Today No Papers No Fear Riders were arrested in Knoxville for coming out at the Sheriff’s Office.
[Donate for their bail]
Since the winter Sheriff JJ Jones has sought to get a 287(g) agreement that would convert his Knox County jail into an even larger deportation machine. For months, the local community has marched and petitioned and asked for dialogue only to be ignored by the Sheriff. Even media has been locked out from any information.
And so, our oldest and yougest riders, Maria Huerta (65) and Alejandro Guizar (19) alongside two more people from Knoxville, Maricela Lou (52) and Frances Ashely (65), performed civil disobedience with a banner that says “No Papers No Fear” outside the Sheriff’s office because the migrant community will not be ignored.
Please Call ICE and tell them not to pursue cases against any of the No Papers No Fear arrestees in Knoxville.
Call Sheriff JJ Jones and to tell him not to turn the arrestees over to ICE if they get holds placed on them.
And Sign the Petition to Keep them Out of Deportation Proceedings
Community leaders deserve relief not deportation no matter what age they are.
Maria Huerta says, ”Even at 65 I am not scared to spend a night in jail if this means that my experience is known and my voice is heard.”
Alejandro Guizar is a 19 year old Tennessean. At the press conference he explained, “We have tried to meet with the Sheriff for the last 6 months with no response. So now we are coming to him. He’ll have to make a decision. Will he turn us over to immigration or will he recognize our dignity as human beings?”
Sign the petition to keep them out of deportation proceedings
The risk riders took today is one that undocumented immigrants face every day, the difference is that when undocumented people come out publicly, we’re part of an organized community. It will be up to us to make sure the government use’s its discretion and treats them with the respect they deserve.
PLEASE TELL SHERIFF JONES RESPECT THE MIGRANT COMMUNITY.
Call 865-971-3901 and tell him not to turn the No Papers No Fear arrestees over to ICE.
Suggested Script: My name is ____, and I am calling from ____ in support of. They were arrested while exercising their constitutional rights and protesting wrongful immigration policies. Please use your discretion and do not turn them over to immigration authorities.
CALL JOHN MORTON AT IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT TELL THEM NOT TO PURSUE THE NO PAPERS NO FEAR ARRESTEES AT 202.732.3000
Suggested Script: Suggested Script: My mane is ____, and I am calling from ____ in support of . They were arrested while exercising their right to free speech and protesting wrongful immigration policies. Please use your discretion and do not place them in deportation proceedings.
Please Donate $20 toward their bail fund so we can get them back with our community as quickly as possible.
Thank you for your support,
No Papers No Fear Riders