Notes on negotiations with Christ Memorial Hospital

A delegation of three Hunger Strikers participated in a two-hour with representatives from Christ Memorial Hospital today. Participants in the meeting include Tony Mooney Gardner, Manager of Public Affairs at Christ Medical Center and Chief Operating Officer of Christ Medical Center, Michael D Wilkins. Here is what they agreed to verbally, while refusing to put anything in writing:
 
1. Communicate with Dr David Ansel of Rush Hospital who is leading the effort to create a roundtable along with the other transplant teams from UIC ,Northwestern, Rush and Loyola; this is intended to coordinate effort and find solutions so that all undocumented and uninsured people can be evaluated for the transplant waitlists
2. Establish and maintain communication with the patients on our list to accomplish every point that we will agree: to conduct evaluations for all of them
3. There will be no requirement for legal documentation for any patient to be accepted by Christ Medical Center for evaluation to be put on the transplant waitlist
4. There be no requirement for insurance for any patient to be apply to be evaluated for the waitlist; the hospital has significant financial support for people without insurance , and that can be used for any person who applies for medical care at Christ, especially those for evaluations for transplants.

Meanwhile, outside, the rest of the group were picketing on the public sidewalk. Oak Lawn police interfered with and positioned themselves on the sidewalk directly in our way, us making the path incredibly narrow. They immediately arrested one picketer who allegedly had “contact” with an officer; he is now released, though he is being charged with battery.

 

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Hunger Strikers’ next target: Christ Advocate

Hunger strikers relocate to Christ Medical Center and refuse to leave until their demands are met. They are calling for solidarity! Please join them if you can: Wednesday, 10AM 4440 West 95th Street Oak Lawn, Illinois

If you cannot be there in person, your support is still very needed! Call Christ Medical Center, 9AM -1PM. 630-929-6601 – Stephanie Johson, Director of Public Affairs; ask that the President meet the demands of the hunger strikers

Todos a llamar al teléfono 630-929-6601 del Centro Medico de Christ (Christ Medical Center). Preguntar por Stephanie Johnson y demandar que el Presidente del Centro Medico atienda inmediatamente a las demandas puestas por las personas que se encuentra en la Huelga de Hambre Por el Cuidado de la Salud

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Northwestern Memorial still denies meeting

Hunger strikers spent all night Sunday and all day today in front of Northwestern Memorial Hospital; administration refused to meet with them . Please join them at 215 E Huron today at 6:30 for a press conference and update on their plans, we are unsure yet if they will send a second night outdoors or not.

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Protest at Northwestern Memorial Hospital today!!

Call Northwestern Memorial – (312)-926-2000; ask for CEO Dean Harrison and tell him the hunger strikers are at his door! MEET WITH THE HUNGER STRIKERS MONDAY! Tell the hospital is it unacceptable to refuse care and let people die.  We will be at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, arriving at 3PM on Sunday, August 5. We will be there all night. Join us for a bit, if you are able at 251 E Huron Ave

 

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Solidarity with Hunger Strikers

Moratorium on Deportations Campaign has always confronted the deportation/detention system and border militarization as mechanisms that designate entire populations as less worthy of humanity. Hospitals have been nodes in the structures of the immigration/militarization/prison industrial complex, places that have funneled severely ill people into the net of Homeland Security. But hospitals are also places that parse out the difference between who shall be saved and who shall be left to die — because in a profit-driven world, once bodies are no longer exploitable they are not worth saving. Hospitals routinely deny life-saving transplants to undocumented people who are poor and uninsured — and so the politics of death, or necropolitics, extends from the devastation of distant lands, to the deathscapes of the border, to the slick and precise violence of the hospital. We stand in solidarity with undocumented people on hunger strike who demand transplants for themselves and loved ones. They are confronting two racist and unjust systems that are intimately connected: immigration and health care. Their demands extend beyond their own cases, to include affordable access to life-saving transplants for all patients based on need and not based on immigration status or ability to pay. Below is a letter from the hunger strikers.

July 29, 2013

We, the family members and friends of patients that are in need of a transplant have started a hunger strike. We have taken this extreme measure because hospitals have refused to add our loved ones to the transplant lists because they lack immigration status and because they lack insurance. Most of the patients are either receiving dialysis or are dependent on medication to stabilize their illness. We have been told there is no financial assistance for a transplant for uninsured patients. We find this to be unjust and inhumane. We cannot sit and wait until our loved ones die.

