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Massive Protest Demands Release of Mothers and Children Incarcerated at Dilley, Karnes, and Berks

May 1, 2015

Solidarity actions planned in three cities, event kicks off a week of action demanding the Obama Administration #EndFamilyDetention

(DILLEY, Texas) — On May 2, more than 500 people from across Texas and the nation will converge on the family detention camp in Dilley, Texas to call for an end to the Obama Administration’s inhumane and illegal policy of locking up refugee parents and children. These families are fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries only to face indefinite imprisonment in the U.S.

 

When: 11-11:30 a.m. - Marchers being to arrive at the park on Commerce Street in Dilley

12:00 p.m. - March begins from the park on Commerce Street in Dilley

1:15 p.m. - Protest begins in front of the detention camp in Dilley

Where: Day begins at the park near Dilley City Hall, 101 S Commerce St Dilley, TX 78017. Protesters will march to Dilley detention camp, 1925 W. Highway 85, Dilley, TX 78017.

What: Protesters will gather for music, a march, chanting, letter writing, speakers directly affected by family detention, and street theater.

Visuals: Giant puppets, banners, and signs in front of the fence and trailers of the Dilley family detention camp.

 

Organizations supporting, and whose members are participating in the protest include: Grassroots Leadership, Texans United for Families, Office of Immigration Issues—Presbyterian Church (USA), St. Andrews Presbyterian Church of Austin, United Methodist Women, Justice for Our Neighbors, National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministries — United Methodist Church, General Board of Church & Society — United Methodist Church, 1st Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin Social Action Committee, Detention Watch Network, Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC), ACLU of Texas, Rio Grande Equal Voice Network, Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP), RAICES Texas, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition, Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies & Collections — University of Texas at Austin, Department of Geography & Environment & Native American and Indigenous Studies — University of Texas at Austin, the Austin Lawyers Guild, the EndFamilyDetention.com Network, Human Rights Alliance For Child Refugees and Families.

People are joining the protest from all over Texas and the U.S., including community members from Austin, San Antonio, Houston, the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, Dallas, Falfurrias, San Marcos, and Elgin, Texas; as well as from Silver City and Santa Fe NM, Des Moines IA, Washington D.C., New York City, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Orange County, California.

Solidarity actions and protests will occur the same day at the family detention center in Berks, Pennsylvania; the Aurora Detention Center in Denver, Colorado; and at the White House in D.C.

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Grassroots Leadership works to end for-profit incarceration and reduce reliance on criminalization and detention through direct action, organizing, research, and public education. For more than a decade, our Austin, Texas office has advocated for alternatives to immigration detention and coordinated visits to immigrants in detention centers.

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For immediate release: April 30, 2015

Contact: Cristina Parker, (915) 497-2747, cparker@grassrootsleadership.org