Grassroots Leadership Blog
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. [node:read-more:link]
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. [node:read-more:link]
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. [node:read-more:link]
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. [node:read-more:link]
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. [node:read-more:link]
...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. [node:read-more:link]
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. [node:read-more:link]