It's Throwback Thursday at Grassroots Leadership and we are looking back at the successful campaign to stop immigrant family detention.
You may have heard about the T. Don Hutto detention facility as a family detention center located close to Austin. The Hutto Detention Center gained notoriety for holding immigrant families, including young children, inside. The New York Times explains, "[The Hutto Detention Center] drew an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit and scathing news coverage for putting young children behind razor wire."
Fortunately, the families held there were released in late 2009, but this for-profit private prison is now filled with immigrant women, most of whom are seeking asylum in the U.S.
Texans United for Families (TUFF) posted this video and wrote, "Singer-songwriter and legendary community organizer Si Kahn performs his song "Hutto" in front of the T. Don Hutto Immigrant Detention Center, a privately run prison owned by the Corrections Corporation of America.
Si performed this song on April 18th, 2009. At the time, Si was the Executive Director of Grassroots Leadership, a national non-profit working to end the privatization of prisons and mass-incarceration. This day was in the middle of Grassroots Leadership's Campaign to End Family Detention. The T. Don Hutto Detention Facility was an immigration prison for immigrant families, immigrants awaiting their civil immigration hearings were detained with their children and infants."