FELONY charges, 7 yrs in prison, for a SILENT PROTEST in support of immigrants! #FreeMaya

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Maya faces FELONY charges for a SILENT protest in support of immigrants —
Meanwhile the attacks on immigrants escalated, first DACA now immigrants and children continue to be Caged, Tortured, and Sexually Abused

This is an OUTRAGE -- all charges must be dropped now!

Dear Friend,

We live in a time when standing up for what is right is crucial and also carries dangers.  Those who come under attack in the course of this have to be supported and defended.  In this spirit we are asking you to sign this petition to drop the charges.

My name is Maya (Diya) Cruz, a member of the Revolution Club. On March 1, 2018, as part of a nationwide protest called for by Refuse Fascism, I, along with three other Revolution Club members, took part in 11 minutes of silence for the 11 million undocumented immigrants who are being terrorized in an escalating ethnic cleansing by the Trump/Pence fascist regime. Video of the action- https://youtu.be/e6eidNFACgk

The University of Chicago police brutally attacked and arrested me for participating in this SILENT protest and charged me with FELONY battery on a police officer. I’m also banned from the University of Chicago campus! Read more about the case here - https://revcom.us/a/561/outrage-maya-faces-7-years-in-prison-for-silent-protest-in-support-of-immigrants-en.html

What is being done now to immigrants is nothing short of ethnic cleansing and there is a clear message here that those trying to fight this will be criminalized. But the real criminals are in the White House! The U.S has supported death squads, dictators, coup d’etats, displaced local farms with corporations, causing extreme devastation in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. This system of capitalism-imperialism is responsible for thousands of people fleeing extreme violence and poverty, seeking asylum to feed their children and stay alive.

I am a revolutionary and a follower of Bob Avakian, the leader of the revolution and architect of the new synthesis of communism. The protest I was arrested at was called by RefuseFascism.org to build a broad movement to drive out the Trump/Pence Fascist Regime. I see joining in this struggle as part of working for an actual revolution, because a system that rips children from their parents’ arms at the border and cage them like dogs, a system that has over 15,0000 children held in concentration camps in unimaginable, gut-wrenching conditions, and who tear gas babies at the border is a system that needs to be overthrown! Read article here - https://revcom.us/a/566/as-migrants-march-to-the-US-en.html

I fight for a world without borders, a world where no more will anyone be considered “illegal”, a world where women are seen as full human beings, Black and Brown people are not shot down or mass incarcerated, and a world where the people are caretakers of the planet.

NO! I will not be silenced while this system continues to attack immigrants or anyone this system considers less than human. As Bob Avakian, the leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party says in the Q&A of his crucial talk, THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO! In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America—A Better World IS Possible in speaking about what it is going to take to protect those who are vulnerable to attack by this system, “Other people have to get involved, other people... who are not directly affected in this or that thing, including deportations, have to take the stand that this is intolerable and we won’t allow it.” And he also goes on to say, “We cannot protect people from what the people in power are intending to do to them, other than by driving out the people in power.”

YOU ARE NEEDED! If you abhor the way that immigrants are being demonized, terrorized and incarcerated, and deported, then regardless of your political stance, you need to support and defend this case, and like I did on March 1, take the stand that what is happening to immigrants is intolerable!


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