We will not end the hunger strike until the following demands are met:

1. The fourteen undocumented patients in critical need of organ transplants are put on hospital waitlists

2. A concrete system is established to evaluate each case and then place patients on a waiting list for a transplant based on need and not legal or financial status.

3. Policies are established that ensure affordable medicine for waitlist candidates before and after transplant.

Contact: Fr. Jose S. Landaverde 773-512-8015

Sincerely,

The family and friends of patients in need of a transplant. Lista de Huelga de Hambre •Maria De El Carmen Garcia •Maria Garcia •Juan Balbuena •Chris Hernandez •Heriberto Balbuena •Veronica Rivera •Tania Reyna •Maria Galvez •Lorena Galvez •Blanca Gomes •Padre; Jose S. Landaverde •Rev. Luis Alvarenga •Vanessa Jauregui •Rosa Gomez •Leticia Hes Peninal •Osbeidy Rivery

PATIENTS IN NEED OF TRANSLPANTS •Lorenzo Arroyo (LIVER) •Martin Hernandez (KIDNEY) •Marisol Rivera (KIDNEY) •Blanca Gomez (KIDNEY) •Isidrio Secundino(KIDNEY) •Maria Isabel Mariano (LIVER) •Marcos Noe Garcia (KIDNEY) •Sarai Rodriguez (LIVER) •Gustavo Galvez (KIDNEY) •Juana H. Rodriguez (KIDNEY) •Teodora Toyalo (KIDNEY)

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Actions August 3-6

  1. Saturday, August 3 @ 1PM: Press conference @3442 W 26th St
  2. Saturday, August 3 @ 6PM:  Open Planning meeting, 3442 W 26th St
  3. Sunday August 4, starting at 3PM: Protest and overnight action, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 251 E Huron St
  4. Tuesday, August 6, time TBA – protest at Christ Medical Center

Why Northwestern?
This is one of the ONLY hospitals in the entire region to offer liver transplants. Previous attempts to secure a meeting or deliver a letter to the hospital CEO have failed, with Northwestern Memorial Hospital threatening to call the police on the hunger strikers — who include critically ill patients and their loved ones, children and elderly family members. Almost all the participants are undocumented. The hunger strikers have been left no option but to intensify their protest, exposing themselves to great risk. Please join them in solidarity

What you can do
Join the hunger strikers Sunday at Northwestern Memorial between 3PM Sunday and Monday morning. Bring water, Gatorade or V8 juice, a tent or comfy sleeping mat to share. Bring sign-making supplies, a small banner etc. Share this announcement with your organization, neighbors, friends.
Check back often at
tinyurl.com/strike4care and moratoriumondeportations.org/strike4health/
Facebook event page
https://www.facebook.com/events/278977162241379/

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Hunger Strike Portraits

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Call for Solidarity

The strikers are staying 24/7 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission, 3442 W 26th St. How you can help:

SUPPLIES: water, gatorade, or comfy sleeping pads if you can spare them; also, sign-making or banner-making supplies are needed: stop by with large markers, poster board and sheets for banners, and help make some signs.

ACTIONS: join the strikers at their actions. Also check for updates at www.tinyurl.com/strike4health

– Wednesday, July 31: March and protest at UIC Medical Center

– Thursday August 1 @6:00 PM: meeting with community and officials

– Friday, August 2: Action at Northwestern Memorial Hospital: strikers will march and demand a meeting with the CEO

– Saturday, August 3@6PM: open organizing meeting to plan actions for Monday

 

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Bullshit Organization of the Year Award

1026203_207679936049801_2018408460_oCongratulations!!! Migrant Justice Activists deliver a special, custom-made giant poop trophy to the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) in recognition of their deceptive propaganda campaign in support of the senate “Immigration Reform Bill”. This action draws attention to the fact that large and politically-connected NGO’s like ICIRR are promoting this bill because they stand to benefit financially and politically from this legislation.

for videos from the stream, delivering the poop and debates, here and also, before the cops were called, here

Why a GIANT POOP Award?? For the past several months the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) has been promoting the bi-partisan bill “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act”, aka the Gang of 8 Immigration Reform Bill. In order to mobilize people in support of this bill, ICIRR has been misleading the public through false statements, such as “the bill includes a path to legalization for 11 million undocumented immigrants”, or the bill “provides for increased family unity” etc. ICIRR’s propaganda deliberately deceives people about the main provisions of the bill, which are:

