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Protest planned in East Chicago against family separations

Gary airport deportations, private prisons, and ICE

Organizers for Northwest Indiana Resist are planning a protest rally in front of the East Chicago City Hall on Saturday, October 27, 2018 starting at 11 a.m.  Protesters will take a stand against the deportations of undocumented mostly Latino workers from the Gary/Chicago International Airport, the private prisons where thousands of separated family members are detained, and ICE (Immigration, Customs and Enforcement), the agency responsible for rounding up undocumented workers and deporting tens of thousands of people from Northwest Indiana and the Midwest.

According to spokesperson Kirsten Markusic, more than 20,000 individuals were deported between 2014 and April 2017 alone through the Gary Airport. Hundreds are taken every Friday morning.

“For years, this has been happening.  We found out about this activity through our opposition to a private prison company, GEO, that hoped to build a prison to house undocumented workers across from the airport. GEO tried twice in Gary but failed. We ask the public to join with us in standing with our immigrant neighbors to protest the inhumane policies that separate families and destroy lives by allowing these tragic circumstances to continue to operate here in our own backyard.”

Speakers will include:  Alfredo Estrada, Immigration Attorney, Barbara Galeano, Detention Watch Network, Jose Bustos, Esperanza & the HOPE Center, Dave Turpin, (AWC) Anti-War Committees in Solidarity with Struggles for Self Determination, Lorrell Kilpatrick, Black Lives Matter-Gary, Carl Wolf, local activist, Kirsten Markusic, Social Justice Club Purdue, and Ruth Needleman, NWI Resistance.

For further information, please contact Ruth Needleman, 219-743-5489

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