Activism

Stay-at-Home Orders Don't Stop Anti-ICE Activists

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Lauren Antonoff
On March 31, ICE protesters took to the Capitol.
In the age of coronavirus and mandated social distancing, political demonstrators have had to get creative. On March 31, members of Abolish ICE Denver, Sanctuary for All Colorado and Never Again Action drove around the State Capitol with signs waving and horns blaring. Over the course of an hour and a half, nearly fifty vehicles continually circled the building.

The groups issued three demands of Governor Jared Polis. First, that he "remove ICE activity from the state's list of 'essential functions' permissible while the state is under a stay-at-home order." Second, that he sign "an executive order to bring the GEO Detention Center in Aurora under state jurisdiction." And third, that he "make a statement demanding the humanitarian release of all detained immigrants."

Organizers are seeking action because social distancing is not possible for detainees inside the Aurora facility, and even before the pandemic, the center had a history of medical negligence.