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Drones for Social Justice II

Today @Immigrant_Z saw immigration police looking like they were going to start a stop and search operation close to where we work. Stop and search operations by immigration police usually begin as people are going to or leaving work. This is earlier in the day than when white collar workers are leaving and coming back from work. The stop and searches therefore targets low income earners  and racially profiles targets for stop and searches.

Here are our tweets from today’s action.

March 6, 2013

Immigrant X is our communication and plan for a better future
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:15 PM
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ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:16 PM
It is what has happened, could happen, will happen or is happening now somewhere close or on the other side of the world.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:17 PM
All you have to do to see Immigrant X is open your eyes and see those standing in the shadows and hear a whisper that injustice reigns.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:18 PM
that lives are torn apart by the passive acceptance of those with their accidental citizenship in a western democracy
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:19 PM
@Immigrant_Z just saw a immigration police van pulling up near station close to all three of us.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:21 PM
We can be there in 5 minutes and we are now carrying our helicopters and change of clothes as is now usual for us.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:22 PM
Last week we performed two operations each one was quite short however only 10-15 minutes
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:23 PM
We have staked out 5 of the main stations in the city just in case and have mapped exits and and basic plans for our operations
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:24 PM
Last week we performed two operations each one was quite short however only 10-15 minutes
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:25 PM
Today we have got are going to try a bit stronger helicopter with a longer range. This will aslo make it safer for us.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:26 PM
The Immigration Police target train stations to arrest “illegal immigrants”. They identify people looking “nervous” or “unsure” of themselves.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:27 PM
This is language is used by the Immigration Police, but it really means there targets for stop and search are people who look foreign.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:28 PM
In our stop and search actions we want to empower people stopped by the Immigration Police.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:29 PM
We want to tell them they do not have to answer any questions and can simply walk away.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:30 PM
We will tell people being stopped by the Immigration Police that: 1. Immigration checks cannot be speculative.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:31 PM
2.They cannot stop someone on the basis of race 3.Anyone can just walk away. There’s no evidence to detain if they don’t even know your name
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:32 PM
I better stop tweeting get to the location. Tweet in a few minutes.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:34 PM
In position now. Just waiting for immigration police police to show up. Like last week we are using a toy helicopter controlled by a smartphone app.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:40 PM
The helicopter has the small voice box from a children’s toy that we wiped and recorded messages telling people there rights when stopped.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:41 PM
We have made the voice box larger so we can hover 1.5 metre above the Immigration Police and their target for stop and search.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:42 PM
The recording we used was from a app for the blind to read computer text and is a nice reassuring computer generated voice.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:43 PM
Because the station will be busy it will be difficult to see us controlling the helicopters.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:44 PM
If the police arrive we will simply wipe the apps from our phones and leave by one of the 10 + exits.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:45 PM
There is a stop and search. the border police have just arrived.@Immigrant_Z can you see @immigrantY
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:46 PM
@Immigrant_Z We can go ahead we have enough clearance if you control from the bench and I from platform 7.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:47 PM
@Immigrant_Z The helicopter is off. No one saw me I am pretty sure. It is coming to you now it should be in range.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:48 PM
@Immigrant_Z About 10 meters in front of you at 10 O’clock. The border police woman she stopped a tall man in leather jacket.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:50 PM
@Immigrant_Z Bring it in 1m further.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:51 PM
@Immigrant_Z Keep it in position. I crowd is gathering. The border policewoman looks really flustered.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:52 PM
@Immigrant_Z Take it up. She wants to take a swing at it with a baton.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:53 PM
@Immigrant_Z The person she stopped has walked off, good one. Get it high, she is pretty close.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:54 PM
@Immigrant_Z Keep it higher it is drifting.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:55 PM
Walk 8 O’clock for 25 metres and quick. Delete the app straight away.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:57 PM
@Immigrant_Z Walk past, the border policewoman already has the helicopter.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:58 PM
@ImmigrantY @Immigrant_Z Yeah, I am pretty sure. I had it in a plastic bag just in case before the action.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 4:00 PM
@ImmigrantY @Immigrant_Z Let’s get out of here and meet later. These helicopter actions are getting pretty expensive.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 4:01 PM
Immigrant X is our communication and plan for a better future
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 4:05 PM
We Blog, Tweet and use social media to push our ideas. Immigrant X is faction.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 4:06 PM
It is what has happened, could happen, will happen or is happening now somewhere close or on the other side of the world.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 4:07 PM
All you have to do to see Immigrant X is open your eyes and see those standing in the shadows and hear a whisper that injustice reigns.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 4:08 PM
that lives are torn apart by the passive acceptance of those with their accidental citizenship in a western democracy
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 4:09 PM


