March 9, 2011

 Vigil for Uriel Alberto tomorrow at 630PM at Wake County Jail

Hunger strikers and supporters gather to demand release


RALEIGH—The NC DREAM Team and El Cambio will be holding a vigil to demand the release of Uriel Alberto. Immigration and Customs Enforcement believes that a DWI is worth tearing Alberto from his family, including his US Citizen sister and son.

 WHERE: 330 S Salibury St. Raleigh, NC 27601


WHO: NC DREAM Team, El Cambio

 Alberto was arrested while taking a stand against eight of the most virulently anti-immigrant members of the North Carolina Legislature. Alberto, along with Estephania Mijangos and Cynthia Martinez were arrested after declaring their immigration status inside the meeting of the Select Committee on the State’s Role in Immigration Policy. Rep. Edgar Starnes (R-Caldwell) asked one of the speakers addressing the committee why Hispanics were drawn to construction work.

 Alberto is approaching the 200th hour of a hunger strike inside Wake County Jail. Members of El Cambio in the Triad have stopped eating in solidarity with him; many have gone over 100 hours without food.

 Immigration and Customs Enforcement must not be allowed to tear Alberto from his family. He was an aspiring student and devoted father. ICE can drop the hold on him at any time and allow him to return to his sisters and mother in Winston-Salem.


Alberto is available for interviews inside jail but this must be coordinated with his attorney. To do this, contact Viridiana Martinez at (919) 704 – 0599