NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | MIRAc calendar of upcoming immigrant rights activities

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Saturday, September 22 – 12:30pm
Latinos Vote NO
Wellstone Center in the Neighborhood House, 179 Robie Street, Saint Paul, MN
This November, we say no to the Constitutional Amendments that seek to restrict our right to vote and limit our freedom to marry. Social hour from 12:30pm-1pm and then the program will begin at 1pm until 3pm. RSVP to the event via Facebook. Info: christian@outfront.org

Sunday, September 23 – 5:30pm
MIRAc’s Free Community Dinner
4200 Cedar Ave S., Minneapolis
Join us on Sunday, September 23 for a free community dinner. You can come check out the awesome building where MIRAc has our new office at 4200 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, and enjoy some great food and great community.

Monday, September 24th – 4:30pm
Protest: Stop FBI Repression! 2nd Anniversary of the FBI Raids on Anti-War Activists in our Community
At Minneapolis Federal Building, 4th St. & 4th Ave., downtown Minneapolis
Look for our banner that says “No Repression!” in many different languages, and join with us in solidarity with all victims of raids and political repression.
On September 24th, 2010, activists in Minneapolis and other parts of the Midwest were raided by the FBI and subpoenaed to appear before a secret grand jury investigating “material support for terrorism.” Today, 23 Midwest anti-war and international solidarity activists continue to resist this grand jury, refusing to testify against their fellow activists and the movements they organize in. The prosecutor says he is pursuing multiple indictments, but we know that solidarity is NOT a crime! Two years after the raids on activists’ homes and offices, let’s stand together to demand this bogus investigation be brought to an end. Info: http://mnstopfbi.wordpress.com/. Organized by the MN Committee to Stop FBI Repression. Endorsed by MIRAc. RSVP on facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/276713852433989/

Saturday, September 29 – 8:30am
CTUL’s Action against Diversified Maintenance Systems in front of Kmart
W 29th St & Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis (behind Kmart)
Gather at 8:30am at the intersection of W 29th St. and Nicollet for the March to Kmart at Lake St. and Nicollet Ave in S. Mpls in support of retail cleaning workers’ fight for justice. Event on Facebook.

Saturday, September 29 – 10:30am-3:00pm
CTUL’s Out of the Shadows Gathering
Participatory discussions and presentations will explore successful campaigns for social justice from around the country! Join us for a post-action gathering of reflection and conversation with grassroots organizers and community activists, click the links below to register or for more information. Featuring presentations from: MIRAc, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, New Labor, Student Farmworker Alliance, Guest Worker Alliance, Centro Campesino keep posted for more to come! Free Lunch and transportation from the action will be provided to Out of the Shadows participants, preregistration encouraged. Event on Facebook.

Sunday, October 7 – 2:30 – 3:00pm
Monthly Vigil for Immigrants Detained at Ramsey County Jail
Ramsey County Adult Detention Center – 425 Grove Street, St. Paul MN
Organizing Sponsor: Interfaith Coalition on Immigration (ICOM). More info: interfaithcoalitionimmigration@gmail.com

Saturday, October 13th – 2:00pm
Rally: Support Immigrant Rights – Support Joe Callahan
4200 Cedar Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN
On July 31, 2011, after two Salvadoran immigrants went to Canada to apply for asylum, long-time Twin Cities activist Joe Callahan was arrested by Canadian police at the Pigeon River border station. At the time Joe was alone in his car. The Canadian police used a backpack, maps and other items found in Joe’s car as the grounds for his arrest. Joe was charged with “aiding and abetting an immigration without a visa,” and “providing false and misleading information.” Joe spent a month in jail, during which the charge of “smuggling” or “human trafficking” was added. Joe Callahan is NOT a human trafficker! Joe is NOT a smuggler! Drop the charges! Joe is a political activist concerned about the rights of immigrants. He needs the help of all supporters of democratic rights. Send donations to: Joe Callahan Support Committee, 2919 Polk St. NE, Minneapolis, Mn 55418 Info: supportjoe.wordpress.com.

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