A Victory against ICE
On September 11, 2014, the people of Raices en Tampa came together to organize two actions that finally got the attention of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. They came together to “Stop ICE Holds” of immigrants that had been placed without a judge’s consent or degree.
Two days after they began, the police department gave in and decided to changed their policy to require adequate evidence and support from a judge prior to imposing a hold. This is a great step in combating and reforming unruly immigration enforcement. When local police officials partake in ICE detainers, they are given power that lacks them direct oversight from ICE. This allows for officials to to detain individuals illegally.
#BlackLivesMatter is a new a trending social media campaign. On September 5, 2014, a rally was organized at the University of Virginia to support and uphold the idea behind this phrase – protesting the violence that is continually and unjustifiably pitted against African Americans.
The Black Student Alliance, students, faculty, staff and community members gathered to bring the much needed attention to the police brutality, racism and “representations of blacks as athletes or criminals”. They marched together, reading poems and names of those who have been wrongfully killed. It was a peaceful protest but one that shows that Ferguson though be quieting down, the nation is not finished.