Officials who say they’re ‘contact tracing’ protesters hurt the fight against COVID-19

We recommend that if you test positive for COVID-19, that you do not list your political contacts with any kind of contact tracing group you may be asked to divulge information to.  Make sure to contact all of your comrades you have been in physical proximity with recently, and let them know that you have become ill and they should act accordingly.

Let’s not let the fight against this virus become another tool of state surveillance.

We have not seen any plans yet for any kind of contact tracing smart phone app that we think is remotely worth supporting.  That being said, this pandemic is very real, and very dangerous.  If you get sick, you should do what you can to isolate yourself and you should let the people you’ve been near know.

That being said, stay out in the streets and keep the pressure on.  The state has blinked a number of times in the past week.  Stay healthy and look out for each other out there.

Covid 19 Behind Bars

Cuando un agente del ICE golpe

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Cuando se le entrega una carta del ICE que intenta detener y deportar a alguien:

Los agentes del ICE no son agentes de policía, pero frecuentemente intentan engañar a las personas para que piensen que son policías, para que las personas abran sus puertas y comiencen un encuentro que podría conducir a una deportación. Por lo tanto:

No hables con la policía. Especialmente durante las redadas planeadas esta semana.

NINGUNO, excepto un juez, puede obligarte a cooperar con ICE.

La carta es de DHS, NO de un tribunal.

Intentan servir FALSOS ÓRDENES JUDICIALES que no fueron firmados por ningún juez, sino por un oficial de inmigración. Solo un juez del sistema judicial puede presentar una orden judicial real para su arresto.

Usted debe ignorar estas órdenes falsas.

Cita: “Las órdenes judiciales ICE son órdenes administrativas que“ no otorgan la misma autoridad que un registro penal o una orden de arresto ”. A diferencia de las órdenes penales, un juez neutral no revisa ni emite una orden judicial. Además, no confiere autoridad para ingresar a espacios privados para ejecutar un arresto o una búsqueda. Una orden ICE no obliga a ningún agente de la ley local a tomar medidas de ningún tipo; Está dirigido exclusivamente a agentes del ICE “.

Agentes del ICE en su lugar de trabajo:

  • Pregunte si puede marcharse. De ser así, salga tranquilamente.
  • Usted tiene derecho a no prestar consentimiento a una búsqueda. Diga en voz alta que no consiente a que registren sus pertenencias.
  • Usted tiene derecho a guardar silencio. No tiene que discutir su estadus migratorio con nadie, ni dónde nació, ni cómo entró al país. Pero, si tiene documentos de inmigración válidos, debería mostrarlos. Nunca presente documentos falsos.
  • Si usted es arrestado, diga que quiere permanecer en silencio hasta que hable con un abogado.
  • Usted tiene derecho a grabar su interacción con los agentes de inmigración, siempre y cuando no interfiera.

Si agentes del ICE llegan a tu puerta:

  • No abras la puerta, pero mantén la calma. Tu tienes derechos.
  • Pregunte para qué están ahí y solicita un intérprete si lo necesita.
  • Si ellos piden entrar en tu casa, pregúntales si tienen una orden firmada por un juez * (ver arriba) y si la tienen, diles que te la muestren (por la ventana o que la pasen por debajo de la puerta, no abras la puerta). Si estos opciones no son posible, pídales que lo dejen en el buzón.
  • Si NO tienen una orden firmada por un juez * (ver más arriba), puede negarte a dejarlos entrar. Pídeles que dejen cualquier información en tu puerta.
  • Si entran a la fuerza, no te resistas. Dile a todos los que estén en la casa que permanezcan en silencio.
  • Si eres arrestado, permanece en silencio y no firmes nada hasta que hables con un abogado.

* Una orden administrativa ICE (formulario I-200, I-205) no les autorizan para entrar a tu casa sin tu consentimiento.


