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Abril de Danza en Tijuana

Por Paco Zavala

Se avecina la Muestra Internacional de Danza/Tijuana Cuerpos en Tránsito 2018, dentro del cual el mundo dancístico tijuanense e invitados se alistan para compartir los diversos escenarios en los que se verifique dicho evento en el presente mes de abril. Por lo tanto, las actividades culturales de Tijuana se han enfocado en el arte del movimiento.

Presentan Show Ritmico

La compañía de Danza Catalejo presentó su exhibición, denominada “Híbridos”, en el CECUT.

Esta muestra contempla una intervención dancística con fusión de flamenco, hip hop, y ritmos latinos donde los intérpretes revelan sus inclinaciones dancísticas y el público llega a ser el coreógrafo en tiempo real.

Esta demostración se realizó el pasado domingo en la Sala Federico Campbell del CECUT en lo que resultó ser un espectáculo de interacción con el público dirigido a toda la familia.

Híbridos es parte del Ciclo de Danza del Cecut, el cual se exhibe todos los domingos de marzo y abril dentro del marco rumbo a la Muestra Internacional de Danza/Tijuana Cuerpos en Tránsito 2018.

Concluye el ‘4×4’

Dentro de los contingentes participantes se encuentra la séptima edición del festival de baile anual 4X4TJ Night, realizado en el el Vestíbulo El Cubo del Cecut con 18 contendientes quienes disputaron tres semifinales.

Luego de la tercera semifinal realizada la semana pasada el jurado señaló a las seis coreografías que participarán en la gran final del certamen, celebrada el martes 17 de abril.

Ofrecerán Taller de Movimiento

El bailarín Marko Fonseca impartirá un importante taller de danza en el Cecut.

Este Taller de “movimiento contemporáneo y partnering” que impartirá Fonseca, quien pertenece a la compañía Los Innato de San José, Costa Rica tiene un costo de 900 pesos.

Fonseca es egresado del Conservatorio El Barco, que oficialmente es el Taller Nacional de Danza de Costa Rica, el cual ha extendido sus horizontes hacia mas de 15 países. Además, el maestro ha participado en distintos talleres maestros reconocidos, tales como Jimmy Ortiz, David Zambrano, Wim Vandekeybus, Roberto Olivan, Laura Aris, Iñaki Aspillaga entre otros.

Este taller se imparte como parte de las actividades de la XX Muestra Internacional de Danza/Tijuana Cuerpos en Tránsito 2018.

Trump Now Navigating into Watergate Territory

By Arturo Castañares / Publisher and CEO

he President, feeling growing pressure from the independent Special Counsel, concocted a plan to put an end to the investigation of his administration.

He thought he could simply fire the Special Counsel and save himself from an inquiry that was leading closer and closer to the Oval Office.

So, on a Saturday, the President pressured the Attorney General to fire the Special Counsel, but the AG refused, and the AG resigned instead.

Then the President pressured the Deputy Attorney General to fire the Special Counsel, and he too refused the order and resigned.

That left the Solicitor General of the United States, the country’s lawyer that argues cases before the Supreme Court, as next in line to lead the Justice Department.

The Solicitor General finally fired the Special Counsel. The President thought he was home free, but that soon proved to be wishful thinking.

Within a month, a federal judge ruled the firing of the Special Counsel was illegal, and the Solicitor General was forced to appoint a new Special Counsel, and the investigation continued.

The White House faced subpoenas from the Special Counsel, and the President was accused of obstructing justice. Impeachment seemed imminent, but the President maintained his innocence.

Eventually, though, only 13 months after what would later become known as the Saturday Night Massacre, the President resigned from office.

This, of course, is the story of Richard Nixon, the only American President to ever resign the presidency.

If the story sounds familiar, it’s because a very similar case is unfolding in real-time in Washington, D.C., as Donald Trump finds himself in the center of an ongoing investigation by a special counsel.

As Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues his investigation into Trump and his administration over allegations of collusion with Russia, the President has grown increasingly frustrated and has floated the idea that he may fire Mueller. Ironically, it was Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey that led to Muller’s appointment in the first place.

This week, after FBI agents raided the home, office, and hotel room of Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, Trump seemed to finally lose his cool, and starting tweeting again.

