***Protest at the Prison***
Saturday, 20 June 2009
All the information you need in the Blog.
Closing T. Don Hutto and setting the Children Free!
This Evil in the Heart of Texas Must End!
Please sign this Petition Against T. Don Hutto Detention Center.
Alex Jones Report on T. Don Hutto -- A Must See:
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Thank you, Winderella!!!
Music.. .. .. ..
small prisoners poem: small prisoners
to families imprisoned
And how did you crawl out
through bent wide bars?
Baton at your bruised back
and holding the hands of your children?
In orange, ragged, not enough food?
No balls inside, no light for days
while our children sat hands
wrapped on chains to swing,
and grass stains?
Did your grief smell like desert dusted snot
inside that black sack as you touched
his hot forehead with the palms of your hands?
~ copyright DRG 2007
A new sun arises today, on one life the night moves on. This is when a child is put away, for a crimeless punishment. A child who is locked away, whose only crime is being someone else's race. Born out right, as a citizen of a nation that we think is so great, how can we call it great if we put a child in a prison and throw their parents away to a country they ran away from, for a life of pride and happiness too. It doesn't seem right to me, to have a child locked away like a criminal that they will never be. How can it be, to tell the horrors of live be hind bars, to a life that is innocent and the criminals we face are now sweeping into the government. We should put them in the place of those children who are locked away for a crimeless reason.
Thank you, Clay
The Children Speak:
Baubonyte v. Chertoff - Declaration of Egle Baubonyte
Bunikyte v. Chertoff - Declaration of Rasa Bunikiene
Verdieu v. Chertoff - Declaration of Sherona Verdieu
Family Profiles in the ACLU's Challenge to the Hutto Detention Center (3/6/2007)
Links of Note:
T Don Hutto Blog
Texas Prison Bidness
Business of Detention
Mobilization Around Texas
Texas Civil Rights Review
- Jun 8, 2009 3:37 AM ***Protest at the Prison Saturday, 20 June 2009 ***
- Mar 26, 2009 9:14 AM Hutto Protesters rallying this Saturday, 28 March for Austin Cesar Chavez march
- Feb 23, 2009 3:12 AM March 7th - Protest at the Prison
- Feb 20, 2009 7:09 PM Hutto Documentary Screening at SXSW - The Least of These
- Jan 18, 2009 11:08 AM Signatures Needed for LTR to the Editor - Deadline Wednesday, January 21 at 5 PM
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About me:The Shameful Problem:
Until the ACLU fought for a settlement this past August, the children at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, 35 miles northeast of Austin, lived in cells; they wore uniforms and received inadequate medical and educational services, were often cold and hungry, and were separated from their parents as punishment, and received only one hour of schooling per day and rarely played outside. Conditions have improved due to the court order, but they still live in prison cells.
They are guilty of no crimes, and endanger no one. Their parents, who are incarcerated here because they are seeking asylum after fleeing such circumstances as war, torture, political persecution and rape, or are accused of violating civil immigration laws, have committed no crimes. Many of the children are US Citizens.
Teachers at the center are not required to be licensed in Texas, and the state’s family welfare agency exempted Hutto from child care licensing requirements. Along with one other, less prison-like facility in Pennsylvania, Hutto is operated without official regulations.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the arm of Homeland Security that runs the two centers, relies on custody rules designed for inmates
Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), a for profit company running the majority of privatized prisons in the US, is paid 2.8 million dollars a month (7k per child per month or 84k per child per year) to keep these children behind bars.
It would cost less to put them up at the Austin Hilton with room service.
In contrast, putting a monitoring bracelet/anklet on a parent costs $660 per month.
In past years CCA has made political contributions to key Texas politicians, 100k to Tom Delay and 100k to Governor Perry. Overall, for profit prison companies contributed roughly 519k to state level political campaigns in one year alone. Lt Governor Dewhurt's cut was 53k, while House Speaker Craddick received 34.9k.
Why free the children when keeping them locked up makes so much money?
Who We Are
Free The Children are loosely knit, but highly motivated grass roots volunteers who are working to bring attention to the incarceration of these children and ultimately close Hutto down.
How Can You Help?
Just by reading this myspace page and the blog posts, you are helping.
The more you know about this horrible situation, the better you'll be able to communicate your outrage to others.
And that is how you can truly help!
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD
Help spread the word!
Please REPOST bulletins.
Please encourage your friends to check out the blog posts, subscribe to the blog and to add Free The Children of Texas's Hutto Prison to their friends lists. The secrecy and media black out surrounding this facility help keep it open for business.
Please consider writing your elected representatives in the House and Senate. For those in Texas, that includes state officials.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services issued Corrections Corporation of America a waiver normally given to Sunday Schools to operate here in Texas. Tell your representatives and senators to stop ICE and CCA from stealing chilldhoods to create corporate profits!
Who I'd like to meet:
People who understand incarcerating children for money is fundamentally wrong and are willing to speak truth to power to close this evil in the heart of Texas.
"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." - Benjamin Franklin
Please join us in doing!!!
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