Abolish ICE Protest in McHenry County set for July 25 on Woodstock Square

Submitted by Standing Up Against Racism-Woodstock
Updated 7/23/2020 5:41 PM

An Abolish ICE Protest in McHenry County will be held between 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, July 25 on Woodstock Square.

Several speakers will be featured at a rally to demand the abolition of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency and for McHenry County to end its contract to use the Jail as an immigration detention facility. An optional car caravan past the McHenry County Government Center and Jail will follow.


The event is being organized by McHenry Direct Action, Activists for Racial Equity (Crystal Lake and surrounding areas), and Standing Up Against Racism-Woodstock. Press spokesperson Allison Carroll said, "We are organizing to demand that the McHenry County Board immediately end their contract with ICE. We can no longer profit off of human misery."

She added that the public is encouraged to contact County Board Chairman Jack Franks at (815) 334-4224 to ask him to add canceling the contract to the agenda of the next county board meeting.

The top floor of the jail is rented for immigrant detention and is staffed by County Correctional officers. The agreement, which is a lucrative money maker for the Sheriff's Office which operates the jail, has long been controversial.

Several rallies, marches, and car caravans have protested at the jail in recent years.

Participants in the Saturday rally are urged to bring signs, wear masks, and observe social distancing. For more information visit Facebook Event at www.facebook.com/events/316674936038340.

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