ELIZABETH, NJ — Activists flew a transparent sky banner on Monday with the words “Free Them All” and “Be The Key To #FreeEDC” over the Elizabeth Contract Detention Facility, which houses ICE detainees.
The skywriting was organized by an artist group called In Plain Sight. The group's work focuses on migrant detention and incarceration. In Plain Sight has gone all over the country with this project including to Atlanta, Los Angeles, and San Antonio, among other locations
This project comes just three days after local migrants' rights organizations held Independence Day protests at the ICE facility. Calls for the detention facility to close have gotten louder given the COVID-19 pandemic, which activists say poses a significant threat to incarcerated people.
The CDC has released guidance for correction and detention facilities on how to manage the spread of COVID-19 inside. However, activists have been vocal about demanding the release of all persons detained in ICE facilities.
The activists also flew over The Statue of Liberty and then Manhattan later Monday morning with a message calling for ICE to be abolished.