[mgj-discuss] URGENT: Immigrant Activist Elvira Arellano Arrested in Los Angeles!
ruthcastelbranco at gmail.com
Mon Aug 20 18:55:20 PDT 2007
Please spread far and wide.
Emergency Alert! Immigrant Activist Elvira Arellano Arrested in Los
> Angeles! Your URGENT Support is Needed!
> Elvira Arellano, the immigration activist who sought refuge inside
> a Chicago church for a year was arrested in Los Angeles this
> afternoon after taking her campaign on the road. We need to act
> quickly to demand her release! (see below)
> National Immigrant Solidarity Network
> Immigration activist Arellano arrested
> By Antonio Olivo
> Chicago Tribune
> August 20, 2007
> LOS ANGELESâ€”An immigration activist who sought refuge inside a
> Chicago church for a year was arrested in Los Angeles this
> afternoon after taking her campaign on the road.
> Elvira Arellano was arrested about 4:15 p.m. Chicago time by law-
> enforcement officials after leaving Our Lady Queen of Angels Church
> in downtown Los Angeles, said Emma Lozano, an adviser who was there
> during the arrest.
> After talking to news media inside the church, Arellano and her
> supporters got into their van to head north to San Jose, where she
> was scheduled to speak at another church, Lozano said. Moments
> after they entered the van, an unmarked vehicle stopped them.
> The driver of Arellano's van, Roberto Lopez, poked his head out
> because he wanted to see why they were being blocked. Several other
> unmarked vehicles surrounded their van.
> Agents emerged from all the cars screaming for Arellano to get out,
> Lozano said. Her 8-year-old son, Saul, started to cry, and Arellano
> said to everyone in the car, "Calm down. Don't have any fear. They
> can't hurt me."
> Then she turned to the people who were about to arrest her and she
> said, "You're going to have to give me a minute with my son,"
> Lozano said. She spent time with her son in the car, then
> Arellano was arrested on Main Street, near the church, where she
> slept Saturday night and where she's held several press conferences
> Saturday and today.
> aolivo at tribune.com
> Suggest Immediate Actions to Support Her:
> 1) Call U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office,
> demand them the safety of the Elvira Arellano, no deportation, and
> demand her immediately release from the ICE custody.
> ICE Field Office Director, Los Angeles
> 300 North Los Angeles St., Room 7631A
> Los Angeles, CA 90012
> Phone: 213-830-7911
> ICE Headquarters, Director, Office of Detention and Removal
> 801 I St, NW
> Suite 900
> Washington, DC 20536
> Phone: 202-305-2734
(e) ruthcastelbranco at gmail.com
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