ACTION ALERT! Support Bond Fund for Manuel Flores Martinez—a Detained Day Labor Leader of Tucson, Arizona

ACTION ALERT! Support Bond Fund for Manuel Flores Martinez—a Detained Day Labor Leader of Tucson, Arizona

A day labor worker leader from Tucson, Arizona needs your support. Please donate today to support our workers and help keep our community together.

Manuel Flores Martinez is a 56 year-old respected day labor worker leader in Tucson. Manuel was detained, along with his wife Kenia Herrera Flores, on Labor Day weekend while they were on their way to the supermarket. A police officer pulled them over and called Border Patrol on them. His wife signed a voluntary departure, while Manuel is seeking to receive a bond in the next week that may be between $1,500 to $6,ooo.

Manuel has dedicated himself to helping others to organize against workplace abuses, wage theft, and racial profiling. He has made a great impact in the Tucson community through his leadership at the Southside Worker Center—a Tucson day labor program that seeks to develop worker leadership and community power.

We need your support!

  • Manuel needs your support. We are raising funds to cover his bond money which may be between $1,500 to $6,ooo.
  • Our fundraising goal is $6,000!
  • Please make checks to:

Corazón de Tucson

317 W. 23rd St.

Tucson, AZ 85713

(pay to the order of “Corazón de Tucson”, memo line: “Manuel’s bond”)

E-mail: southsidecentro@gmail.com Phone Number: (520) 955-8165

Website: http://www.southsideworkercenter.org

Out of tragedy comes triumph. Manuel would want to know that their detention is leading to positive change.

Thank you so much for your support,

Raúl Alcaraz Ochoa, Southside Worker Center

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ACTION ALERT! Support Two Detained Day Labor Leaders of Tucson, Arizona

Two day labor worker leaders from Tucson, Arizona need your support. Please donate today to support our workers and help keep our community together. .

Our close-knit community has been devastated by two attacks in this war against migrants.

Amador Hernández Ramírez and Sergio Martínez Cota are both respected day labor worker leaders in Tucson. They have dedicated themselves to helping others to organize against workplace abuses, wage theft, and racial profiling. Both have made a great impact in the Tucson community through their leadership in the Southside Worker Center—a Tucson day labor program that seeks to develop worker leadership and improve labor conditions and Corazón de Tucson—a grassroots group of families and community members dedicated to equality and justice for Arizona’s migrant communities.

Now, they have been ripped from their loved ones and lost in the detention system that profits from our incarceration and denies us the most basic rights–including the right to a lawyer.  

Their detention is part of a concerted attack on our communities designed to strike fear in the hearts of migrants, turning us into profit for private prison companies and pushing us further underground into low-paying jobs where our rights are regularly violated.

We need your support!

  • Amador’s and Sergio’s cases need your support. We are raising funds to cover these workers’ and their families’ urgent needs (such as legal costs, and rent and food money).
  • Our fundraising goal is $5,000!
  • Please donate via Paypal here or mail checks to:

Corazón de Tucson

317 W. 23rd St.

Tucson, AZ 85713

(pay to the order of “Corazón de Tucson”, memo line: “Amador and Sergio”)

 E-mail: corazondetucson@yahoo.com Phone Number: (520) 261-6290

Website: http://www.corazondetucson.org

Out of tragedy comes triumph. Amador and Sergio would want to know that their detention is leading to positive change.

Thank you so much for your support,

 

Raúl Alcaraz Ochoa, Southside Worker Center

Margot Veranes, Corazón de Tucson

Marisa Franco, NDLON

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Worker Profiles:

Amador Hernández Ramírez is an exemplary day labor leader. As a member of the Southside Worker Center in Tucson, Arizona, Amador graduated from the Worker Leadership Academy and ever since he has been actively involved in his community. He regularly leads community presentations in the churches and recently facilitated a Know Your Rights workshop where he spoke from his own experience. Amador also participates in community groups such as Corazón de Tucson and the Prison Divestment Campaign. He has amazing leadership skills and an admirable commitment to bettering his community.

Border Patrol pulled over Amador while on his way to work, a case of racial-profiling, detained him, and denied Amador the right to see his lawyer over the course of four days.  Now our community leader has been deported.  He was bussed from Arizona to California and deported to Mexicali, where he knows no one.  His personal belongings, including his money and identification, were not returned to Amador by Border Patrol. Just five nights before Christmas, Amador was deported on a cold night in a strange city with only the clothes on the back and his resourceful, strong nature.  

Sergio Martínez Cota, another day labor leader, was detained shortly after completing the Worker Center Leadership Academy in Tucson, Arizona. Since May 2011 he has been detained at Pinal County Jail (Florence, Arizona) and a judge has denied his political asylum case.  Sergio fears returning to Mexico because he and his family have been victims of persecution and violence by corrupt Mexican police.  He will appeal the decision. Sergio also is a strong leader with a commitment to changing the oppressive conditions day laborers face on a daily basis.

In both cases, both Amador and Sergio were processed through a detention system that profits from our incarceration and denies us the most basic rights–including the right to a lawyer.  These are two examples of injustices occurring at systematic levels.

Despite these harsh realities, there is hope and power in community-building.

