Wednesday, February 13, 2013

DREAMS NOT DETENTION Bus Tour & Vigils To End Immigration Detention (10-...

New Jersey advocates, faith leaders, & residents took a bus tour of the state's jails which house immigrant detainees to tell local politicians to choose "DREAMs not Detention" on Monday, October 8, 2012, in commemoration of Indigenous Celebration Day.

Vigils were organized in every NJ community that detains and profits from the incarceration of immigrant workers, students, parents and community members

The bus left the Elizabeth Detention Center & stopped at jails in Bergen, Hudson, and Essex counties. All hold people suspected of being in violation immigration laws in return for a per diem payment from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Vigils were also held in Sussex and Monmouth counties which also hold immigrants for ICE. The bus will return for an afternoon vigil to the Elizabeth Detention Center, the for-profit facility operated by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) where ICE first started incarcerating immigrants in NJ over a decade ago.

The event was co-sponsored by: IRATE & First Friends; Pax Christi NJ; AFSC Immigrant Rights Program - Newark; Wind of the Spirit; Felician Sisters of North America; Casa Esperanza; St. Joseph Social Service Center; Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless; Reformed Church of Highland Park; Passaic County Coalition for Immigrant Rights; Lutheran Office of Governmental Ministry - NJ Synod; NJ; St. Stephan's Grace Community- ELCA; Jornaleros Unidos de Passaic; Action 21; NJ Haiti Solidarity Network of the Northeast; Monmouth County Coalition of Immigrant Rights; (NJAID) NJ Advocates for Immigrant Detainees, Unidad Latina en Accion- NJ; Casa Freehold; Shrine of St. Joseph- Sterling; Sojourners Visitors Project; NJ Forum for Human Rights; Elizabeth Lutheran Center; JAN-NJ; Intentional Community -- Wyckoff


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