As a hunger strike inside the Hutto immigrant detention center in Taylor, Texas spreads throughout the facility, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are ramping up retaliation and abuse against women participating in the protest. Read more about This is what you can do: Demand release of women targeted for retaliation in #Hutto27 hunger strike
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On day 6 of the hunger strike at the Hutto Detention Center, sources inside report that the hunger strike has grown dramatically within the detention center, including at least one section where all women are participating. Read more about #Hutto27 hunger strike spreads, two women moved, one punished with solitary confinement
UPDATE: The Hunger stike continues for a third day. ICE has retaliated against the women at the center by denying them time outside when they might see our vigil and hear our chants.
News broke Wednesday evening that at least 27 women refused dinner at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, Texas as the start of a hunger strike. Read more about BREAKING: At least 27 women on hunger strike at the Hutto Detention Center #Hutto27
As part of a series of changes to the civil commitment program in Texas, Littlefield will serve as the new home for nearly 200 individuals convicted of a sexual offense who have served their time, but who have been indefinitely civilly committed. Although federally required to be a treatment program, not a punitive one, a company with roots in the private prison industry will operate the facility. Correct Care Recovery Solutions (CCRS), formerly known as GEO Care, is a spin-off corporation of GEO Group, the same corporation that operated the facility until 2009. Read more about Correct Care Recovery Solutions to run lockdown facility in Littlefield
We're happy to welcome Cate Graziani to the Grassroots Leadership team as our new Mental Health Campaigns Coordinator.
While completing a Master of Science in Social Work and a Master of Public Affairs from UT - Austin, Cate contributed to Grassroots Leadership’s groundbreaking research on the private prison industry’s foray into mental healthcare, and the over-incarceration of individuals with mental health and substance use disorders was the focus of her master’s thesis. Read more about Welcoming Cate Graziani to the Grassroots Leadership team
...and it's families that lose.
Travis County Commissioners have until September 29th to pass a budget that will restore in-person visitation to families and their incarcerated loved ones, but they’ve started back-peddling. Read more about Urgent Action:Travis County officials are playing the blame game
Today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill) introduced the Justice is Not for Sale Act, a comprehensive bill that outlaws the use of for-profit prisons, jails, and immigration detention centers. Read more about 7 good things that will happen if we ban private prisons with the #JusticeNot4Sale Act
Over the past few weeks we have delved into the mythical world of facts that surround a marketing campaign released by Securus on their website. As we come to the end of this series that counters their version of myths and facts surrounding the video visitation product that is taking over visitation in jails across America, we also wanted to educate people on a little bit of the other side of the coin in this industry. Lets start by addressing the last part of the fact page that Securus has created.Read more about Securus Myth Vs. Fact Analysis Finale