Monday, May 28, 4:00pm
121 N. Cedar Lake Rd. Minneapolis
(from 394 and Penn, go north 1 block, go right past 121 S. Cedar Lake to 121 North)
DROP THE CHARGES!
On July 31, 2011, after 2 Salvadoran immigrants went to Canada to apply for asylum, Twin Cities activist Joe Callahan was arrested, alone in his car, by Canadian police at the Pigeon River border station. Canadian police used a backpack, maps and other items found in Joe’s car as their grounds for arrest.
Joe was charged with “aiding and abetting an immigration without a visa”, and “providing false and misleading information.”
After 1 month in the Thunder Bay District Jail, he was released on bail. Joe faces a trial, which has not yet been scheduled, in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
While Joe was in jail, Canadian authorities added on a charge of “smuggling” or “human trafficking” – a much more serious charge that has a maximum sentence of 10 years.
The prosecuting attorney or “Crown Attorney,” as they call them in Canada, told the defense attorney that he was seeking a 3 to 4 year sentence.
Joe works for immigrant rights–he is NOT a human trafficker.
Joe is not a criminal: he is an activist.
Support Joe in fighting these charges!
Plan on writing letters requesting leniency in the case of a conviction. Come join the friends of Joe Callahan, and support this longtime community activist:
- Latin American Solidarity activist (Cuba & Central America) for more than 30 years. He has always been a supporter of immigrant workers –not a smuggler.
- union activist for 40 years in unions including: United Auto Workers (UAW), Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), United Steelworkers, International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT).
- opposed the reinstatement of the death penalty in Minnesota,
- anti-war since the Vietnam War.
Plan on coming to the trial to show solidarity for Joe (the trial date has not been scheduled yet.)
The Support Committee is working to get people to Joe’s trial in Thunder Bay