When an ICE agent knocks

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ICE agents are not police officers, but they often try to trick people into thinking they are cops, in order to get people to open their doors and start an encounter that might lead to a deportation. Therefore:

Don’t talk to cops. Especially during the planned raids this week.

The best situation is when your friends, family, and neighbors have the attitude of not talking to any cops, or at least not ICE agents pretending to be cops. Establish an agreement that regardless of anyone’s citizenship status (which you should not reveal), no one will open the door to a police officer of any kind. Even if none of your friends, family, or neighbors are undocumented, make this decision on principle of solidarity. Maybe a few more people will finally stop talking to cops altogether!

When you are served a letter from ICE attempting to detain and deport someone:

NO ONE except a judge can force you to cooperate with ICE.

The letter is from DHS, NOT a court.

They try to serve FAKE WARRANTS that were not signed by any judge, but rather an immigration officer. Only a judge from the court system can serve an actual warrant for your arrest.

You should ignore these fake warrants.

Also, police officers cannot be used to take you away with a so-called ICE “warrant”, because immigration is not within their domain of law enforcement.

Quote: “ICE warrants are administrative warrants that “do not grant the same authority as a criminal search or an arrest warrant.” Unlike criminal warrants, an ICE warrant is not reviewed or issued by a neutral magistrate. Further, it does not confer authority to enter private spaces to execute an arrest or search. An ICE warrant does not compel any local law enforcement officer to take action of any kind; it is exclusively directed to ICE agents.”

And quote from ACLU:

ICE Agents at your place of work:

  • Ask if you are free to leave. If so, you may calmly walk out.
  • You have the right to refuse consent to a search. Say out loud that you do not consent to a search of your belongings.
  • You have the right to remain silent. You do not have to discuss your immigration status with anyone, such as about where you were born, whether you are a citizen, or how you entered the country. But if you have valid immigration documents, you should show them. Never provide fake documents.
  • If you’re arrested, say that you wish to remain silent until speaking with a lawyer.
  • You have the right to record your interaction with immigration agents so long as you do not interfere.

ICE Agents showing up at your door:

  • Don’t open the door, but be calm. You have rights.
  • Ask what they are there for, and ask for an interpreter if you need one.
  • If they enter, ask if they have a warrant signed by a judge* (see above) and if so, ask to see it (through a window or slipped under a door, do not open the door). Otherwise, ask them to leave it in the mailbox.
  • If they do NOT have a warrant signed by a judge* (see above), you may refuse to let them in. Ask them to leave any information at your door.
  • If they force their way in, don’t resist. Tell everyone in the residence to remain silent.
  • If you are arrested, remain silent and do not sign anything until you speak to a lawyer.

* An ICE administrative warrant (form I-200, I-205) does not allow them to enter your home without your consent.


New Resource: When an agent knocks

We are mirroring CCR’s “When an agent knocks” (en) and “Si un agente golpe” (es) on our site.



Zine: The J20 Arrests and Trials Explained

The J20 Arrests and Trials Explained

SUPPORT POLITICAL PRISONERS! There are still people who need to be freed. Support J20 and G20 defendants.

Support water protectors.

Support Ferguson protestors!

Note: The J20 defendants have all been freed! But there is still work to do.

WATCH THIS VIDEO about the whole ordeal.

On January 20th, 2017:

230 people were mass arrested during demonstrations against Donald Trump’s Inauguration.

The arrests were made by use of a “kettle” technique on the corners of 12th and L Streets, after no orders to disperse. 214 of these arrestees were charged under the Federal Riot Statute. On April 27th, multiple additional felony charges were added. In December 2017, one trial group was acquitted of all charges. The Attorney’s Office dropped charges against an additional 129 defendants on January 18, 2018. In May, a jury ended up in a deadlock amidst revelations that the prosecution had committed large Brady violations.

The attorney’s office dropped all remaining charges in this case on July 6th, 2018. It could not have been achieved without solidarity amongst defendants, extensive logistical support, and the hard work of sympathetic defense lawyers.