No Holiday from Justice: Hutto Shut-Down Actions

News from Bob Libal

Dear friends,

Please join me in taking action to close the notorious T. Don Hutto family detention center and end the detention of immigrant families. Since May 2006, immigrant families with small children have been jailed at Hutto while awaiting asylum or immigration hearings. The prison has been criticized by human rights organizations worldwide as an inappropriate facility for children and their families.

Williamson County Judge Dan Gattis announced this week that the Williamson County Commissioners will vote on the proposed renewal of the Hutto contract this coming Tuesday, December 23rd, at 9:00am during the court’s weekly meeting. See below for phone numbers to contact Williamson Commissioners and the meeting time and location. Now is the time to act! Please join the following four actions to end family detention:

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Hutto Toy Delivery and Vigil to End Family Detention

Saturday, December 20th, 3-5pm, T. Don Hutto Detention Center (1001 Welch, Taylor, TX)

Please join Williamson County residents, faith leaders, and organizations and individuals from across the state in the third annual December vigil to end family detention. The vigil will happen Saturday, December 20th, from 3-5pm. Organizers will deliver more than 500 toys, books, and children’s clothes to the facility in time for the holiday season. Items should be in their original packaging and not be on any recall-list to be accepted. Contact Bob at (512) 971-0487 or blibal@grassrootsleadership.org for more information.

Caravaning information and directions at tdonhutto.blogspot.com. Endorsed by: Texans United for Families, Grassroots Leadership, WilCo Family Justice Alliance, Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition, Border Ambassadors, CodePink Austin, Texas Indigenous Council, San Antonio Brown Berets, MADRES.

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Call Williamson County Commissioner Court

Today through Monday, December 22, 2008

Contact the Williamson County Commissioners and tell them to vote to end the contract with the T. Don Hutto prison on Tuesday. Tell them that family detention is unnecessary, traumatic to the detained families, and reflects poorly on the county.

Judge Dan Gattis: (512) 943-1550, ctyjudge@wilco.org
Ron Morrison: (512) 846-1190
Lisa Birkman: (512) 733-5380, LBirkman@wilco.org
Cynthia Long: (512) 260-4280
Valerie Covey:(512) 943-3370

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Come to Williamson County Commissioners Court

Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 9:00am

Come to the Williamson County Commissioners Court to express your opinion on the Hutto contract extension vote. Get there early to speak during citizen comments. The Court meets at 9:00 AM at 710 Main St. Georgetown, TX 78626. Please come show opposition to Williamson County’s role in profiting from family detention. Contact MaryEllen Kersch ( 512-863-7174, maryellenkersch@verizon.net) or Jose Orta (512-818-9802, orta_jose@hotmail.com) for more information.

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100 Events in the first 100 Days to End Family Detention Actions

January 20th 2009 to May 1st 2009

Please join Grassroots Leadership by taking part in 100 Events to End Family Detention in the First 100 Days of the new presidential administration. ICE has solicited three new Hutto-like family detention centers across the country. We need to act to reverse this policy, close Hutto, and stop future Huttos from opening! For more information on the first 100 days events or to schedule a screening of Hutto: America’s Family Prison, contact Bob Libal at blibal@grassrootsleadership.org or (512) 971-0487.

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Bob Libal
(512) 971-0487
Grassroots Leadership
Austin, Texas
www.grassrootsleadership.org

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