[ 02. Nov 2007 ]

Shut Down Downtown TACOMA! Against I.C.E! Against Raids!

Not in our city! Not in our region!

November 9th &10th 2007 - We want to show the powers that be, that a homeland security detention center will not be tolerated in our communities and in our region. This will be in solidarity with the No Borders camp that will be happening the same week down south.


We plan on sending a very visible, clear message by not allowing business as usual to happen on these days.

Tacoma W.A has the biggest Homeland Security Detention Center in the North West! They have been tearing apart families, separating children born here from their parents and loved ones that were not. Sixty-four people have died in these detention centers since 2004, and just recently about three hundred people were made ill from the food given in the Tacoma Detention Center. We want to show solidarity with those at the No Borders camp down south who will be resisting the wall, detentions, capitalism and the institutions as well as trade agreements that are responsible for displacing millions of people around the world. We have had enough of this in our communities! Enough of these secret raids! We want this facility OUT of Tacoma!

Downtown Will NOT have business as usual! We plan on shutting down the downtown area of Tacoma to send a very clear message that will be heard by the powers that be, that we do not want this detention facility any where near us and our communities.

There will be a designated green zone at S. 17th and Pacific on the corner and in the grassy park across from the art museum. In this area only 100% LEGAL forms of protest will be taking place! Bring puppets, musical instruments, signs, banners, creativity and passion. The rest of down town will be open to diverse and creative tactics!

But remember the Green zone is 100% Legal and those in the Green should not feel obligated to join or participate in anything going on out side of that park and corner. But if you feel comfortable, fed up, and ready, feel free to join in or plan your own actions or marches with your organizations and/or friends and loved ones! Affinity groups welcome! Peacefully Protest Welcome! Street Theater Welcome! Direct Action Welcome!

Community members, immigrants, students, workers, radicals, every one of us! We all want to show Tacoma some thing diverse, effective and creative. None of us want this place in Tacoma or in our communities. And we all have different ways of protesting and resisting these institutions and laws that effect the lives us all. Lets support one another, show solidarity, and make this place that we cant stand disappear.

Plan on being at S.17th and Pacific at around 11 o'clock am on Friday November 9th and Saturday November 10th. This will be the green zone. Other forms of protest and resistance can start when ever and where ever those who plan them decide.

No Border Camp is Coming

On the 18th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall organizers and activists will gather in Calexico/Mexicali to draw attention to the human rights atrocities that occur in regards to the hyper-militarized U.S./Mexico border, the people and corporations who benefit from these terrors and the rising tide of white supremacists who use immigration as a way to promote their twisted politics.

In the Northwest, there will be solidarity actions occuring simultanously to show support and to draw attention to the border issues that affect people in our own communities. The border is everywhere. We must confront it in our community while supporting others struggling against it in communities across the Americas.

The :: call by Smash Tacoma I.C.E and :: No Border Camp is Coming were published first @ ::