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  • Petitioned Nancy E. O'Malley

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District Attorney, Alameda County, CA
Nancy E. O'Malley
Alameda County Sheriff (510) 272-6878
Greg Ahern
Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
Janet Napolitano
Assistant Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Inforcement
John Morton
415-844-5512
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Join the Free Pancho Movement

    1. Free Pancho
    2. Petition by

      Free Pancho

      menlo park, CA

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Free Pancho! 

 

Twitter: #FreePancho

 

Website: http://www.dailygood.org/pancho

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ONEWorldcitizen

Dear Supporters,

As you may already know Pancho was released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on November 18th. Pancho’s release comes, in great part, thanks to you and everyone around the world who rallied to sign this petition. You helped us gather an astounding 8,500 signatures along with scores ofletters in less than two days forcing ICE and government officials to recognize our power as a community.

While Pancho’s release is an enormous and rare victory, the movement has only begun. ICE has demanded that Pancho return to court soon to address the the federal immigration hold on him and we know they will not give him up easily. That is why we need to keep the pressure on ICE and the U.S. government to unconditionally release Pancho, now!

During Pancho’s recent arrest riot police asked Pancho where he is from and Pancho replied “I am a citizen of the World”. Now we need to join Pancho and elevate the Occupy Wall Street dialogue to include building more "constructive programs" that meet the needs of people and communities outside the current system of greed and violence. As our brother Pancho said on Democracy Now!, “We need to use our resources to build more health clinics, fix our bridges, open more schools, and create meaningful livelihoods. However, some people in the 1% are using those resources to harass peaceful, nonviolent people who are looking to create harmonious communities.” He went on to say, "We don't have an economic crisis, but a crisis of priorities."  
There are thousands of community organizers just like Pancho around the country that face these unjust and draconian deportations propelled by ICE and the poorly described, Secure Communities program. These deportations of innocent people have been enforced through a frenzied, politically driven narrative that, instead of holding big banks accountable, has scapegoated the most downtrodden populations of the United States, including immigrant communities.

Please join us in demanding that ICE drop all immigration holds against Pancho and that the Obama administration keep their promise and cancel further deportations of the thousands of peaceful people across the country that are facing imminent and heart-wrenching separation from their families and communities.  

As Pancho recently said “We need to grow a community that one day allows us to make a bonfire of visas and passports, say no to all borders and YES to a transformation of our world!”

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 9,000 signatures
    2. Progress! ICE Releases Pancho After Nationwide Outcry

      Jackie  Mahendra
      Petition Organizer

      Yesterday the world watched as thousands of people took to the streets in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. While people were glued to livestreams of marches and police raids, there was at least one big event that happened behind closed...

    3. USA: Will Occupy Oakland Activist “Pancho” be Deported?

      Free Pancho
      Petition Organizer

      The arrest of a meditating protester Francisco “Pancho” Ramos Stierle outside Oakland City Hall last November 14th has become the battle flag for the Occupy Oakland camp, in California. This 36-year-old Mexican tweep (@ONEworldcitizen), blogger and activist was detained with two others who sat beside him quietly meditating in a yoga pose while surrounded by chaos as riot police evicted Frank Ogawa Plaza. A total of 32 protesters where taken to custody that Tuesday. As he was booked in Alameda County jail, his fingerprints flagged him as an immigrant.

    4. Pancho’s Message to the 100% on Salon

      Free Pancho
      Petition Organizer

      An undocumented Oakland occupier arrested earlier this week was released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody on Thursday after his supporters bombarded ICE, local officials and Rep. Barbara Lee with demands for his release. Francisco “Pancho” Ramos-Stierle, a Mexican-born former graduate student in astrophysics turned community activist, became a cause celebre among his fellow demonstrators after he was arrested Monday while meditating during the police dismantling of the Occupy Oakland Camp in Oscar Grant/Frank Ogawa Plaza.

      “This is totally the revolution of the human spirit,” he told friends in a conference call after his release, “and this is such a pleasure to be surrounded with all of you.”

    5. Occupy Oakland Protester Pancho Ramos Stierle Faces Deportation After Arres

      Free Pancho
      Petition Organizer

      The arrest of a high-profile undocumented protester has brought immigration issues to the forefront of the movement. In California on Monday, Francisco "Pancho" Ramos Stierle was seized while meditating at Oscar Grant Plaza during an early morning raid on the Occupy Oakland encampment. Rather than being released on bail, Pancho was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody under the Secure Communities program, which shares arrest information from local jails with federal immigration agents. Thousands of his supporters launched a campaign for his release, which included a Change.org petition that attracted 6,600 signatures in just 24 hours. Thursday morning, Pancho was finally released from ICE custody. Pancho joins us from Berkeley, California. "Every time the people ask me, 'Where are you from?' I say, 'Well, I'm from planet earth.’ 'And where's your citizenship?’ 'Well, I'm a citizen of the world.’

