El Colectivo Todo Poder al Pueblo comenzará a vigilar los retenes policiales para asegurar que  terminen los abusos y la ganancia por las confiscaciones de vehículos. Una ley reciente, AB 353, garantiza nuevos derechos a las personas que manejan sin licencia y que son detenidas en un retén.

Si usted es detenido en un retén policial y el único delito que ha cometido es manejar sin licencia (Nota: No aplica a las personas con licencias revocadas o suspendidas):

  1. La policía debe hacer un esfuerzo razonable para no confiscar su vehículo, incluyendo: intentar identificar al dueño registrado del vehículo para entregarle el vehículo a esa persona, si él o ella tiene licencia, O, entregarle el vehículo a un conductor con licencia autorizado por el dueño registrado.
  1. Si el dueño registrado, o una persona con licencia autorizado por el dueño registrado, no pueden ser identificados y contactados entonces el vehículo será confiscado.

SIN EMBARGO, la  confiscación de 30 días ya no aplica si su único delito fue conducir sin

licencia. El vehículo puede ser entregado al mostrar la prueba de licencia de California

vigente y el registro del vehículo.

Si usted es detenido en un retén policial y su único delito es que usted manejó sin licencia y su vehículo es confiscado, por favor póngase en contacto con nosotros para documentar este abuso. Nuestra campaña intenta acabar con los abusos en los retenes! También estamos organizando para lograr una póliza con la ciudad para garantizar que los mismos derechos mencionados anteriormente apliquen no solo en los retenes, pero en todas las paradas de tráfico. UNASE A NOSOTROS!

Comuníquese con el Colectivo Todo Poder al Pueblo en:

Teléfono: (805) 3-AVISO-3

Correo electrónico:



The Colectivo Todo Poder al Pueblo will begin monitoring police checkpoints to ensure that the abuses and profiteering end from tows and impounds. A recent law that passed, AB 353, guarantees new rights to individuals detained at a checkpoint that do not possess a drivers license.

If you are detained at a police checkpoint and the only offense is that you are driving without a driver’s license (Note: does not pertain to revoked or suspended licenses):

  1. The police must make a reasonable attempt to not impound your vehicle by attempting to identify the registered owner of the vehicle to release the vehicle to the registered owner if he or she is a licensed driver OR to a licensed driver authorized by the registered owner.
  2. If the registered owner or a licensed driver authorized by the registered owner cannot be identified and contacted, then the vehicle would be impounded BUT, now the 30-Day Impound does not apply if your only offense was driving without a license. The vehicle can be released upon showing proof of current California driver’s license and vehicle registration.

If you are stopped at a police checkpoint and your only offense is that you were driving without a license and your car is impounded, please contact us to document this abuse. Our campaign is to end the abuse at checkpoints! We are also organizing for a city policy to ensure the same rights mentioned above to apply at all general traffic stops.  JOIN US!

Contact the Colectivo Todo Poder al Pueblo at:

Phone: (805) 3-AVISO-3



1/28/12: Community monitoring at police checkpoints in Oxnard


Friday, January 27, 2011

For more information please contact the Todo Poder al Pueblo Collective at (805)3-AVISO-3 [(805)328-4763] or

  • Who: Todo Poder al Pueblo Collective
  • What: Monitoring abuse at police checkpoints in Oxnard to ensure that police comply with AB 353, which allows for unlicensed drivers vehicles to not be towed and impounded for 30 Days.
  • When: Saturday, January 28, 2011
  • Where: At the police checkpoint, which is at an undisclosed location. When we identify the location we will go to the checkpoint.

Beginning this year, police can no longer tow vehicles away from unlicensed drivers at checkpoints. The Todo Poder al Pueblo Collective will begin our campaign to monitor the checkpoints and ensure that the police comply with AB 353, and to document any abuse. There is mass profitteering being made off of the legalized confiscation and abuse of the 30-day impound of working families, which carries a financial and emotional toll on our community that relies on transportation to ensure our children get to school, work and be able to provide food, shelter, etc. We see the checkpoint and general traffic stop impounds of our vehicles as a violation of human rights. Not only are thousands of dollars spent in court fees & impound fees, but in Oxnard, there is also a $241 ransom/fee that we must pay at the police station to get a ‘permit’ to get our vehicles out of impound.

