests only if "there is a written agreement with the federal government by which all costs incurred by the County in complying with the ICE detainer will be reimbursed." This action puts Santa Clara County in the forefront of communities around the country who are fighting the federal government's "Secure Communities" (S-Comm) policy.
The Coalition is a cross-ethnic coalition of civil rights organizations and immigrant service agencies. Participating organizations include: Service for Immigrants Rights and Education Network (SIREN), Sacred Heart Community Services, Silicon Valley De-Bug, Asian Law Alliance, San Jose Peace & Justice Center and others. Debug has created a web site with more information and complete documentation
A hopeful and inspiring speech by Victor Conyers, a member of Occupy San Jose.
Nov. 23, 2011.....by Pablo Ghenis, Occupy San Jose
The Occupy movement arrived in San Jose as it spread like wildfire from Wall Street to the entire world. It was a confusing proposition, a leaderless movement, with clear complaints but taking its time to articulate specific demands, a non-partisan big tent of ideas meant to accommodate the 99% that got cheated by a lot of the top 1%.
Read Pablo's complete article on our blog...
Two housekeepers at the Hyatt Santa Clara have been fired after they objected to humiliating photos of themselves posted on the management bulletin board at the hotel. The photos showed the faces of Martha Reyes and her sister Lorena pasted over bikini-clad models. Together, the women have over 30 years of service at the Hyatt.
The sisters, along with the Hotel Workers Rising campaign are demanding reinstatement of their jobs and compensation for the months that they have been out of work. Sign the petition to Hyatt CEO Mark Hoplamazian here.
Peace & Justice Center Coordinator Shelby Minister attended the National Conference of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression held in Chicago on November 5, attended by about 150 people from all over the country. Her report follows below:
The first main speaker was Carlos Montes (right), a Chicano leader in the anti-war and immigrant rights movement from East Los Angeles. Carlos was raided a few months back and arrested by the L.A. Sherriff's Dept., and is currently awaiting trial. He is being targeted for his anti-war and solidarity work, particularly in regards to his work with Freedom Road Socialist Organization and for helping to organize the protest at the 2008 Republican Convention in Minnesota.Read more...
Veterans for Peace Chapter 101 commemorated Armistice Day on Friday, November 11 by ringing a bell at the site of Occupy San Jose. November 11 was declared "Armistice Day" in 1918 to mark the end of World War I. The name was changed to "Veterans Day" after World War II.
See our blog for an essay by Charley Trujillo (writer, filmmaker, and Vietnam War veteran) on Mexican-Chicano Veterans and Veterans Day.
Members of San Jose Code Pink joined Occupy San Jose on October 18 to show support for the occupation movement and highlight the demand to Bring Our War Dollars Home.
Other community partners of the Peace & Justice Center are encouraged to bring contingents of supporters to the local occupation alongside San Jose City Hall.
by Sharat G. Lin
Hotel service workers of the union Unite Here! Local 19 marked Labor Day by picketed the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, which has been the target of a boycott campaign launched by the union six months ago. Hyatt workers, who have been without a contract with the hotel, have been demanding recognition of the union through a card-check / neutrality agreement.
On Labor Day, September 5, 2011, some 200 hotel workers of the labor union Unite Here! Local 19 and their community supporters picketed the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara adjacent to the Santa Clara Convention Center in California . They passed out flyers to guests at the hotel, requesting them to "check out" and honor the ongoing boycott of the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara.Read more...
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