In the name of immigration reform, New Haven’s Kica Matos sat down in a D.C. roadway and refused to move.
Matos was arrested by Capitol police Thursday. She was on Capitol Hill as part of a civil disobedience protest calling for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. You can see her being arrested at the 1:02- and 1:57-minute marks in the video above.
According to a release from Campaign for Communities, Matos is one of 41 labor and civil rights leaders who were arrested. They led a rally of hundreds of people.
Matos, the director of immigrant rights and racial justice at the Center for Community Change, read to the crowd from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s “Letter From Birmingham Jail.”
“Like Dr. King we are about to engage in act of civil disobedience, and we are doing that to demand justice and freedom for the 11 million people who are being denied justice. We are here to demand an end to deportation and an end to the disruption of families,” Matos said, according to the release.
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posted by: OneCityManyDreams on August 1, 2013 5:51pm
A very good and a very brave woman.
posted by: cedarhillresident! on August 1, 2013 6:05pm
3/5ths you have to admit that this is what we all should be doing right now as citizens of this coutry. Look at how powerful the mass of people were. Watch that video. We have fogotten we have a voice in numbers. We use to all come toghther like this and change things. Now we blog!
posted by: Megan on August 2, 2013 7:53am
Let me count the ways that Kica is fearless
- Worked as a federal public defender in Philadelphia representing death row inmates
- Took over as director of JUNTA for Progressive Action and put almost a decade of hard work and love into the community center at a time when “the windows were boarded up, the paint was peeling and the organization offered English classes, a food pantry and little else” according to the Courant. She built a tremendous adult education program with English classes, citizenship classes and GED, and brought in legal services, human rights advocacy, employment counseling, help for small business owners, family counseling, youth programs and more.
- Defending the Elm City ID Card when she was Community Services Administrator for the City, and KKK groups descended on New Haven from around the country and sent her thousands of death threats
Let me count the ways that Martin Luther King Jr.‘s legacy is being renewed - Youth have been sitting in at the Florida state capitol for 17 days demanding a special legislative session to prevent the next Trayvon Martin killing, demanding that “black lives matter.” (Hey 3/5th, they are black youth, undocumented immigrant youth, as well as youth who are undocumented AND black—check them out!) - Another group of youth have been put into solitary confinement at a privately owned immigration prison in Eloy, Arizona, after they turned themselves in to immigration authorities to expose the death and needless suffering of millions inside detention.
Civil disobedience is a memo to lawmakers in Washington and everywhere: try losing your fear and standing on the side of justice. It won’t be easy. Everyone will criticize you. You will have to make sacrifices. In the end, you’ll be one step closer to defending a dream.
posted by: momnprof on August 2, 2013 8:38am
Kica Matos is a phenomenal woman, who works hard to pursue rights for those who are underprivileged. Bill Saunders be shamed. What have YOU done for people who are discriminated against?