Houston Protest of Privatized Refugee Jails

PROTEST AND PRESS CONFERENCE
Saturday, August 4th 9:00 am
Houston Processing Center

What: Protest of Prison Privatization and for Immigrants Rights

When: Saturday August 4th 9am – Press conference at 10am

Where: Corrections Corp. of America
Houston Processing Center
15850 Export Plaza Dr.

Speakers:
Ray Hill – 90.1 KPFT / Radio Pacifica
Ben Browning & Ashley Turner – Local Activists
Rob Block – Houston Sin Fronteras Defense Committee
Juan Alvarez – Latin American Organization for Immigrant Rights
Gloria Rubac – Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement

Houston, Texas – At 9am on Saturday, August 4th, the Houston Sin Fronteras
Defense Committee will be staging a protest at Corrections Corporation of
America’s Houston Processing Center. CCA nets billions of dollars in
profit every year from its private prisons. They run the notorious Don T.
Hutto Facility in Taylor Texas, a converted jail that imprisons asylum
seekers and children. These children are subject to inhumane treatment and
ICE/CCA denied access to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the
Human Rights of Migrants in May as he tried to investigate the conditions
at the Hutto Facility.

In addition to the institution of Prison Privatization, we are protesting
the persecution and detention of undocumented immigrants by Immigration
and Customs Enforcement. ICE operates eight Service Processing Centers and
seven contract detention facilities such as Hutto, Raymondville and the
Houston Processing Center, all three run by CCA.

This protest will mark the two-month anniversary of the action that took
place on June 4th , when Ben Browning and Ashley Turner locked themselves
by the neck to the gates of the facility- effectively shutting it down for
hours. Both activists were arrested and charged with Criminal Trespass and
Manufacture of a Criminal Instrument.

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