  • increasing militarization and deaths at the border
  • increasing surveillance of immigrants and inventing new categories of “immigration crimes”, which escalate detention and deportations.
  • excluding poor immigrants and those without stable employment from any chance for legal status
  • undermining family unification efforts, by reducing family petitions and replacing them with a “merit-based” system that favors rich and highly educated immigrants
  • expanding guest worker programs and E-Verify, which keep immigrants vulnerable to employer abuse and exploitation

1039757_628532693826118_971045673_oOn Thursday June 20, during the ICIRR fundraiser and awards ceremony, community groups will deliver the Bullshit Organization of the Year Award in order to expose ICIRR’s disinformation campaign. This action also draws attention to the fact that large and politically-connected NGO’s like ICIRR are promoting this bill because they stand to benefit financially and politically from this legislation. According to sections sections 2533-2538 and section 2541, the bill gives financial incentives to NGO’s to cooperate with Homeland Security in implementing the provisions of the bill, and to use their influence to ensure the “cooperation” of immigrant communities with the new repressive apparatus put into motion. ICIRR’s deceptive campaign tactics are intended to create the false impression of community support for the bill, while silencing grassroots organizations who dare to criticize it.

ICIRR receives millions in state, federal and corporate moneys to supposedly advocate for immigrant rights. Instead they capitalize on the very communities that they are supposedly representing, by colluding with their politician allies whose only interest is to pose as immigrant-friendly in order to secure the immigrant vote.

** for more specific information and a detailed analysis of how politically-connected NGO’s are bribed though so-called “immigration reform”, see the educational materials here and below.

A brief note on the action, a note of caution for immigrant organizers who are supporters of this organization — if you change your mind and begin criticizing them, asking questions or demanding to know why they are blatantly lying about policies they promote, they will turn you over to the police. When a group of ten people arrived and asked to deliver the poop award, ICIRR staff threatened to call the police. We reminded them of what they already knew: that the group included undocumented organizers, and one participant is currently under deportation proceedings — calling the cops is calling La Migra, that is the reality of that threat. We continued to wait on the sidewalk in front of the building, and ICIRR did indeed call a police unit, who arrived with their armored vehicle ready to deal with the “public threat” of some flyers, a poop and a set of critical questions. Grassroots migrant justice organizers criticize the largest, most well-funded and politically connected “immigrant rights” NGO in the Midwest? For the second time this year, they called the cops on us.

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Analysis of NGO funding provisions in the senate Bill:

ESTBALISHMENT OF UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP FOUNDATION
The reform bill creates a nonprofit corporation, “United States Citizenship Foundation” to be
appointed by the director of USCIS. It encourages other non-for profit organizations that are seen as
allies to the immigrant community to accept the conditions of this bill (militarization, exclusion,
enforcement) in order to obtain increased funding through the United States Citizenship Foundation.
The Foundation provides direct assistance for aliens seeking RPI status, permanent residency, and or
naturalization (citizenship) (Section 2533). The bill awards grants to eligible public or private NGOs
(Section 2534).

CREATION OF A “COUNCIL OF DIRECTORS” – WHO WILL BE IN IT? WHAT DO THEY STAND TO BENEFIT FROM “IMMIGRATION REFORM”?
The bill’s “Council of Directors” would be compromised of a Director from USCIS, the Chief of the
Office of Citizenship and New Americans, and 10 directors from national community-based
organizations (Sec. 2535 COUNCIL OF DIRECTORS). These “Council of Directors” from national
community-based organizations allow themselves to become accessories to the state terror and allow
its tenets of militarization, exclusion, and enforcement to continue without much critical analysis. This
is exemplified today by organizations like ICIRR that receive economic and political support from the
“Reformist” governmental establishment. It is our theory that organizations like this are pushing for
this reform without seriously questioning its anti-immigrant nature because of the funding they already
receive from the governmental establishment and the increased funding and political power they are
likely to receive once the bill is implemented. The Executive Director is authorized to carry out these
functions by: entering into contracts and other financial assistance agreements with individuals,
public, or private organizations, professional societies, and government agencies to carry out the
functions of the Foundation and Entering into such other contracts, leases, cooperative agreements,
and other transactions as the Executive Director considers appropriate to carry out the activities of
the Foundation (Section 2536. Powers).

