Funeral March on ICE remembers those who died in detention centers

On the 1st of November, Detention Watch Network and other advocates for migrants held a funeral march from the White House past Customs and Border Patrol to the headquarters of ICE, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. In all of 2016, 11 people have died in ICE detention centers and private prisons paid for by ICE. Since 2003 165 people have died in these inhuman dungeons. Even as the Dept of Justice is phasing out private prisons ICE is racing to sign more contracts.

Video of the funeral march on ICE

The altar set up at ICE to remember 11 who died this year and 165 since 2003 in ICE detention centers and private prisons

Funeral march on ICE

Immigrant women march from the Supreme Court to the White House for deportation relief

On Friday, September 16th, We Belong Together marched from the Supreme Court to the White House, protesting the ongoing blocking of any relief that would have been provided to some families through DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans ) and DACA+ (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). This was one year after 100 women from across the US marched from a detention center in Pennsylvania to McPherson Square durihg the Pope's visit to DC.

Reportback from Rally4Refugees

On the 28th of August DCRally4Refugees held a mixed concert/speaking event at Sylvan Theater near the Washington Monument. Bands alternated with speakers as organizers sought to raise funds and connect people with groups active on refugee issues. They pointed out that more people have been displaced from their homes now than ever before, and due to the war in Syria the total number of international refugees has now topped 20 million. A tiny number of Trump supporters tried to counterprotest this event, but at one point a pair of Code Pink activist counter-counterprotesting them was equal to 40% of their numbers. Meanwhile, a speaker from El Salvador called out the utter hypocrisy of those who benefit from migrant labor while demanding migrants leave.

Some video highlights of DCRally4Refugees

Advocates in life jackets symbolize the dangers faced on the water by one of the largest refugee populations in human history