In response to Calvin Ball's veto of CB-51, the Coalition vows to continue fighting for immigrant justice and vehemently condemns Ball's repeated mischaracterization of the detainees as violent criminals, which has furthered the stereotype that Brown and Black people are dangerous. "If County Executive Ball truly cared about making Howard County an inclusive community that dismantles systemic racism, he would choose not to profit off of the incarceration of Brown and Black people."
The Howard County Coalition for Immigrant Justice thanks Councilwomen Liz Walsh, Deb Jung, and Christiana Rigby for their dedication, vision and success in passing CB-51. The bill, which would have terminated the county's cooperation with ICE, had the overwhelming support of our community, but was ultimately vetoed by county executive Calvin Ball.
Monday, October 5th, is the vote for CB-51 and we need to do a big final push! Here are several ways in which you can act to tell your elected officials to #SupportCB51 and end Howard County's shameful cooperation with ICE.
An online event hosted by Friends of Latin America on October 14th, 2020. Please join us for a 90-minute webinar with three Nicaraguan women who have been involved in building community control of the police and autonomy for ethnic minorities in Nicaragua. Ajamu Baraka of the Black Alliance for Peace will help us draw the lessons from the Nicaraguan experience for our struggles in the US.