So, the Town of Farmville and a private company called Immigrant Centers of America are trying to build a 1,000 bed immigrant detention center in Farmville. ICA has zero experience with prisons or detention centers. Their previous experience is constructing Arby’s and BP Gas stations. This project has already received over 500,000 dollars from the State Tobacco Commission. This is not a done deal, the project can still, and will be stopped.

You can help stop it by sending an email to some of the folks involved, letting them know you think it is a bad idea. I’ve put a list of emails below, that includes people on town council, people from the VA Tobacco Comission, people from DHS, and people who run ICA.

Also below are copies of a couple letters- one from the Richmond Anarchist Black cross, one written to farmville religious community, and one written to the farmville business community. Feel free to use any of these letters as a format for your own, or just copy one. THough creating your own email will help them see just how much resistance there is. The more emails we send them, the more pressure will be put on them to stop the construction.

Keep alert for more news from the People United, the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross, and other organizations in the Commonwealth working to stop this detention center from being built.

ratkins@farmvilleva.com
arnold.casterline@dhs.gov
gspates@farmvilleva.com,
erika.young@dhs.gov,
ned.stephenson@tic.virginia.gov,
cmorris@farmvilleva.com,
britt.nelson@tic.virginia.gov,
wcoleman@hdcva.com,
rharper@hdcva.com,
knewsome@amfautomation.com,
wjcole79@aol.com,
tkinter@hdcva.com,
dduval@williamsmullen.com,
lhricko@farmvilleva.com,
snewman@farmvilleva.com,
egordon@farmvilleva.com,
areid@farmvilleva.com,
dhunter@farmvilleva.com,
ooverton@farmvilleva.com,
dwhitus@moonstar.com,
tory@farmvilleareachamber.org,
wwhitus@farmvilleareachamber.org �

To Whom It Should Concern,

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross, a prison abolition and political prisoner support group, has been made aware of the potential Immigrant Detention Center to be built in Farmville by Immigrant Centers of America. While this might seem like a good business idea to some, there are many who will resist the construction of another racist, classist, and oppressive institution such as this. There are many in Virginia who will simply not allow such an institution to be built. We will not allow the expansion of anti-immigrant and racist institutions. These institutions are unsafe for the people that live and work in them, and they have a negative affect on all involved, including the surrounding community, in this case, Farmville.

Any new prison or detention center will be met with resistance. Running a prison is not an easy way to make a quick buck. For profit prisons place inmates at serious risk for having their needs overlooked in the scramble to make a profit. Running a prison is a serious responsibility, one that we have no faith in ICA being able to take on.

Especially in light of the recent death in Piedmont Regional Jail over the Thanksgiving Holiday, we feel that this is a matter of life and death. Nationally, there have been at least 83 documented questionable deaths at immigration detention centers, according to the Washington Post in May of 2008. The cause of these deaths is most likely mistreatment, abuse, and neglect of human beings.

We urge you to stop the construction of an Immigrant Detention Center in Farmville, or anywhere else for that matter.

No More Prisons!

the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross

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Greetings Farmville Business Community,
We are a collection of many individuals and organizations through out Virginia including The People United, Occoneechee Village, Occoneechee-Saponi Indian tribe of Virginia, and the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross. We are writing with concerns regarding an important subject, affecting your community (as well as ours).
Our concerns are around the proposed 1,000 bed immigration detention center, to be constructed in Farmville. The groups involved in this are U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the city of Farmville and private security firm Immigration Centers of America. The vast majority of people who would be detained at this facility are innocent Native Americans who have lived on the American continent for tens of thousands of years. They have been moving freely on the American continent during this time. Borders, laws , slavery, forced relocation and prisons have been used since 1492 as part of a genocide against innocent Native Americans. Barry Carter, Occoneechee Indian from Mecklenburg County Virginia, whose people have lived in Southside Virginia for over 10,000 years, said: “In 1714 if we went north of the James River border we were illegal aliens. Then in1830 it became illegal for us to come east of the Mississippi River border. Then we were illegal aliens when we crossed reservation borders out west. Now it is the Rio Grand River. How can we be illegal just for being in the place we have been for over 50,000 years. How would you feel if someone came into you house, that has been in your family for 100 years, and at gun point made up a rule and drew a line in your house, where you could be imprisoned just for going from one room to another “in your own house”. Many of our people died and are still dying, families are being split up, children are being put in foster care so that others make money.
It is time to end the genocide and come together”
A second concern is that this detention center will be run by a private company, Immigration Centers of America, that has never before run any sort of prison or detention center. This brings up serious concerns about the treatment and care that would be given to any detainees by an inexperienced company. This is on top of the usual concerns that any for-profit prison creates. Nationally, there have been at least 83 documented questionable deaths at immigration detention centers, according to the Washington Post in May of 2008. The cause of these deaths is most likely mistreatment, abuse, and neglect of human beings.
As business owners, we understand that the potential economic impact of an immigrant detention center might be an issue of great interest to you. There is often the perception that brining a new prison to town will stimulate the economy, and create new jobs. You might even be hoping that the construction of an immigration detention center will help your business. Unfortunately, studies are now showing that private prisons do not have the positive economic impact that many have hoped.
One article, available on our website, says:

