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Mijente = Gente + Justice. A new political home for Latinx & Chicanx organizing. My people. #ChingaLaMigra #EyesOnICE
25 May
๐Ÿšจ BIG NEWS ๐Ÿšจ

Thomson Reuters is facing shareholder calls to investigate its business for human rights abuses b/c of its work w/ICE.

The two biggest shareholder advisors in the world, ISS & Glass Lewis, just came out *in favor* of an investigation.

This is huge for investors.
This is how it works: Shareholders can ask the board of directors to change company policies or review business practices.

A shareholder in Thomson Reuters, @BCGEU, called for a human rights assessment b/c Thomson Reuters works for ICE.

That proposal is now gaining steam.
Thomson Reuters has done this for years: They gave ICE access to a massive database w/hundreds of millions of recordsโ€”names, addresses, utility bills, etc.โ€”on some 171 million people.

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2 Apr
NEW: LexisNexis, the huge legal research firm, signed a $16.8 million contract w/ICE, giving access to billions of personal records, like credit histories, license plates, phone data, & more.

ICE then uses this data to target & deport us.

#NoTechforICE
theintercept.com/2021/04/02/iceโ€ฆ
This is a new frontier: These data brokers are increasingly working w/police & agencies like ICE & CBP, selling vast troves of personal info.

This lets ICE agents pinpoint people they want to deport, knowing their addresses, phone & internet subscriptions, DMV records, etc.
We've seen how this supercharges ICE's deportations: Two agents sitting in a car entering data can terrorize an entire community. Their information is entered into a computer, their records are pulled out, & then people start disappearing
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1 Apr
We're LIVE with the national 'Deportations Under Biden' #EyesOnICE forum. We have so many people with us ready to take action. Join us! mijente.net/april1forum
@UndocuBlack
@HaitianBridge
@domesticworkers
@humanrights1st
@NIJC
Jacinta kicks-off national 'Deportations Under Biden' #EyesOnICE forum,โ€œSince 3/1 @conmijente w/ #WeareHome campaign & partner orgs have been organizing #EyesonICE forums across the country to lift up the stories & demands of the ppl whoโ€™ve confronted detention and deportation.
Jacinta w/ @conmijente shares the plans for the final #EyesonICE forum, โ€œOn May 3rd we'll have our closing forum, where we have invited @AliMayorkas to attend. We hope heโ€™ll join us.โ€
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19 Mar
Todayโ€™s passage of #DreamAndPromise by the House is the result of decades of deep organizing by immigrant communities & reflects the urgent need to provide protection from deportation.

But the addition of harsh criminalization provisions in this version is very concerning.
The policing & mass incarceration systems in this country are fundamentally rigged against Black & Latinx ppl, and the #DreamAndPromise Act is no exception.

#HR6 is designed to strip access to Biden's promise of immigration reform from people who have experienced police contact.
Criminalization born of a racist system cant be the measure we use to determine who belongs & who goes.

Instead of extending access to undocumented communities of color #HR6 has punitive provisions that could make anyone whoโ€™s committed a misdemeanor ineligible for legal status.
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3 Nov 20
5 cosas importantes de saber cuando votamos #FueraTrump (1/7):
#1: Trump ha discriminado contras nuestras familias con salud preexistentes (2/7).
#2: Trump ha echo el esfuerzo de poner fin a la covertura de salud a mรกs de 20 millones de personas durante la pandemia que ha impactado desproporcionadamente a nuestras comunidades.
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2 Nov 20
Many of us are preparing ourselves for what happens on #ElectionDay. Here's what we know and how we can best organize for the week. A thread โฌ (1/6)
#FueraTrump
KEEP CALM. PATIENCE. Let's be honest, this election is going to be like no otherโ€” the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted how we vote, & must ensure everyone has their say and that every ballot is counted! (2/6)
WE MUST COUNT. The GOP is a political minority! The country is changing. So Trump & the GOP are trying to change up the rules in the middle of the game, to preserve power. (3/6)
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12 Jun 20
When our ppl began to ask us:

"How did ICE know that I lived here? How did they know that so & so is my cousin? How did they know that I worked at this place and would travel from this location everyday?"
โ€”Jacinta Gonzรกlez

We realized that ICE was accessing our private data.
This realization lead us to begin researching & uncovering the tech companies propping up ICE's massive data surveillance system.

You can read the report here ๐Ÿ‘‡

mijente.net/2018/10/whos-bโ€ฆ
Thru our research we learned that over 15% of DHS's budget is exclusively dedicated to data management.

That means the surveillance, arrest & deportation of our ppl is a lucrative business for tech.

And thus, we began to call out those tech companies:
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29 May 20
ยกOye!

Latinx communities MUST show up powerfully right now.

We must go beyond hollow statements of solidarity & towards a genuine compaรฑerismo.

We must take concrete action that goes beyond addressing intra-community anti-Blackness.
The time now calls for modeling pro-Blackness & an embodied sense that our fates are linked.