Stories had already surfaced that Trump believes he has the power to fire Mueller, a step that even several high-ranking Congressional Republicans have warned could lead to impeachment, but this week the White House again said Trump believes he can fire Mueller if he wants to.

Trump this week also blasted his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, and especially Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, who currently oversees Mueller’s investigation. The White House and Trump’s friends at Fox News have already started their campaigns to undermine Rosenstein and pave the way for his firing. The writing is on the proverbial wall.

But, Trump’s anger this week over the FBI raids is misguided. He claims the investigation is a witch hunt and very biased toward him and his associates. He claims the investigators are partisan, deep state liberals imbedded in our government that are just out to get him, including Comey and Mueller.

The inconvenient truth for Trump, however, is that the search warrants that allowed the FBI to conduct the early morning raids on Monday were approved by Rod Rosenstein and the US Attorney in Manhattan, both men appointed by Trump.

The U.S. Attorney had to convince a federal magistrate (appointed by local judges not a president) that probable cause existed to raid Cohen and seize documents, computers, and even his cellphone from his hand. The Magistrate must have believed that there was enough cause to believe that crimes had been committed, and that Cohen would not have provided the information through a subpoena.

Now Trump is so furious (or worried of what the investigators will find) that he’s again contemplating firing Mueller. That sort of plan didn’t work out well for Nixon, and there’s no reason to believe it will work for Trump, but that may still not deter him from taking action.

Even if he fires Mueller now, or convinces someone at the Justice Department to do it for him, the charges being pursued by the U.S. Attorney in New York won’t go away, and from what’s been reported so far, the allegations don’t seem to be related to the Russia investigation.

It appears that Mueller found evidence of unrelated crimes and forwarded it to the US Attorney. That office in Manhattan is the one that sought the search warrants, and raided Cohen.

Trump’s fear of what the investigators may get from Cohen’s materials, or Cohen himself, must be getting the better of him. He is starting to sound a lot like Nixon’s infamous, “I’m not a crook!”, but he’s not acting like an innocent person.

If Trump is innocent, as he claims nearly everyday, then he should welcome a thorough investigation that would prove his innocence. He currently has an Attorney General, Deputy AG, U.S. Attorney in New York, and a Solicitor General all appointed by him. And don’t forget both the House and Senate are controlled by Republicans, and even Mueller is a life-long registered Republican.

In contrast to Bill Clinton, who faced a Republican-led House and Senate and Republican Special Counsel Kenneth Starr, Trump should be must less worried about being railroaded by a partisan investigation.

In the end, if Trump were to fire Mueller or have him or have fired to end the investigation prematurely, it would fall to Republicans in Congress to decide how to proceed. For now, some Republicans are talking tough about protecting Mueller.

But, given the toothless partisan investigations into the Russian collusion claims conducted by the House and Senate committees, no one believes Republicans would do anything to punish Trump, much less move toward impeachment.

So, another Saturday Night Massacre may be in the making, with new actors playing the parts of their Nixonian predecessors, but this time, the script may end with a president still in office, wounded and bleeding politically, but alive to fight another day.

In any other political drama, this story would spell the certain end of a presidency. In Trump’s world, however, this may just be another bump in the road for the unorthodox presidency of the man some simply call “The Donald.”

Dolores Huerta Sigue Abogando e Inspirando

Por Andrea López-Villafaña

La legendaria activista Dolores Huerta a sus 88 años no solo sigue abogando por las comunidades marginadas, sino que también está creando una nueva generación de activistas.

El jueves 5 de abril, Huerta se presentó en la Universidad de California, San Diego y frente a cientos de estudiantes, profesores, y exalumnos ella resaltó la importancia de estar involucrados en sus comunidades y de participar más en la política.

“Lo principal que pedimos es que la gente regale su tiempo”, dijo Huerta a La Prensa San Diego.

Huerta compartió que el modo de llamarles la atención a congresistas es a través de que la gente se tome el tiempo de hacer activismo, hacer llamadas telefónicas a sus oficinas, y mandarles correos electrónicos.

“Se trata de pensar en maneras de presionar a los políticos a que le pongan atención a las necesidades de las comunidades, pero si la comunidad no usa sus voces entonces los políticos no se enteran de las necesidades”, dijo Huerta.

