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Listen: New York Action to Demand #EndChildDetention and #EndFamilyDetention

DWN Blog - November 21, 2014 - 10:58

On November 20, 2014 in New York City, several organizations held a vigil to demand the end of immigration detention for children and families.

The United Nations met on November 20 in New York to celebrate the 25th anniversary of  the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child which  monitors implementation of the treaty has called for an end to child and family detention: “… The detention of a child because of their or their parents’ migration status constitutes a child rights violation and always contravenes the principle of the best interests of the child. In this light, States should expeditiously and  completely cease the detention of children on the basis of their immigration status.”

The United States and other governments continue to violate children’s rights by detaining and deporting parents and creating family detention centers. Advocates and migrant families will gather at the United Nations for a candle light vigil urging an end to detention, particularly child and family detention. This will be followed by a panel event exploring the impacts of detention on  children and needed State actions to defend their human rights.

The vigil was sponsored by the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, American Friends Service Committee ,Black Alliance for Just Immigration, DRUM – South Asian Organizing Center, First Friends of New Jersey & New York, Families for Freedom, Immigrant Defense Project, International Detention Coalition, Justice Strategies, Loretto at the UN, New Sanctuary Movement, Reformed Church of Highland Park, Terre Des Hommes, United Methodist Women, We Belong Together Campaign, & Women’s Refugee Commission for Refugee Women and Children.


DWN Slams Obama Executive Action on Deportations for Not Including Critical Detention Reforms #ExposeandClose #EndtheQuota

DWN Blog - November 20, 2014 - 21:39
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, 20 November 2014

Statement from Silky Shah, co-director of the Detention Watch Network, on news that President Obama has announced executive action on immigration and deportation relief for 4 million undocumented Americans:

“President Obama’s action today to delay the deportation of roughly 4 million undocumented immigrants is an encouraging step that unfortunately does not fully address the glaring human rights violations occurring under his tenure. We are in the midst of a crisis– families are being locked up in jails, the largest detention center in United States history will open by the end of the year, and more than 34,000 people are forcibly detained every night across the U.S. due to the arbitrary detention ‘bed quota.’

“Plain and simple, the U.S. government must end its reliance on immigration detention and eliminate the detention bed quota, which requires at minimum 34,000 immigrants be detained at any given time. President Obama’s executive action will do nothing to protect both documented and undocumented immigrants with criminal convictions who have already paid their debt to society, and will instead intensify the dragnet in order to earn political points and maintain the corrupt and arbitrary quota.”

For interviews with the Detention Watch Network, please contact Brett Abrams at 516-841-1105 or by email at brett@fitzgibbonmedia.com.

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The Detention Watch Network works through the collective strength and diversity of its members to expose and challenge the injustices of the U.S. immigration detention and deportation system and advocate for profound change that promotes the rights and dignity of all persons.


New CIVIC Project Launch: “Drawing By Themselves: Portraits of America” #EndFamilyDetention @endisolation

DWN Blog - November 20, 2014 - 15:42

Via Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement:

Today, CIVIC is releasing “Drawings By Themselves: Portraits of America,” a multimedia that provides children and their parents in U.S. immigration detention with an opportunity to share their experience through drawings and stories.  CIVIC produced the project in partnership with the International Detention Coalition, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and the Global Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children.

“Drawings By Themselves: Portraits of America” tells a story about America today.  Through their artwork, the children and parents express their humanity and claim the United States as their own, even as the Obama Administration continues to expand family detention in response to the recent arrival of Central American women and children asylum seekers fleeing violence in their home countries.

“Immigration detention is a one-size-fits-all ‘solution’ that locks up mothers, fathers, and children in unimaginable isolation,” said Christina Fialho, a California attorney and co-executive director of Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC).  “Imprisoning children and families is a human rights violation.”