For more information, please call: (805) 3-AVISO-3   (805) 328-4763


Another police/militarized Driver License/Citizenship Status checkpoint this Saturday night 1.28.2012 in Oxnard

Oxnard Police will hold a Driver License/Citizenship checkpoint(s) this Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 between the hours of 7pm and 3am at an undisclosed location(s) in Oxnard. There is a possibility that there will be multiple checkpoints. See link:

Join the resistance against the targeting of undocumented people of color and report checkpoint locations in Oxnard by calling our tip hotline at (805) 3-AVISO-3
Please leave pertinent information such as the time you saw the checkpoint, major cross streets, nearby landmarks/businesses, and the direction of traffic that is going toward the checkpoint(s).

Stand up to police abuses and bullying! Call the Oxnard police station and demand that they observe AB353, the new California law that curbs many police checkpoint abuses. Unlicensed drivers now have the right to call a licensed driver to pick up their car, eliminating the mandatory 30-day impoundment and compounded fines. Demand to speak to the Chief of Police Jeri Williams ( She policed 22 years in Arizona-a state notorious for targeting undocumented workers of color): 805.385.7624.

Colectivo Todo Poder Al Pueblo will be on hand at the checkpoint(s) this weekend to warn drivers that the checkpoints violate our human rights and to document whether Oxnard police will comply and observe AB353. Ultimately, we demand to see drivers licenses become reinstated and accessible for everyone regardless of citizenship status. Equal rights for all drivers!

See you in the streets!-Todo Poder Al Pueblo

The Modern Immigrant Rights Movement

Originally published by the Americas Program of the Center for International Policy

Posted on: 14/01/2012 by 

By David Bacon

Editor’s Note: This is the third and final installment of a three-part series on migrant rights by journalist and immigration activist David Bacon. This article is taken from the report “Displaced, Unequal and Criminalized – Fighting for the Rights of Migrants in the United States” that examines the origins of the current migratory labor phenomenon, the mechanisms that maintain it, and proposals for a more equitable system. The Americas Program is proud to publish this series in collaboration with the author.

Development of the Immigrant Rights Movement to 1986

Before the cold war, the defense of the rights of immigrants in the U.S., especially those from Mexico, Central America and Asia was mounted mostly by immigrant working class communities, and the alliances they built with the left wing of the U.S. labor movement. At the time when the left came under attack and was partly destroyed in the cold war, immigrant rights leaders were also targeted for deportation. Meanwhile, U.S. immigration policy became more overtly a labor supply scheme than at any other time in its history.

In the 1950s, at the height of the cold war, the combination of enforcement and contract labor reached a peak. In 1954 1,075,168 Mexicans were deported from the U.S. And from 1956 to 1959, between 432,491 and 445,197 Mexicans were brought into the U.S. each year on temporary work visas, in what was known as the “bracero” program. The program, begun during World War Two, in 1942, was finally abolished in 1964.

The civil rights movement ended the bracero program, and created an alternative to the deportation regime. Chicano activists of the 1960s – Ernesto Galarza, Cesar Chávez, Bert Corona, Dolores Huerta and others – convinced Congress in 1964 to repeal Public Law 78, the law authorizing the bracero program. Farm workers went on strike the year after in Delano, California, and the United Farm Workers was born. They also helped to convince Congress in 1965 to pass immigration legislation that established new pathways for legal immigration – the family preference system. People could reunite their families in the U.S. Migrants received permanent residency visas, allowing them to live normal lives, and enjoy basic human and labor rights. Essentially, a family- and community-oriented system replaced the old labor supply/deportation program.

Then, under pressure from employers in the late 1970s, Congress began to debate the bills that eventually resulted in the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act. That debate set in place the basic dividing line in the modern immigrant rights movement. IRCA contained three elements. It reinstituted a bracero-like guest worker program, by setting up the H2-A visa category. It penalized employers who hired undocumented workers (“employer sanctions”), and required them to check the immigration status of every worker. And it set up an amnesty process for undocumented workers in the country before 1982.

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