Después de años de abogar por los derechos de los trabajadores de campo y sus familias al lado de otro legendario activista, César Chávez, Huerta sigue dedicando su tiempo a abogar por los derechos de las mujeres, el medio ambiente, y los trabajadores a través de su organización la Dolores Huerta Foundation.

La fundación se enfoca en ayudar a las comunidades a aprender cómo organizarse para abogar por sus necesidades.

Huerta compartió con los cientos de personas en asistencia que los problemas sociales más grandes que están enfrentando las comunidades son la falta de hogares y las personas sin hogares que no tienen acceso a recursos, y las injusticias al medio ambiente.

Pero según Huerta, la solución a esos problemas es simple.

“La estrategia más importante que necesitamos usar, y se que parece simple, es votar”, Huerta dijo.

Huerta también habló de sus experiencias durante el tiempo que se dedicó a abogar por los derechos de los trabajadores de campo.

Por mucho tiempo, la mayoría de gente vio a Huerta como la asistente de Chávez, aunque en realidad eran socios, pero ahora ella está compartiendo su labor en la lucha por los derechos civiles de los trabajadores de campo.

En un documental titulado “Dolores”, que se estrenó el martes 27 de marzo en PBS se enfoca en el labor de Huerta y los sacrificios personales que tuvo que hacer para abogar por los derechos de los trabajadore de campo.

Huerta decidió dejar su vida “normal” y mudarse a los campos para poder tener acceso a los trabajadores y para poder ayudarles a crear una unión.

Ella sacrifico tiempo con sus hijos, sus pasiones personales como su amor por la música y el baile pero después de enterarse de las condiciones en las que muchos trabajaban se le hizo imposible no ser parte del movimiento por sus derechos.

El documental se puede ver en pbs.org hasta el 24 de abril.

Jenny and the Mexicats: 10 Years of Music Without Borders

By Mario A. Cortez

The story of Jenny and the Mexicats is one that could have only happened the way it did, with a diverse group of musicians coming together on the road through music.

The band, made up of English lead singer and trumpetist Jenny Ball, Mexican buddies Luis “Icho” Dias and Alfonso “Pantera” Acosta, on bass and guitar respectively, and Spanish percussionist David Gonzalez, fuses the worlds of blues, Mexican zapateado, cumbia, jazz, pop, and flamenco to create a sound that reflects the multicultural background and influences of its members.

Looking at this eclectic ensemble’s story, it would appear as if its members came together as an act of destiny.

In 2008, Ball was touring through Spain as part of a travelling orchestra. During a stop in Madrid, she met “Icho” and “Pantera” at a flamenco bar and instantly connected with their way of thinking about music. The newly-formed bond was so strong that Ball moved to Madrid shortly after her orchestra’s return to England, despite her not speaking any Spanish at the time.

With Gonzalez’s arrival to the group, the four-piece was complete and ready to embark on a project which to this day has yielded inventive studio productions and much acclaim from fans and critics.

Their self-titled first production debuted in 2011 and introduced the world to their world-influenced, bilingual stylings through songs like “Verde Mas Alla,” “Anthem Song,” “Flor,” and “Me Voy a Ir.” In the process, their debut record earned a certified Gold Record award and international recognition.

2014 would bring “Ome,” their second album and a relocation from the Spanish capital to Mexico CIty. As a result of the move, this new record displays more prevalent influences from Mexican music which could be felt through new hits such as “Boulevard,” and “Frenetico Ritmo.” The album’s lead single, titled “Labios,” was used in the soundtrack to Mexican romance flick “Amor de Mis Amores,” released that same year.

2017’s “Mar Abierto,” their latest studio feature, brings a mature sensibility without abandoning the group’s unique and infectious sound. Songs such as “Why Why” and “Born in the City” capture the sonic mashup of cultures Jenny and the Mexicats is known for, but brings a poignant undertone through the lyrical work of Ball.

Today, 10 years after coming together and completing numerous studio projects, Jenny and the Mexicats is celebrating a decade of making music with a tour that will span both sides of the Atlantic and the U.S.-Mexico border.

