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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

Undocumented Students and Civil Rights’ Advocates Confront Sheriff Warren on 287g, Fight for Immigrant Rights

Advocates join national movement www.Basta287g.com

Oct. 6, 2010

WHAT: Press conference to end the federal racial-profiling and anti-immigrant program 287g and defend immigrant rights, announce Georgians joining: www.Basta287g.com

WHEN: Thursday October 14 at 11:00AM

WHERE: Outside Cobb County Sheriff's Office, 185 Roswell Street, Marietta, Georgia.

WHO: American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, Presente.org, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), Trail of DREAMs, Georgia DREAMers, Georgia Detention Watch, Cobb Immigrant Alliance, Alterna, Georgia Students Public Higher Education GSU Chapter, Coalition of Latino Leaders (CLILA), Cobbs United for Change Coalition, Amnesty Atlanta, and other advocates.

Marietta, GA – As communities in the state of Georgia continue suffering the devastating effects of the wave of abuse and racial profile against Latinos and immigrants unleashed by counties under the federal program 287g – a program that authorizes local police to enforce federal immigration law, much like Arizona’s SB 1070 - civil and human rights organizations, undocumented students and other advocates join forces this Thursday October 14 at 11am outside Cobb County Sheriff's Office to announce a campaign to end the 287g Program.

“As a candidate, President Obama promised to end policies that destroy communities and divide families. Now as President, he has the power to end the racial-profiling and anti-immigrant program 287g which pushes immigrant and Latino communities to live under fear,” stated Felipe Matos from Trail of DREAMs and Presente.org.

The ACLU of Georgia has compiled two reports on two 287g counties in Georgia - namely,

Cobb and Gwinnett - and documented abuse and racial profiling that warrant a full investigation by the Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division as well as the termination of the program in these two counties. The Cobb County report, for instance, demonstrates that implementation of 287g has led to racial profiling and a myriad of civil rights and civil liberties violations.

“On the one-year anniversary of the release of the Cobb report documenting the state of terror for immigrant communities in Cobb as a result of 287g, we are once again calling for the termination of 287g in Cobb in light of the continued and ongoing abuses of the 287g power through lack of adherence to 287g priorities and engaging in pre-textual stops,” said Azadeh N. Shahshahani, National Security/Immigrants' Rights Project Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia.

Detailed cases, including a recent class-action in Cobb County documenting and denouncing the abuses of the 287g program, will be addressed at Thursday’s press conference.

Thursday’s event will also mark when local, civil and human rights groups in Georgia officially join the national movement to stop the 287g program: www.Basta287g.com , an advocacy tool powered by presente.org and NDLON to educate the public about the numerous risks offered by the 287g program and to ask the Obama Administration to end its implementation.

Local groups in Georgia have made attempts to inform Gwinnett and Cobb counties of the racial profiling and abuse of 287g to no avail.

“We need to have safe communities in Cobb and Gwinnett counties. We need everyone who lives here to trust our local law-enforcement; the 287g program breaks this trust and divides our communities; 287g must end now,” stated Adelina Nicholls, Executive Director for the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights.