RISE AND RESIST DROPS “ABOLISH ICE’ BANNER AT THE STATUE OF LIBERTY ON JULY 4TH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
7/4/18
 
WHO: Rise and Resist
WHAT: Abolish ICE Action
WHEN: Independence Day, 7/4/18
WHERE: Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, NYC
Media contact: media@riseandresist.org

Reflecting the sentiments of Saturday’s nationwide End Family Separation protests, members of Rise and Resist staged a visual protest at the Statue of Liberty on Independence Day. An ABOLISH ICE banner was hung from the statue, and activists spelled out the same message on their shirts. Dozens of tourists cheered on the activists, and the protest was broadcast via live stream over social media.

Some other reasons for the protest include:

  • Tens of thousands of people whom ICE has deported have no criminal record.
  • ICE detainees have been denied medical care and are subject to solitary confinement, sexual assault, and rape. ICE requested that the National Archives and Records Administration destroy records related to its detention operations.
  • Asylum seekers are often held by ICE without trial or bail.
  • While the United Stated has a reputation for refuge. ICE conducts raids in our schools, courthouses and workplaces, spreading fear and brutality.

In literature handed out at the protest site, the protesters demand that families be reunited now, that the current administration end detention as a deterrent, that deportations be halted, and that legal counsel for all immigrants be provided. 
 
“ICE has proved to be a threat to our liberty and way of life, and should be abolished,” said Leon Kirschner, Rise and Resist member. “They go after the most vulnerable among us, acting without due process to detain people. For-profit companies are making money off family separation. This has to stop now.”
 
Rise and Resist, formed in response to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, is a nonviolent direct action group committed to opposing, disrupting, and defeating any government act that threatens democracy, equality, and our civil liberties.
 
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Photos Free for Media Use, from Martin Joseph Quinn/Rise and Resist