As part of this tour, Jenny and the Mexicats will play at The Casbah in Little Italy on July 25, in what will surely bring fans from both Tijuana and San Diego to experience the band’s unique and diverse style.

The celebration doesn’t stop there, however, the band has also released a nostalgic video which calls back to the early days of this project, revealing the experiences which have lead this group to become a favorite among many.

The story of Jenny and the Mexicats is one that could have only happened the way it did and today, 10 years later, it is a story that continues to show that for music there is no nationality of borders.

Rogue ICE Empowered to Detain Pregnant Women

For Immediate Release: March 29, 2018   

Rogue ICE Empowered to Detain Pregnant Women

(WASHINGTON)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, FIRM, reacted to the new ICE directive to detain pregnant immigrant women:

“The attacks on immigrants by this administration have reached a new low, even for this morally bankrupt president. Already rogue ICE agents can now make whatever call they want regarding the detention of pregnant women—which will undoubtedly lead to an increase in the number of incarcerated pregnant women.  

This latest directive affirms that this administration has no respect for the dignity and worth of women—or people of color. This is why we fought tirelessly against an increase in DHS funding and this is why we will fight to win in November and remove legislators who support this evil administration.”

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Trump’s Games Are Destroying Immigrants’ Lives

For Immediate Release: February 15, 2018

Trump’s Games Are Destroying Immigrants’ Lives

(WASHINGTON)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, FIRM, issued the statement below after the Senate failed to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act:

“Millions of young immigrants’ lives have been turned upside down since Trump heartlessly ended DACA without a permanent legislative solution in place. And, instead of allowing a bipartisan group of Senators pass the most popular solution—the DREAM Act—he has acted like a wrecking ball, meddling in the negotiation process and destroying the delicate conversations that have focused on protecting the future of millions of lives at stake.

Sadly, too many Senators sided with Trump’s racist agenda and turned their backs on immigrant youth. They failed to stand up to Trump’s tactics and bring the bipartisan DREAM Act up for a vote. But, it is evident that his extremist agenda doesn’t pass muster—his plan was strongly rejected in the Senate today.

The fight for justice continues at the local, state and federal level. There is a solution to the chaos Trump created and it’s called the DREAM Act. Now America must stand up for what’s right and demand that Congress pass it.”

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Trump White House is a Cesspool of Enablers

By Arturo Castañares / Publisher and CEO

Just when we thought the people around Donald Trump couldn’t get any worse at dealing with internal crisis, this week they hit a new low in handling the serious issue of spousal abuse.

Reports surfaced this week that the staff secretary to the President has been accused of physically abusing his two ex-wives, with one of them releasing a picture of her black eye she says was caused by one of the President’s closest staff members.

In today’s world of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, allegations of spousal abuse should be taken very seriously, especially when they involve a man that is working within the highest levels of our government.

You would think, or would like to believe, that the leader of the free world and his most senior staff would move quickly against anyone accused of physically abusing his spouses, but, the exact opposite happened.

It turns out that the White House and the FBI knew about this man’s history of abuse for months, and no one did anything about it until this week when the former wives finally spoke out publicly.

This man’s past was so bad that he could not pass the FBI security clearance check that is required of people working within the West Wing of the White House. The guy even had a protective order against him and he was still, not only hired in the White House, but promoted, too.

For months, the President’s Chief of Staff, former U.S. Marine General John Kelly, knew about the abuse allegations and knew it had kept the man from passing his background check, but General Kelly did nothing about it. The man continued in his role working directly with the President even without a security clearance.

This week, when the story broke about the man’s sorted past, the White House defended his integrity and honor. Both Chief of Staff Kelly and Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the man. One of the people working on the White House’s statements is the Communications Director who is now dating the accused abuser.

But, by Wednesday, the media attention was so intense that the White House reluctantly cut the guy loose.

Their official position changed and, although they continued to defend him, said the allegations against him are shocking and troubling. By Thursday, he was gone.

This story may come to end now that the serial abuser is out of the White House, but a larger problem still remains.

The President, who himself has been accused of sexual harassment by over a dozen women, promised to hire only the best and brightest in his White House, yet he has hired and defended a cast of characters with less than stellar reputations.

