On Friday, fourteen people arrived to fill the small courtroom at the San Antonio immigration court and surprised staff with matching t-shirts to support Maribel Zelaya at the bond hearing she had finally been granted after more than a year in detention. Read more about #Hutto27 update: Maribel is free from immigrant detention, but the fight isn't over
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Grassroots Leadership is pleased to welcome, Andrea Muraira as our new Hutto Visitation Intern. Andrea will be outreaching to volunteers, supporting all trainings as well as co-facilitating the Spanish language Hutto Visitation trainings. Read more about Welcome Hutto Visitation Intern, Andrea Muraira
This week Grassroots Leadership and many of our partners and allies submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission in hopes of improving the way video "visits" are currently being offered and sold at county jails and state prisons around the country. Our comments can be viewed here. Read more about Grassroots Leadership and allies submit comments to the FCC on video visitation
Last week the San Antonio Express News posted this article about Bexar County’s imminent transition to video-only visitation at their county jail. Despite outcry from community members, Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau and County Commissioners continue to push the plan forward. Read more about San Antonio media fails to report opposition to video visit plans at Bexar County Jail
As we finish up 2015, we thought we’d reflect on the year at Grassroots Leadership. We’ve had a terrific year of work and it couldn’t have been possible without the hard work and support of our staff, board, volunteers, allies, and donors. Please consider making a donation to help our work continue in 2016. Thank you, we couldn’t do it without you! Read more about The year in review: 15 highlights of 2015 at Grassroots Leadership!
TAKE ACTION: The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is trying again to license family detention centers as “childcare” facilities after a judge blocked the state from licensing the family detention lockups under a so-called "emergency" rule. Read more about Want to stop Texas from licensing family detention camps as childcare facilities?