email from Jay J. Johnson-Castro, Jan. 20, 2007
You’re receiving this because you know about the immoral and illegal incarceration of children from 6 months old and on up…from some 20 different countries…at the Hutto prison camp in Taylor , TX .
We have all recently learned that the Williamson County lease agreement with Correctional Corporation of America (CCA) expires in 11 days…on Jan. 31.
We want to encourage the Williamson County Commissioners to champion the freedom of the children. They can be their heroes…on the local, statewide, national and even international levels. All they have to do is show the courage to say NO to the practice of holding children in the Hutto prison camp.
Or…they can be viewed as accomplices of this demented practice of imprisoning children on American soil…right here in Texas …right in their own county…for profit. They have the legal authority to make a difference. We trust that they will?
So…one month after the Christmas Eve Vigil…we will be holding a new vigil. A “Don’t renew the lease to imprison children for profit!!!”. “Chertoff and the ICE Company…or the children”. “Not one more day of imprisoning children”. ”ICE and CCA violating International Children’s Rights”. Or…whatever else you feel best describes your reason for participating in this vigil.
After considering two dates…almost all prefer an early evening vigil on January 25. Some have already made arrangements to be there. The vigil will officially be held between 5:30 and 6:30pm. That way working folks who would like to can attend.
One of those who will be attending is reporter Sarah Bush. Sarah will be interviewing those in attendance at the 25th vigil…for the program “Latino USA” that will air nationally on NPR.
For those of Williamson County who oppose the incarceration of children in the Hutto prison camp, here’s a suggestion. What if you draft and deliver a letter to the Commissioners Court this coming Tuesday, asking/requesting/petitioning/demanding them to give 120 days notice to ICE…and NOT renew the lease with CCA?
Come join us. Bring a banner. Bring a poster. Sun sets about 6pm.
Please feel free to share…and extend this invitation.
Let our presence be seen and let our voices be heard. The international community is watching to see how grassroots America responds to this immoral and criminal conduct that has being committed by the Federal-Corporate Complex and their money laundering schemes. They have been observing that “We the people of the United States of America ” really do care about freedom and justice…and that we do not believe in imprisoning children…let alone for profit!!!
Now the international community will observe how we employ democratic principles, exercise our freedoms and our rights…with the weapons of reasoning, truth and information sharing. Along with a deep conviction of the heart…we will bring a halt to this and other similar demented practices.
The Border Ambassador
Jay J. Johnson-Castro, Sr.
Del Rio, Texas, USA
Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila , Mexico