Actions To #CloseTheCamps Escalate

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Above photo: Protest in Phoenix, Amanda Slee/Cronkite News.

Demand to #CloseTheCamps Escalates With Actions Throughout the Summer; Doing Nothing is Not an Option: Protestors Arrested Blocking NYC Traffic


Nationwide – Immigrant justice, faith-based and civil rights organizations are continuing to mobilize #CloseTheCamp actions across the country.

Over the next few weeks, organizations such as United We Dream, Dream Action Oklahoma, Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), the Florida Immigrant Coalition, Indigenous Environmental Network, RAICES, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, Workers Defense Project, The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, National Council of Jewish Women, J Street, Native Voice Network, The Carrizo Comecrudo Tribal Nation, The Majority,  and Tsuru Solidarity, are leading actions in states like Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, California, Massachusetts and other to call on Congress to close down the camps and stop Trump’s mass deportation agenda.

With billions from Congress and zero oversight measures, the deportation force of ICE and CBP continues to open up detention camps across the country to incarcerate immigrants and children. In spite of new horrors being revealed almost every day, conditions in these camps worsen, no perpetrators have been held accountable and the people of color being tortured in them have not been released.

We must stop the criminalization of immigrants, family separation, and the killing of asylum seekers.  We must lead with values and respect for human lives by defunding these agencies and ending the mass incarceration of children and immigrants.

The actions listed below are a collective efforts by local and national organizations, by both immigrants and allies to escalate actions.


Saturday, July 20 in Lawton, Oklahoma led by Dream Action Oklahoma, United We Dream, BLM Oklahoma City , Democratic Socialists of America – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Call for Reproductive Justice, Indigenous Environmental Network, ACLU OK, Women’s March OK, American Indian Movement (Lawton), NACA-Inspired Schools Network, The Majority, Tsuru for Solidarity, Workers Defense Project, Native Voice Network, Bend the Arc, and others.

Immigrant youth, Japanese Americans, Indigenous, Black, and Jewish  allies come together in action to demand the closure of all the concentration camps that ICE and CBP have built across the country, including the upcoming Fort Sill camp that is set to incarcerate migrant children.

Saturday, July 27 in McAllen, Texas led by The Native Voice Network and The Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe.

Natives from across the U.S. are joining the Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe in what is now known as Texas, in taking a stand against the U.S. government’s response to the migration of our relatives from the south.  The current response to the mobility of Indigenous peoples who have been living, migrating and traveling on this continent for thousands of years is unacceptable. We, the First People of this land, with inherent authority on immigration to the U.S., will gather with allies to rally and call for an end to the practice of family separation, to dismantle detention facilities and stop border wall construction.

Thursday, August 1 in Lawton, Oklahoma led by the Heartland for Human Justice

The coalition is protesting the opening of the new detention center in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and will lead an interfaith vigil in remembrance of the children who have died while in detention.

Saturday and Sunday, August 10 and 11 in multiple cities led by T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, National Council of Jewish Women, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, & J Street.

These organizations are answering the call from their immigrant partners to #CloseTheCamps on a traditional Jewish holiday of mourning by organizing “Tisha B’Av: Jews Say #CloseTheCamps” events across the country.

Doing Nothing is Not an Option: Protestors Arrested Blocking NYC Traffic

By Stephanie Luce, Portside.

Police prepare to load anti-ICE protesters onto a bus after the group shut down Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.  Lily Gellman (@lilygellman)  //

Last night (July 15, 2019) almost 50 people were arrested after blocking the intersection of 5th Avenue and 42nd street in Manhattan. I took part in the action, which blocked rush hour traffic for almost 90 minutes. We held banners reading “Close the Camps,” “No Raids,” and “Abolish ICE.”

It is always a hard decision about whether to take part in civil disobedience, particularly actions that will inconvenience members of the general public and people just trying to do their job. But we are in a crisis moment: it isn’t just the raids and the camps, but a broader effort to blame immigrants and refugees for the global economic and political crisis created by decades of neoliberal policy and capitalist crisis. We chose to block the streets because we need to draw attention to the seriousness of the moment and show solidarity with immigrants being targeted. Doing nothing is not an option, and we hope to inspire others to take action as well.

Although we were blocking the roads there were many people who gave words of encouragement and joined the chanting.

The action was coordinated by the group Rise and Resist. If you want to support their work or join future actions, visit

  • Pat moore

    And boo to Pelosi for her acquiescence

  • Steven Gaylord

    Once built, these camps could be used under the auspices of Agenda 21 to house American citizens.

  • mwildfire

    For some reason, the novels I’ve been reading lately include a number of World War II ones; the latest was Jennifer Chiaverini’s Resistance Women. It’s set in Nazi Germany, and features real characters, especially an American woman, Mildred Fish Harnack who married a German man and settled in Germany with him. They both became active in the resistance, and were executed. Reading this sort of thing underlines for me that while what down in Nazi Germany was far beyond anything the Trump administration has tried to do, THIS IS HOW IT STARTS. There were parallels throughout the story, too–like huge military parades to glorify the Fuhrer, scapegoating of immigrants and ethnic minorities, and attempts to shove women back into the domestic sphere. So far, while there is a large minority who support Trump (and Cheney before him) in the same way the Nazis supported Hitler, there is a majority that isn’t interested including a small minority ready to be very vocal about it. This is crucial for averting a slide into fascism.
    I do see one thing missing from the immigrant defense efforts, though–nobody’s talking about the reasons they migrate, in which US government policy has great responsibility. We shouldn’t welcome an endless stream of immigrants with open arms–we should change the policies that support brutal dictatorships, lock in poverty, and foster gangs, so that people can stay in their homelands as the great majority would prefer.

  • squanto pilgrim

    soon Trump will build gas chambers and start executing immigrant asylum seeking children. It might be happening now?

  • Jon

    Exactly, and this point needs to be made clear to the corporate offices of the major media and to those in Congress!

  • Jon

    How about “boot” to Pelosi? Anyone to challenge her in 2020 for her own seat?