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Tuesday: Protest of MTC in Georgetown planned

I'll be headed out tomorrow to this protest against Management and Training Corporation in Georgetown, Texas.  Activists will be calling for the closure of MTC's notorious Willacy County "Tent City" detention center in Raymondville.  "Tent City" is the largest immigrant detention center in the country, incarcerating up to 3,000 immigrants awaiting hearings, and is built out of a series of kevlar pods which has earned it the "Tent City" distinction.  Here's the announcement circulating:

Immigrant rights organizers will gather for a protest and letter-delivery calling for the closure of the "Tent City" detention center at the offices of private prison corporation Management and Training Corporation in Georgetown, Texas.  MTC operates the "Tent City" detention center in Raymondville, Texas.  The prison, largely built out of kevlar pods, is the largest immigrant detention center in the country and has been racked by a series of allegations of horrendous conditions and abuse, reports of detainees being fed rotten and inadequate food, and poor access to medical and mental health care.  Activists have called on ICE to close both "Tent City" and the Port Isabel Detention Center - two large immigrant detention centers in the Rio Grande Valley and to implement community-based alternatives to detention policies that are more humane and less costly. 

The protest will be held on Tuesday, March 30th, from 12-1pm at MTC offices (2995 Dawn Drive, Georgetown, TX).  For information on a carpool to Georgetown, contact blibal (at) grassrootsleadership.org or (512) 499-8111.

I'll post some pictures of the protest later in the week.  For now, read some of our previous coverage of MTC's "Tent City" detention center:

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