Detroit ICE Raids and Resistance
Over 200 Iraqi nationals were rounded up in massive raids in the Detroit area last weekend. They are being targeted for deportation to Iraq, despite the fact that most are Iraqi Christians who face persecution and death if they return to Iraq. Family members and others protested the raids and at one point blocked one of the buses used by ICE.
We'll speak with Attorney Eman Jajonie-Daman, who represents over 20 of those detained, and Steve Konja, whose brother is being held by ICE.
Folsom Prison Hunger Strike
We'll hear from Raquel Estrada, whose husband is on strike, and Mohamed Shehk from Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity, about the recent Folsom Prison Hunger Strike. Courageous prisoners of B4 Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU) at the Folsom State Prison in California began a hunger strike on May 25. A Statement from Prisoners released through their relatives said this protest was “in response to ongoing mistreatment, dehumanization and unbearable living conditions.” To support the hunger strikers, click here.
Defend the Inauguration Day Resistance
We'll also speak with Sam Menefee-Libey from the Dead City Legal Posse on the extreme charges being leveled at the Inauguration Day protesters. On January 20 (J20), thousands took to the streets in Washington, DC to protest the Trump inauguration. When some protesters clashed with police, more than 200 people were arrested, including legal observers and journalists. Initially most of those arrested were hit with one count of felony rioting, punishable for up to 10 years in prison. Now over 200 J20 defendants are facing more than 70 years in prison, simply for participating in a demonstration. Check out the website, Defend J20 Resistance.