Despite an important legislative victory to ban the operation of for-profit prisons and detention centers in California, private prison company GEO and Immigration Customs and Enforcement are violating federal law and circumventing state laws as they seek to nearly double immigration detention beds in California by repurposing CDCR prisons into detention centers.
This April, in the midst of a season of holy days: Jewish Passover, Christian Lent and Holy Week, Muslim Ramadan, Buddhist Hanamatsuri, we are calling all faiths and all people to join us for a Pilgrimage for Liberation, April 9-10, 2020. We are calling for an end to for-profit prisons and detention centers and for the liberation of those held captive as we journey to five for-profit prisons and detention centers from McFarland to Adelanto.
(times are subject to change)
THURSDAY, APRIL 9
7 am | Depart Oakland on a bus.
12:30 pm | Lunch in McFarland and meeting with local organizers.
2 pm | Faith Ritual & Press Conference @ McFarland City Council: 401 W Kern Ave, McFarland, CA 93250
5 pm | Gather at Mill Creek Central Park: 500 19th St, Bakersfield, CA 93301 for Procession to Mesa Verde ICE Detention Center for Vigil
7 pm | Dinner and Meeting with Mesa Verde organizers and families
FRIDAY, APRIL 10
7:30 am | Depart Bakersfield
10:30 am | Interfaith Prayer Service at Adelanto Detention Facility
12:00 pm | Lunch in Adelanto with local organizers and families
4:00 pm | Leave Adelanto
10:00 pm | Arrive in Oakland
From Southern California: Carpools will be coordinated from LA and the Inland Empire.
From the Bay Area: For those joining the chartered bus from the Bay Area, we have a suggested donation of $150 to cover the cost of bus and our communal meals. Partial and full subsidies will be made available upon request.
Prayer Vigil at Adelanto
We are inviting all faiths and all people to come together for an Interfaith Vigil for Liberation on Friday, April 10, 2020 at the Adelanto Immigration Detention Facility, one of the largest detention facilities in the country that has just approved plans to expand to incarcerate 2,700 of our brothers and sisters.
This interfaith vigil is the final stop of the Pilgrimage for Liberation, where our Bay Area community will join our Southern California partners. Come be a part of this sacred journey with us bearing witness to the suffering and calling forth a new vision where everyone is beloved and no one profits of suffering.
Join us to learn and bear witness. Pray with families of those captive inside so that they know they are not alone but are joined in solidarity by all races and faiths. Pray for officials to convert from an economy of incarceration to an economy of liberation.
Come be a part of this sacred journey with us to speak truth and call forth a new vision where everyone is sacred and no one profits from suffering.