Immigrant Detention

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Liberation and Resistance to Immigrant Detention

Advocates Gather in Song and Solidarity in front of the GEO Immigration Detention Center in Aurora, Colorado

By Jennifer Piper, AFSC Colorado Interfaith Organizing Director for Immigrant Rights

More than 60 faith and community members joined together on Labor Day, demonstrating their resistance to the continued detention of workers, mothers and fathers. For over a year, faith and community groups have taken turns hosting the monthly vigil, sponsored by AFSC, creating a community of immigrants and citizens opposed to immigrant detention.

Vigil on Labor Day 2010 at GEO Detention Center, Aurora CO

Vigilers for immigrant rights greet motorists on Peoria Street outside the GEO I

Vigilers for immigrant rights greet motorists on Peoria Street outside the GEO Immigrant Detention Center in Aurora, Colorado. AFSC helps organize monthly interfaith vigils at the detention center. Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks in NH

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio spoke at a Republican fundraiser in Nashua, N.H., on his efforts to give local authorities power to enforce immigration laws. The AFSC's Maggie Fogarty weighs in.

Nashua NH Telegraph: AZ sheriff in town to address GOP

Protesters from several immigration and civil rights advocacy groups will greet Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the subject of a federal civil rights probe, when he comes to Nashua this week to speak at a Republican fundraiser.

Denver Westword blog: Immigration Center protesters target new Obama policy

While most of us relaxed and had fun on Labor Day,  approximately sixty people affiliated with organizations such as the American Friends Service Committee and Comite en Defensa del Pueblo protested immigration policy at Aurora's GEO Detention Center, as they've done since last year.

Dignity not detention vigil at Hutto

Saturday, August 7, 2010 - 7:00pm

Please join Texans United for Families, Grassroots Leadership, and
organizers from across Texas for a vigil to draw attention to the nation's
unaccountable and out-of-control detention system. The vigil will mark the
one-year anniversary of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE)
announced detention reform and the end of family detention at Hutto. ICE
currently heralds Hutto as a model detention center despite the recent
revelation in May that a CCA guard was accused of sexually assaulting

Faith Communities Drum Down the Walls

Monday, June 7, 2010 - 6:00pm

WHAT:     Community groups join together to Drum Down the Walls … and March to the Rhythm of Our Hearts.  Unjust laws, detention center walls, and discrimination against anyone in our community. What do these all have in common? All these serve to keep our community divided. We will come together, march to the rhythm of our hearts, in the spirit of Stonewall, we will not be kept apart by any Walls, real or perceived. .

Advocates Mark One Year of Witness, Resistance at GEO Detention Center

On May 3, 2010, about 250 immigrant rights advocates marked their first year of witness at the GEO Detention Center for immigrants in Aurora, Colorado. Participating groups included the American Friends Service Committee, Romero Theater Troupe,  Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, Comunidad Liberación/Liberation Community, 10:30 Catholic Community and faith communities and allies from across Denver, Aurora, and Fort Collins.

Romero Troupe

Members of the Romero Troupe dramatize the desensitizing which leads to discrimination against and oppression of immigrants.

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