The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are currently warehousing hundreds and thousands of children from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador who have, in recent months, streamed across the Texas-Mexico border. Once detained, they are being held in freezing holding cells, nicknamed "hieleras," or ice chests. Many thousands of children, some unaccompanied, and mothers with toddlers are now in U.S. detention. They lack nutritious food, sanitary conditions, health care, and beds. Thousands are being sent to military bases for so-called "shelter" - but the fact is that they are being incarcerated and secreted away: no reporters are allowed to interview them, or to take photographs; the general public is being denied access to them and prevented from inspecting their conditions of confinement. NO! These children need enjoyable, positive living environments, not mass incarceration and not deportation!
WE SAY NO MORE! LET OUR CHILDREN GO!
The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s prison population! More than 60% of those in U.S. prisons are Black or Latina/o. More than 80,000 people in prison are held in solitary confinement under conditions that fit the international definition of torture. The incarceration of women has increased by 800% over the last 30 years. Alongside this has risen a massive program of criminally prosecuting undocumented immigrants.
Deportations under the Obama administration have crossed the 2 million mark, resulting in many thousands of children separated from their parents! We stand in solidarity with the courageous anti-deportation movement and the demand, “Not 1 More Deportation!”
ICE, the agency responsible for immigration detention within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), now detains approximately 34,000 immigrants every night and more than 400,000 individuals each year. Immigrants in detention facilities around the United States are often subjected to punitive and long-term solitary confinement and denied meaningful avenues of appeal. Since 2005, the immigration detention population has increased by nearly 85 percent. And now, U.S. military installations are incarcerating thousands of refugee children in prison camps!
This must stop—NOW! Not the next generation, not in ten years, not any time off in some promised future that never seems to come. NOW!
The Stop Mass Incarceration Network is calling for a massive Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration in October of this year; a Month that can impact all of society; one that can open the eyes of millions of people to the need to end this new Jim Crow. In October, 2014, our resistance to mass incarceration must reverberate across the country and around the world. October, 2014, must be a month that makes clear that thousands and thousands are willing to stand up and speak out today and to awaken and rally forth millions. It must be the beginning of the end of mass incarceration in the U.S.
Initiated by Stop Mass Incarceration Network Bay Area; Endorsed by Causa Justa/Just Cause, Mujeres Unidas, The Ecumenical Peace Institute –CALC, Southern Alameda Peace and Justice Coalition, and School of the Americas Watch -Hayward
Added to the calendar on Monday Jun 23rd, 2014 11:26 PM