The Whole World Is Watching
Dissent is the lifeblood of democracy and ours is bleeding out.
Buzzfeed reports — and numerous sources on Twitter seem to confirm — that an “ICE [prison] guard” drove his truck into a a group of Jewish protesters at a private prison in Rhode Island called the Wyatt Detention Center.
BREAKING: Here is HD video of an ICE guard driving his truck into us as we sat peacefully blocking the Wyatt Detention Center.— ✡️ Never Again Action ✡️ (@NeverAgainActn) August 15, 2019
We’re putting our bodies on the line because we see the camps and the roundups. We’ve learned from our ancestors: NEVER AGAIN FOR ANYONE. pic.twitter.com/KnOu5xoOEb
Fortunately, unlike a similar indecent in Charlottesville, VA in 2017, no one was killed in this attack. When the crowd attempted to stop the attacker, additional guards pepper-sprayed the protesters.
After the truck attack, the prison guard driving it just sat there and apparently called for backup, guards came out in very aggressive posture and started pepper spraying people pic.twitter.com/MOQeddsZtD— Sam Eilertsen ✡️ (@SamEilertsen) August 15, 2019
At the time of this writing no charges have been filed despite multiple injuries among the protesters including a fractured leg. State and local police report that they are investigating, though the urgency of that investigation remains in doubt.
What Can I Do?
Well, if you live in Rhode Island you should feel free to let your Governor and state legislature know how this makes your state look and what you think should be done about it. Text state to Resistbot to give them a piece of your mind. If you’re outside of Rhode Island, it’s worth remembering that Congress has oversight responsibilities which include ICE. Send congress to Resistbot and urge your Representatives and Senators to hold the ICE and the Wyatt Detention Center to account.