Crete Victory! Celebrate Thursday!
Last night, the Crete board of trustees voted unanimously to end further discussions with ICE and CCA regarding the factility. This vote stops the Crete Detention Center.
Thank you to everyone who took part in this important campaign! Together we made this vote possible.
As the Chicago Tribune reports:
The unanimous decision of the six-member board of trustees followed months of organized opposition among residents to the proposed detention center.
“There hasn’t been community support for a while,” said village Trustee Daniel Bachert.
We would like to thank the Concerned Citizens of Crete and Surrounding Communities, who worked tirelessly to reach out to their neighbors, organize information sessions and rallies, gather hundreds of signatures on petitions, and voice their concerns to the village government. We also wish to thank US Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. for his strong early stance against the facility; all of the members of the Illinois General Assembly who voted in support of SB 1064, legislation that would have blocked Crete and other privatized detention centers; and all of the other organizations and individuals who have taken part in the efforts to stop the Crete center.
We have spoken loudly and clearly that we do not want a new immigration detention center in Crete, that breaking up immigrant families is wrong, and that companies like CCA that profit from detaining people are not welcome in our communities.
This is an important victory -- and important victories need to be celebrated. Join us this Thursday for our annual benefit Out of Many One- E Pluribus Unum.
The price of your ticket will go right back into the important organizing work that wins victories like this one. Buy your tickets or make an extra contribution at www.icirr.org/together.