*  January:  "Beginning" of our 35th year [founded March, 1982]
 
*  August:  Susan Nichols starts her year of service as a Loretto Volunteer at IFCLA
 
*  November 16:  28th Anniversary of the killing of the 6 Jesuits and their housekeeper
                                 and her daughter At the University of Central America (UCA) in
                                 El Salvador (1989)
 
*  Wednesdays [11/29, 12/7 (Thurs). 12/13, 12/20]:  "The Spaces of Migration"  Christ
                            Church UCC, 2200 Bellevue Ave.  Contact the IFCLA office for more
                            information.
 
*  December 2:  37th Anniversary of the Death of the Four Churchwomen Martyrs
                              in El Salvador (1980)
 
*  December 14:  National Call-In Day for Honduras
 
 
 
 
 
Accompanying the people of Latin America in their struggles for human rights and social justice since 1982
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News and Announcements
Welcome to IFCLA!
 
 
 
View Our 2017 Annual Report here [1 pg view] or here [2 pg view] 
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Immigration - Intervention - Investment - Immersion
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Striking Mexican Farmworkers (via latimes.com|
By Los Angeles Times)

Berta Caseras -- Human Rights continue to suffer in Honduras.
National Boycott of Wendy's, supporting Farmworkers' Rights and Fair Food Program.
Our mission: To accompany the people of Latin America in their struggles for human rights and
social justice, and to educate and advocate in the US 
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Memorial and church at the site of the murders of Maura, Ita, Dorothy and Jean in El Salvador.
Click on the calendar image above to view our complete calendar
Demonstration on 9/9/16 at the Wendy's on Gravois.
Part of the mural at the Wall of Remembrance in Parque Cuscatlán in San Salvador, El Salvador
IMMIGRATION: 
 
*  The current administration has not only used dehumanizing, racist and xenophobic rhetoric to
    scapgoate millions of migrants as violent criminals who must be deported, but has also drastically
    increased immigration arrests inside the US –  violently separating families and communities.
    According to numbers released by the US Department of Homeland Security on December 5th,
    2017:  from January 20th through the end of September 2017, there has been a 42% increase in
    the number of migrants arrested in the US compared to this time last year.

*  ICE Admits Gang Operations Are Designed to Lock Up Immigrants -
 
   The gang database is a weapon that allows ICE agents to indiscriminately round up immigrants of color. 
    [Read article]
 
DACA backers move to avert Supreme Court fight over records -
 
    Advocates for so-called Dreamers made an unexpected move Sunday to head off a looming 
   Supreme Court battle over their demands for more records on the basis for PresidentDonald 
   Trump's decision to end the program offering quasi-legal status and work permits to undocumented
   immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children.  [Read more]
 
SANCTUARY -
 
   Visit:   
 
 ‘Please, God, Don’t Let Me Get Stopped’: Around Atlanta, No Sanctuary
                            for Immigrants  [Read story]
 
*  Sanctuary Cities Update (11/21) -- Judge issues blow against Trump's sanctuary city order
 
     President Donald Trump's latest executive order aimed at implementing the hardline immigration
    policies he championed during his campaign has been blocked by a federal court.
 
    US District Court Judge William Orrick issued a permanent injunction Monday blocking Trump's 
    executive order seeking to strip so-called sanctuary cities of federal funding.  [Read more]
     
Current
Past
Up-coming 2018 events:
* January 18:  National Day of Fasting and Witness [learn more]
 
* February ?:  MIRA Lobby Day in Jefferson City  (details to follow)
 
* March 12:  41st Anniversary of the Assassination  of Rutilio Grande SJ  (1977) 
 
* March 24:  38th Anniversary of the Assassination of Oscar Romero (1980) 
 
* May 2:  GIVE STL DAY 2018 [Mark Your Calendars!]
SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS WATCH -- 2017 ENCUENTRO
 
As many of you know, we have travelled every November to Ft. Benning, GA, the weekend before Thanksgiving to call for the closing of the US Army School of the Americas (SOA).  The SOA has for decades trained Latin American soldiers repress and kill their own people.  It continues to do so.  Last year, with the virulent rise of White nationalism and rampant hostility against undocumented immigrants, SOA Watch moved its annual vigil commemorating the 1989 murder in El Salvador of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper, and her daughter by SOA trained soldiers, to the US-Mexico border at Nogales, Arizona, complete with teach-ins, street processions, a Saturday public rally, and a Sunday solemn litany remembering the victims of US violence. 