Since he took office, the White House has hired and lost several of the highest-ranking staffers close to the President, including Bannon, Priebus, Walsh, Flynn, Papadopoulos, Spicer, and even the Anthony “the Mooch” Scaramucci.

Trump has lost 34 percent of his senior staff in the first year, the highest level of turnover among the last six presidencies.

The knee-jerk reaction of Trump and his staff has been to deny allegations, defend those accused, and retaliate against the accusers and the media for bringing the stories to light.

Every time a story breaks, it seems the White House would rather deflect and blame others than to look honestly at the problem.

The man at the center of this week’s drama was, by all accounts, an all-star at work. He graduated from Harvard, and was a Rhodes Scholar. He had previously served as Chief of Staff to several Senators.

And, it appears, he was an abusive husband at home.

Abusers should not be given any protection or cover. As we have learned in the past few months in the still-growing exposure of sexual harassers in Hollywood, politics, and business, women have been preyed upon by men in various ways for too long.

Harassment and abuse only continues when it goes unreported, not investigated, or tolerated by others. It has no place in the office, on the movie set, or in government.

The story of this week was that the President and those around him chose to continue to protect a known abuser instead of confronting him, getting him treatment, and consoling the victims.

Instead, they did exactly what they have done from the start of Trump’s campaign and since his election; they sided with the aggressor over the victims and defended him until the very last moment.

We need leadership on the important issues of the day; immigration, security, jobs, and, yes, treatment of women.

The President should be leading by example. Even though Trump may never clear himself of allegations against him, he should, at least, deal seriously with new allegations of harassment among his closest advisors.

This week, the White House again showed it is, at best, tone-deaf when dealing with issues of harassment.

At worst, it has again enabled an aggressor to escape – for a few months – his day of reckoning.

In the end, he lost his job, but, the President and those around him kept theirs, at least for now.

Members of Congress Fail to Protect Immigrant Youth, Hold Them Hostage to Racist Demands

For Immediate Release: February 9, 2018

Members of Congress Fail to Protect Immigrant Youth, Hold Them Hostage to Racist Demands

(WASHINGTON)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after Democrats and Republicans voted to pass a two-year spending deal without any protections for immigrant youth in place:

“Millions of lives are on the line as Republicans in Congress cower to the nativist demands of Donald Trump and the bigots who surround him in the West Wing. Every day that passes without a vote on the DREAM Act, is another day when hundreds of young immigrants lose their ability to better themselves and contribute to their communities and their families. Their political games are making young immigrants vulnerable to detention and deportation.

Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans are holding immigrant youth hostage in exchange for an extremely racist agenda that degrades people of color. Their antics are the antithesis of who we claim to be as a country. We value freedom, opportunity and family—none of which are reflected in this deal that sacrifices a generation.

Despite the consistent attacks by an Administration that is determined to make America white again, our movement is fired up and ready to keep fighting. Since Trump ended DACA in September, we have made countless calls and visits to Congress and held hundreds of actions across the country with a clear message: stop the hate; we need the DREAM Act now. Last November our message was heard loud and clear in Virginia. And we will make sure that those Members of Congress who did not stand up for immigrants feel it in the ballot boxes next November.”

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A Pipeline Runs Through it?

In 2013, Enrique Peña Nieto’s government deregulated Mexico’s energy sector, opening it up to foreign investors for the first time 75 years. In what he called an “historic opportunity”, the Mexican President proclaimed “This profound reform can lift the standards of living for all Mexicans.”

But not everyone stands to see their quality of life materially improve from the deregulated sector. Such is the case for the Yaquí Peoples in Sonora state, Mexico, whose territory is currently home to an 84-kilometre stretch of natural gas pipeline.

The Aguaprieta (Agua Prieta) pipeline starts out in Arizona and stretches down 833km  to Agua Prieta, in the northeastern corner of the Mexican state of Sonora—cutting through Yaqui territory along the way.

Once completed, the pipeline would also cross Yaqui River (Río Yaqui), the Yaqui’s main source of water.

More than a few Yaqui are adamant that they will see no benefits from the project.  “The gas pipeline doesn’t help us, it only benefits businessmen, factory owners, but not the Yaqui” said Francisca Vásquez Molina, a Yaquí from the Loma de Bacúm community.

