ACLU of Texas has teamed up with Loretta Brock from No More Sheets in the Streets and The People Hold The Purse to host a block-walking event to END the Southlawn gang injunction. Please join us going door-to-door to raise awareness about the unconstitutional gang injunction and to gather petition signatures to send to District Attorney Devon Anderson. Lunch and shirts will be provided! Meetup spot TBD.
A gang injunction is a civil lawsuit that the government can bring against people it thinks are gang members. If the government wins, it can make rules prohibiting people from hanging out together or being in certain parts of town. The result is often that people are prohibited from doing every day, innocent things in their neighborhoods, like meeting a friend for dinner, waiting for the bus to go to work, or babysitting a niece while her parents work the graveyard shift. If they are spotted doing any of those things, they can be arrested and go to jail for up to a year! Harris County officials have already implemented civil gang injunctions in other parts of Houston. Now, they’re trying to bring the controversial practice to Southlawn. We can stop them.