NY Times Article, The Florence Project, and Art Exhibition Article

Last Sunday, the New York Times printed an article on the legal rights of Immigrants in ICE custody in the United States, or, more accurately, the serious lack of legal rights. Immigrant detainees in the custody of the United States, do not possess the right to legal counsel nor do they have the right to a specific sentence or timeframe for their detention, they may be held indefinitely according to our current laws. This is cruel, inhumane, and an extremely costly practice. The Times article investigates this very thoroughly and includes some absolutely shocking statistics (including the fact that on a given day, there are an average of 34,000 immigrant detainees being held in the United States). Here is the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/sunday-review/immigrant-detainees-and-the-right-to-counsel.html?pagewanted=all

This article really drives home the fact that if organizations like The Florence Project did not exist, then detainees would have absolutely no access to legal counsel. While this small organization and others like it throughout the country  have helped so many detainees avoid deportation or obtain amnesty status they only have enough resources to scratch the surface. It is really important that they receive recognition for the incredibly hard work that they do as well as monetary support. You can make a donation to them  through their website. [link]

Lastly, if you are looking for something to do this Saturday night, you can come down to Industria Studios on 1441 E 17th St and take in the Detention Art Exhibition I have been planning and curating for the past several months. The opening reception starts @ 6:30pm and the show will run through April 28th. Lindsay Marshall from the Florence Project will be speaking about the organization @ 7:30 pm. There will be a donation jar for them  at the show and in addition a certain percentage of the proceeds from the sale of any artwork will go to them as well. So if your walls are looking bare consider supporting our artists and an amazing team of legal advocates! Charles Spillar from the Tucson Citizen, wrote this great article about the upcoming exhibition: http://tucsoncitizen.com/art/2013/03/31/new-art-exhibit-blasts-current-ice-detention-practices/

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