As with Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, the Aguaprieta project comes with its own share of risks.

In addition to the  considerable environmental impact that stems from the pipeline’s construction, the high methane content of natural gas could bring on disaster.  Rodrigo Gonzalez, natural resources and environmental impact expert, maintains that in the event of a gas explosion all human, plant and animal life within a one-kilometre radius surrounding the explosion would be lost. Anyone within the second kilometre would risk second and third-degree burns.

In the community of Loma de Bacúm, the gas pipeline is just 700 m from houses. In nearby Estación Oroz, it is 591m from a primary school.

Gonzalez has pointed out that another viable route for the pipeline was initially considered by the company that could have avoided Yaqui territory altogether. He suggests this route was ultimately rejected to save costs. “At the beginning of the project, two routes were mooted. That which didn’t cross indigenous territory cost 400 million pesos whilst that which puts Yaquí lives at risk costs 100 million pesos.”

IEnova, the company behind the pipeline, has repeatedly made assurances that all due safety procedures have been followed in construction and that the risk of accidents is minimal but this has not been enough to assuage the fear or anger of everyone opposing the gas pipeline.

In a public statement last year, the group Solidaridad Tribu Yaquí said, “This is a people that say no to a megaproject of death, dispossession and destruction[…]These rich men don’t care about the life of one, two, or three people, much less if they are indigenous… [they] don’t care if the Yaqui culture is exterminated. What is important to these rich men is to conclude the work and pocket all the profits to be brought about by the appropriation of the Yaqui territory.”

Not all Yaquí communities are united in rejecting the gas pipeline, however. Indeed, of the eight Yaquí communities consulted, only the Loma de Bacúm community refused to give their consent to the project. The other seven communities chose to accept the compensation offered. This decision has sadly resulted in tensions between Loma de Bacúm and the other communities. Things reached a critical point in October 2016 where one Yaquí member died and thirty injured in a confrontation involving different Yaquí communities.

Seemingly alone in their struggle, the Loma de Bacúm Yaquí have consistently resisted the Aguaprieta pipeline. In April 2016, they successfully fought to be granted a moratorium on its construction. When, in 2017, it became clear that IEnova, would carry on regardless and that neither federal nor state or authorities could be counted on for support, the Loma de Bacúm community resorted to more drastic measures. On May 21, community members removed cables which had been laid down in the preliminary stages of the gas pipeline construction. Then, after another court ruling that IEnova should remove all infrastructure within 24 hours fell on deaf ears, on August 22 the community went ahead and cut a 25-foot section out of the live gas pipeline, despite the grave risks they ran in doing so. As a result of the community’s actions in August, IEnova was forced to cut off the gas flow in the area and it has remained out of service ever since.

The community has been accused of sabotage and vandalism to IEnova property but the community maintains that IEnova, a company owned by US-based Sempra Energy, is trespassing on their land and holds them responsible for all damage brought on by the construction of a pipeline to which they never consented.

In a video shared on Facebook, one community member explained “If you want to have us killed, there’s no problem. We’re not scared of that… We’re not scared of this company nor this project…All that the Yaquí tribe is asking for is that the law is upheld and that federal and state government respect it. If you want to have us killed, go ahead there’s no problem but we’ll defend our land and that is our right.”

In September 2017, a judge once again found in favour of the Yaquí community ruling that IEnova did not have the right to enter Yaquí territory to repair the gas pipeline. Whether this latest ruling will carry more weight with both local and state authorities than the previous ones remains to be seen.

For the time-being, the stand-off looks set to continue. Loma de Bacúm has made it clear it will not back down until the pipeline is removed or rerouted. “If they want to build a pipeline. that’s fine”, said community spokesperson Guadalupe Flores, “but it will not pass through here.” At the same time, IEnova refuses to accept that one small community can curtail their plan to use Yaquí territory in order to provide electricity to the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), the country’s largest electric utility. Nor does it seem willing to brazenly defy the court’s latest ruling, at least for the time-being.