Our task is to stand shoulder to shoulder & put it out in the work.
Mijente stands with all Black communities across the country who are calling out the injustice of the state-sanctioned murder of Black people in the hands of the police.
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21 May 20
We know there's a revolving door b/w Silicon Valley & the fed gov.

Tech gets richer while our ppl increasingly disappear at the hands of ICE.

Now we know how willing co. like Thompson Reuters are to not only work with ICE, but to create targeted lists of our ppl. โฌ‡๏ธ
Docs show how TR Special Services employees track changes in personal info (names, addresses, jail bookings, driverโ€™s license info, phone numbers & more) & subject location, updating ICE agents & helping them refine deportation investigations

See docs โฌ‡๏ธ
notechforice.com/thomson-reuterโ€ฆ
This work also involves โ€œrisk mitigation servicesโ€ (a $4 million contract) which is supposed to track threats against agents.

In reality, this has just been used to retaliate against undocumented immigrant activist & others who protest ICE's activities.
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16 Apr 20
๐Ÿšจ NEWS ๐Ÿšจ

We just released a report w/LCCLA on the impact of COVID-19 for the Latinx community.

The outlook is not good. We're dying disproportionately. We have the lowest rates of healthcare. We're on the frontlines of exposure.

But we can fight back.
Latinx people are suffering from social & economic inequalities exacerbated by this crisis.

We represent the overwhelming majority of low-wage job earners. We have the most workplace fatalities.

Yet we have the lowest healthcare coverageโ€”abandoned by the government.
This means we're considered "essential" right now, as farmworkers, grocery store workers, caretakers, & medical workers.

Weโ€™re in high-risk jobs w/ the *lowest* defenses:
โ€”1/5 of us are paid poverty wages
โ€”70% have no retirement acct
โ€”just 49% have private healthcare
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24 Jan 20
Today, Palantir's CEO gave an interview at Davos. He admitted they help hunt down undocumented people.

This is after *months* of denial, saying they help fight trafficking & terrorism, deflecting when asked about ICE.

Gig's up @PalantirTech #NoTechforICE
cnbc.com/2020/01/23/palโ€ฆ
Alex Karp says "It's a de minimis part of our work, finding people in our country who are undocumented, but it's a legitimate, complex issue."

What's complex about arresting parents at work, leaving kids home alone, ruining families?

Nothing. It's wrongโ€”but Palantir enables it.
There is nothing complex about human rights violations. There is nothing complex about complicity.

If you help ICE, if you help deportations, you separate families, you ruin lives, you enable an anti-immigrant crackdown.

This is an easy moral choiceโ€”& they're still failing.
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12 Dec 19
Perfect example of corporate obfuscation: Palantir works w/the part of ICE that doesn't lead on deportations & family separationโ€”so they say they're not behind Trump's atrocities.

It's a lie. Their tech is involved in both things. We'll explain. ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡
fortune.com/2019/12/11/palโ€ฆ
Palantir works for Homeland Security Investigations, the part of ICE that does "transnational crime" but is *also* closely involved in deportations through workplace raids, as their chief admits here.

Thousands are arrested in these raids every year.
buzzfeednews.com/article/hamedaโ€ฆ
These raids are brutal. ICE agents storm into offices, factories, workplaces, guns drawn, tackling people to the ground & arresting them.

These are HSI agentsโ€”look at the photosโ€”who've used Palantir software to get these targets & use Palantir software to keep track of them.
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2 Oct 19
๐Ÿ‘‡Read this story๐Ÿ‘‡

An entire community in Washington stalked by two ICE agents sitting in a car, armed w/a laptop

They sit there day after day, entering license plates, addresses, names, w/access to vast databases provided by private firms

And then people start disappearing
They arrest people like Gladys Dรญaz Tadeo, mother of 3, who sent a FB message to someone looking to buy one of her piรฑatas.

She went to meet the person at the bank. She was gonna make $20.

ICE was waiting. They arrested her.

Within 3 weeks, she'd been deported to Mexico.
They KNEW she would be there. They sat for days on end surveilling an apartment complex & trailer park, getting data on all its residents, mapping out their social media profiles, their lives, so they can find a time when they're alone & vulnerable & arrest them.
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20 Aug 19
We just found out Palantir has renewed its ICE contract thru 2022. ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก

Amounts redacted, but they'll make MILLIONS.

Workplace raids, family members arrested at the border, protests every week, worker concernsโ€”& Palantir is doubling down?!

Shameful.
fbo.gov/index?s=opportโ€ฆ
Palantir helped arrest at least *443* ppl in a 90-day period, we revealed this year, helping ICE nab family members of kids who crossed border alone, including families who tried to claim them.

That's apparently not enough for them to stop working w/ICE.
theintercept.com/2019/05/02/petโ€ฆ
Hundreds of academics got Palantir dropped as a sponsor of a prestigious privacy conference at Cal. The academic community came together to say they will not be associated with an enabler of terror.