March 6, 2013

Immigrant X is our communication and plan for a better future
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:15 PM
We Blog, Tweet and use social media to push our ideas. Immigrant X is faction.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:16 PM
It is what has happened, could happen, will happen or is happening now somewhere close or on the other side of the world.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:17 PM
All you have to do to see Immigrant X is open your eyes and see those standing in the shadows and hear a whisper that injustice reigns.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:18 PM
that lives are torn apart by the passive acceptance of those with their accidental citizenship in a western democracy
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:19 PM
@Immigrant_Z just saw a immigration police van pulling up near station close to all three of us.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:21 PM
We can be there in 5 minutes and we are now carrying our helicopters and change of clothes as is now usual for us.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:22 PM
Last week we performed two operations each one was quite short however only 10-15 minutes
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:23 PM
We have staked out 5 of the main stations in the city just in case and have mapped exits and and basic plans for our operations
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:24 PM
Last week we performed two operations each one was quite short however only 10-15 minutes
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:25 PM
Today we have got are going to try a bit stronger helicopter with a longer range. This will aslo make it safer for us.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:26 PM
The Border Police target train stations to arrest “illegal immigrants”. They identify people looking “nervous” or “unsure” of themselves.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:27 PM
This is language is used by the Border Police, but it really means there targets for stop and search are people who look foreign.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:28 PM
In our stop and search actions we want to empower people stopped by the Border Police.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:29 PM
We want to tell them they do not have to answer any questions and can simply walk away.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:30 PM
We will tell people being stopped by the Border Police that: 1. Immigration checks cannot be speculative.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:31 PM
2.They cannot stop someone on the basis of race 3.Anyone can just walk away. There’s no evidence to detain if they don’t even know your name
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:32 PM
I better stop tweeting get to the location. Tweet in a few minutes.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:34 PM
In position now. Just waiting for border police to show up. Like last week we are using a toy helicopter controlled by a smartphone app.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:40 PM
The helicopter has the small voice box from a children’s toy that we wiped and recorded messages telling people there rights when stopped.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:41 PM
We have made the voice box larger so we can hover 1.5 metre above the Border Police and their target for stop and search.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:42 PM
The recording we used was from a app for the blind to read computer text and is a nice reassuring computer generated voice.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:43 PM
Because the station will be busy it will be difficult to see us controlling the helicopters.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:44 PM
If the police arrive we will simply wipe the apps from our phones and leave by one of the 10 + exits.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:45 PM
There is a stop and search. the border police have just arrived.@Immigrant_Z can you see @immigrantY
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:46 PM
@Immigrant_Z We can go ahead we have enough clearance if you control from the bench and I from platform 7.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:47 PM
@Immigrant_Z The helicopter is off. No one saw me I am pretty sure. It is coming to you now it should be in range.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:48 PM
@Immigrant_Z About 10 meters in front of you at 10 O’clock. The border police woman she stopped a tall man in leather jacket.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:50 PM
@Immigrant_Z Bring it in 1m further.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:51 PM
@Immigrant_Z Keep it in position. I crowd is gathering. The border policewoman looks really flustered.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:52 PM
@Immigrant_Z Take it up. She wants to take a swing at it with a baton.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:53 PM
@Immigrant_Z The person she stopped has walked off, good one. Get it high, she is pretty close.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:54 PM
@Immigrant_Z Keep it higher it is drifting.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:55 PM
Walk 8 O’clock for 25 metres and quick. Delete the app straight away.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:57 PM
@Immigrant_Z Walk past, the border policewoman already has the helicopter.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 3:58 PM
@ImmigrantY @Immigrant_Z Yeah, I am pretty sure. I had it in a plastic bag just in case before the action.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 4:00 PM
@ImmigrantY @Immigrant_Z Let’s get out of here and meet later. These helicopter actions are getting pretty expensive.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 4:01 PM
Immigrant X is our communication and plan for a better future
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 4:05 PM
We Blog, Tweet and use social media to push our ideas. Immigrant X is faction.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 4:06 PM
It is what has happened, could happen, will happen or is happening now somewhere close or on the other side of the world.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 4:07 PM
All you have to do to see Immigrant X is open your eyes and see those standing in the shadows and hear a whisper that injustice reigns.
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 4:08 PM
that lives are torn apart by the passive acceptance of those with their accidental citizenship in a western democracy
ImmigrantX Wed Mar 06 2013 at 4:09 PM

9 thoughts on “Drones for Social Justice II

  1. Gail says:

    Really cool action. Keep it going guys!!

  2. Fixbit says:

    Seems pretty expensive with the loss of the helicopter. Is there a better way to act against stop and searches.

    1. ImmigrantX says:

      It is something we are looking at. Although the actions with the Helicopters are effective. They are very short and help only a few people we think. So yeah we are looking at alternatives. If anyone has some ideas we would welcome them.

  3. AMH says:

    Shame, it’s such a distinctive action that it must get a lot of word-of-mouth from bystanders to people they know, spread the word that way. Both times it’s formed a crowd. How expensive are we talking? The voicebox payload presumably means you need a larger (more expensive) helicopter? Are they definitely always a write-off, no way to get them back, get more than one use per helicopter?

  4. ImmigrantX says:

    Toy helicopters that are big enough are around 50-100 USD. The voice box is nothing just from a childs toy that we erased and re-wrote. The range of the helicopters is too small to be able to get them out of a station without us being noticed. If we pick the helicopter up we are an easy target. If we fly into a location we can pick up later someone might also notce us. We could go downmarket with cheaper helicopters but then the actions would even be quicker and probably more dangerous. We are trying to think of some alternatives though. Thanks for leaving a message.

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Immigrant X is our communication and plan for a better future, we blog, tweet and use social media to push our ideas. It is what has happened, could happen, will happen or is happening now somewhere close or on the other side of the world. Immigrant X is fiction and faction.