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– of the people united. (in farmville) by vastate
Thursday, 19 February 2009, 14:28
Filed under: -of civil rights, -of harrisonburg, -of health, -of human rights, -of jhumphrey, -of localism

i got a forwarded email regarding planned action about an important local issue:  immigration.

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specifically, the plan to open a “new 1,040-bed immigrant detention center to be constructed in Farmville, VA…a partnership between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the City of Farmville with whom, they plan to contract to house the detainees. Farmville, in turn has subcontracted the construction and management of the center to Immigration Centers of America – Farmville, LLC (ICA) with a no-bid contract.”  this would be in addition to the existing piedmont regional jail.


local grassroots organization, the people united, is organizing and educating the public as part of their campaign against this new facility.


read more here.

listen to a public radio report here.

the following are stories quoted in articles (New York Times & Washington Post) regarding Piedmont Regional Jail’s sub-par medical care and resulting immigrant deaths.

He lived 42 of his 48 years in the United States, and had the words “Raised American” tattooed on his shoulder. But Guido R. Newbrough was born German, and he died in November as an immigration detainee of a Virginia jail, his heart devastated by an overwhelming bacterial infection.

Jack Newbrough and his wife, Heidi, with a photo of his stepson, Guido, who died of an untreated infection while in detention.

Jack Newbrough and his wife, Heidi, with a photo of his stepson, Guido, who died of an untreated infection while in detention.

…investigators for the federal immigration agency found that the engineer, Hiu Lui Ng, had been denied proper medical treatment, and dragged from his cell to a van as he screamed in pain six days before his death.

…Abdoulai Sall, 50, a Guinea-born mechanic with no criminal record whose kidneys failed over several weeks.

this is the plan for march 7th:

…many of us in Harrisonburg want to show a strong presence in Farmville that Saturday –  to stand and march with immigrant leaders, churches, community organizations, students, and many others across the state – opposing the planned immigrant detention facility (which is way behind schedule, now is the time to act!) and supporting just, real immigration reform.  The march is permitted, and will be high-energy and fun.

If you want to join us in a caravan or bus (and we hope you do, this march will serve the campaign against this private prison, but it will also help bring us together here) – please meet Saturday, March 7th at 8am in the parking deck on Wolfe St., just east of Blessed Sacrament Church.  We will be getting back around 9pm, but should be able to accommodate different needs.


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