The struggle in Loma de Bacúm echoes loudly among all Indigenous Peoples who are grappling to make sure the resource sector cannot run roughshod over human rights and environmental concerns; but it is perhaps loudest in Mexico. Since the new energy policy went into effect, four other pipeline projects have been suspended. Looking ahead, a “shale offensive” is now set to begin later this year should the PRI retain power in July, leading to a proliferation of similar conflicts.

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ICE targets immigrant rights leaders in shift “from law enforcement into a political-oppression…

ICE targets immigrant rights leaders in shift “from law enforcement into a political-oppression apparatus”

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Maru Mora Villalpando speaks to supporters during a press conference in Seattle on January 16, 2018. Photo Credit: Enrique Cerna/Crosscut

From NWDC Resistance and Mijente:

The Seattle office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has served a “Notice to Appear,” otherwise known as a deportation notice, to Washington-based community activist and mother, Maru Mora-Villalpando.

Maru leads Northwest Detention Center Resistance (NWDCR), an organization that was co-founded when immigrants held at the Northwest Detention Center began a series of hunger strikes in 2014 protesting their inhumane treatment. Mora-Villalpando’s efforts have transformed the NWDC from an ignored facility in an out-of-the-way location to a key site of local resistance, with weekly rallies and vigils outside its gates.

Now, in an unprecedented and arbitrary act of retaliation ICE has chosen to target Mora-Villalpando directly. ICE is now purposely targeting people such as Mora-Villalpando who are organizing against the agency and the Trump administration’s racially-motivated deportation agenda.

“ICE only knows about me because of my political work,” explains Mora-Villalpando. “I have spoken out to defend immigrants in detention and shared my story as an undocumented mother. I have sat in meetings with immigration officials and challenged their practices. They are an agency whose actions have already been devastating to my community. But with the letter they delivered to my house, they are showing themselves to be an agency that silences any opposition to their practices,” she concluded.

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ICE Serves Deportation Notice on Undocumented Leader for Organizing Detained Immigrants

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La oficina de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE) de Seattle ha enviado un “Aviso de comparecencia”, también conocido como un aviso de deportación, a la activista y madre en la comunidad de Washington, Maru Mora-Villalpando.

Maru lidera la Resistencia del Centro de Detención del Noroeste (NWDCR), una organización que fue cofundada cuando los inmigrantes detenidos en el Centro de Detención del Noroeste comenzaron una serie de huelgas de hambre en 2014 protestando su trato inhumano. Los esfuerzos de Mora-Villalpando han transformado el NWDC de una instalación ignorada en una ubicación apartada a un sitio clave de resistencia local, con manifestaciones y vigilias semanales en sus puertas.

Ahora, en un acto de represalia arbitro y sin precedentes, ICE ha elegido apuntar directamente a Mora-Villalpando. ICE ahora está apuntando deliberadamente a personas como Mora-Villalpando que se están organizando contra la agencia y la agenda de deportación racialmente motivada de la administración Trump.

“ICE solo sabe de mí por mi trabajo político”, explica Mora-Villalpando. “He hablado para defender a los inmigrantes detenidos y compartí mi historia como una madre indocumentada. Me he sentado en reuniones con funcionarios de inmigración y desafié sus prácticas. Son una agencia cuyas acciones ya han sido devastadoras para mi comunidad. Pero con la carta que entregaron a mi casa, se muestran como una agencia que silencia cualquier oposición a sus prácticas “, concluyó.

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“I believe that ICE sent me this letter and started deportation proceedings against me because they are not so much against my immigration status, but against my political work,” Villalpando said in her first interview since receiving notice from ICE. “This is political oppression. That’s what they’re doing. ICE is finalizing the transition from law enforcement into a political-oppression apparatus.”

Villalpando is one of several well-known activists recently targeted by ICE. Last week, for example, ICE detained Ravi Ragbir, executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City. His arrest sparked protests that led to the arrest of 18 people. That same day, ICE also picked up Eliseo Jurado, the husband of Ingrid Latorre, who is fighting deportation as she takes sanctuary in a Colorado church. Jean Montrevil, co-founder of the New Sanctuary Coalition, was also detained. Villalpando received her letter from ICE last month, just before the Christmas holiday.

ICE targets Maru Mora, prominent immigration activist, for deportation

Maru Mora speaks about ICE initiating deportation proceedings against her:

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