For More Information: http://www.endisolation.org/child-detention-stories/


Action Alert: Nov. 20 International Day of Action Against Child and Family Detention #EndFamilyDetention #EndChildDetention

DWN Blog - November 19, 2014 - 16:26
Marking the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, tomorrow, November 20th, over 20 countries will participate in the International Detention Coalition’s day of action to end the inhumane and unlawful practice of child and family detention.  Read below on actions near you and ways to support! Social Media Share this image on your social media platforms! Sample Tweet: All children have rights #EndChildDetention #CRC25 #EndFamilyDetention

  • Use #EndChildDetention and #EndFamilyDetention
  • Join IDC’s thundercalp to amplify your voice against child detention!

Educate your Community

Use DWN’s Family Detention Webpage for talking points, backgrounders, and a list of member reports and resources on family detention. Make a Statement *Note: Member resource* Use DWN’s sample press release and messaging guide to craft your statement against child and family detention. Contact cperez@detentionwatchnetwork.org for more information. CALL IN DAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY:

Sample Script: My name is _____ calling from _____.  As a constituent, I oppose the expansion of immigrant family detention. Families held in DHS custody are seeking protection from violence, trafficking, and domestic violence. Children require specialized medical, educational, and legal support that detention facilities cannot provide. The President and DHS are seeking $879 million in funding for 6,350 additional family detention beds. The Obama administration has not waited for this funding and has already expanded family detention by 1200% between June-August 2014. I hope you will publicly speak out against family detention and contact the White House to express your alarm over this practice.  I encourage you to put an end to the inhumane practice of family detention by closing the Karnes Facility in Texas and by stoping further expansion of the Dilley Facility. NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: Join American Friends Service Committee for a candlelight vigil to demand an end to child and family detention! Participating DWN members: Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, Women’s Refugee Commission, United Methodist Women, Immigrant Defense Project, Families for Freedom, First Friends of New Jersey and New York. Date: November 20, 2014
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm Location: Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, E 47th St., New York, New York 10017  For More Information: yyue@afsc.org e2ma-content-block”> Community Initiatives for Visting Immigrants in Confinement is launching a new project, Drawings By Themselves: Portraits of America, which provides children and parents in immigration detention with a platform to share their artwork and their stories. The project launch is set to take place in partnership with IDC’s international day of action. Watch the video on the campaign to end child detention. Date: November 20, 2014 Time: 6:00 pm Location: Church Center for the United Nations, 777 1st Avenue, E 44th St., New York, NY 10017 ARTESIA, NEW MEXICO The ACLU-NM Regional Center for Border Rights, Somos un Pueblo Unido, the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops,  the American Immigration Lawyers Association, along with residents from Southeast New Mexico, will hold a candlelight vigil in Artesia, NM, outside the FLETC detention center in protest of the ongoing practice of family detention in the United States. Date: November 20, 2014 Time: 6:00 pm Location: Outside the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, 1300 W. Richey Ave., Artesia, NM AUSTIN, TEXAS: Join Grassroots Leadership and Texans United for Families for the world premiere of “No Sanctuary: The Big Business of Family Detention,” by Austin filmaker, Matt Gossage. Reserve your seat now!
Date: November 21, 2014
Location: Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St, Austin, TX Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm For More Information: tuff@grassrootsleadership.org

DWN Members React to Artesia Closure and Opening of Dilley Facility #ExposeandClose #EndFamilyDetention

DWN Blog - November 19, 2014 - 14:13

DWN members issued the following statements below (Check back for updates):

 A child’s letter of hope to kids inside a family detention center

ACLU of Texas: ICE to Transfer Mothers and Children to For-Profit Detention Center

American Immigration Lawyers Association: Administration’s Shell Game Doesn’t Change the Need to End Inhumane Family Detention

Grassroots Leadership: Closure of Artesia Facility Necessary, But Massive New For-Profit Detention Camp Should Not Replace It

Human Rights First: Administration Should Abandon Texas Family Detention Center Plan

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services: LIRS Statement in Response to Artesia Closure: End Family Detention

National Immigrant Justice Center: DHS to Close Controversial Artesia Family Detention Center, Open Largest Immigration Detention Center in U.S. History

Women’s Refugee Commission: Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to DHS Announcement to Move Families out of Artesia into the New Family Detention Center in Dilley, TX

Mission Presbytery Immigration Task Force:

