The Houston Rapid Response Network is a group of people on-call to show up for people and families impacted by current anti-immigration laws. The training will review actions to help counteract deportation and the splitting up of families in our state. The training also covers how documented allies can play both small and large roles in the network and how all of us together can show up in solidarity with the undocumented and migrant people in our community.
On July 12, people across the United States will gather to make a stand against detention camps and the human rights abuses of ICE.
Join us to make a statement and to organize together as a community to stand up for what is right at the Southwest Key Detention Center on Emancipation Avenue, where kids have recently been moved in.
Trump’s relentless attacks on migrants are leading to more abuse, neglect, misery, and deaths. It is time for people to take a stronger stand against this racist repression. The criminalization of migrants and militarization of the border has contributed to thousands of deaths in the past decade. Scores of migrants have died at the hands of the Trump administration. Families continue to be separated. And private migrant prisons are profiting from the government’s cruelty.
Free Los Ninos Coalition will hold a demonstration against SWK’s child detention center and call for an end to all raids, detentions, and deportions on Thursday, July 4, at 1 pm. This national holiday is the perfect time to point out how the systemic repression of migrants demonstrates that all the official rhetoric about “liberty and justice for all” is a lie. And for those of us who really do want freedom, equality, and real democracy, this is the perfect time to come out and say so as we demand justice for migrants.
Joe Corley Detention Center and Montgomery Processing Center, one mile away, both hold 1,000 detainees and both are operated by GEO, a Florida based private correctional company that operates 40 facilities in the United States and in 10 other countries.. We will vigil at the entrance of the Joe Corley for proper treatment of detainees.
Free and open to the public; Amnesty International Houston, local 23, welcomes guest speaker Sri Preston Kulkarni. He will be speaking on the issue of immigration.
On February 14, Mayor Turner announced the elimination of the most important obstacles to the opening of Southwest Key’s new child detention center at 419 Emancipation Avenue. His media advisory was misleading–it did not mention that a federal judge ruled against the City of Houston two months ago on the question of which permit is required. And now the administration’s previous expression of concern about sexual crimes, abuse, neglect, and hundreds of other violations at SWK facilities seems to have disappeared!
In view of its awful record, Southwest Key should not be allowed to house migrant children. The people of the most diverse city in the country have been opposing this facility since last June. And we must continue this struggle. We need to stop SWK from putting children at risk! The Free Los Niños Coalition will hold an emergency demonstration against SWK’s child detention center on Monday, February 18, at 5 pm. This will be the Coalition’s twelfth protest during the past eight months. The broadest possible participation is strongly encouraged.
In conjunction with the American Friends Service Committee, we have deep concern surrounding the treatment of families that are seeking asylum in the United States. We are seeking others with similar concerns to participate in the Love Knows No Borders week of action. We are focused on bringing attention to this pressing issue through love and nonviolence. Together, we are calling on the U.S. to end the detention and deportation of immigrants, respect the human right to migrate, and end the militarization of the border.
in people of good conscience, physicians and faith leaders bringing visibility to the human rights violations of the 134,000 children detained in 2017 by immigration (we have already exceeded this number for 2018). Come as a volunteer in a caravan of cars filled with relief supplies, including bottled water (no sparkling or flavored), easy open and individual sized fruit, peanut butter, veggies, protein snacks, cereals, crackers, natural juices, bags of dry rice, canned beans/soup, and blankets. We are heading to Ursula CBP detention facility in McAllen, Texas to bear witness to a system that has for too long ignored the basic needs of migrant children in immigration detention.
This is an interactive community event that begins with a conversation between physicians and faith leaders. The conversation will focus on the dehumanization and deprivations of children in immigration detention, that compounds the trauma from the conditions from which they flee and the harrowing journey towards the specter of freedom that follows.
This event will feature artwork from local refugee and immigrant artists at the YMCA’s third annual art show and auction.
Proceeds from the sale of all artwork will be shared equally between the artists and YMCA International Services, where the funds will be used to support programming.