HOW WILL NGOs QUALIFY FOR FUNDING?
The Secretary through USCIS may award Initial Entry, Adjustment, and Citizenship Assistance
(IEACA) grants to eligible public or private non-profit organizations (Section 2537). The organizations
will obtain funding dependent on whether or not a certain “American civics ideology” is promoted by
these NGOs. This means that organizations likely to obtain funding will be those that encourage a
nationalist, patriotic world-view. (Section 2537).
ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW IMMIGRANT COUNCILS
Councils will carry out programs to integrate new immigrants. State and local governments design
grants under this section by which organizations (businesses, religious organizations, libraries, etc.)
applying for this grant must communicate to the Chief on each occasion that the Chief requests. The
proposition and objective of the Councils will give priority to public and private entities that develop,
implement, expand, or enhance a comprehensive plan to introduce and integrate new immigrants into
the State. This provides a structure for State and local entities to be complicit in the anti-immigrant
nature of this bill by registering immigrants into RPI status, and “aiding” the integration of those that
qualify for further immigration status (LPR, citizenship). (Section 2538).

HOW MUCH MONEY IS BEING ALLOCATED?
In addition to funds appropriated under section 451(f)(2) of Homeland Security Act of 2002 $10 million
is awarded to the Office of Citizenship and New Americans for a 5-year period ending in 2018. For the
grant programs authorized in sections 2537 and 2538 100million dollars are appropriated for a 5-year
period ending in 2018. The bill recognizes the need for future appropriations of similar amounts.
(Section 2541). Additionally, millions in corporate and private funding will be incentivized through these programs.

 

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Protesters Call On Obama To Reject Keystone Pipeline, Stop Deportations (VIDEO)

From: Progress Illinois, Ellyn Fortino – May 29, 2013.
“Rozalinda Borcila with the Moratorium on Deportations Campaign said the bill in the U.S. Senate is really about militarization, increased enforcement and increased criminalization of most undocumented immigrants. Here’s more from Borcila explaining the issue:”

Full Story: http://www.progressillinois.com/quick-hits/content/2013/05/29/protestors-call-obama-reject-keystone-pipeline-stop-deportations-vid-0

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Anti-Immigrant Bill Advances to the Senate Floor After a Favorable 13-5 vote From The Judiciary Senate Committee

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On Tuesday, May 21 a sweeping anti-immigrant bill cleared its first major hurdle late Tuesday night, with the 18-member Senate Judiciary Committee voting to advance the amended bill to the full Senate. The bill is an innovative approach to criminalizing immigrants and the poor, increasing border militarization and domestic spy programs, and falsely advertising increased enforcement as a pathway to citizenship.The vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee was 13-5.

Three Republicans – Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Orrin Hatch of Utah — joined the panel’s 10 Democrats to vote in favor of the bill.

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March for a Moratorium – “Ni Uno Más”

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Campaña Moratoria a las Deportaciones se suma a la marcha para un alto a las deportaciones “Ni Uno Más”

Lunes 21 de Enero a las 11:00AM
De la Plaza Daley a la Plaza Federal
(Calles Washington y Clark rumbo a las calles Dearborn y Adams)

La política electoral es una farsa que ha creado la crisis en la que vivimos hoy en día: más de 11 millones de personas en este país viven en una forma específica de terrorismo de Estado, bajo la constante amenaza del encarcelamiento indefinido y deportación. Este es el resultado directo de las políticas neoliberales que generan desplazamientos masivos de gente en todo el mundo, y que luego criminalizan a los que emigran como consecuencia de ello. Los políticos ofrecen “soluciones” en forma de un chantaje cínico: “voten por nosotros y los remediaremos por medio de un ‘alivio’ para algunos de ustedes primero, o tal vez les daremos su ‘reforma migratoria’ reformando nuestro sistema de inmigración.” Una y otra vez hemos visto que el “alivio” significa valorar a unos cuantos a expensa de muchos otros, y que la “reforma” se refiere al incremento masivo de militarización en las fronteras y la explotación de inmigrantes. Una y otra vez hemos visto que no podemos esperar por los políticos/funcionarios electos y los intereses de las corporaciones a las cuales ellos representan a que formen parte de la solución – porque en sí, ellos son parte del problema.

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