Mission Presbytery Immigration Task Force celebrates the decision to close the Artesia detention facility. Unfortunately, this is just the first step in ending family detention in the United States. We will continue to advocate for the closing of this inhumane and abhorrent practice that runs counter to our faith and patriotism. Detaining children in the basis of their parents’ immigration status is unacceptable and never appropriate. We will continue to advocate for an end to family detention everywhere including the close of the for profit Karnes Family Detention Center in Karnes, Texas. We also believe plans to expand family detention through the construction of a new facility in Dilley, Texas are unacceptable. We pause to celebrate the closing of Artesia, but only in the context of the destructive and offensive policy of detaining mothers and their children in jail.


DWN Slams ICE Plans to Open New Family Detention Facility in Dilley TX, Applaud Closing of #Artesia #EndFamilyDetention

DWN Blog - November 18, 2014 - 14:59

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

CONTACT:

Brett Abrams  : brett@fitzgibbonmedia.com

Statement from Silky Shah, co-director of the Detention Watch Network, on the announcement that ICE plans to transfer women and children currently held at the Artesia Family Detention Center to Dilley in December.

“News that the White House plans to double-down on their failed, inhumane, and alarmingly punitive response to refugee families arriving at the border by opening a new facility to incarcerate families and children in Dilley, Texas is deeply disappointing.

While we have long advocated for the closure of the Artesia Detention Facility, ICE’s decision to transition detained women and children to a new facility in Dilley completely misses the issue at hand. Family detention is an abusive, and inhumane practice that erodes family bonds, and undermines children’s well being.   

Additionally troubling is the fact that ICE will contract with the notorious Corrections Corporation of America, a company known for its human rights violations at countless facilities, including the T. Don Hutto Detention Center, which stopped holding families after reports of the appalling treatment and conditions for children in custody.

It is long past time that the Obama Administration abandon the abusive, and inhumane policy of detaining immigrant women and children and that starts with closing Artesia, and cancelling plans for their new 2400-bed facility in Dilley. ”

Earlier this year, the Detention Watch Network released a report that documented the skyrocketing use of family detention in the United States and outlined the specific conditions on-the-ground at the Artesia Family Detention Facility in New Mexico.

VIEW THE REPORT HERE:  http://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/sites/detentionwatchnetwork.org/files/expose_close_-_artesia_family_residential_center_nm_2014.pdf

For more information, or for interviews, please contact Brett Abrams at 516-841-1105 or by email at brett@fitzgibbonmedia.com.

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The Detention Watch Network works through the collective strength and diversity of its members to expose and challenge the injustices of the U.S. immigration detention and deportation system and advocate for profound change that promotes the rights and dignity of all persons.


New Report via @Grassroots_News and @Just_Strategies on #FamilyDetention

DWN Blog - October 8, 2014 - 13:57

New Report from DWN members, Grassroots Leadership and Justice Strategies

For-Profit Family Detention: Meet the Private Prison Corporations Making Millions by Locking Up Refugee Families

A new report, For-Profit Family Detention: Meet the Private Prison Corporations Making Millions by Locking Up Refugee Families, authored by Grassroots Leadership and Justice Strategies details the long history of abuse and misconduct in facilities owned by private prison companies and the need to end family detention now. Excerpt from the report:

The GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America have exceptionally troubled histories when operating facilities detaining children, immigrants, and families. The unprecedented move to expand immigrant family detention – largely relying on these same for-profit prison corporations – raises many concerns about ICE’s policies related to asylum-seeking families.

Read the full report here.


DWN Members Slam ICE Plans to Open New #FamilyDetention Facility in Dilley, TX #theyarechildren

DWN Blog - September 24, 2014 - 13:56

(see DWN and member statements below)

Grassroots Leadership action against family detention at T. Don Hutto Detention Center 

Advocates denounce yesterday’s announcement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as the Obama Administration plans to continue expanding family detention with the opening of what will be the nation’s largest immigrant detention facility in Dilley, Texas.  Member organizations issued the following statements (List in formation: Check back for updates):

Statement from Silky Shah, co-director of the Detention Watch Network, on the announcement that ICE plans to open a new facility to detain immigrant families and children in Dilley, Texas:

News that the White House plans to double-down on their failed, inhumane, and alarmingly punitive response to refugee families arriving at the border by opening a new facility to incarcerate immigrant families and children in Dilley, Texas is deeply disappointing. Additionally troubling is the fact that ICE will contract with the notorious Corrections Corporation of America, a company known for its human rights violations at countless facilities, including the T. Don Hutto Detention Center, which stopped holding families after reports of the appalling treatment and conditions for children in custody.

