Demand to #CloseTheCamps Escalates With Actions Throughout the Summer


Immigrant justice, faith-based and civil rights organizations are continuing to mobilize #CloseTheCamp actions across the country.

Over the next few weeks, organizations such as United We Dream, Dream Action Oklahoma, Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), the Florida Immigrant Coalition, Indigenous Environmental Network, RAICES, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, Workers Defense Project, The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, National Council of Jewish Women, J Street, Native Voice Network, The Carrizo Comecrudo Tribal Nation, The Majority,  and Tsuru Solidarity, are leading actions in states like Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, California, Massachusetts and other to call on Congress to close down the camps and stop Trump’s mass deportation agenda.

With billions from Congress and zero oversight measures, the deportation force of ICE and CBP continues to open up detention camps across the country to incarcerate immigrants and children. In spite of new horrors being revealed almost every day, conditions in these camps worsen, no perpetrators have been held accountable and the people of color being tortured in them have not been released.

We must stop the criminalization of immigrants, family separation, and the killing of asylum seekers.  We must lead with values and respect for human lives by defunding these agencies and ending the mass incarceration of children and immigrants.

The actions listed below are a collective efforts by local and national organizations, by both immigrants and allies to escalate actions.

DETAILS OF ACTIONS

Saturday, July 20 in Lawton, Oklahoma led by Dream Action Oklahoma, United We Dream, BLM Oklahoma City , Democratic Socialists of America – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Call for Reproductive Justice, Indigenous Environmental Network, ACLU OK, Women’s March OK, American Indian Movement (Lawton), NACA-Inspired Schools Network, The Majority, Tsuru for Solidarity, Workers Defense Project, Native Voice Network, Bend the Arc, and others.

Immigrant youth, Japanese Americans, Indigenous, Black, and Jewish  allies come together in action to demand the closure of all the concentration camps that ICE and CBP have built across the country, including the upcoming Fort Sill camp that is set to incarcerate migrant children.

Saturday, July 27 in McAllen, Texas led by The Native Voice Network and The Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe.

Natives from across the U.S. are joining the Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe in what is now known as Texas, in taking a stand against the U.S. government’s response to the migration of our relatives from the south.  The current response to the mobility of Indigenous peoples who have been living, migrating and traveling on this continent for thousands of years is unacceptable. We, the First People of this land, with inherent authority on immigration to the U.S., will gather with allies to rally and call for an end to the practice of family separation, to dismantle detention facilities and stop border wall construction.

Thursday, August 1 in Lawton, Oklahoma led by the Heartland for Human Justice

The coalition is protesting the opening of the new detention center in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and will lead an interfaith vigil in remembrance of the children who have died while in detention.

Saturday and Sunday, August 10 and 11 in multiple cities led by T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, National Council of Jewish Women, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, & J Street.

These organizations are answering the call from their immigrant partners to #CloseTheCamps on a traditional Jewish holiday of mourning by organizing “Tisha B’Av: Jews Say #CloseTheCamps” events across the country.

Media Contacts:

UWD: Bruna Bouhid-Sollod | bruna@unitedwedream.org | 202-850-0812
FIRM: Jasmine Nazarett | jnazarett@communitychange.org | 954-471-9080
Workers Defense: Juliet Barbara | juliet@workersdefense.org | 512-466-9258

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