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Local teachers host donation-drive for captive immigrant children in Okla.

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Paediatric and child trauma experts are sounding the alarm that separating migrant children from their parents at the US border can cause serious physical and psychological damage. | Courtesy of BBC 

  • Immigrant children to be held at Fort Sill Army base in Lawton, Okla.
  • Teachers host donation drive at Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association tomorrow from 7am to 7:30 am
  • Protest at Fort Sill Against Incarceration of Children

Published 06/21/19 | Reading time: under 2 minutes  

By BWSTimes Staff, 

TULSA, Okla. — A group of compassionate teachers, concerned over the humanitarian crisis growing at the Mexico–United States border, made the charitable decision to gather toothbrushes, soaps, diapers, and blankets for the children of immigrants and their families.

Stephanie A. Jones is a humanitarian, a Tulsa Public Schools teacher, and a member of the Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association (TCTA).

Jones and others will be collecting said donations tomorrow from 7 am to 7:30 am at the Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association building located at 3936 E 31st St, Tulsa, OK 74135, which is across from the Tulsa Public Schools headquarters and next to the Tulsa County Democratic headquarters.

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Jones told the Black Wall Street Times that “People can meet us at TCTA. They can also drop items off on the porch. It’s a screened in porch at the front.” 

Some are planning to drive to Saturday’s protest in Lawton, OK which will be hosted by Tsuru for Solidarity — a direct action and non-violent organization of allied organizations within the Japanese American community in collaboration with allied national organizations and networks.

They will host a Protest at Fort Sill Against Incarceration of Children on Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 11 am to 1 pm. At Shepler Square Park – 406 W Gore Blvd, Lawton, OK 73501. 

The federal government has opened a facility at Fort Sill Army base in Lawton, Oklahoma to house migrant-children. The facility is able to hold up to 1400. The federal government said that at any moment they are expecting up to 1400 migrant children from the Mexico-US border.  

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Tsuru informed us that “Fort Sill is the site where over 700 people of Japanese ancestry (immigrants and citizens) were imprisoned during WWII and one immigrant was shot and killed. It is the place where Apache people were forcibly relocated to and imprisoned. It is the place where indigenous children from numerous tribes were brought to boarding school after being stripped away from their families and where the government attempted to erase their identity and culture.”

“We’ve heard the stories of incarcerated children, and now it’s here in our home. We have to show up,” Jones said.

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“We cannot stand by when 1400 more asylum-seeking children from our southern border are going to be imprisoned at Fort Sill in July of 2019,” a Tsuru member wrote on the event’s page.

The American Indian Movement territory group is collecting donations at the protest site, in Lawton, and will get the supplies to the incarcerated children.

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