July 13th: 24 Hour Vigil for Human Rights at the Northwest Detention Center
13 Jul 2007 23:07 GMT
In the wake of the failure of Congress to pass humane, effective immigration legislation, the raids, arrests and deportations conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continue. The result is the separation of families, communities living in fear, and reports of human rights abuses.
Community Members, Faith Leaders Begin 24 Hour Vigil for Human Rights at the Northwest Detention Center on Friday, July 13th at 6:15 P.M. at the Northwest Detention Center, 1623 East J. Street Tacoma WA 98421.
For some, the result is also profit. Detainees are held at the Northwest Detention Center, a privatized, 1000 bed facility run by the GEO Group, Inc. that receives taxpayer dollars and charges detainees for basic services such as the use of telephones and food.
Immigrant rights groups across the nation watch with concern and anger as immigrant detainees are the fastest growing incarcerated population in the U.S. while over half of all detention facilities are privately operated and charge the Federal Government an average of $95 per bed, per day.
Community to Community Development (C2C), a Bellingham-based social justice organization is joining with the Church Council of Greater Seattle, Hate Free Zone, Washington Community Action Network and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee – Tacoma to oppose this private profiteering off the human misery caused by our broken immigration system. Until we gain comprehensive immigration reform that puts families, workers and human rights first we will continue to organize for community security in this ongoing ICE Age.
* Rosalinda Guillen, Executive Director of C2C and Sue Stauffer, Grassroots Leader of Washington Community Action Network will be speaking about the formation of a 24 hour hotline that those in detention or witnessing a raid can call for legal community assistance.
* Michael Ramos, Director of Social Justice Ministries for the Church Council of Greater Seattle will be speaking about the participation of area churches in the New Sanctuary Movement and the role faith communities can take in supporting the 24 hour raid/detention hotline and other solidarity work.
* Shankar Narayan, Policy Director of Hate Free Zone will be speaking about the 24 hour hotline and the impact that the Detention Center has on communities in the Northwest.
Based in Bellingham, WA Community to Community Development is a women-led, place based, grassroots organization working for a just society and healthy communities. The organization is committed to systemic change and to creating strategic alliances that strengthen local and global movements towards social, economic and environmental justice. To accomplish this, the organization uses inclusive strategies to: Empower under-represented peoples to have an equal voice in decision making processes, develop cross-cultural awareness, restore justice to our food, land and cultural practices and promote community relationships towards self-reliance. Members come together with reverence and respect to build social justice movements. We are grounded in the belief that "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, we can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy
"prepared never scared"
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