Knoxville Unites Against Racism, Deportation Programs, Welcomes National No Papers No Fear Riders
August 28, 2012
Knoxville community members and the national delegation of undocumented immigrants on the No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice, will gather for a peaceful demonstration for immigrant rights, and against the 287(g) deportation program. Undocumented immigrants and their allies will share their testimonies focusing on the use of racial profiling, separation of families, and the need for undocumented communities to organize.
Knoxville, TN – Community members, Knoxville immigrants, and undocumented organizers with the No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice will gather for a peaceful demonstration and march to stand up for immigrant rights, to denounce racial profiling, and programs such as 287(g), a collaboration between federal and local police to enforce immigration law, burdening local governments and eroding the safety and trust of all communities.
Knox County Sheriff, Jimmy ‘J.J.’ Jones, has decided to implement 287(g) in a way that targets Latinos and immigrants in Knoxville, also leading to an increase in the number of deportations of undocumented people who are part of Knoxville's community and friends will march to send the message to our community that we stand united against racism and to show our unity as a beautiful, diverse community committed to racial, economic, and gender justice.
The No Papers No Fear ride was inspired by actions of undocumented students, such as coming out of the shadows events and civil disobedience actions, that have demonstrated the power and results of communities acting and speaking for themselves, the riders are undocumented people from all over the country and their allies, including mothers, fathers, day laborers, people in deportation proceedings, students, and many others who continue to face threats of deportation, harassment, and death while simply looking for a better life in the only nation many of them know and call home.
WHAT: Rally and March against 287(g), racial profiling and deportations; welcome of the No Papers No Fear Riders.
WHEN: Tuesday, August 28, 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Knoxville, TN, Kick off rally at Krutch Park and march through Downtown
WHO: Churches, youth groups, students, community organizations, families, immigrant rights advocates, and No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice.
More information on the No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice is available at www.nopapersnofear.org, and follow @undocubus on twitter for updates.