Dignity Not Detention – Protest "Tent City" Detention Center
Tuesday, March 30, 12-1pm, MTC offices (2995 Dawn Drive, Georgetown, TX)
Immigrant rights organizers will gather for a protest and letter-delivery calling for the closure of the "Tent City" detention center at the offices of private prison corporation Management and Training Corporation (MTC) in Georgetown, Texas. MTC operates the "Tent City" detention center in Raymondville, Texas. The prison, largely built out of kevlar pods, is the largest immigrant detention center in the country and has been racked by a series of allegations of horrendous conditions and abuse, including alleged sexual assaults on female detainees by guards, reports of detainees being fed rotten and inadequate food, and poor access to medical and mental health care. Activists have called on ICE to close both "Tent City" and the Port Isabel Detention Center – two large immigrant detention centers in the Rio Grande Valley and to implement community-based alternatives to detention policies that are more humane and less costly.
A carpool will meet in Austin at 10:45am at the PODER and Grassroots Leadership offices at 2604 E. Cesar Chavez. For more information contact (512) 499-8111 or blibal. Parking in Georgetown should be available at Tech High at the corner of Dawn Drive and Park Meadow.
Sponsored by: Grassroots Leadership, the WillCo Justice Alliance, and Texans United for Families.