by Zein Amari
This past weekend, activists and supporters from Defend Boyle Heights (DBH) and Serve the People- Los Angeles (STPLA) agitated against the recent announcement of ICE aids from the Trump administration.
Activists and supporters focused on the need to combat and resist ICE by any means necessary. On Saturday, activists and supporters spoke to families on the street, small shop owners who were supportive and encouraged flyers to be taped onto their shops in Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles. Along with canvassing, flyers that had the slogan “Fight ICE With Fire” were wheat pasted near popular main streets, grocery stores, and bus stops.
Over the past two years, ICE agents have abducted more than a dozen undocumented immigrants from Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles, such as well-known immigrant rights activist Claudia Rueda, her mother, Enrique Estrada Perez and Saul Cervantes.
On Sunday, DBH and STPLA were accompanied by a street vendor who was part of the vendor committee of the People’s Revolutionary Defense Units, in Spanish Unidades de Defensa Populares Revolucionarias (UDPR) and canvassed McArthur Park, an area with a high concentration of Central American immigrants.
These three neighborhoods have a high concentration of undocumented working-class immigrants. Activists heard from community members about their own experience with ICE, some of whom had been detained and deported, but came back to the US. From hearing personal stories, activists spoke about the bankruptcy of reformist approaches to reform or superficially “abolish” ICE. Activists stated that ICE raids aren’t exclusive to President Trump; repression that oppressed nationalities experience stems from US imperialism and the only way to deal with ICE is through revolutionary violence. Activists encouraged community members to contact them when ICE is in the area, so that together they can “directly confront ICE agents, obstruct their vehicles, and give agents hell.”