Occupation at Tornillo Detention Facility Blockades Entrance

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The following report is a press release from people participating in ‘Christmas at Tornillo,’ an occupation outside of the Tornillo detention center. In 2018, the camp was supposed to be closed, but now is currently housing at least 1,800 children and many others.

The blockade was deployed around 6:00pm as buses were approaching the camp entrance for shift change. It included banners, different vessels of water, and a Christmas Tree created with water jugs slashed by United States officials, recovered from the desert by No Más Muertes.

Shift change was disrupted for an hour by the blockade, then police started to turn the buses around and clear signs and water from the road.

BREAKING, SHARE and MOBILIZE TO TORNILLO: Christmas in Tornillo: The Occupation sets up water blockade at the entrance to the Tornillo child detention disrupting shift change, this is the camp where nearly 3,000 kids are being held separated from the families. The water blockade inspires connections to movements across Turtle Island which at the heart of them all is the struggle for access to, and protection of, clean drinking water. In it we see the struggles in Flint, Indigenous struggles against the oil and gas industry, water privatization, the walks to bring water to migrants crossing the border in the desert, the criminalization of humanitarian aid, and honoring those that have passed away in detention due to dehydration. If you are in El Paso mobilize here now, numbers will keep us safe: Tornillo-Guadalupe Toll Plaza M.F. Aguilera Rd, Tornillo, TX 79853https://goo.gl/maps/hFvYMstAX4v If you have press contacts please share with them.

Alex Cohen 发布于 2018年12月31日周一

Two activists that have been at Christmas in Tornillo since the start refused to leave the street, kneeled down, and surrounded themselves with water vessels from the blockade.

After multiple warnings and threats of arrest the two activists held their ground. Department of Homeland Security, and El Paso County Sheriff’s, said they would leave the scene without arrest and without the two leaving or dismantling the vigil.

Once law enforcement cleared, the two committed to holding vigil in the road until midnight. About 30 minutes later Texas State Troopers rolled up to the scene for the first time threatening arrests and asking for identification. The two holding vigil were charged with pedestrian on roadway by Texas State Troopers and the vigil was cleared.

The water blockade inspires connections to movements across Turtle Island which at the heart of them all is the struggle for access to, and protection of, clean drinking water.

BREAKING 2 activists refuse to move after police clear blockade. First Stream of the blockade: https://www.facebook.com/alex.cohen.965/videos/10161364213380338?sfns=mo —BREAKING, SHARE and MOBILIZE TO TORNILLO: Christmas in Tornillo: The Occupation sets up water blockade at the entrance to the Tornillo child detention disrupting shift change, this is the camp where nearly 3,000 kids are being held separated from the families. The water blockade inspires connections to movements across Turtle Island which at the heart of them all is the struggle for access to, and protection of, clean drinking water. In it we see the struggles in Flint, Indigenous struggles against the oil and gas industry, water privatization, the walks to bring water to migrants crossing the border in the desert, the criminalization of humanitarian aid, and honoring those that have passed away in detention due to dehydration. If you are in El Paso mobilize here now, numbers will keep us safe: Tornillo-Guadalupe Toll Plaza M.F. Aguilera Rd, Tornillo, TX 79853https://goo.gl/maps/hFvYMstAX4v If you have press contacts please share with them.

Alex Cohen 发布于 2018年12月31日周一

In it we see the struggles in Flint, Indigenous struggles against the oil and gas industry, water privatization, the walks to bring water to migrants crossing the border in the desert, Palestinians being denied water in occupied territories, the criminalization of humanitarian aid, and holding those that have passed away in detention due to dehydration.

The occupation lives on indefinitely, if you feel called to join you should.


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