    6. Occupy Oakland Protester Faces Deportation After Arrest

      Gabriela Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      Thousands of his supporters launched a campaign for his release, which included a Change.org petition that attracted 6,600 signatures in just 24 hours. Thursday morning, Pancho was finally released from ICE custody. “Pancho” joins us from Berkeley, California.

      “Every time the people ask me, ‘where you from?’ I say, ‘Well I’m from planet earth.’ And ‘Where’s your citizenship?’ ‘Well, I’m a citizen of the world.’ So that created a little bit more time, but... they have the fingerprints,” he says. “So at the end of the day, this is what’s happening instead of using these resources for building more clinics, for fixing those bridges, for getting more schools, for having meaningful livelihood. We’re using those resources, some people in the 1 percent are using those resources to harass peaceful people, to harass nonviolent people, to harass people that are looking for creating communities in harmony."

    7. Oakland Occupier free pending deportation hearing

      Jackie  Mahendra
      Petition Organizer

      "This is the same thing happening across the country," Stierle said. "We do not have an economic crisis, we have a crisis of priorities. We believe we are the 99 percent facilitating the healing of the 100 percent."

    8. Reached 8,000 signatures
    9. Pancho is Released! Contacts for Press

      Free Pancho
      Petition Organizer

      I know some folks have contacted me directly already, but if someone asks for a way to speak to Pancho directly please refer them to Melissa Dickman 773.858.1659 or melissa.dickman@gmail.com

      Thanks everyone!

    10. Rally WITH Pancho (and love and kindness!) for Justice

      Free Pancho
      Petition Organizer

      Hi folks, Team Pancho here...

      We're sorry for the confusion but in our joy and happiness communication got a little blurred by happy love bubbles. We're all on the same page again!

      Rally WITH Pancho (and love and kindness!) for Justice
      4pm @ ICE -- 630 Sansome St. / San Francisco, CA
      4:30pm -- Statement to the press

      We have a number of press folks on their way right now to meet with our legal team, Pancho and any friends who want to join. Let's revel in the joy we have, but also remember that this is only the BEGINNING.

      Conference Call for Long Distance Folks
      We know many of us aren't able to be physically present with Pancho, and our hearts (and ears!) yearn to hear his voice...

      5:30pm -- Conference Call with Pancho
      A chance for our dear friend and hermano to share some words with all of us!
      Call: 1-209-647-1600
      Access code: 590014#

      Thanks!
      - Team Pancho

    11. BREAKING: "Immigration agents release Occupy Oakland activist"

      Jackie  Mahendra
      Petition Organizer

      More soon, but here is an update from Mercury News, 11/17/2011 02:28:37 PM PST: "Francisco "Pancho" Ramos Stierle... was released on his own recognizance but must now appear before an immigration judge on some future date."

    12. Pancho is in ICE custody - thousands rally to release him

      Jackie  Mahendra
      Petition Organizer

      Thursday: Pancho is at ICE; 630 Sansome St, SF (11AM-3PM visiting hours); 7000 people have signed petition
      Wednesday: Pancho's criminal charges dropped; ICE hold remains.
      Tuesday: rally; Berkeley passes Res 14 and Oakland declares restorative justice week.

    13. Occupy Oakland: Arrested protester could be deported

      Gabriela Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      A protester who was arrested when police swooped down on the Occupy Oakland encampment could be deported.

      Federal authorities have put an immigration hold on Francisco Ramos Stierle, said Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for the Immigration Customs and Enforcement agency.

      The hold, she told The Times on Tuesday night, "is an indication that we believe this individual is potentially deportable."

    14. Oakland Tribune: Protester Could Be Deported

      Gabriela Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      OAKLAND -- The peaceful arrest of a meditating protester outside Oakland City Hall has become an iconic image of Monday's eviction of the Occupy Oakland camp.

      Now, Francisco "Pancho" Ramos Stierle could be deported, protesters and law enforcement officials say.

      Federal agents put an immigration hold on the 36-year-old Oakland activist as he was detained in an Alameda County jail, said spokeswoman Virginia Kice of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

    15. Immigration agents take Occupy Oakland activist

      Rachel LaBruyere
      Petition Organizer

      Pancho is now in ICE Custody.

