Saturday, January 28, 2017

PORTLAND AIRPORT PROTESTS UNDERWAY----Meanwhile...The New York Taxi Workers Alliance has announced on Twitter that it is halting passenger pickups at JFK airport in protest of the dozens of people detained under President Trump’s Muslim immigration ban. The Alliance announced that it would be halting pickups at JFK from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. to protest reports of at least a dozen people who have been detained in the airport due to the immigration ban executive order signed by President Trump yesterday. One green card holder was released from detainment earlier today...

Every floor of JFK is appently shut down


A crowd at O'Hare Airport has shut down all lanes of traffic at terminal five.


A mosque has been set on fire in Texas

And a KGW report says:

Multnomah County leaders on Saturday addressed reports of increased activity by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers at the courthouse and condemned any potential ICE activity at the courthouse.

In a statement (Multnomah County leaders), said they have not yet determined if ICE officers have been more active at the courthouse.

The statement was signed by Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, Vice Chair Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson, Commissioner Loretta Smith, Commissioner Sharon Meieran, Commissioner Lori Stegmann, Judge Nan G. Waller, and Sheriff Mike Reese.

They expressed concern that an increased ICE presence could deter people from visiting the courthouse to access its services.

“This is devastating for the people accessing our services, and in many cases, counterproductive to a lawful community,” the statement read.

They also urged ICE officers to recognize that courthouses are a sensitive location and to consider the impact of their actions.

“We can't have people afraid to access justice in Multnomah County. “

One of the reports came on Friday from Mat dos Santos, the legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon. He tweeted, "ICE is going into MultCo courts & arresting people and sending them to detention/deportation hearings. Some w/o criminal conviction."


Protests are held in Seattle, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Denver and other airports.

And then...

"The federal court for the Eastern District of New York issued an emergency stay halting President Donald Trump’s executive order banning entry to the US from seven majority-Muslim countries tonight, following widespread protests at airports around the country."

But we hear from California:

There are thousands here and more coming. They're asking for more to come and to bring food and water. We're staying until SF federal court issues a stay, as did NY.

And in Los Angeles:

We see UNITE-HERE Local 11 joining in the protests, no doubt building on the strength they built in the airport in their fight for a $15 minimum wage, and Black Lives Matter and young women of color in the lead and giving everyone a needed reality check.

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