 

It is long past time that the Obama Administration abandon the abusive, and inhumane practice of family detention that erodes family bonds, and undermines children’s wellbeing.  That starts with closing Artesia, and cancelling plans for their new 2400-bed facility in Dilley. 

Earlier this week, the Detention Watch Network released a report that documented the skyrocketing use of family detention in the United States and outlined the specific conditions on-the-ground at the Artesia Family Detention Facility in New Mexico.


VIEW THE REPORT HERE: http://bit.ly/exposecloseartesia


New #ExposeandClose Report Documents Conditions at the #Artesia Detention Facility in NM

DWN Blog - September 23, 2014 - 14:17

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, 23 September 2014

CONTACT: Silky Shah :sshah@detentionwatchnetwork.org

New “Expose and Close” Report Documents Conditions at the Artesia Detention Facility in NM as Family Detentions in the U.S. Skyrocket

VIEW THE REPORT

Rep. Judy Chu Joins Advocates and Experts Urging President Obama to Immediately Close the Artesia Family Detention Center in New Mexico

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, September 23rd, Detention Watch Network released the findings of their latest “Expose and Close” report on the Artesia Family Residential Center – documenting the conditions facing families currently detained in Artesia, New Mexico.

The report outlines how conditions at the Artesia Family Residential Center, specifically the barriers to legal access, broken asylum process, interference with telephone communications, deficient medical and mental health care, lack of childcare and educational services, and the inadequate conditions for good health and wellness create dangerous conditions that undermine the well being of women and children under U.S. custody.  Moreover, the report documents the dramatic rise in the use of family detention by U.S. officials – skyrocketing more than 1200% in the last 3 months alone.

VIEW THE REPORT

“Although the White House has framed the situation at the border as a humanitarian crisis, its response to refugee families arriving at the border is inhumane, alarmingly punitive, and based on aggressively expanding the government’s model of incarcerating and deporting immigrants at record rates,” said Madhuri Grewal, Policy Counsel at Detention Watch Network. “We are disappointed that on the day we release this report, ICE is publicly announcing its plans to incarcerate thousands more women and children in the coming months. DWN calls on the Obama administration to close Artesia and all family detention facilities. The administration should also cancel plans for a new 2,400-bed family detention center in Dilley, TX and instead divert funds toward providing refugee support to the families and children arriving at the border.”

“The administration’s increased use of family detention is extremely concerning. These women and children have fled the Northern Triangle region, some of the most dangerous countries in the world, to seek protection in the U.S.—and instead they face prolonged detention while they fight their asylum claims. Let’s be clear, there is no way to detain families humanely,” said Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA). “As this important report details, these facilities detain a particularly vulnerable population with poor access to mental health care and legal counsel. I am particularly alarmed by children and their mothers – many of whom are victims of domestic violence – being held in prison-like conditions that betray our country’s role as a leader in refugee protections.”

“These families have traveled thousands of hard, dangerous miles to escape the violence that made their homes unlivable,“ added Vicki B. Gaubeca, director of the ACLU of New Mexico Regional Center for Border Rights. “Instead of receiving them with compassion, we have placed them in a remote location without due process protections and in inadequate living conditions. But no amount of fixing the conditions will prevent the long-term psychological effects of imprisonment on these women and children. Family detention is shameful and wrong and the government should shut these facilities down immediately, particularly when effective, less expensive and more humane alternatives exist.”