“‘We found no evidence that prison expansion has stimulated economic growth,” Hooks said of the nationwide study that assessed of the impact of both new and existing prisons over the past 25 years. In fact, in findings that proved the most dramatic reversal of conventional wisdom on the subject, the new study concluded that becoming home to a prison facility may actually hinder economic development efforts, particularly in rural communities that are already hard-pressed.

The town of Farmville and its business community will not gain from the construction of another prison. Instead, the reputation of the town will worsen, and most likely economic growth will slow. Farmville should look for healthier and more positive ways to stimulate the local economy. Building more prisons simply will not do so.

Many members of the Farmville community have already taken a stance against this detention center. We all understand that times are hard, and it is politically difficult to be against anything that would provide jobs in a community. However will we do anything for money? Innocent Native Americans stay in these prisons for months and each day that they are confined within these private prison produces $60 to $100 per prisoner, per day, for the private company. This is slavery of the 21st century. This is blood money. And we don’t think it is the Christian thing to do.
For more information, or to learn how you can join us in our campaign please contact us.
We have a website, www. thepeopleunited. org as well as email, jeff@thepeopleunited.org. If you want more information, call regional organizer Jeff Winder at 434-906-0421.
We sincerely appreciate your time, and hope that you will treat this matter with the gravity it deserves. Lives are at stake.
Hope to hear from you,
The People United
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Greetings Farmville Religious Community,
We are a collection of many individuals and organizations through out Virginia including The People United, Occoneechee Village, Occoneechee-Saponi Indian tribe of Virginia, and the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross. We are writing with concerns regarding an important subject, affecting your community (as well as ours).
Our concerns are around the proposed 1,000 bed immigration detention center, to be constructed in Farmville. The groups involved in this are U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the city of Farmville and private security firm Immigration Centers of America. The vast majority of people who would be detained at this facility are innocent Native Americans who have lived on the American continent for tens of thousands of years. They have been moving freely on the American continent during this time. Borders, laws , slavery, forced relocation and prisons have been used since 1492 as part of a genocide against innocent Native Americans. Barry Carter, Occoneechee Indian from Mecklenburg County Virginia, whose people have lived in Southside Virginia for over 10,000 years, said: “In 1714 if we went north of the James River border we were illegal aliens. Then in1830 it became illegal for us to come east of the Mississippi River border. Then we were illegal aliens when we crossed reservation borders out west. Now it is the Rio Grand River. How can we be illegal just for being in the place we have been for over 50,000 years. How would you feel if someone came into you house, that has been in your family for 100 years, and at gun point made up a rule and drew a line in your house, where you could be imprisoned just for going from one room to another “in your own house”. Many of our people died and are still dying, families are being split up, children are being put in foster care so that others make money. It is time to end the genocide and come together”.
A second concern is that this detention center will be run by a private company, Immigration Centers of America, that has never before run any sort of prison or detention center. This brings up serious concerns about the treatment and care that would be given to any detainees by an inexperienced company. This is on top of the usual concerns that any for-profit prison creates. Nationally, there have been at least 83 documented questionable deaths at immigration detention centers, according to the Washington Post in May of 2008. The cause of these deaths is most likely mistreatment, abuse, and neglect of human beings.
We urge you to learn more about this situation, and then join us in a campaign against the construction of such a negative institution. Other national faith organizations, such as the Presbyterian church, have come out against private prisons. For profit prisons place inmates at serious risk for having their needs overlooked in the scramble to make a profit.
While recognizing the many differences between different Christian denominations and different religions, we hope that the need for respect for human life will speak to you. This potential detention center is a morally relevant issue for all in the Commonwealth, and it deserves the attention of the faith community as well.
Many members of the Farmville community have already taken a stance against this detention center. We all understand that times are hard, and it is politically difficult to be against anything that would provide jobs in a community. However will we do anything for money? Innocent Native Americans stay in these prisons for months and each day that they are confined within these private prison produces $60 to $100 per prisoner, per day, for the private company. This is slavery of the 21st century. This is blood money. And we don’t think it is the Christian thing to do.
For more information, or to learn how you can join us in our campaign please contact us.
We have a website, www. thepeopleunited. org as well as email, jeff@thepeopleunited.org. If you want more information, call regional organizer Jeff Winder at 434-906-0421.
We sincerely appreciate your time, and hope that you will treat this matter with the gravity it deserves. Lives are at stake.
Hope to hear from you,
The People United

