Tuesday, July 9 - July 13 Rally / End Immigrant Abuse / Lights for Liberty: Woodstock IL

Actions You Can Take Today

Action 1: March to Close the Camps on Saturday

On Saturday, July 13, we will take the streets at Daley Plaza and march against the criminalization, detention, and deportation of immigrants and demand an end to concentration camps on American soil. 

As an Indivisible Chicago member, join us as we stand on the right side of history.

When: Saturday, July 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Daley Center Plaza (50 W Washington St.)
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We need to raise $12,000 to pay for the sound system, porta potties, tents, and everything else needed to put on an event this size. Please consider donating directly to help us put on this event and fight for immigrant rights.

We are still short on volunteers, especially marshals. If you are able, please volunteer. Training will be provided.

Action 2: Demand Congress Act to End Abuses of Detained Immigrants

Appalling stories continue to emerge about abuses of immigrants detained at the border. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is currently detaining over 53,000 immigrants in for-profit internment facilities nationwide. The record-breaking spike in immigrant detention stems from a Trump administration policy to arrest nearly all undocumented immigrants.

The draconian policy has led to dangerous overcrowding at ICE facilities, with one processing facility holding 900 people despite having a maximum capacity of 125. The explosion of detentions has also masked horrifying human rights abuses by immigration enforcement, including the confiscation of immigrants’ necessary medication, the abandonment of 37 children in a van in the Texas heat for 39 hours, and ongoing denial of necessary medical care to detainees—sometimes with deadly consequences. Meanwhile, an 800,000 case backlog in the overloaded, under-resourced immigration court system guarantees immigrants will languish in dangerous conditions for far too long.

Despite having directly manufactured this humanitarian crisis, the Trump administration continues to demand additional funding for ICE and detention facilities and refuse accountability for ICE and Border Patrol’s abuses. Congress must unequivocally oppose these funding requests, demand an end to mass detention of all undocumented immigrants, and advocate for sufficient funding for the immigration court system to alleviate overcrowding.

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I'm outraged and appalled by the reports of abuses of detained immigrants, from massive overcrowding to denial of necessary medical care to children. I urge [NAME] to demand a robust investigation of immigration enforcement practices and detention conditions, deny additional funding to ICE, and allocate adequate funding to immigration courts to ensure timely processing of asylum applications.

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Action 3: Lights for Liberty: Woodstock IL on 7/12

Lights for Liberty is holding nationwide events at border detention centers, concentration camps and other facilities holding immigrants. Come to a rally and vigil outside the McHenry County Jail, which serves as a Federal Immigrant Detention facility. 

We will rally on the grassy area across from the jail along Rt. 47 in Woodstock between Ware Road and Russel Court.  Parking will be available in the Northwood Junior High school lot across Rt. 47. 

The gathering starts at 7:30 p.m. with a rally and speakers to be announced. The candlelight vigil begins at 9 p.m. Bring friends, signs, candles.

When: Friday, July 12 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: McHenry County Jail (2200 N Seminary Ave., Woodstock)
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