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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.



Prison Strike Solidarity Rally.

6pm.  Tuesday August 21st, 2018.

South Bay House of Corrections.

Bring signs, noisemakers, and high spirits.

August 21 2018: National Prison Strike!

National Prison Strike

Men and women incarcerated in prisons across the nation declare a nationwide strike in response to the riot in Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison in South Carolina. Seven comrades lost their lives during a senseless uprising that could have been avoided had the prison not been so overcrowded from the greed wrought by mass incarceration, and a lack of respect for human life that is embedded in our nation’s penal ideology. These men and women are demanding humane living conditions, access to rehabilitation, sentencing reform and the end of modern day slavery.

These are the NATIONAL DEMANDS of the men and women in federal, immigration, and state prisons:

1. Immediate improvements to the conditions of prisons and prison policies that recognize the humanity of imprisoned men and women.

2. An immediate end to prison slavery. All persons imprisoned in any place of detention under United States jurisdiction must be paid the prevailing wage in their state or territory for their labor.

3. The Prison Litigation Reform Act must be rescinded, allowing imprisoned humans a proper channel to address grievances and violations of their rights.

4. The Truth in Sentencing Act and the Sentencing Reform Act must be rescinded so that imprisoned humans have a possibility of rehabilitation and parole. No human shall be sentenced to Death by Incarceration or serve any sentence without the possibility of parole.

5. An immediate end to the racial overcharging, over-sentencing, and parole denials of Black and brown humans. Black humans shall no longer be denied parole because the victim of the crime was white, which is a particular problem in southern states.

6. An immediate end to racist gang enhancement laws targeting Black and brown humans.

7. No imprisoned human shall be denied access to rehabilitation programs at their place of detention because of their label as a violent offender.

8. State prisons must be funded specifically to offer more rehabilitation services.

9. Pell grants must be reinstated in all US states and territories.

10. The voting rights of all confined citizens serving prison sentences, pretrial detainees, and so-called “ex-felons” must be counted. Representation is demanded. All voices count!

We all agree to spread this strike throughout the prisons of Ameri$$$a! From August 21st to September 9th, 2018, men and women in prisons across the nation will strike in the following manner:

1. Work Strikes: Prisoners will not report to assigned jobs. Each place of detention will determine how long its strike will last. Some of these strikes may translate into a local list of demands designed to improve conditions and reduce harm within the prison.

2. Sit-ins : In certain prisons, men and women will engage in peaceful sit – in protests.

3. Boycotts: All spending should be halted. We ask those outside the walls not to make financial judgments for those inside. Men and women on the in side will inform you if they are participating in this boycott.

4. Hunger Strikes: Men and women shall refuse to eat.

We support the call of Free Alabama Movement Campaign to “Redistribute the Pain” 2018 as Bennu Hannibal Ra – Sun, formerly known as Melvin Ray has laid out (with the exception of refusing visitation). See these principles described here:

How You Can Help

Make the nation take a look at our demands. Demand action on our demands by contacting your local, state, and federal political representatives with these demands. Ask them where they stand.

Spread the strike and word of the strike in every place of detention.

Contact a supporting local organization to see how you can be supportive. If you are unsure of who to connect with, email

Be prepared by making contact with people in prison, family members of prisoners, and prisoner support organizations in your state to assist in notifying the public and media on strike conditions.

Assist in our announced initiatives to have the votes of people in jail and prison counted in elections.

Donate to strike’s official fundraising page here:

For the Media: Inquiries should be directed to

May Day!

May Day 2018 – International Workers’ Day

Mobilize Tuesday, May 1
Rally on the Boston Common, Parkman Bandstand @ 5:00 PM
Followed by a 6:30 March to Copley Square


Resist Deportations!
Immediate Permanent Legal Residence for All Undocumented Migrants!
Permanent Residence for All DACA and TPS Recipients!
Driver’s Licenses for All Undocumented MA Residents!
$15 Minimum Wage!
Stop Racist Attacks!
End Mass Incarceration!
Equal Pay for Equal Work!
Full Union Rights for All Workers!
Free Day Care for All Workers!
Full Labor Rights for So Called “Independent Contractors”!
End Military Intervention, Bring All US Troops Home Now!
Defend Transgender Rights!
Unions for All Workers! Organize the Unorganized!
Workers’ Control in the Workplace!
Jobs, Pensions, Healthcare, and Education for All Workers and Youth!

The government in Washington and the billionaire class are leading a generalized assault on our lives, rights, and living conditions. The wealth gap today continues to grow. From the racist attacks on Muslims, Migrants, and African-Americans to attacks on healthcare, women, and LGBT folks, and from attacks on our environment and education, to perpetual wars, working people are under fire.

The leading edge of this assault today is the stepped up attacks against migrants. Deportations are accelerating. As US wars have created massive debt and refugees internationally, the consequences of corporate greed at home have created refugees within our own borders. The war on the poor continues. Student debt stands at over a trillion dollars! The recent tax cuts for the rich will be at the expense of our living standards. They will be going after affordable housing, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Millions of youth and decent hard working people are under attack!

Claiming that human caused climate change is a “hoax”, the Trump Administration pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord. The falsehood of this claim was yet again demonstrated by the horrendous hurricanes that devastated the Gulf Coast and Caribbean. Enough is enough! An injury to one is an injury to all! Let us stand together and build a united, fighting movement. Please join us on May Day where our program will address: Migration, Labor Rights, Systemic Oppression, Threats to Human Survival, and the role of capitalism, US imperialism, and war in the current crisis.

Anarchist Black Cross
ANSWER – Boston
Bay State Red Sentinels
Bishop Filipe C. Teixeira- Immigration Pastoral Center, Brockton
Boston Education Justice Alliance
Boston Labor Solidarity Committee
Boston May Day Coalition
Boston Socialist Alternative
Boston Socialist Party
Boston Teachers Union
Community Church of Boston
Cosecha Boston
Cosecha Merrimack Valley
CPUSA Boston
Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston
Food for Activists
Greater Boston Chapter: Green-Rainbow Party
Party for Socialism and Liberation – Boston
Refuse Fascism, Metro Boston
UAW Local 1596
Veterans For Peace – Boston, Smedley D. Butler Brigade
Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment

Other May 1st actions:
Everett – Main Rally 5:30pm Glendale Park
E. Boston – gather and march 4:00pm Liberty Plaza
Chelsea – gather and march 4:30pm City Hall
Worcester – 4:45- 6:30 PM, 145 Front Street