On November 22 2014, we will again connect our acts of resistance, from the SOA to the Stewart Detention Center, as ongoing witness against militarization and injustice. The training at the School of the Americas (renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) is among the roots causes of migration, that forces people to flee their countries in Latin America. Many immigrants to the United States are victims of U.S.-sponsored military training and atrocities in Latin America. In our fight to close the School of the Americas, we continue to work towards a world that is free of suffering and violence. SOA Watch considers deportation quotas, mandatory detention, for-profit immigration detention centers, the militarization of the border, the “War on Drugs,” and the training of repressive forces at the SOA/ WHINSEC, as all parts of the same racist system of violence and domination. A dismantling of these and other policies is needed for there ever to be true “Comprehensive Immigration Reform.”
The protest against the Stewart Detention Center will take place on Saturday, November 22. For more information, please contact Anton Flores-Maisonet at firstname.lastname@example.org or (706) 302-9661.
Transportation from Columbus
We are trying to coordinate rides from Columbus to Lumpkin for the Rally and Vigil at the Stewart Detention Center.
About the Stewart Detention Center
Located in rural Southwest Georgia, the Stewart Detention Center detains approximately 2,000 immigrant men for deportation proceedings. Stewart is run by the Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America, the country’s largest private prison corporation. For more on the business of detention, click here.
Conditions at Stewart: Substandard and Inhumane
An April 2009 report by Georgia Detention Watch on conditions at Stewart documented violations of ICE’s own detention standards at the facility. The report charged that food and medicine are withheld as punishment and that solitary confinement is routinely imposed without a disciplinary hearing. Since the release of that report Roberto Martinez Medina died while detained at the facility.
Additional Resources and Information
- #rootsofmigration – spelling out the connections between US militarization and migration
- A new report by Detention Watch Network as a part to “expose and close” the 10 worst facilities in the country.
- Reflection Blog by the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) about the November 2012 vigil
- “Death For Profit” brief and compelling information video
- Video from 2011 Stewart Detention Center vigil
- Video of American wife of Pedro Guzman speaks at 2010 Stewart Detention Center vigil
- News article “Georgia: 8 Arrested at Immigrant Prison in Lumpkin“
- News article “Immigrant Freed From 19-Month Detention: ‘I Treat My Dogs Much Better Than The Detainees Are Treated’.”
- Mundo Hispánico estuvo presente para cubrir la vigilia. Haga click aquí para leer y ver el informe