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David Salazar (A# 205-214-528) has been in isolation at York County Detention Center for 20 days now.

David Salazar with his wife and children

Reason: His initial tuberculosis test showed postive. However, York County Detention Center has denied him a chest X-Ray which would give a true diagnosis. Furthermore, David is not receiving any kind of treatment or medication. He is wearing no face mask either. Why is David still in isolation after more than 2 weeks?

Take Action!

Call ICE - York County Detention Center (803) 628-2924 and DC - John Morton (202) 732-3000

Sample Script: “Hi, I’m calling to ask ICE to move David Salazar (A# 205-214-528) out of isolation at York Detention Center. He has been arbitrarily held isolated from the general population for more than 2 weeks based on his initial TB test that showed positive. David should undergo further medical exams to confirm he is TB positive and should receive the medical treatment he needs.”

Additional Talking Point 

“If David is indeed TB positive, he needs treatment not detention. He is a low-priority case. Release him now.”

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When I was a little girl and before we migrated here to the United States, my familia was always very close. Growing up, I was fortunate to have a mother and a father who showered me with unconditional love and care. One of my fondest memories is when I was 5 years old and Daddy and I would sit and watch Lucha Libre on Sunday mornings. He would shout along with the comentaristas “los rudos, los rudos, los rudos!” He was a fan of the legendary Santo and Blue Demon. Times were good back then. Daddy had a good job and my mother didn’t have to work. Little did I know that 20 years later, I would become a luchadora too.. a luchadora for human rights. 

As an undocumented immigrant who is no longer living in the shadows, in fear and ashamed, I am no longer a victim. I have chosen to come out publicly to declare what this government says is my “illegal” status in this country. But three years in this struggle has not come without a price. It has emotional and physical implications of its own. So I gather faith and strength in the stories of resistencia de mis antepasados, mis raices, mi sobrina Camila de 4 meses, y la rabia que siento por las injusticias diarias que vive mi comunidad. For this, I am Undocumented, Unafraid, and a Luchadora! 

And, see, you can be a luchadora too! Today, Mexico’s Lucha Libre tradition comes to Durham as ten luchadoras face off in the ring at Motorco Music Hall. Bring the whole family! Come and enjoy lucha, sangre, y miedo from 12 pm to 3 pm and help us continue our work in the community. Proceeds of this round will help us continue to stop deportations, organize youth empowerment summits and Conoce Tus Derechos trainings. Admission is $5 and children under 12 get in free. I hope to see you there. But if you can’t make it and would like to contribute, consider making a donation by clicking here. Thank you for your support! 

La lucha sigue!


What/Evento: Luchadoras 2                                                            

When/Cuando: Sabado, January 21, 2022                              

Where/Donde: Motorco in Durham, NC                                     

Time/Horario: 12pm to 3pm                                                             

Click here to RSVP! Haz click aqui para ver el evento en facebook!

Proceeds will help us continue our work. Te esperamos! Muchas gracias de antemano. 

By Justin Valas

Coming together to celebrate the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr gives us all an important reminder of the call to work to advance the cause of equality, struggle towards civil and human rights, and stand for the dignity of all. We are reminded that the rights of the oppressed and disenfranchised are not freely given, and that America still has much work ahead. Many of us have dedicated sleepless nights and tireless months in advancing the DREAM Act in 2010 as a step towards achieving the beloved community. You can understand our shock when Senator Hagan, fresh off of her last-minute squashing of the dreams of 2 million youth (and her reluctance to make a statement about her decision), asked to be present at an event in Durham celebrating the legacy of Dr. King.

The Senator must have sensed the need for her to shore up her civil rights credentials, beyond just an old photo op and her open opposition to the North Carolina Conference of the NAACP. In her speech, she delivered flowery praise on the importance of those acts of non-violent, civil disobedience that propelled civil rights legislation, piece by piece. She rightly praised the Durham sit-ins, and the role that North Carolina played in propelling the cause of justice forward. She urged us to heed Dr. King’s call and to “renew our commitment to the freedoms and values that define our nation.” Notably absent was any mention of her role as a roadblock to a more just society, and her refusal to meet with youth engaged in the same tactics.

Dr. King’s words, pasted below, rung in my ears as I listened to the paternalistic voice that had told us “I understand, but I cannot support you. I support comprehensive immigration reform.”

“I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.” - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Letter from a Birmingham Jail

She had refused to meet with us, refused to hear our voices, voted to keep us in the shadows saying ‘now is not the time for the DREAM Act.’ As Dr. King said, “[p]erhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, ‘Wait.’” The keynote speaker at the event candidly spoke on this, when he admitted to becoming tired of the song “We Shall Overcome.” “Someday…. When is ‘someday?’ We’ve been singing this song for 50-some years, and it still isn’t ‘someday,’” he said. Unfortunately, one of the obstacles to making our ‘someday’ become ‘today,’ Senator Hagan, had left the event well before the keynote speaker even took the stage.

Perhaps it was her conscience that compelled her exit. Maybe it was her conscience that lead her to speak to us, in passing, at the event. Before the start of the event, she told some of our members that she plans to focus on immigration, and that “we should meet.”

The words from Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” have not lost their relevance today. While some of the faces and names from King’s day have changed, the realities of injustice remain.

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