Austin, TX showed up today. I saw people of all identities coming together in solidarity, in ways we haven’t seen much of since this divisive election began.
I saw women of all ages. From my 16 year old sister, to babies in “future president” onesies, to elderly women telling me about the marches they walked in the sixties. I saw men supporting wives and daughters and men supporting women as a whole. I saw proud queer people chanting in the streets, I saw banners about birth control and immigration and trans rights and corruption, but most of all I saw Love.
These are some of my favorite shots from today. I only had my phone and it was hectic and there were thousands of people and signs to see, but here’s a glimpse of the support pouring through the streets of the Texas Capital. I plan to compile a vlog of the entire day because it was life-changing and inspiring and I want to share it with you all.
So here in North Austin, ICE is going to Hispanic supermarkets, taco stands, predominantly Hispanic nightclubs like El Coliseo or La Rumba or similar places, and other places Hispanics usually gather in large quantities and arresting people by the dozen. They’re setting up checkpoints throughout the city and raiding people’s homes on Manor and Fm 969 in south Austin. The north Austin raids are focused around the area surrounding the intersection of N. Lamar Blvd and Rundberg Ln.
Know your rights: an ICE or immigration authority CANNOT stop your car in an unmarked vehicle. That is ILLEGAL in Texas, you have the right to keep driving. If they insist, call the police and inform them you’re being followed and help will arrive.
You have the right to remain silent if questioned by an ICE personnel. If you are questioned, say “I plead the fifth and choose to remain silent” they CANNOT force you to speak.
Don’t sign anything without an attorney present and you have the right to one.
ICE cannot enter your home without a warrant, and don’t open doors to anyone.
You have the right to report and record!
Local police have also begun tracking down those who are green hard holders but have any kind if criminal record, as minor as an infraction. As well as those who failed to pay traffic fines such as tickets or toll fees. If this is you, please make sure to pay those as soon as possible.