“Southeastern New Mexico immigrant families face the challenges of anti-immigrant policies and the continuous attacks from anti-immigrant politicians such as Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM). The opening of the family detention center is yet another attack to immigrant workers and their families,” said Marina Piña, Organizer at Somos Un Pueblo Unido. “We call on all our elected officials to immediately halt the expansion of family detention and child incarceration. It is never humane to jail a child because of her or his immigration status. If our government is willing to do this to the most defenseless and vulnerable among us, purely for political convenience, then what can the rest of us hope for?”

For more information, or for interviews, please contact Silky Shah by email at sshah@detentionwatchnetwork.org.

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The Detention Watch Network works through the collective strength and diversity of its members to expose and challenge the injustices of the U.S. immigration detention and deportation system and advocate for profound change that promotes the rights and dignity of all persons.


Use These Resources to Amplify the Broadcast of “Who is @DayaniCristal?” in Your Community

DWN Blog - September 4, 2014 - 19:59

The Sundance award-winning documentary film, Who is Dayani Cristal?, is being broadcast nationwide on Univision on Saturday, September 6th, 2014 and on Fusion September 7 and 8. To support advocates’ work in migrants’ rights and immigration policy, which this film explores, the production team developed a number of social impact tools which available for free for use.

Who is Dayani Cristal?, is an intimate examination of the journey of one migrant who perished in the Arizona desert, far from his native Honduras, with no real identification but a name tattooed over his heart. The documentary was produced by and features Gael Garcia Bernal. The film weaves together real-life attempts to identify the migrant’s body with Bernal’s retracing of the journey he would have most likely taken through the “corridor del muerte” to reach the U.S. with hopes of improving the lives of his family.

Employing a series of digital tools with interactive features, including the ability of migrants to post their own border stories on the project’s website, Who Is Dayani Cristal drives audiences moved by the story to delve deeper into and take action on the issues that drive migrants to brave perilous conditions in order to reach the U.S. The team has already begun having impact with the campaign and tools. We believe you can extend the impact of our tools and that we can further support the movement for humanitarian treatment of migrants and humane policy by offering the tools to you for your own work.

Below are several resources for viewers and facilitators to use in classroom syllabi, community screenings or small group discussions:

EBOOK

Explore the complex issues surrounding migration in greater detail with the Who is Dayani Cristal interactive ebook (via iTunes or PDF). This interactive book extends the story to the stories of many, and to analysis of the systemic issues that impact their journeys, providing readers a deeper investigation into policy frameworks that affect the lives of migrants and border communities such as those found in “Who Is Dayani Cristal?”

ACTION TOOLKIT

This toolkit is designed to give you the tools to join our campaign. Each of the toolkit’s modules stands on its own and can be used when implementing a specific type of event for various audiences. See PDF document under Screenings on website.

  • Plan a theatrical or community screening
  • Bring the film to your local theater by planning a “theatrical-on-demand” Gathr® screening
  • Facilitate a discussion or post-screening Q+A with: General audiences, Faith-based audiences, Academic audiences, Advocacy groups, Mobilize your audiences to take action
LEARN on the “Who is Dayani Cristal?” website

which includes sections on:

The Right Not to Migrate

Most migrants from Central America leave their homes because they simply have no other choice. There is little opportunity in their home countries for income or economic security, limited access to basic services or education, little hope of advancement – and as Dr. Bruce Anderson says, “we are dangling the carrot” of jobs in the US. A cross-border, cross-sector effort to work towards economic sustainability and access to services and education is essential to providing the viable choices to would-be migrants to stay home if they so choose.

Resources:

  • Video shorts for discussion (i.e. “DVD extras or outtakes from the film, each under three minutes)
  • Links to further article, information and reports
  • Photos from the project
  • Essay: Why do people leave their homes and travel north to the US-Mexico border? by Marion Bronfman, Ford Foundation
A Humane Border

The US-Mexico border has become one of the most dangerous places on earth for people traveling on foot. At this point, it is at its most militarized in US history. The need for a secure border has become a condition of comprehensive immigration policy. The need for the US to adhere to a border policy that doesn’t result in avoidable human deaths is dire.

