Sharing wisdom and guidance from the mijente movement organizers on what it means to Abolish ICE

“Histories of social movements show time and again that powerful organizing makes the impossible possible. As the demand to Abolish ICE begins to catch fire, we must not forget that it was profoundly criminalized working class and poor undocumented people who first had the courage to challenge assimilationist demands in favor of aspirational ones. It was them and their accomplices who dared to dream up a campaign that could fight to win the end of their own incarcerations and deportations. A motley crew of undocumented people, women of color, queers, and grassroots organizers first pushed forward the demand for ‘not one more deportation,’ prefiguring the current moment. As the words of Assata Shakur remind us, it’s those who ‘have nothing to lose but our chains’ who have made the most daring demands in times of conformity. When we forget this we lose lessons about how movements are born, pivot and win.” -Maru Mora Villalpando, Tania Unzueta and Angelica Chazaro

READ MORE: https://medium.com/@LaTania/we-fell-in-love-in-a-hopeless-place-a-grassroots-history-from-not1more-to-abolish-ice-23089cf21711

What policies are needed to #AbolishICE? (From Mijente)
Abolish ICE
Remove attorney general Jeff sessions and reimagine the criminal division of the department of justice
Repeal laws criminalizing migration
End operation streamline
Enact non-cooperation policies at the state and local levels that go beyond sanctuary laws
End all forms of immigrant detention
End all contracts between private sector and governmental agencies for immigration enforcement
Defund the border patrol and fund border rescue
Stop funding and training other governments to carry out immigration policing

Read more in the policy platform from Mijente.

Today! Interfaith Gathering at the Jail Construction Site, 7pm

Show up on June 28th at 7pm at the new youth jail construction site (1211 E Alder St) for a prayerful interfaith gathering celebrating and calling for liberation. Our diverse faith traditions have much to teach us about loving others and working for the thriving of all of us in our communities. What in your faith tradition makes you ask for construction to stop on the new youth jail?

Bring songs, prayers, liturgies, meditations, poems, sacred texts and reflections from your faith tradition to share around the themes of liberation and freedom. There will be space for you to share what you bring with people present. Hear from and build community with Seattle neighbors in faith. This will be a peaceful space to hold prayer together.

Facebook page for this event is here.

Interfaith Gathering for Liberation

Show up on June 28th at 7pm at the new youth jail construction site (we are now on Spruce between 12th and 14th) for a prayerful interfaith gathering celebrating and calling for liberation. Our diverse faith traditions have much to teach us about loving others and working for the thriving of all of us in our communities. What in your faith tradition makes you ask for construction to stop on the new youth jail?

Bring songs, prayers, liturgies, meditations, poems, sacred texts and reflections from your faith tradition to share around the themes of liberation and freedom. There will be space for you to share what you bring with people present. Hear from and build community with Seattle neighbors in faith. This will be a peaceful space to hold prayer together.

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For six plus years there has been widespread opposition to the court and jail-building project on 12th and Alder in Seattle, WA. The county has repeatedly ignored and silenced community concerns about incarcerating youth and shown unaccountable and fiscally irresponsible leadership. We know that caging youth does not heal people and our communities. The No New Youth Jail Coalition is calling for a People’s Moratorium, which looks like halting all construction and engaging in meaningful negotiations with the community to repurpose the site away from incarcerating young people and towards meeting the real human needs of families and youth in King County.

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Public Debate: Nikkita Oliver v. Dow Constantine

The Peoples Party was live.

No New Youth Jail Coalition hosts a public debate with Intended to be between former mayoral candidate and transformative justice organizer Nikkita Oliver and King County Executive Dow Constantine. Dow didn’t show up so we are now centering our black and brown youth. For over six years, youth of color have led a fight to imagine a future that does not include incarceration as a possible future for children in Martin Luther King Jr. County. Yet, Executive Constantine continues to move forward with a $233 million youth jail project. Join us to learn more as these two public figures who are on opposite sides of this debate wrestle over whether building a youth jail is the right move for upholding and nourishing the futures of our youth, especially our youth of color, in King County. This forum will be a space where young people of color, who are most impacted by the building of this new children’s jail, will ask questions.

For the youth that have been through King County’s youth jail or have been impacted by this jail, please email your debate questions to peoplespartyseattle@gmail.com.

#WheresDow

UPDATE: #WheresDow? Despite his March statement saying he would participate in the debate, he has chosen once again not to show up. This work will continue with or without Dow: Join us today, instead, for a youth panel exploring whether youth jails are obsolete!

#NoNewYouthJail Invites Dow Constantine to Live Debate

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The No New Youth Jail Coalition is hosting a public debate between former mayoral candidate and transformative justice organizer Nikkita Oliver and King County Executive Dow Constantine. For over six years, youth of color have led a fight to imagine a future that does not include incarceration as a possible future for children in Martin Luther King Jr. County. Yet, Executive Constantine continues to move forward with a $233 million youth jail project. Come learn more as these two public figures who are on opposite sides of this debate wrestle over whether building a youth jail is the right move for upholding and nourishing the futures of our youth, especially our youth of color, in King County. This forum will be a space where young people of color, who are most impacted by the building of this new children’s jail, will ask questions.

For the youth that have been through King County’s youth jail or have been impacted by this jail, please email your debate questions to peoplespartyseattle@gmail.com.

*5:30pm door, 6:00pm start
*Scent-free event
*Food & Childcare
*ASL Interpreter confirmed
*location is wheelchair accessible

To contribute resources to fund the event (particularly money for food, interpretation, accessibility, childcare) here is the Go Fund Me: https://www.gofundme.com/help-fund-no-new-youth-jail-debate