We’re happy to announce that throughout 2020 and into 2021, CR members in New York state have been working hard to rebuild Critical Resistance’s New York chapter and work.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, CRNYC members joined the national call to #FreeThemAll and focused the work on community support and struggle to release as many people from ICE jails as possible.
While contributing to different participatory defense campaigns with Ni Muertas Ni Presas for the release of Latinx women at ICE jails, CRNY also formally joined the Abolish ICE NY-NJ Coalition and worked with other grassroots groups to pressure both New Jersey and New York Governors to use their emergency power to stop any and all transfers of people from local law enforcement agencies into ICE custody, and end ICE-jail contracts.
Campaign to #FreeMarvin
Marvin, a New Jersey resident from El Salvador, has been on hunger strike since March 7, 2021. He migrated to the US in 1998 after surviving a deadly assault where his father and older brother were tragically killed. Local police criminalized him and ICE imprisoned him in November 2019, first at the Essex County Jail and then transferred to Bergen County Jail during the height of the pandemic. In November 2020, Marvin waged his first hunger strike protesting his indefinite detention. In retaliation, ICE transferred him to the Krome Processing Center in Miami. CRNYC is working with Abolish ICE NY NJ to #FreeMarvin and end ICE-jail contracts.
Abolish ICE NY NJ Coalition and Hunger Strikes
Along with groups under the umbrella of Abolish ICE New York and New Jersey, CRNYC is supporting people locked up in ICE-contracted jails in New York and New Jersey through participatory defense efforts.
Since the 2020 presidential election in November 2020, people imprisoned have consistently waged ongoing hunger strikes and other tactics of resistance to protest indefinite confinement and the draconian measures used by local and federal officials such as 21-hour-a-day lockdowns. Imprisoned people used hunger strikes in order to draw attention to their conditions, escalate the stakes for themselves and the prison regime, and provide a quantifiable and visible form of resistance from the inside. Since the strikes, the Abolish ICE NY NJ coalition has been supporting resistance inside in different ways, by holding rallies outside of the jail and ICE field offices (in NYC, Buffalo, and Newark), along with organizing virtual forums with the strikers’ families and friends.
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