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As an undocumented-led collective in the city of Chicago, we will take a moment to breathe and cherish this moment as we prepare to continue the ongoing radical grassroots organizing happening throughout the city. Trump is on his way out of office. However, we know that the same racist and inhumane structures of this capitalist empire are still up and running.
For us at OCAD this moment is a reminder that the struggle for dignity and justice is far from over.
We joined Just Futures Law in the #COVID19Project to find out more about how our data is being collected and shared across private companies and city agencies.
There are 11 million undocumented immigrants who aren’t eligible for a stimulus check. Please see how you can support below
Este taller de criminalización es un recurso preparado por Comunidades Organizadas contra las Deportaciones (OCAD) y el Centro para la Nueva Comunidad (CNC). La clave para luchar contra el sentimiento anti-inmigrante es comprender que no se trata de delincuencia, sino de la criminalización.
We advocate for the elimination of the use of detention centers and deportations, surveillance mechanisms, and “reforms” that exclude the most criminalized amongst us. One way we are doing this is by advocating for the elimination of the City of Chicago’s gang database.
Mohamed is a Palestinian undocumented immigrant who was flagged by the FBI for having “terrorist affiliations”. Mohamed was in a detention center for over a year and couldn’t be deported because he was considered “stateless” given his Palestinian nationality.
Genoveva’s case is one of OCAD’s first victories. OCAD supported her in filing a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (something that takes a lot of courage). As a result, Genoveva got her U visa approved, is with her family and continues to fight for others.
Wilmer Catalan had been residing in the US for over 10 years and, in March of 2017, ICE agents unlawfully entered his home without a criminal warrant or consent. ICE had conducted a raid based on false information obtained from the Chicago Police Department indicating Wilmer belonged to a street gang.
We’ve seen real power in action when we come together to ensure that the most criminalized amongst us aren’t left out of “reforms”. We’ve created a space for undocumented people to fight back and co-benefit from a network of support. We’ve also fought against policing and other parts of the deportation pipeline, and contributed to bringing criminalization to the forefront of the immigrant rights movement.