Alejandra Pablosis an organizer for Mijente, a digital and grassroots hub for Latinx and Chicanx movement building. She also worked as a Field Coordinator for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. In this moment, we need activists like Ale more than ever to fight back against the Trump agenda and the attacks on the immigrant community.
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On March 7, 2018 immigration right activist Alejandra Pablos was illegally detained at the Eloy Detention Center in southern Arizona. This Thursday, April 19, Ale has a chance to be released from Immigration Customs Enforcement’s custody at her bond hearing—but only if the people help.
How did this happen?
Alejandra Pablos was a legal permanent resident who was placed in deportation proceedings stemming from a drug-related arrest in her youth. She spent 2011-13 detained at the Eloy Detention Center, in compliance with court orders. She is presently requesting political asylum based on the dangers she would face as a political organizer in Mexico, should she be deported.
Since her release in 2013 she has dedicated her time and efforts to organizing for immigrant rights as well as for reproductive health rights. She has become known nationally for her activism. She is a member of Mijente, a national Latinx organization, and is a field coordinator for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.
In early January, she was leading chants at a demonstration outside of the Department of Homeland Security. She was singled out and detained by DHS agents. Although she was released thereafter, her case was flagged. On March 7, when Pablos showed up to for a routine check-in with ICE, was taken into custody and not allowed to pay a bond. She was “silently detained.” Several high-profile immigrant rights activists have been “silently detained” in the past year and a half to stop their activism.
“Alejandra is a very well-known activist with deep ties to her community and is not a flight risk. The fact is that their only reason to re-detain her is for an arrest that came out of a protest really shows that people are targeted for these arrests.”
Demanding the passage of four bills that would limit the ability of billionaires to control American politics, over 400 people were arrested April 11 2016 for sitting in at the U.S. Capitol. Many of the demonstrators had marched some 150 miles from Philadelphia to dramatize the fact that the voice of working people is being drowned out by the super rich.
"Today, I join others in non-violent civil disobedience in order to ... draw attention to our corrupt campaign finance system and rigged voting laws," said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), one of about 100 national organizations, unions, churches and community groups backing the demonstrations at the U.S. Capitol and the Philadelphia to DC march.
The marchers, including people from at least 33 different states, were welcomed by churches and community groups along the route and joined by Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig, author-activist Frances Moore Lappe, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, D. Md., actor Sam Waterston and actress Gaby Hoffman.
Alejandra Pablos of Arizona lead a chant.