Jerrold Meyer, like Melinda Novak, works at UMass Amherst and experiments on Rhesus Monkeys. Please take the time to send him an email asking him to stop these tests. We wrote up a sample email below that you can use, or write your own polite email.

Feel free to repost this call for emails

Jerrold Meyer’s  email is: jmeyer@psych.umass.edu
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Please take just a little time to send an email to the scientists at UMass Amherst who are testing on Rhesus Monkeys, and urge them to stop.

For more information check out http://www.myspace.com/endtestingnow or http://www.endtestingnow.blogspot.com
We wrote up some sample emails if you want to take just a little time to help our campaign…. Or write your own polite emails to send.

Repost this request if you want.
Melinda Novak’s email is: mnovak@psych.umass.edu (more…)

Melinda A. Novak

One of the scientists at UMass Amherst who is experimenting on primates (mostly Rhesus Monkeys right now) is Melinda Novak. One of the reasons why this campaign is so important is because of how long Melinda Novak has been experimenting on animals, and how much clout she has in that world. If we can get her to stop experimenting it will effect a lot more of the animal testing world.
Here is what the UMass faculty page on her says: (more…)

 

Jerrold S. Meyer

Another scientist at UMass AMherst who is experimenting on primates (as well as other species) is Jerrold S. Meyer. He has also collaborated with Novak on some papers. His experiments are particularly atrocious because they involve giving Rhesus Monkeys MDMA or Ecstasy (the illegal drug) to see how it damages them. These experiments are clearly unnecessary and cruel.
This is what the UMass website says about him: (more…)

 This news article is pretty determinedly siding on the side of vivisectors. But it is important to pay attention when issues like this come up. It seems this is a free speech issue, because the UCLA is suing the above ground and completely legal Primate Freedom Project. Saying they are suing the Animal Liberation Front is like suing Santa Claus. And to sue someone for putting information on a website is pretty dangerous. We’ve seen this before with the SHAC 7 case. These folks could probably use some solidarity support right now- whether that be financial to help them lawyer up, or just letting them know you are supporting them.

UCLA suing the UCLA Primate Freedom Project.
UCLA is suing to protect researchers from animal extremists
Legal action follows attempted firebombings and harassment

UCLA is suing extremists to stop a campaign of terrorism, vandalism and menacing threats directed at faculty and administrators who conduct or support research involving laboratory animals. (more…)

Here are the numbers on the animals being tested on in UMass Amherst Labs. Right now the most up to date we have is 2005, but the rest is coming.

If you would like to see this information in its original format, which includes more information about the types of experiments being done on the animals, check out this URL:

http://www.all-creatures.org/saen/ma/res-fr-ma-uma-aphis-2005-1.html

USDA – APHIS Report – 2005

Dogs – 0
Cats- 0
Guinea Pigs- 4
Hamsters – 506
Rabbits- 18
Non-Human Primates- 13
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