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Demonstration against the Houston Child Detention Center
July 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Widespread, intense opposition to the separation of migrant families has led Trump to issue an executive order supposedly ending this practice. But this nightmare is far from over. About 2000 children remain separated from their moms and dads. Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy of prosecuting migrants may mean more family separations or the long-term detention of entire families. The administration is talking about new detention centers for scores of thousands of migrants. And in Houston, plans for a new child detention center at 419 Emancipation Avenue are going forward.
The new Free Los Niños Coalition and the people of Greater Houston are not going to let this building become a prison for children or families. We are committed to stopping not only family separations but also raids, detentions, and the criminalization of people who are only seeking a better life. We understand that Trump’s attacks on migrants are part of a broader assault on people of color, women, LGBT communities, workers, and the limited rights we now have. And we are determined to defeat this dangerous repression, drive the Trump administration from power, and open the door to a brighter future with dignity and justice for all people.
The Free Los Niños Coalition and its member organizations invite you to participate in another demonstration against the Houston child detention center at 419 Emancipation Avenue on Thursday, July 5, at 6 pm. This action will include lots of chanting, remarks from sponsoring groups, a march through the neighborhood, some wonderful entertainment, and—time permitting—an open mic. Please join us and help prevent the detention of migrants on a street which was recently renamed to honor the emancipation of African Americans from slavery.
Coalition members include Brown Berets de Houston, Familias Inmigrantes y Estudiantes en La Lucha (FIEL), Fight for Im/migrants and Refugees Everywhere (FIRE), Harris County Green Party, Houston Democratic Socialists of America, Houston Socialist Movement, Refuse Fascism, Service Employees International Union Texas (SEIU Texas), and Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (TEJAS). Additional sponsors are welcome. For more information, call 281.935.1719 or 832.692.2306.