Resources:

  • Video shorts for discussion (i.e. “DVD extras or outtakes from the film, each under three minutes)
  • Photos from the project
  • Links to further article, information and reports
  • Essay: A Humane Border by Dan Martinez, George Washington University
Repatriating the Dead

Migrants crossing over the US-Mexico border by foot often carry no identification or carry false papers to avoid endangering themselves or their families. If a migrant dies and is found on the US side of the border, it becomes the responsibility of border counties to investigate identity.

Resources:

  • Video shorts for discussion (i.e. “DVD extras or outtakes from the film, each under three minutes)
  • Photos from the project
  • Links to further article, information and reports
  • Essay: Naming the Dead by Robin Reineke, the Colibri Center for Human Rights
Detention and Deportation

Under current US policy, the number of immigrant detentions and deportations has skyrocketed. Migrants who are apprehended are detained without representation or contact with their families, sometimes for weeks and months.

Resources:

  • Video shorts for discussion (i.e. “DVD extras or outtakes from the film, each under three minutes)
  • Photos from the project
  • Links to further article, information and reports
  • Essay: 2:00 A.M. in Matamoros: Dangerous Deportations along the US-Mexico Border by Maureen Meyer, WOLA
Labor demand in the US

“They steal our jobs.” The story about migrants and immigrants we often tell ourselves is that immigration leads to job loss for Americans. But political and economic experts, regardless of ideological leanings, have acknowledged this is simply a myth.

Resources:

  • Video shorts for discussion (i.e. “DVD extras or outtakes from the film, each under three minutes)
  • Photos from the project
  • Links to further article, information and reports
  • Essay: Coming to America: Land of Opportunity and Obstacles by the National Council of La Raza
Safety through Mexico

The journey from Central America through Mexico to the US border is the most dangerous foot journey in the world. Migrants can fall prey to illness, dehydration, exposure, injury, accident, coyotes, drug cartels, smugglers, traffickers, and violence.

Resources:

  • Video shorts for discussion (i.e. “DVD extras or outtakes from the film, each under three minutes)
  • Photos from the project
  • Links to further article, information and reports
  • Essay: Safety through Mexico by Padre Alejandro Solalinde, Ixtepec Shelter
BORDER STORIES

Dayani Cristal’s story is not the only one. Share your own stories, thoughts, and prayers. We’ll attach them to the US–Mexico border wall.

TAKE ACTION There are people working to support migrants at every stage of their journey. They need your help. THE MISSING MIGRANT PROJECT

This page will allow you to file a missing person report with the Colibrí Center for Human Rights. All information collected in this form is confidential and all precaution will be taken to maintain your privacy. Colibrí will not release names, phone numbers, or identifiable information to outside agencies without your permission. The Colibrí Center for Human Rights is not a law enforcement entity. We collect information only to assist families searching for a missing loved one.


via @Grassroots_News: Nayely & Sara are free from family detention in Texas!

DWN Blog - September 4, 2014 - 05:24

via Bob Libal
We are overjoyed to share this breaking news with you. Your calls made a difference! Sara and Nayely Beltran just walked out of the Karnes County family detention center moments ago. They were greeted by their attorney, Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, and are now on their way to a warm and welcoming community in Austin. Making this news even more joyous is that Nayely has a doctor’s appointment to begin treatment of her brain tumor at Dell Children’s Hospital on Tuesday.

Why was Neyely in detention in the first place?

The Karnes family detention center is where ICE is holding more than 500 women and children from Central America. The reports from inside are not good. Karnes is also run by a private prison company, the GEO Group, which has a long rap sheet of abuse and neglect. GEO makes $160 every day for every woman and child they detain.

Join us!

Grassroots Leadership and Texans United for Families won’t stop until the shameful practice of family detention is ended. Join us at the rally to stop family detention at the Karnes family detention center on October 11. Click here to help make the event a success by donating to Grassroots Leadership, a registered 501(c)(3). All donations are tax-deductible


Sept 2nd – 9th in #Tacoma: Week of Action at the Northwest Detention Center

DWN Blog - August 31, 2014 - 18:24

via Maru Mora Villalpando, Latino Advocacy

Español abajo Come to the Northwest Detention Center September 2-9 1623 E J Street Tacoma, WA Support Veronica Noriega’s week-long fast and sustained presence at the Northwest Detention Center. Veronica is fasting and staying out side the detention center day and night for the week leading up to her partner Ramon Mendoza Pascual’s deportation hearing on Sept. 9.  Veronica is taking this action to support her husband and the efforts of the detainees inside, and call to an end to the unjust deportation system that separates families and breaks apart communities. Let’s join her!  