    16. "Pancho is in shackles and marked as 'high level' criminal"

      Free Pancho
      Petition Organizer

      From Pancho's lawyer this morning:

      "Pancho wanted me to convey to folks that he was, for some reason, identified as a particularly dangerous inmate, wearing a red jacket in jail, and shackled so that the movement of his arms was restrained. The shackles were metal, and surrounded his waist. Apparently, this treatment is reserved only for the most "dangerous" inmates. It is unclear why Alameda County decided to place shackles on him. But after a short conversation, we agreed that, without a doubt, Pancho was the most dangerous person in Santa Rita Jail--dangerous to the system, and dangerous to the 1%. As Pancho reiterated, the most effective weapon against a system based on greed and violence is kindness."

      Help us maintain the pressure on ICE by the calling and demanding his immediate release: 415-844-5512

    17. "You can not deport me like you can not deport the sun." - Pancho

      Free Pancho
      Petition Organizer

      Congratulations, our petition "Free Pancho, Now!," now has 8000
      signatures and is all over the world media! Please forward the link
      below now to everyone you know.

      We're trying to collect 12,000 signatures by end of day, and I could
      really use all your help.

      To share and read more about what we're trying to do and to sign our petition,
      click here: http://www.change.org/petitions/free-pancho-now?share_id=zgAnTqmEZp&pe=d2e

      It'll just take a minute!

      Once you're done, please ask your friends to sign the petition as
      well. Grassroots movements succeed because people like you are willing
      to spread the word!

    18. Occupy Oakland Protester Could Be Deported

      Gabriela Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      OAKLAND -- The peaceful arrest of a meditating protester outside Oakland City Hall has become an iconic image of Monday's eviction of the Occupy Oakland camp.

      Now, Francisco "Pancho" Ramos Stierle could be deported, protesters and law enforcement officials say.

      Federal agents put an immigration hold on the 36-year-old Oakland activist as he was detained in an Alameda County jail, said spokeswoman Virginia Kice of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

    19. Reached 7,000 signatures
    20. Occupy Oakland Arrest Thrusts Protesters into Battle Over Immigration

      Gabriela Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      Occupy Oakland protesters seemed to be braced for just about anything that could arise – except, evidently, the raging issues of immigration and deportation.
      Now those issues are on their radar on the heels of the arrest Monday of a fellow protester, Francisco Ramos-Stierle...

    21. Reached 6,000 signatures
    22. In the past 24 hours an astounding 6,500 people demanded Pancho's freedom!

      Free Pancho
      Petition Organizer

      The movement to Free Pancho is growing by the minute! Join us in developing a national dialogue, not only to Free Pancho, but also to highlight the unjust, divisive deportations promoted by ICE and the controversial Secure Communities program that are trying to "criminalize" him.

      Join the conversation, and share this petition with your friends on Twitter and Facebook!

    23. Reached 5,000 signatures
    24. Meditator Arrested During Occupy Oakland Raid

      Free Pancho
      Petition Organizer

      The Occupy Movement has now hit home in a fierce manner for those of us in the broad meditation community. Whatever your thoughts about Occupy, the man in the image above was not only arrested while bearing witness during the Occupy Oakland protests, but is now facing deportation. Fellow Buddhist blogger Katie Loncke, who is a part of the Occupy Oakland group, posted the following link, which offers more details about Pancho's case, and also ways you can support him if you so choose to.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • David Hazen EUGENE, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      This man is already free, it is the ICE that is imprisoned by their own thoughts.

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    • Shari Delisle HAMBURG, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      We need as many kind and enlightened people as possible in this country.

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    • Chikur Heart EUGENE, OR
      • almost 3 years ago

      Poncho represents a peaceful approach to the occupy movement. He is an inspiration to thousands to be peaceful and inclusive, stating that the 99% are facilitating an awakening for the 100%. He does not exclude the 1% and sets a powerful example through his own non-violent meditation as an act of demonstration and extraordinary kindness, cheerfulness, politeness and open heartedness even to those who inflict excessive force and pain upon him during arrest for simply silently meditating in a public space. Such an exemplary example of politeness and non-violence is of inestimable value and benefit for all citizens of America including those who are charged to plan and enforce the coordinated clampdown upon the occupy movement. Such benefit far exceeds the letter of the law and provides an influence and affect upon many thousands of citizens, inspiring them to be on their best behavior. This is something that the police and politicians cannot and have not been able to achieve through deception, secrecy, fear tactics, force, violence and threat of imprisonment, while one humble man is clearly demonstrating how it is done. Let's not make that same error that occurred 2000 years ago with someone you've all heard of and in thousands of other cases where the letter of the law was considered more important than what is best for everyone concerned because those who were in power were frightened of someone who influenced people through the loving nature of their heart! It is time to recognize the value of such people and to make positive rather than negative examples of them. Wouldn't you agree?

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    • J W SACRAMENTO, CA
      • almost 3 years ago
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    • Dorothy Hale MEMPHIS, TN
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is unfair. The gentleman was not disrubptive. This is America, where everyone has a right to silently protest.

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