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Law School’s Hunger Strike For Illegal Aliens

From Houston Indymedia:

TSU’s Marshall LULAC hunger strike calls attention to legal plight of immigrant

by RoB Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007

On Friday October 12th, the near dozen students who have been hunger striking and camping out on the side of the Thurgood Marshal School of Law on Wheeler and Tierwiester in Third Ward, concluded their protest, speaking to around 40 or 50 community memebers [sic] and activists who came to show their support.

People from ACORN, the Coalition in Defense of the Community, CRECEN, FIEL, Students from the University of Houston and TSU, and the board of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, who happend [sic] to be in town for a meeting all gathered at the small campsite, roped off by yellow caution tape.

We were observing the conclusion of the week long hunger strike for immigrant rights, which was undertaken by these students.

While I had to leave early and was not able to see the full event, it seemed very positive, the hunger strike had gone well, everyone was healthy and it was well recieved [sic] by students and faculty at TSU and some sectors of the media. The students, many of who seemed to have limited expierience [sic] with formal activism were overwhelmed by the ammount [sic] of support (and possible the lack of food).

They spoke about thier [sic] expieriences, [sic] many talking about the struggles their parents had to go through as immigrants, and how hard they struggled to make it to law school. Many cried while talking in english [sic] and spanish [sic] about the struggles of their families and immigrants in the United States.

The Students were felt very empowered by this collective action and community support and pledged to remain involved in the struggle with activist and lawyering, [sic] and called on others in the community to organize as well.

Following are press releases from their protest and photos from the event:

Houston, Texas- The League of United Latin American Citizens TSU Law School Student Council is hosting a Press Conference to announce the beginning of the Monday, October 8, 2007 through Friday, October 12, 2007, Hunger Strike for Immigrant Rights.

LULAC TSU Law Student Council will exercise their constitutional rights to freedom of speech and assembly by conducting a peaceful demonstration to bring awareness to immigrant issues.

The LULAC TSU Law School Council will sleep on the lawns of the campus and fast for 5 consecutive days to bring awareness in the legal community of the many failures of the current immigration system and to educate the community of the historical impact of anti-immigrant laws through the history of the United States.

LULAC TSU Law Students will educate the community daily about historical immigration issues and human rights impacts; they hope to spread a message of tolerance and respect for humanity while providing immigration policy facts. The event is a TSU Latino Heritage Month event as we honor the many Patriotic Contributions of Latinos to American Society.

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health, and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs run by more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide.

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(Houston) On Friday, Oct 12, from 6 PM-8PM, at TSU Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston organizations will hold a vigil in honor of the TSU LULAC Students Five Day Hunger Strike for Immigrant Rights. In respecting their decision to of [sic] sacrifice to raise awarness [sic] of the humanity, dignity and rights of immigrants and refugees, community members will come with gifts of food, prayers and songs on the day and moment the students have decided to lift their hunger strike.

The community offerings are a symbol of the unity that binds us as One to continue the long road of justice on behalf of immigrants. All peace and justice organizations in the Houston area are humbly appreciative of the dedication and commitment we witnessed in the students’ pursuit of this brave statement for human dignity and rights.

Mind you, this report, its photo captions as well as the accompanying press releases were all presumably written by someone attending the law school at Texas State University and studying “lawyering.”

And on that subject:

In respecting their decision to of [sic] sacrifice to raise awarness [sic] of the humanity, dignity and rights of immigrants and refugees…

One wonders what “rights” these law students think non-citizens who are breaking our laws have in our country.

However, such details seem not to faze them:

LULAC TSU Law Students will educate the community daily about historical immigration issues and human rights impacts; they hope to spread a message of tolerance and respect for humanity while providing immigration policy facts.

Did these law students also explain how every nation has the right and duty to preserve and protect their own borders with laws?

Did they educate the community about how important it is to uphold our laws if we are to remain a nation ruled by law rather than men?

Somehow I doubt it.

Anyway, it is a profound relief to hear that the participants made it through their five day hunger strike without any untoward medical consequences.

But they seem to be a sturdy lot:

[The third speaker] Also spoke about the sacrifices her parents made for her. Her parents crossed the boder [sic] to let her get a better education.

[The sixth speaker] Grew up in Galveston, his folks fled the (US funded) civil war in Nicaragua, and made many sacrifices for him to attend get [sic] an education

Elvira Diaz-Ocampo and supporters were present, making crosses out of corn husks for the Dia de Los Muertos altar that they will present at Talento Bilingue de Houston.

Obviously the ACLU was not present, or Ms. Diaz-Ocampo, her supporters and the officials at TSU would be facing a ruinous lawsuit and probably hard time.

But, as the article notes, those worthies from the taxpayer supported 501c3 charity ACORN were in attendance:

As were of course ample opportunities for voter registration fraud:

By the way, this was posted by the author at the top of the article:

Photos from the rally that ended the hunger strike taken by Students of the LULAC chapter at Thurgood Marshal School of Law at Texas Southern University. EDITORS please hide hostile comments, thanks!

Mind you, this appeared on Indymedia, a site dedicated to “speaking truth to power.”

Are they practicing censorship?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, October 14th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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