Occupy ICE – Los Angeles

A statement by writer, Daniel Flores:

The distinction we make between humans and non-humans can be seen in the way we regard animals like mice, raccoons, and coyotes. They hide from us and, for the most part, occupy spaces in which we become visitors.

Because we feel as though our niches are for ourselves alone, we become distressed upon seeing these animals in human spaces. Their occupation of space in our environment is disruptive because they are less than human creatures that encroach on us. We feel threatened by their potential to change the way we live in our environment; for this reason we employ exterminators.

To occupy human space as a human, however, is a rational act. The existence of law enforcement whose sole purpose is to seek out and remove certain groups of people is an act of extermination in a civilized world. Public outcry against these organizations has consistently been spoken against and mobilized against by an administration whose agenda is to divide the people.

Those who occupy federal space do so in order to disrupt the normal activities of the aforementioned organizations. The action taken in Portland against protesters of ICE is evidence of this. Not only, then, are these organizations disrupted by immigrants themselves, but also by those who seek to expose the inhumanity of ICE and Border Patrol.

We encroach on territory that these people desperately want to hold onto. We are pests to these people. We are all less than human to these people because we are insubordinate to an administration whose heinous actions are being exposed. We cannot allow them to push us into the attic, the mountains, or the sewers where they want us.

Now is the time to reclaim this space from the violence of a dehumanizing administration.

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“IT MATTERS WHERE WE ARE”
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Entrance to the garage where deportation vans are kept.
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We all come from the Earth.
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This is a protest sign in the United States, 2018.
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“The people united will never be divided. Keep Families together.”
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Occupying land that the state stole.
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To occupy an oppressor’s space is to make them have less room to move.
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U.S. flag.
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Sidewalk, tents, & signs.
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Personal goods.
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A dreamcatcher made by the Tongva people. The federal immigration building is shown behind.
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Workers remove a chalk drawing from the driveway of the garage.
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“Justice for the children”
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Close-up of collage on floor.