DREAMers Besiege ICE, Six Arrested for Acts of Civil Disobedience
ADACFacebook DREAMers block a bus filled with ICE detainees . . .
To alter a line from the great Gil Scott-Heron, the revolution will be UStreamed.
In a demonstration Wednesday at the Phoenix Field Office for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DREAMers, undocumented moms, and U.S. citizens laid siege to the facility, in one instance blocking a bus filled with ICE detainees.
Six protesters, all members of the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition and the national umbrella group United We DREAM, were taken into custody by Federal Protective Services, the security force that guards federal government properties.
They were cited for misdemeanors and released shortly thereafter.
The demonstration and the civil disobedience that unfolded during it was documented by the DREAMers themselves via social media, particularly UWD's UStream account, where viewers were able to watch the action live as it unfolded.
(Those broadcasts are archived on UStream.tv, and are riveting.)
Wednesday afternoon, four DREAMers chained themselves to an entryway/exit. Authorities cut the chains and arrested them for obstructing an entrance to a federal building. About an hour later, according to ADAC's Facebook timeline, they were set free.
ADAC spokeswoman Jhannyn Rivera explained that the demonstration involved two DREAMers, one undocumented mom, and one citizen.