Join with us in solidarity with our immigrant neighbors who have been detained and imprisoned for profit. The immigrants at this camp are being held captive for low-level, non-violent, immigration related crimes. GEO Group profits at the expense of separating these men from their families and loved ones.
Using our neighbors as pawns, GEO and its supporters are taking advantage of those most desperate and profiting from their suffering. It is unconscionable and cowardly to perpetuate the illusion and hide behind the facade that these men are criminal deviants. The reality is that these men are the victims of a cruel, greedy system that uses them until they’re no longer deemed valuable and then tosses them aside.
Every week until the camp reaches capacity (and then probably exceeding capacity if GEO maintains its violations track record), immigrants will be transported from across the country to make money for GEO Group and friends. The immigrants will exist in this camp as prisoners utterly alone and impossibly distant from their families and supporters.
It is critical that we raise our voices, both literally and figuratively, to be heard on this ever urgent issue. We will unite as one to break the barrier between us and let our neighbors know they are not alone, that we are here for them in solidarity and love.
GEO Group—the largest private prison corporation in the US—is an industry leader in human-rights abuses and deaths at its facilities. A federal judge described their facilities as, “a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions.” GEO has been sued multiple times for forcing detainees to work for food, water and toiletries. GEO has denied Iraqi refugees water, food and restroom access to punish them for joining a class-action lawsuit to stop their death deportations to Iraq.
Without private detention facilities—and GEO Group is one of the biggest—the Trump Administration would not be able to carry out its inhumane immigration policies.
Those inside the camps are in terrible danger. Those of us on the outside must do what we can to stop these atrocities.
2:30 Gather outside the North Lake Detention Center, protest signs optional but encouraged. Snacks and hot chocolate will be provided.
3-4 Noise Demonstration to let the incarcerated know we organized in support of them.
3:59 Crescendo of Sound
4:00 Moment of Silence
4-5 Candlelight Vigil including remarks from selected speakers.
5:00 Ignite Candlelight
**We are going to arrange as many car pools as possible to assist people in getting to Baldwin. There will be car pools from Ann Arbor, Detroit, possibly North Oakland County, and any other places on the way to Baldwin. Please comment or message us if you would like to join a car pool.
**Please message our page if you would like to volunteer for the event. There is always a way to lend a helping hand! Common possible donations may include candles, water, poster making materials, snacks.