Saturday, June 1, 2013

Father's Day Action: Stop Detention and Deportation

From Detention Watch Network:

Take Action this Father's Day Weekend
Keep Families Together, Stop Detention and Deportation
June 14-16, 2013
Organize a teach-in or educational event about detention in your community
Organize a public action, vigil or march
Join an action in your community
Watch and share a video about detention via email, facebook or twitter
Keep Families Together, Stop Detention and Deportation
Mass detention and deportation continue to tear our families and communities apart. Every day in the U.S. 1,500 fathers, mothers, children and friends are taken away and locked-up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Detention and deportation has an unimaginable impact in all of our communities. This week alone, 8,500 members of our communities will be separated from their families. At this rate, over 400,000 immigrants will be detained and deported this year, having a devastating impact on entire communities and in the nation as a whole.  Due to Congress’ and President Obama’s inhumane and unfair detention and deportation policies, children across the U.S. will spend this Father’s Day without their fathers.

But all across the U.S. people are standing up to say: Ya Basta! Communities are organizing to get fathers released from detention and are marching in the streets to demand an immigration bill that doesn't leave anyone behind. As Detention Watch Network, we want to make sure that we continue to be on the side of all of those in detention and stand alongside their families and communities, throughout the immigration reform debate and beyond. This Father’s Day weekend, we are calling on the U.S. Congress and the Obama Administration to Keep Families Together, Stop Detention and Deportation now!
 
Congress and President Obama should immediately:
 
Stop detaining immigrants, so that they can stay with their families and communities while they determine their status.
Repeal mandatory detention. Everyone deserves due process and the right to a hearing with a judge. Until mandatory detention is repealed, the government should use non-punitive alternatives to detention for those that are required to be under ICE custody.
End the detention bed mandate, which requires ICE to detain 34,000 immigrants daily. The mandate, which is essentially a quota system, drives ICE to target deportable individuals in order to funnel them into detention beds that must be filled.
Detention and deportation are tightly linked, until immigration reform is enacted, President Obama should put a moratorium on deportations.
Join a Father's Day Action in Your Community!

COLORADO
Fathers in Detention, Criminal. A June Vigil at the ICE for-profit GEO Detention Center at 30th & Peoria in Aurora, CO (be at AFSC at 5pm if you need a ride)
Monday, June 3rd, 2013, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Facebook event page
 
FLORIDA
Father's Day Actions
Main Contact: grey@floridaimmigrant.org
Central Florida: jrodriguez@floridaimmigrant.org
Miami: Kathy@floridaimmigrant.org
 
GEORGIA
Father's Day Event
Friday, June 14th, 2013
 
ILLINOIS
Weekly Vigil at the Bradview Detention Center, 1930 Beach Street, Broadview, IL
Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 7:15 a.m.
 
MINNESOTA
Monthly Faith Action Vigil At Ramsey County Adult Detention Center, 425 Grove Street, St. Paul, MN
Sunday, June 2nd, 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Contact: interfaithcoalitionimmigration@gmail.com
 
NEW JERSEY
Father's Day Action at the Newark ICE Field Office, 614 Frelinghuysen Ave, Newark, NJ
Contact: CCWang@afsc.org
 
NEW YORK
Father's Day Actions and Letters from Children
Contact: esther@familiesforfreedom.org
 
TEXAS
Father's Day Caravan to Close the Polk County Detention Center (Departs from Austin)
Saturday, June 15th, 2013, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Facebook event page
Contact: matthewgossage@hotmail.com
 
For more information about the Father's Day actions go to: www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/campaign
To add your Father's Day event to our calendar, e-mail Catalina Nieto at: cnieto@detentionwatchnetwork.org

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