email from Jay Johnson Castro, Sr.
Here’s a call for grassroots and the media support…
Sherry Dana, who has done a lot of research on the contracts between ICE, CCA and the Williamson County Commissioners has shared the following information about this coming County Commissioners meeting where the fate of the innocent children imprisoned there is subject to their discretion. (See the thread and agenda below)
The Commissioners Court needs advocates of freeing the children. The Commissioners are very secret about their actions…so some of the local folks fighting for the freedom of the children will be present to make sure that the children have a voice. They would like your help and support.
Media presence will be invaluable. These decision makers need to know that their moves are being monitored. And…the public needs to know what is being done…and what is being done in secret. We trust that the media will help keep the information going to the public.
Please share this with you respective networks…
— Original Message —-
Subject: Tuesday, August 14 Williamson County Commissioners Meeting
From: Sherry J. Dana
To: Jay J. Johnson-Castro, Sr.
Contracts with ICE and CCA concerning T. Don Hutto are on the August 14th Williamson County commissioners’ court agenda (see below). Could you get out the word that we need people to attend the meeting and speak against the contracts? I don’t know if the commissioners plan to take action this time but I would hate for the press to say no one objected (to whatever the hell they’re planning on doing.)
We have been insisting on speaking on Item 2 (shortly after the meeting starts at 9:30) since on several occasions they have not taken up the agenda item later in the meeting, leaving us with no opportunity to speak. They have also limited us to 5 speakers but last week they allowed everyone there to speak against the landfill so I think we can demand the same treatment. The landfill protesters also got some press because of the size of the crowd.
I know Tuesday mornings are difficult but we would like to see as many people there as possible.
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NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
WILLIAMSON COUNTY COMMISSIONER’S COURT
AUGUST 14TH, 2007
The Commissioner’s Court of Williamson County, Texas will meet in special session on Tuesday, Aug. 14th, 2007 at 9:30 a.m. in the Justice of the Peace, Pct. #3 Courtroom, 301 S.E. Inner Loop, in Georgetown, Texas to consider the following items:
2. Citizen comments. Except when public hearings are scheduled for later in the meeting, this will be the only opportunity for citizen input. The Court invites comments on any matter affecting the county, whether on the Agenda or not. Speakers should limit their comments to two minutes. Note that the members of the Court may not comment at the meeting about matters that are not on the agenda.
46. Discuss contractual relationships expressed in both the Inter-Governmental Service Agreement between the United States Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Williamson County, Texas and in the operation Agreement between Williamson County, Texas and Corrections Corporation of America concerning the T. Don Hutto Residential Facility (EXECUTIVE SESSION as per VTCA Govt. Code sec. 551.071 consultation with attorney.)
50. Discuss and take appropriate action on contractual relationships expressed in both the Inter-Governmental Service Agreement between the United States Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Williamson County, Texas and in the operation Agreement between Williamson County, Texas and Corrections Corporation of America concerning the T. Don Hutto Residential Facility.
Note: Read Peter Dana’s report from the August 7 meeting of the William County Commissioners Court–gm