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During a routine visit to INS to check the status of her green card application, Nyok Mei Wong, an MFA student in the SFAI New Genres program, was shackled, handcuffed, and placed in the Yuba County Jail for five days. Despite an apparent administrative error by INS, she was held in jail pending the payment of $10,000 bail. Currently threatened with deportation, Mei needs to raise funds for her legal defense at her upcoming court hearing on April 5, 2007.” This from the website of the Garage, where a benefit, organized by her fellow students, will be held on Saturday March 31, 2007, 7- 10PM. Read more details of Mei’s story and get event details here

- Cheryl Meeker [Monday, March 26th, 2007]

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