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Rejected by local community, ICE is maneuvering to keep notorious T. Don Hutto detention center open

AUSTIN, TX — Today, immigration advocates reacted to news that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for a 500-bed detention facility.  The RFI appears to be an attempt to keep open the embattled for-profit T. Don Hutto detention center in Taylor, Texas. Read more about Rejected by local community, ICE is maneuvering to keep notorious T. Don Hutto detention center open

Welcome David Johnson, our new Criminal Justice Organizer, to the Grassroots Team!

David Johnson - Criminal Justice Organizer

We are pleased to welcome David Johnson to Grassroots Leadership as our new Criminal Justice Organizer. Through a two-year Peer Policy Fellowship from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, David will actively support our efforts to promote the effective treatment of mental illness and substance use as an alternative to their criminalization. Read more about Welcome David Johnson, our new Criminal Justice Organizer, to the Grassroots Team!

ICE Pursues Deportation of Zero Tolerance Grandmother Despite Judge Sabraw’s Order to Reunify

AUSTIN — Late Wednesday night, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) violated a judge’s order when they attempted to deport Grandma Rosy,* who was separated from her granddaughter in May at the border under the zero tolerance policy. She has been detained for three months, separated from her 12-year-old granddaughter Cindy,* who is currently living in Texas with her grandmother’s sister who she was released to from ORR custody. Read more about ICE Pursues Deportation of Zero Tolerance Grandmother Despite Judge Sabraw’s Order to Reunify

Welcoming Organizer Dianna Williams to the Grassroots Leadership Team

Join me in welcoming Dianna Williams to our team. She is joining the Grassroots Leadership team as the organizer of the Texas Advocates for Justice (TAJ) chapter in Houston. 

Dianna Williams, was born in Cleveland, Texas, and moved to Houston at the age of five. Houston is her home. Dianna grew up in an inner-city neighborhood, Trinity Gardens, and attended public schools in northeast Houston. Read more about Welcoming Organizer Dianna Williams to the Grassroots Leadership Team

Austin Police say they “did a good job” after violent arrest of woman in crisis

After she went missing Wednesday night, Silva’s parents called EMS to locate her and get her to treatment. Instead of EMS, three APD officers, including a mental health officer, responded to the call. Witnesses reported that she treated aggressively, and was tackled, hit in the back, and hogtied by police. She was then charged with felony assault on a public servant. Read more about Austin Police say they “did a good job” after violent arrest of woman in crisis

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