This year, they gathered at the border fence that divides the city of Nogales as it divides our people. They gathered to denounce US economic, political, and military domination of our hemisphere. They gathered to remember the thousands upon thousands of civilians in Latin America killed by militaries trained by the US Army School of the Americas, the dozens of Latinos killed by our violent US border patrol, and the thousands who have died in the deserts fleeing US fueled violence and dispossession in Mexico and Central America. Several hundred of their names were called out one-by-one for over 30 minutes. 

Below are some photos from November 10-12 – to share some of that experience with you.   {We thank our good friend Gary Cozette for sharing these pictures.}

Build a wall? -- Looks like a wall to me.....
{Gate and wall near McAllen, TX)
THANK YOU to all who joined IFCLA at Plowsharing Crafts in the Loop on Dec 12.  If you still need gifts consider going to any of their locations and just mention that we sent you.
GUATEMALA (CSM via MSN, 12/3):  After 25 years in US, alleged war criminal may finally face justice at home   PROVIDENCE, R.I. — When immigration agents arrived last month at a modest, three-story house here to detain an undocumented Guatemalan man, Juan Samayoa Cabrera, it was no ordinary arrest.   [Read story]

U of Michigan Report: “The Fair Food Program is the most comprehensive social responsibility program in the U.S.” 

[click on the link above to read excerpts of the report at the Coalition of Immocoli Workers website]

HONDURAS ELECTIONS
 
12/14/17: Thursday, December 14, 2017 is a national Call-In Day to demand an end to US support for electoral fraud and repression currently occurring in Honduras.  Call the US Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your Senators and Representative. (You can find your Representative here and Senators here).
 
As protests and movilizations against fraud continue day after day literally all over Honduras, it is the US that is propping up the Juan Orlando Hernandez regime. Without US support, the election authorities' refusal to recount the votes would not stand. Former Honduran president Mel Zelaya, who was removed in the 2009 SOA-graduate led coup, publicly condemned the US for trying to divide the Opposition Alliance and called out the Embassy for legitimizing the current process.  Zelaya stated, 'US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Heide Fulton, in the last forty-eight hours, has dedicating herself to legitimizing the counting of the fraudulent ballot boxes (4753), in a spurious recount, vote by vote of tally sheets that all the Honduran people know have been adulterated in favor of the National Party’s illegal candidate.'

On Sunday (12/9), thousands gathered outside the US Embassy in the Honduran capital to protest the US Embassy's role in legitimizing fraud. Thousands more marched in cities and towns across the country. On Monday and Tuesday, protests were violently repressed. Live bullets were fired by state security forces in numerous locations, including Choluteca, where a man was injured by a bulIet; El Progreso, where police went into houses and detained people; and Jesus de Otoro, where people were detained and beaten and a woman was threatened with rape. 

Radio Progeso, a popular Jesuit radio station that provides important critical reporting, received a visit from the authorities and two days later found its antenna sabotaged, stopping it from transmitting in the capital city.  Father Ismael Moreno, director of Radio Progreso who has spoken multiple times at the SOAW Vigil also condemned the US Embassy's role in legitimizing fraud, writing: 'I directly accuse the Embassy of the United States for supporting in its positions an illegal and fraudulent process.  What occurs against our lives and work in defense of human rights will be in large part responsibility of the alliance between the Embassy and the dictatorship that will emerge.'

12/7/17: Honduras held presidential elections on Sunday, November 26. After the Supreme Electoral Tribunal stopped releasing results, the people have taken to the streets to protest.

* This gives a background http://www.dw.com/en/honduras-waits-for-election-results-amid-accusations-of-fraud/a-41571572 

* Honduras in Flames (NACLA 12/6/17): The chaos surrounding last week’s presidential elections in Honduras reflects a rightwing consolidation of power in the country, abetted by the United States.  [read the article]

* On 12/5 IFCLA received notice that Honduras security forces refused to repress the people. Read the whole story here. (SOAW)
 
Take action in solidarity with the people of Honduras TODAY.  The United States has financed and propped up the Juan Orlando Hernandez regime for far too long and bears responsibility for the murders of those who are simply demanding that the official election results reflect how people actually voted.  [Specific action suggestions are listed in the SOAW document]
 
Also of note:
 
*  LATimes (12/5):  "In Honduras, Electoral Board Agrees to Opposition Demands for Partial
                               Recount"  [read the article]
*  Reuters (12/5):  "Honduras opposition proposes election recount or run-off"  [read this]
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