The Movement to Stop the Detention of Immigrant Children at Fort Sill

This July, we saw powerful cross-movement solidarity in a successful effort to stop the transfer of 1,600 immigrant and refugee children to a detention camp at the Fort Sill military post in Lawton, Oklahoma.

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Image Credit: Thomas Hawk

Many of WDN’s partners and grantees, including United We Dream (UWD) and the Sunrise Movement, led and participated in the movement to Close the Camps. They were part of a multiracial coalition of community members — including immigrants, Black, Indigenous, Japanese American and Jewish people — who mobilized outside of Fort Sill on July 22.

Fort Sill was an internment camp where 700 Japanese Americans were imprisoned and tortured during World War II. It’s also the location where Indigenous people of the Apache Nation were imprisoned, and where Indigenous children were separated from their families and forced to assimilate at the fort’s boarding school.

This was a powerful action to stop government-led atrocities against people of color—and the momentum is growing! To learn more about how to fight against prison camps like Fort Sill, visit UWD’s website

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