In the last month, hundreds of thousands of people have risen up in outrage at the stories of mothers and fathers separated from their children, internment camps for immigrant families fleeing violence and seeking asylum, and have borne witness to the cruelty of ICE, an institution whose purpose is to detain and persecute 11 million people and criminalize parents for daring to dream of giving their children a better life.
ICE relies on institutions we are a part of to function day in and day out. #WeWontBeComplicit
ICE relies on the on the support of mayors, local police departments, County commissioners that allow ICE to use local jails to detain families. They rely on private tech companies to develop their surveillance technology, and airlines to deport people. They work with the department of labor, schools, DMVs, and hospitals and use their records to persecute undocumented people.
We must demand that our cities, counties and all these institutions end their cooperation with ICE. It is our moral duty to refuse to be complicit with ICE’s deportation machine at every level and demand that the institutions we are part of do the same!
Our counties must end their contracts with ICE. Our mayors must end police department collaboration with ICE, ban ICE from questioning people on public transit or any city property, and warn the immigrant community in advance if ICE is planning a raid. The companies we buy from must stop developing technology and selling goods to ICE.
Will you? On July 31, our partner at Movimiento Cosecha are organizing a National Day of Action to End Cooperation with ICE. Sign up here to receive a guide and information to help you organize. Cosecha can help you figure out what your local demand should be, and connect you with local organizations that have been fighting to end county and city collaboration with ICE for years!