Over the last few years, we have celebrated Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead by commemorating those killed or disappeared by graduates of the SOA, U.S. Imperialism, police brutality, and other forms of state violence (Here again are a few suggestions as to how you can respectfully take part in Day of the Dead).
This year, we join Detention Watch Network (DWN) in marking the Latin American tradition by participating in DWN’s National Actions from October 26 – November 4. These in person and online actions seek to bring awareness to the untimely deaths of immigrants in U.S. government custody. Since 2003, 165 people have died in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, including 11 deaths this past year alone. Recent investigations into deaths in detention have found that inadequate medical care, including the callous disregard of immigrant health complaints, have contributed to why so many have passed away in private and public immigrant prisons. See recent DWN, ACLU, and NIJC report “Fatal Neglect” for more information.
How to Get Involved:
DWN Day of the Dead Events:
October 28-29 | Nashville, TN: Ofrendas para el Día De Los Muertos
Time and location: The first offering on the 28th will be at 4:30 pm at the Discount Tire, 6214 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209. The second offering on the 29th at 4:30 pm will be at the Governer’s Club, 9681 Concord Rd, Brentwood, TN 37027. The third offering on the 29th at 6:00 pm will be at the Union Ironworkers Local 492, 2524 Dickerson Pike, Nashville, TN 37207.
Southerners in Action is hosting a series of three offerings (ofrendas) to remember and honor all those who have died in detention centers at the hands of the U.S. government.
October 29-30 | Tacoma, WA: Celebración del Día de Muertos
Time and location: 7:00 pm at the Northwest Detention Center, 1623 E J St. Tacoma, WA 98421
NWDC Resistance and partners will host a weekend of activities outside of the Northwest Detention Center/Tacoma Immigrant Prison.
October 30 | Memphis, TN: No More Deaths, No Mas Muertes!
Time and location: 1:00 pm at El Mercadito, 3766 Ridgeway Rd, Memphis TN 38115
Comunidades Unidas en Una Voz will hold a procession, where they will place crosses representing the 164 deaths in detention to honor the memory of the victims.
October 30 | Raleigh, NC: Nuestra Cultura Vive, Día de los Muertos!
Time and location: 1:00 pm at CG Marsh Creek Park, 3050 N New Hope Rd, Raleigh NC 27604
Comité Popular Somos Raleigh will celebrate and pay tribute to immigrants who have died trying to cross the border and will connect their celebration to other struggles and violence that immigrant communities face.
November 1 | Washington, DC: Detention Deaths Funeral Procession
Time and location: 4:00 pm at Lafayette Square in front of the White House
Detention Watch Network will host a funeral procession to ICE Headquarters where an alter will be constructed to honor the lives of the 164 people who have died in ICE custody.
November 1 | Chicago, IL: Stop the Caging, No More Deaths Vigil at Broadview Detention Center
Time and location: 6:00 pm at Broadview Detention Facility, 1930 Beach St. Broadview, IL 60155
Organized Communities Against Deportations will host a vigil outside the Broadview Detention Center to honor the life of Jose Antonio Hernandez-Gomez, who lost his life at the facility in 2010.
November 3 | Gadsden, AL: Day of the Dead Gathering
Time and location: 5:00 pm at Etowah County Detention Center, 827 Forrest Ave, Gadsden, AL 35901
Day of the Dead festival outside of the Etowah County Detention Center’s gates, to honor the dead, remember those who have been deported, and reach out to those who are still detained.
November 4 | Atlanta, GA: Atlanta for Abolition: Dismantle the Prison Industrial Complex
Critical Resistance, Project South, Solutions Not Punishment Coalition, and Southerners on New Ground, with WonderRoot! support Degrees of Visibility by Ashley Hunt, a photography installation that documents the visual politics of imprisonment and provides a backdrop for cultural events and workshops centering on dismantling police and prisons.
Other participating cities include St. Paul,Des Moines, Austin and New Orleans, as well as, event planned at Humboldt State University and Penn State University. For more information on these events, please contact email@example.com
In love and celebration of those no longer physically with us,