That's not enough for them to stop working w/ICE.
bloomberg.com/news/articles/โ€ฆ
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8 Aug 19
BREAKING: We're releasing a new report: "The War Against Immigrants: Trump's Tech Tools Powered by Palantir" today.

It's a comprehensive look at Palantirโ€™s work & the web of personal connections that make it all happen, all centered around Peter Thiel.

mijente.net/trumppalantir
Yday ICE arrested 680 people in raids of food processing plants in Mississippi. The raids were a result of a year long HSI investigation & led to 100s of family separations.

Palantir says they don't separate families (that they help HSI w/investigations, not ERO).
However, yesterday's raids were carried out by HSI, casting doubt on Palantir's position and the companies role in family separations.

These raids are just the latest cruel implementation of the war against immigrations, powered by Palantir's technology.
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7 Aug 19
Trumpโ€™s war on immigrants is escalating.

Days after the deadly attack on Latinos in El Paso, hours before โ€˜offering condolencesโ€™ to the people he helped target, Trump gave the OK to carry out the largest single-state raid in our nationโ€™s history. [1/x]
clarionledger.com/story/news/locโ€ฆ
Today, that war shattered nearly 700 families, more than 700 lives.

Itโ€™s no coincidence that the raids took place across 7 sites in areas that are hard to reach, where there is little to no infrastructure in place to help deal with the aftermath. [2/x]

clarionledger.com/story/news/201โ€ฆ
Our community is scared, tired, and enraged. And as we grieve, we also support one another to recharge and keep fighting.

We have a long road ahead. But we are committed. [3/5] medium.com/@marisa_francoโ€ฆ
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30 Jul 19
.@PalantirTech has 2 contracts worth $92m with ICE to detain and deport our people.

vox.com/recode/2019/7/โ€ฆ

Excellent information in this story from @ranimolla
@PalantirTech @ranimolla This is the most comprehensive dataset of all the tech contracts ICE has we've seen. Please go through them and then look around: Are these companies based in your city? What can YOU do to target them?
Our director @marisa_franco explained last week the thinking behind this strategy: medium.com/@marisa_francoโ€ฆ

We need to be relentless. These companies are taking millions of our tax dollars and using that same money to come after us. Do not let them get away with it.
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16 Jul 19
BREAKING: ICE agents ordered to use Palantir's mobile app when they conduct workplace raids.

This is a really crucial story because Palantir bosses keep lying to their workers and telling them their tech is not involved in separating families.

wnyc.org/story/palantirโ€ฆ
Every time a workforce raid happens, think about how that impacts a family: A parent says goodbye to their child in the morning and says "see you after work", that evening the child comes home, but parent has been taken away.

This is devastating for countless families.
It's not just devastating for families directly impacted, they also terrorize literally millions of people who are too scared to go out to places of worship, shops or even out in public, as has been happening for the past few days: theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jโ€ฆ
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3 Jul 19
BREAKING: Weโ€™re releasing 1000s of docs & summary report detailing how ICE planned for the largest raid in their history. "Operation Mega", planned to arrest at least 8,400 people in 2017 & involved all of ICEโ€™s 24 field offices.

mijente.net/icepapers
The report is called: โ€œBlueprint for Terror: How ICE Planned its Largest Immigration Raid"

One agent wished colleagues: โ€œHappy Huntingโ€ in advance of raids.

This is part of their effort to dehumanize us. We saw it revealed by the secret CBP Facebook page this week.
Immigration raids are meant to terrorize communities & instill fear.

In 2017, ICE was planning a massive nationwide raid known as "Operation Mega."

After exposure they changed plans but we wanted to know:What were the plan?

We recruited over 200 orgs to file FOIAs to find out.
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2 May 19
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New document reveals Palantir played a *key role* in Trump admin's efforts to prosecute & arrest parents of children crossing the border alone.

Border agents used Palantir to build cases against families, helping ICE separate families.
mijente.net/2019/05/02/palโ€ฆ
In mid-2017, ICE wanted to crack down on the parents of kids who crossed the border alone.

They used Palantirโ€™s ICM to build profiles of families for arrest, nabbing anyone undocumented they came across during investigations, including those who came forward to claim their kids.
ICE is explicit about this: Agents are to "arrest the subjects and anybody encountered during the inquiry who is out of status."

They used Palantir to keep track of all these people, building cases against the families of every unaccompanied child they encountered at the border.
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4 Apr 19
Itโ€™s time we talk about Juliรกn Castro, the only Latinx #2020Election presidential hopeful.
We are organizers. Politicians are not going to save us, but we understand that they are talking about us, and our people, so we should engage in the policy options they put out. Todos tienen su lado flaco y su lado gordo.
Itโ€™s significant that as a Latino, he was the first candidate to release an immigration platform. And he went beyond the low hanging fruit.
vox.com/2019/4/2/18291โ€ฆ
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