We hope you can support our beloved community leaders Amador and Sergio!

 

ALERTA DE ACCIÓN! Apoye a Dos Jornaleros Líderes Detenidos en Tucson, Arizona

Dos líderes jornaleros de Tucson, Arizona necesitan de su apoyo. Por favor done hoy para apoyar a estos trabajadores y mantener a nuestra comunidad unida.

Nuestra comunidad ha sido devastada por dos ataques en esta guerra contra los migrantes.

Amador Hernández Ramírez y Sergio Martínez Cota son dos trabajadores jornaleros líderes respetados en Tucson. Ambos se han dedicado a ayudar a otros a organizarse en contra de los abusos en el trabajo, el robo de sueldos y la discriminación racial. Ellos han demostrado un tremendo liderazgo con su participación en el Centro de Trabajadores Southside—un programa de jornaleros en Tucson que se dedica a desarrollar el liderazgo y condiciones laborales y Corazón de Tucson—un grupo local de familias y miembros comunitarios que luchan por la igualdad y justicia de la comunidad migrante de Arizona.

Ahora, han sido rebatados de sus seres queridos y sometidos al sistema de detención que saca ganancias al encarcelarnos y nos niega los derechos mas básicos—incluyendo el derecho a ver un abogado.

Estas detenciones son parte de un ataque diseñado para causar temor en los corazones de los migrantes, convirtiéndonos en ganancias para las compañías de prisiones privadas y empujándonos a las sombras en trabajos de bajo sueldo donde nuestros derechos son frecuentemente violados.

Necesitamos de su apoyo!

  • Los casos de Amador y Sergio necesitan de su apoyo. Estamos recaudando fondos para cubrir las necesidades urgentes de estos compañeros y sus familias (como costos legales, y dinero para la renta y comida).
  • Nuestra meta de recaudación de fondos son $5,000
  • Por favor done usando Paypal aqui o envié cheques a:

Corazón de Tucson

317 W. 23rd St.

Tucson, AZ 85713

(favor de pagar al nombre de “Corazón de Tucson”, línea de memo: “Amador y Sergio”)

 E-mail: corazondetucson@yahoo.com Numero de Tel: (520) 261-6290

Pagina: http://www.corazondetucson.org

De la tragedia sigue el triunfo. Amador y Sergio quisieran saber que su detención esta encaminándonos a cambios positivos.

 

Muchas gracias por su apoyo,

Raúl Alcaraz Ochoa, Southside Worker Center

Margot Veranes, Corazón de Tucson

Marisa Franco, NDLON

 

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Perfil de Trabajadores:

Amador Hernández Ramírez es un líder jornalero ejemplar en el Centro de Trabajadores de Tucson, Arizona. Desde que se graduó de la Academia de Liderazgo de Trabajadores, Amador ha estado activamente involucrado en su comunidad. El presentaba en las iglesias sobre el Centro y más recientemente lideró un taller sobre Conozca Sus Derechos donde el habló de su propia experiencia. También, participa en grupos comunitarios como Corazón de Tucson y la Campaña para Desinvertir de las Prisiones Privadas. Este compañero tiene un liderazgo fuerte y un compromiso admirable para mejorar a su comunidad.

La Patrulla Fronteriza orillo de la carretera a Amador cuando iba en camino a su trabajo, un caso de perfil racial, lo detuvieron, y le negaron al compañero ver a su abogada por cuatro días. Ahora nuestro líder comunitario ha sido deportado. Lo mandaron de Arizona a California y deportado por Mexicali, donde no conoce a nadie. Sus pertenencias, incluyendo su dinero e identificación, no se le regreso. Solo cinco noches antes de la Navidad, Amador fue deportado en una noche fría en una ciudad extraña con solo la ropa que llevaba puesta y su buen  carácter moral.

Sergio Martínez Cota, otro compañero jornalero, fue detenido después de completar la Academia de Liderazgo del Centro de Trabajadores de Tucson, Arizona. Desde Mayo del 2011 sigue detenido en Pinal County Jail (Florence, Arizona) y un juez le ha negado su petición de asilo político. Sergio teme regresar a México porque ha sido víctima de violencia y corrupción de la policía Mexicana. El está por apelar esa decisión. Sergio igualmente es un líder fuerte, con un compromiso firme para mejorar al Centro y cambiar las condiciones opresivas que el jornalero se enfrenta cada día.

En ambos casos, Amador y Sergio fueron procesados por un sistema de detención que saca ganancias por nuestro encarcelamiento y nos niega nuestros derechos mas básicos—incluyendo el de ver un abogado. Estos son dos ejemplos de injusticias ocurriendo a niveles sistemáticos.

A pesar de estas duras realidades, existe la esperanza y poder en nuestra comunidad.

Esperamos que pueda apoyar a nuestros compañeros líderes Amador y Sergio.

 

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Aqui tenemos a nuestra Primera Edición de nuestro periodico: Periodico “Corazón Sin Fronteras”  (Otoño del 2011)

Entérese de porque fue escrita la SB 1070 y porque le
conviene a ciertos intereses económicos en criminalizar a nuestra comunidad…

Bienvenid@s al Corazón de Tucson…

donde la dignidad no tiene fronteras!