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Demand Political Asylum for Victor Toro!

DEMAND POLITICAL ASYLUM FOR VICTOR TORO!



PACK THE COURTROOM
FRIDAY, AUGUST 15

9:00a.m.
26 Federal Plaza
Corner of Worth & Lafayette

On July 6, 2007 Victor Toro, a Chilean was arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security while on board Amtrak in Rochester, New York. He was transferred to Cayuga County Jail in Auburn, New York and bail was set at $5,000.00.

Mr. Toro was charged with violation of Section 212(a)(6)(A)(1) of the Immigration & Nationality Act. Victor is an undocumented worker. He is in danger of being deported back to Chile. Victor’s counsel, Carlos Moreno and his supporters are calling for political asylum. If Victor is deported back to Chile, his life is in real danger and he would be separated from his family and friends.

Victor is a citizen and national of Chile and was jailed and tortured because of his opposition to the right-wing dictator Augusto Pinochet government in the early 70’s. Victor was a founder and leader of the MIR (Revolutionary Left Movement), a people’s organization that led many militant struggles for the workers and peasants of Chile.

Victor’s past persecution is well documented and his political work has been the subject of books, including Alistair Horne’s Small Earthquake in Chile. In addition, Toro was listed along with MIR’s leader Miguel Enriquez and others, as one of the thirteen most wanted people by the Pinochet dictatorship in 1973. His wife and compañera, Nieves Ayres, is a U.S. citizen and his daughter, Rosita Toro, is a legal permanent resident of the U.S.

Since his arrival in New York Victor has been a dedicated activist in the city including being one of the founders of La Peña del Bronx, a long time community and activist organization. The name La Peña along with the reputation of Nieves and Victor is clearly associated with struggles against the war, for workers and immigrant rights, against racism and all social and progressive causes.

La Peña is a mainstay of the May 1st Coalition for Worker and Immigrant Rights, organizing and supporting all its efforts especially May Day.

Recently, the International Migrant Alliance, composed of over 150 groups, most of them Asian, met in Hong Kong in June and passed a resolution supporting the call for political asylum for Victor.

Victor has garnered much support including fundraisers where the revolutionary hip-hop group Rebel Diaz has performed, international support from around Latin America and elsewhere. He has been asked to speak at many forums, demonstrations and campuses. 

The International Action Center urges to support the case of Victor Toro. Here is how you can help:

1.    Come to Federal Court on Friday, August 15 at 900a.m. Join us in a picket to demand political asylum for Victor.

2.    Send a letter of support to Victor that can be used in press releases, sent to the court, etc.
Send letter to may1@leftshift.org today!

3.    Attend a celebration for Victor and in defense of all immigrants on Friday evening, August 15 at Local 1199, 6:30pm, 330 West 43rd St.

4. Send a donation to help defray legal costs to Victor’s lawyer:
Carlos Moreno, Esq.
352 7th Avenue, Suite 1204
New York, NY 10001
    212.631.7555

Demand political asylum for Victor Toro!
Pack the courtroom, Friday August 15
9:00a.m.
26 Federal Plaza
Corner of Worth & Lafayette
Take the N to City Hall
or 4,5,6 to the Brooklyn Bridge Stop




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UPDATED Aug 15, 2008 12:06 AM
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