Ravi Ragbir, Defending Immigrant Activists
We'll hear from Ravi Ragbir, the executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition, and one of a number of immigrant rights activists being targeted. For years, Ravi has been a courageous leader in the battle for immigrants to live with dignity and security in this country. He has been in this country for 27 years. On Thursday, January 11, he was detained and threatened with immediate deportation when he reported for what was supposed to be a routine check-in with ICE in Manhattan. The hundreds of supporters who came with him sat in to block the ambulance taking him away - in the face of a brutal attack by the NYPD.
He was freed from custody on Monday, January 29, on an order from a federal judge.
Carl Dix, Stand Up Now with the Immigrants
Carl Dix, a representative of the Revolutionary Communist Party, and co-initiator of Refuse Fascism, will join us to talk about "FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE MUSLIMS, THEN THEY CAME FOR THE IMMIGRANTS, Not This Time…," an important new statement from Refuse Fascism (see below), as well as some points on the orientation and actions needed today. On January 19, Carl Dix marched with hundreds of people, overwhelmingly Haitian immigrants, for miles from central Brooklyn, across the Brooklyn Bridge, through lower Manhattan and to the Trump Building on Wall Street, in angry and spirited denunciation of Trump’s racist attack on Haiti and African countries as “shitholes.”