Official Statement regarding concentration camps in the US
Press Release Re: Concentration Camps in the
United States Date: July 19, 2019
Forn Sidr of America is a
Heathen denomination in which we acknowledge the inherent value of each
individual within our global community as sacred. The celebration of what makes
us all unique as individuals and what that diversity brings to community and
society reflects the core values held by our Ancestors, Powers, and Deities.
As Heathens, it is our duty to
speak out against injustice when we see it and give no quarter to abominable crimes
against our fellows. As such, the faith community and its leaders at Forn Sidr
of America vehemently denounce the detainment facilities being used to cage people
seeking refuge from violence and extreme poverty. Our faith is one of
hospitality and of providing necessities and refuge to those in need. We are called
to extend Frith and safety to those requiring it. As a faith denomination based
in the United States, these are also echoed in our values of Americans:
“Give me your tired, your
poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your
teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp
beside the golden door!”
The atrocities that are being
visited upon these people is a violation of the values of our Faith, the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights; a document created in the wake of the German
Holocaust. We now see these same atrocities being repeated and perpetuated by the
Trump Administration and its supporters. These detainment facilities fit the
definition of Concentration Camps, the lack of due process, and the rhetoric
displayed by Donald Trump and US I.C.E. agents are identifiable operations of orchestrated
With this statement, Forn Sidr
of America advocates for the protection of children, elderly, victims of
violence, and for the right to safety for all people. We demonstrate this in
the spirit of our tenets, in the conviction of our beliefs, and by the
integrity of our actions. We will denounce any and all actions taken by the
Trump Administration that violate these values and misuses its power to commit atrocities
upon our fellow human beings.
We grieve with the families of
the missing and we stand in solidarity with everyone being affected by these
Operation Wetback was the biggest mass deportation of undocumented workers in United States history. As many as 1.3 million people were swept up in the Eisenhower-era campaign with a racist name. The operation targeted undocumented Mexicans from American society. Historians widely agree that Operation Wetback was arbitrary, lawless, based on racism and xenophobia. This image features a group of Mexicans who were taken off freight in Los angeles, after two days without food or water, 1953.
In every conversation I had with dairy farmers and industry insiders in northwest Iowa, it was taken as a fact that the local dairies are wholly dependent on undocumented labor. The low unemployment rate (it’s 2 percent in Osceola County), the low profit margins in the dairy business, and the global glut of milk that keeps prices low make hiring outside of the readily available pool of immigrants from Mexico and Guatemala unthinkable.
“Eighty percent of the Latino population out here in northwest Iowa is undocumented,” estimated one dairy farmer in the area who knows the Nunes family and often sees them while buying hay in nearby Rock Valley. “It would be great if we had enough unemployed Americans in northwest Iowa to milk the cows. But there’s just not. We have a very tight labor pool around here.” This person said the system was broken, leaving dairy farmers no choice. “I would love it if all my guys could be legal.”
The farmer explained that all the dairies require their workers to provide evidence of their legal status and pay the required state and federal taxes. But it’s an open secret that the system is built on easily obtained fraudulent documents. “I just look at the document—Hey, this looks like a good driver’s license, permanent resident card, whatever the case is—and that’s what you go with,” the farmer said. A second northwest-Iowa dairy farmer who knows the Nunes family told me, “They show you a Social Security card, we take out Social Security taxes. Where’d they get the card? I have no idea.” I asked what the chances are that a farm the size of NuStar uses only fully legal dairy workers. “It’s next to impossible,” the first dairy farmer said. “There’s no dang way.” This was speculation, but here is the logic that informed it: Most workers start at fourteen or fifteen dollars an hour, the first farmer said. If dairies had to use legal labor, they would likely have to raise that to eighteen or twenty dollars, and many dairies wouldn’t survive. “People are going to go broke,” the farmer said. The story was similar in the poultry, meatpacking, and other agricultural industries in the area.
“Due to law-enforcement sensitivities and the safety and security of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel, the agency will not offer specific details related to ongoing enforcement operations before the conclusion of those actions,” ICE said in a statement Friday.
Last year, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees the nation’s immigration courts, announced that it had begun tracking family cases filed by the Department of Homeland Security in 10 immigration court locations:
okay so I love our resident bog man as much as the next lesbian but I have an even deeper respect for his music/art after I watched this video explaining the process and symbolism behind the album art
here’s the album art. a cool photograph of Hozier looking pensive underwater, right? WRONG! It’s a PAINTING done by his mom Raine Hozier-Byrne that uses some cool photos they took as its source material!!
so basically if you zoom in you can see images on Hozier’s arm and chest
this one is an image of a protester throwing a can of tear gas back at police - i’m pretty sure it’s from this photo I found of anti-police brutality protests in Baltimore after a young black man named Freddie Gray was violently arrested and subsequently died in custody
and the image on his chest shows migrants disembarking a flimsy boat on a beach somewhere
(i couldn’t find the exact image this was based off of)
both of these very politically charged themes can be found within several songs on his album, for example
“And I could cry power Power has been cried by those stronger than me Straight into the face that tells you to Rattle your chains if you love being free” -Nina Cried Power
“When the man who gives the order Is born next time ‘round on the boat sent back When the bodies starvin’ at the border Are on TV givin’ people the sack” -Be
putting these images on the front of his album is a powerful statement and i didn’t want it to go unnoticed because people (like me) didn’t see the details in the cover artwork at first
I know everyone knows Hozier as the immortal fae being who lives deep in the forest but I just wanted to bring attention to his very politically relevant and poignant choices in the lyrics and cover art