Good news: I'm finally done with the video footage from last Sunday's Stop the Raids immigration forum.
Bad news: Unfortunately, do to the size of the file, I'm unable to post the entire video in one setting.
I was going to wait until Google got it's act together and allowed me to upload the entire file (Google doesn't care about size while there are size restricitons on YouTube) but since there has been several LIES told by the anti-immigrant morons in the press and on television, I thought it would be best to get the forum online ASAP. Now you can judge for yourself who's spreading LIES in the media (a.k.a. the xenophobes, bigots, and pundits who spread misinformation) and who's telling the truth about what happened (THE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY ATTENDED THE EVENT).
In this video clip, Jason McGahan of the Connecticut Regional Coalition for Immigrant Rights moderates the forum, while several panelists express express their point-of-view while debunking several claims that the anti-immigrant critics embrace.
In what has to be the most riveting testimony of the night, Anabel Pimentel and Rosa Lopez spoke about their experience with the infamous Swift meat-packing factory raid in Utah. Their story definately felt an impression on the audience which you'll understand once you watch the clip.
Enjoy the video. I'll post the second half of the event later this week.
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On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.
The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.
Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.
Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.