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The Washington Post recently exposed what our leaders already suspected: Federal immigration authorities have a quota. They must round up enough immigrants to fill 34,000 beds in "immigrant detention centers" every day. In our community, they are asking the King County Jail to hold immigrants who are truly innocent or who have committed the pettiest of crimes so they can take them to the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center to fulfill their quota. This is a cruel practice that harms many local families and the community for no good reason. In addition, will also engage Seattle’s Mayor-elect around jobs/labor standards, schools/healthy food, and transportation. We will also recognize the work that Sound Alliance has done to support the school bond campaign in the Tahoma School Distirct. We need to demonstrate to the Councilmembers and the Mayor-elect that there is real community support for these issues through our turnout.
What
  • Assembly
When Nov 13, 2013
from 10:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Where St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 611 20th Ave South, Seattle, WA 98144
Contact Name
Contact Phone 206-575-2262
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This Action Assembly will:

  • play a critical role in advancing a King County ordinance related to the just treatment of immigrants (more below*);
  • launch an important relationship with the Mayor –elect of Seattle to address problems related to Jobs, Transportation, Education, Public Safety & Healthy Food;
  • recognize Alliance leaders and allies involved in groundbreaking efforts to secure community benefits and pass a $200 M school construction bond in the Tahoma School District.
  • welcome our 3 new member organizations: Seattle Firefighters; Tahoma Education Association; FUSE


*Background: The Washington Post recently exposed that Alliance leaders already suspected: Federal immigration authorities have a quota. They must round up enough immigrants to fill 34,000 beds in "immigrant detention centers" every day. In our community, they are asking the King County Jail to hold immigrants who are truly innocent or who have committed the pettiest of crimes so they can take them to the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center to fulfill their quota. This is a cruel practice that harms many local families and the community for no good reason.


The Chair of the King County Council has proposed an ordinance to address this injustice which has been endorsed by the County Sheriff and Seattle's Police Chief. It currently has four votes. It needs five to pass. The Alliance has invited two Councilmembers who have not yet agreed to vote for the current ordinance to hear our perspective on this issue: Councilmembers Rod Dembowski and Jane Hague. Councilmember Hague met with Alliance members previously and said that she would support the ordinance. We expect her to keep that commitment.

Washington Post Article:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/controversial-quota-drives-immigration-detention-boom/2013/10/13/09bb689e-214c-11e3-ad1a-1a919f2ed890_story.html

Come on out!
Together we will demand just treatment of immigrants, celebrate our hard work this year, and build the Sound Alliance's public power!

Logistics:
Please register using this link:

Eventbrite - Sound Alliance Action Assembly: Immigration, Jobs & Education


There is mostly just street parking so come a bit early.

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