Again Action released the following statement in response to the news that
Captain Woodworth, who drove a truck into Jewish protestors blocking the
entrance to the Wyatt Detention Facility on Wednesday night, putting two
protestors in the hospital, has resigned:
“We are glad to hear that Captain Woodworth has resigned. We
hope that will not be the end of an effort to hold him accountable for attempting
to run over multiple Jewish youth and elders peacefully protesting.
However, Woodworth’s resignation is just the beginning. First,
he should face criminal charges for his actions which endangered the lives of
protesters on Wednesday night. The other officers who indiscriminately
pepper-sprayed a distraught and traumatized crowd must face accountability for
the violence they enacted, which sent three more people to the hospital.
We expect the investigation by the Rhode Island State Police and
the Attorney General to continue and to address the violence and dehumanization
that is an integral part of the ICE detention process. If these officers felt
empowered to attack a group of protesters in front of the public and the media,
imagine what kind of violence must be taking place inside the prison, out of
site, against vulnerable immigrants and people of color.
That is why we will continue to take action. Woodworth has
resigned, but many others remain. We urge all ICE officers to join us in making
the moral choice: quit your jobs, stand with us.
Our Jewish heritage demands that we stand against dehumanization
and atrocities. “Never Again” means that we will not give up until the Wyatt is
shut down and all detainees are released, and until Rhode Island acts to ban
the operation of private, for-profit prisons in the state. “Never Again” means
that we will keep protesting until all immigrants have been released from
prisons and concentration camps, and until papers have been secured for the 11
million undocumented people living in this country.”
Never Again Action is a mass mobilization of Jews who are
organizing to shut down ICE and hold the political establishment accountable
for enabling both the deportation machine that has separated immigrant families
across the U.S. for decades and the current crisis at the border.
We come together as a group of differently affiliated Jewish
organizers, recognizing that we have seen this groundwork laid before. We
understand it to be our community’s obligation to stand up when we see history
repeat itself and to declare that Never Again means Never Again for anybody.
For more information on Never
Again Action you may contact Amy Anthony at 401-316-6240 or at