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Artists Constructed A Massive Cage At Burning Man To Protest ICE And Some Folks Got Upset On Social Media

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If you’re into nudity, huge art installations, “Mad Max,” EDM and camping, Burning Man is the festival for you. The annual event brings thousands to the dry lands of Nevada for a week of intense and very open partying. The festival is known for it’s intricate and beautiful wooden structures that get burned down in spectacular fashion. The festival just concluded and while it was beautiful as always, things also got political in the shape of a giant cage structure.

Artists created a giant cage on wheels at Burning Man to protest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and a recent contract with a tech company.

CREDIT: Vimeo: Mijente

The installation was spearheaded by Mijente — a social justice Latinx organization. Mijente created the installation to protest ICE and Palo Alto-based tech company Palantir’s contract. The tech company, using Amazon networks, provides federal immigration authorities with a vast database of information. The program, called Investigative Case Management (ICM), helps immigration officials to find and form cases against immigration targets.

Mijente is asking people to sign a petition asking Amazon to drop Palantir from their servers.

CREDIT: Vimeo: Mijente

According to Mijente, Amazon is paid millions of dollars to provide services to Palantir, which helps ICE track down immigrants across the country. Palantir signed a $51 million contract with ICE to provide the information tracking immigrants in the U.S.

“We’re demanding that Amazon stop enabling Palantir and ICE,” Mijente said on its website. “Amazon depends on our business more than they depend on Palantir, and if enough of us demand change, they’ll be forced to act.”

The cage weighed roughly 800 pounds and was 14 x 10 feet. Here’s a time-lapse video of its construction.

Organizers are hoping the art installation will bring awareness to the real enablers behind ICE and their tactics.

“Along with much of the world we watched in horror recently as U.S. authorities tore children away from their parents,” a spokesperson for the group said to The Hill. “In the face of this immoral U.S. policy, and the U.S.’s increasingly inhumane treatment of refugees and immigrants beyond this specific policy, we are deeply concerned that Amazon is implicated, providing infrastructure and services that enable ICE and DHS.”

Reactions to the structure have been mixed with many making fun of the protest at the festival. However, right wing Twitter users are letting their opinions be heard.

“It’s not dangerous,” Mijente tweeted in response to FOX News. “It’s exercising our 1st Amendment rights to engage in a peaceful action educating people about the “mission critical” ICM software @palantirtech sells to ICE. It’s dangerous, actually, to use Orwellian tech to round up families and put them in cages.”

Some Twitter users tried vilifying the people who participated in the protest.

The organizers of Mijente have been clear that they did not participate in the festival. They claim they built the structure and spoke to people about what ICE and Palantir are doing using Amazon’s servers to educate attendees.

Mijente said on Twitter that the whole point of Burning Man is to express yourself, so that’s what they did.

Bit.ly/DropPalantir @conmijente #NoTechForICE

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“Burning Man’s leading principle is ‘radical self expression,'” Mijente tweeted. “It’s an expensive sanctuary for tech executives like Peter Thiel, Alex Karp, and Jeff Bezos. No such sanctuary exists for immigrants in this country today.”

For more information on how to get involved click here: http://bit.ly/droppalantir.


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Parkland Survivor David Hogg Is Raising Money To Remind Texans What Trump Truly Thinks Of Ted Cruz

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Parkland Survivor David Hogg Is Raising Money To Remind Texans What Trump Truly Thinks Of Ted Cruz

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November is right around the corner, which means the midterm elections are heating up. In Texas, the Senate race between Democratic Representative Beto O’Rourke and Republican Senator Ted Cruz is one of the most anticipated elections. That is why some organizations are launching campaigns to let the public know who they think is the right person to represent Texas in Washington.

President Trump has recently endorsed Ted Cruz for Senate however, a GoFundMe campaign is using money to remind Texans of Trump’s previous ideas of Cruz.

CREDIT: Image courtesy of Antonio Arellano.

The campaign is using money raised for billboard throughout Texas featuring tweets by Trump about Cruz.

Trump went on vicious and person attacks against Cruz when they were running against each other fo rthe Republican nomination in 2016. Now as president, he’s changed his tune. Last week, Trump tweeted: “I’m picking the biggest stadium in Texas we can find. As you know, Ted has my complete and total Endorsement. His opponent is a disaster for Texas—weak on Second Amendment, Crime, Borders, Military, and Vets!”

Trump’s new perspective on Cruz prompted Antonio Arellano founder of USA Latinx, Claude Taylor, and Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg to team up and show voters Trump’s contradictory opinion.

“Help support the billboard with Trump’s tweet about Ted Cruz outside his Texas rallies with Ted, donate here,” Hogg tweeted this weekend.

In just three days, the campaign surpassed it’s goal of $6,000, reaching almost $10,000.

Later, Hogg tweeted: “We did it!!!!! Thank you to everyone who contributed.”

The big question remained: which Trump tweet would they use for the billboard?

In an interview with mi, Arellano said that for now one mobile billboard would drive around certain parts of Texas, but hinted they may do more.

“We are considering other tweets but will be continue strategizing that in the days to come not ruling anything out yet,” Arellano said.

One of the reasons the organizers pushed for this kind of campaign is education.

The organizers want to educate Texans on how they are viewed by different politicians. Last week, Trump escalated his feud with Attorney General Jeff Sessions by calling him a “dumb Southerner.” The insult has drawn criticism from Southern representatives in Congress.

“Texas is ground zero for our efforts because of the historic demographic shift that is happening,” Arellano said. “In the next four years — by 2022 Latinos will be the majority of the demographic in Texas. We are working towards making sure our local politics give our communities the authentication representation we deserve.”

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