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New Jersey Residents Walk in Support of Immigrant Rights and in Opposition to Massive Detention Centers in Essex County and Nationwide February 17 th , 2011 On February 17th 2011, AFSCImmigrant Rights Program and NJcommunity groups held a rally at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Newark, NJand a three and half mile walk to the Essex County Correctional Facility, in opposition to the addition of 2,700new immigration detention beds to the already crowded and inhumane immigration detention system. The proposed facility in Essex County is one of at least five new detention centers that ICEis planning to build throughout the country. Approximately 120 immigrant leaders and advocates participated in the rally; more than half completed the walk to the county jail. Speakers at the rally spoke about their experience with immigration detention and deportation, concerns about police collaboration with immigration agencies, and the need for release of immigrant detainees rather than increased detention. The event attracted an impressive media presence (listed below) with widespread coverage of the concerns raised at the rally. AFSCstaff and community leaders stressed the need for the government to invest in education and social services, not detention. AFSCstaff and community allies will continue to challenge the increase in detention beds, will monitor the status of the Essex County proposal and raise awarenessof the devastating effects of continuous and massive detention and deportation on families and communities.

New Jersey New York Connecticut Pennsylvania Indiana San Antonio Washington, DC Harrisburg, PA National &blockID=3&apID=428eb3e022024c9f8696b8f068a35b30 Rally and March co-sponsoring organizations - Accion 21; American Civil Liberties Union‐PA; Angeles in Action Fundation; American Friends Service Committee (AFSC);Casade Esperanza; CasaFreehold; Comite en Union para Salvadorenos (CEUS);Detention Watch Network; El Centro Hispano Americano; El Comité de Apoyo a Los Trabajadores Agrícolas (C.A.T.A); Families For Freedom; Haiti Solidarity Network of the Northeast; Ironbound Community Corporation(ICC); Jornaleros Unidos de Passaic; Latin American Legal Defense& Education Fund, Inc (LALDEF);New Jersey Forum for Human Rights; Middlesex County Coalition for Immigrant Rights; Monmouth County Coalition for Immigrant Rights; NJ Association on Correction; Passaic County Coalition for Immigrant Rights; Pax Christi NJ; Reformed Church of Highland Park; Sister of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia; Solidaridad Latino Americana; Unidad Latino Americana; Unidad Latina en Accion NJ; Wind of the Spirit, Immigrant Resource Center.

February 17, 2011 --- Essex County Detention Center Rally and Walk Write-up  
February 17, 2011 --- Essex County Detention Center Rally and Walk Write-up  

A summary of the rally and walk to oppose the addition of 2,700 detention beds to Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, NJ.