Investigate Guard Attack on ICE Prison Protesters

Official Daily Action for Wednesday August 21, 2019

Last week a guard at the Wyatt Detention Center, a private prison used by ICE, drove his truck through a group of protesters outside the facility, injuring several. Other guards pepper-sprayed the crowd, and police on the scene did nothing to help. Several people were taken to the hospital for their injuries. Luckily no one was killed. This time.

The Rhode Island State Police and State Attorney General have started an investigation, and the guard who rammed his truck into protesters has resigned. Those are good developments, but not nearly enough.

Today's action is to call on our Members of Congress to demand a federal investigation of this violent attack. The facility in question is under contract to the federal government, and Congress should exercise its oversight powers. If, after investigation, the incident is shown to be the the violent abuse of power that it appears to be, the facility should be closed and the owner of this facility should have all of its federal contracts canceled. The driver of the truck should be charged under federal domestic terrorism and hate crimes laws, and the guards who used pepper spray against protesters should be investigated under the same laws, and any applicable laws covering violent crimes committed at facilities operating under federal contract.

  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal--DC 202-225-3106; Seattle 206-674-0040

  • Rep. Adam Smith--DC 202-225-8901; Renton 425-793-5180

  • Sen. Patty Murray--DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545

  • Sen. Maria Cantwell--DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400

Script

"Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I'm calling today about the attack against peaceful protesters outside the Wyatt Detention Center, an attack committed by guards employed at the private prison used by ICE. I'm asking [Senator/Representative] to call for a congressional investigation of the attack and conditions at the prison.

"We need to throw the book at both the individuals and the corporations responsible for this disgusting and terrifying attack on Americans' First Amendment rights to protest.

"It is not enough that the guard who drove the truck through protesters has resigned. The owners of the facility, the Central Falls Detention Facility Corporation, should lose their federal contracts and the facility should be closed. I'm also asking [Senator/Representative] to call on the FBI to investigate the truck attacker, as well as the guards who used pepper spray on his victims, under federal anti-terrorism and hate crimes laws, and under any other laws that might apply because this is a federal facility."

Background

Event

Phonebank Training w/ Puget Sound's Progressive Coalition
Sister District Puget Sound
Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM (PDT)
Seattle, WA

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/phonebank-training-w-puget-sounds-progressive-coalition-tickets-68287819707

"Join fellow activitsts at Code Blue WA, Wallingford Indivisible and Sister District Puget Sound as we learn the ins and outs of making calls to voters with Guest Trainer, Sister District's Organizing Manager and Obama 2008 Field Organizer, Neal Morgan. We make our biggest impact on a close election from afar by TALKING with our voters and collecting data that helps canvassers on the ground have the right conversations with the right voters.

"Our training will be followed by hands-on experience making calls in support of our two Virginia legislature candidates Debra Rodman and Josh Cole. This event will jump-start phonebanking in and around Seattle for the final weeks of the campaign."