On Thursday, DRUM – Desis Rising Up & Moving held an action in front of Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Brooklyn. They demanded that the 2016 presidential candidates make detainees in ICE detention centers a priority.
“Migrants came seeking safety in the U.S. but instead find themselves locked behind bars,” said Fahd Ahmed, executive director of DRUM.
“We are here to support our brothers,” said Aminul Islam, a former El Paso Detention Center detainee whose words were translated into English by a DRUM organizer. “We came outside this office because the people running for election say they will do something in the distant future for immigrants and refugees. But the crisis exists now. We want to know your position on these hunger strikes and conditions.”
Ahmed explained that the reason for choosing Clinton’s campaign headquarters was out of convenience. It is the only headquarter for a Democratic candidate that is in New York City. He also was not hesitant to point out that many of the men are “escaping war, repression and economic deprivation caused as a result of our government’s military, foreign and economic policies.”
Read the rest of my piece at The Islamic Monthly: A Moment of Power: ‘Desis’ Act for ICE Detainees