**WAYS TO GET INVOLVED**
  • Come any of the days starting Tuesday Sept 2nd, to Tuesday Sept 9th. Bring your family, your friends, your co-workers! Check out our program/schedule below and be on the look out for updates.  Bring flowers, especially on Sept 2nd!!
  • Come to Ramon’s hearing (Sept 9th 1-4:30pm, NWDC)
  • Spread the word! https://www.facebook.com/events/1484788798429513
**SCHEDULE OF THE WEEK**  (subject to changes/updates) TUESDAY SEPT 2 -Interfaith Blessing of the Fast of Veronica Noriega, followed by a march to the Northwest Detention Center Sept 2nd 10-11am First United Methodist Church 621 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma. -Set up at the NWDC  (1623 E J St, Tacoma, WA) at 1pm -8pm Dusk vigil and flowers. WEDNESDAY SEPT 3 – SUNDAY 7 -Ongoing support of Veronica Noriega’s hunger strike.  People are welcome to visit, be present.  More programming coming soon – look out for workshops and events! SATURDAY SEPT 6 -  3pm – Families Day -Families Day: family members and loved ones of those detained and deported will share their stories of dealing with the deportation machine. MONDAY SEPT 8 -Cipriano’s hearing More details soon TUESDAY SEPT 9 -Closing of Veronica’s fast and presence 12noon, NWDC -Ramon’s Deportation Hearing 1-4:30pm, NWDC -5pm Press Conference _______________________________________________________ Venga al Centro de Detención del Noroeste Septiembre 2-9 1623 E J Street Tacoma, WA Venga durante la semana del 2 al 9 de septiembre para apoyar a Verónica Noriega en su semana de huelga de hambre y presencia constante afuera del Centro de Detención del Noroeste -Northwest Detention Center (NWDC por sus siglas en ingles)- en preparación para la audiencia de deportación en contra de su esposo Ramón Mendoza Pascual el 9 de septiembre. Verónica está hacienda esto para apoyar a su esposo y los esfuerzos de los detenidos allá adentro y pedir un alto al sistema injusto de deportación que separa familias y rompe las comunidades. ¡Unámonos a su lucha! **COMO PUEDE PARTICIPAR**
  • Venga cualquier día empezando el martes 2 de al martes 9 de septiembre. ¡Traiga a su familia, amigos, sus compañeros de trabajo!
  • Venga a la audiencia de Ramón (9 de septiembre 1-4:30pm, en NWDC)
  • ¡Pase la voz! https://www.facebook.com/events/306016562911466/
Este es nuestro programa /calendario de actividades **CALENDARIO DE ACTIVIDADES DE LA SEMANA** (sujeto a cambios)   MARTES 2 SEPT -Bendición Multi-fé para la huelga de hambre para Verónica Noriega, seguido de una marcha al Centro de Detención de Tacoma 2 de septiembre 10-11am First United Methodist Church 621 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma. -Poner campamento afuera del NWDC 2 de septiembre 1pm -Vigilia al atardecer y flores 2 de septiembre 8pm   MIÉRECOLES 3 – DOMINGO 7 -Apoyar a Verónica Noriega en su semana de huelga de hambre y presencia constante. SABADO 6 DE SEPT -Día de las familias: parientes, familias y seres queridos de los detenidos y deportados 3-6pm LUNES 8 DE SEPT -Audiencia de deportación en contra de Cipriano Ríos Alegría Más detalles pronto MARTES 9 DE SEPT -Cierre de la huelga de hambre de Verónica y presencia constante 12 del medio día, NWDC -Audiencia de Deportación en contra de Ramón 1-4:30pm, NWDC -5pm Conferencia de Prensa