For Immediate Release
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Today, Kevin McAleenan, the Acting Director of the Department of Homeland Security, is testified before the Congress Oversight Committee on the conditions of concentration camps at the border.
Meanwhile in Lawton, Oklahoma, the opening of a concentration camp for minors is underway. A multiracial coalition of community members — including immigrants, Black, indigenous, Japanese American and Jewish people — are about to mobilize outside of Fort Sill, a military base previously used as a concentration camp for people of Japanese descent during World War II and assimilation school for indigenous youth.
The mobilization details are below and you can find out about more #CloseTheCampsActions here.
WHAT: #CloseTheCamps Action
WHEN: Saturday, July 20th from 11 AM – 2 PM CT
WHERE: 2999 NW Sheridan Road, Lawton, OK
WHO: Dream Action Oklahoma, United We Dream, BLM Oklahoma City, Democratic Socialists of America – Oklahoma City, Native Voice Network, Tsuru for Solidarity, Oklahoma Call for Reproductive Justice, Indigenous Environmental Network, ACLU OK, Women’s March OK, Indian Territory behind American Indian Movement, NACA-Inspired Schools Network, The Majority, Workers Defense, Bend the Arc, Sunflower Community Action, and others.
Meet 5 people on-the-ground demanding that Trump #CloseTheCamps and that Congress defund the deportation force.
Brenda Lozano, Dream Action Oklahoma
“In order for white supremacy to be alive and thriving, white supremacists have to put down another group of people. And right now, the people being put into camps are the immigrant community. It’s nothing new.”
- Michael James Topaum, American Indian Movement
“What has been done to our people, the tribes here in southwest Oklahoma, is repeating itself.”
Sheri Dickerson, Black Lives Matter OK and Women’s March OK
“Those detainees they are your neighbors, they are part of society, they are part of humanity and we need to make a united front to say that we will not accept this type of treatment.”
Mike Korenblit, Respect Diversity Foundation
“Being the son of two Holocaust survivors that were interned at concentration camps, don’t get hung up on the word [concentration camp]. It’s a word that doesn’t mean anything — what means something is what is going on inside those facilities right now.”
Priya Desai, Oklahoma Call for Reproductive Justice
“This is a very painful pattern that we have been repeating over and over again with different presidencies, different political affiliations so what we’re seeing right now, is a repeat of the past.”
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.