Transgender and Womyn's Action Camp GEO Group Protesters Released From Jail
|TWAC Protest (via Twitter)|
The four women from Trans and Womyn's Action Camp (TWAC) who were arrested Tuesday morning after they chained themselves to the doors of the GEO Group corporate headquarters, were released from the Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday.
The four were booked on charges of resisting arrest without violence and trespassing.
The four arrived to the GEO Group building to protest the company's human rights violations.
According to a Boca Raton Police probable-cause affidavit, Zoe Meniolle D'Hauthull, 20, and Kimberly Janel Williams, 23, chained themselves to the door handles of the building with a bike lock around their necks, while Lynne Purvis, 33, and Christine Baglieri, 25, arm-locked themselves between D'Hauthull and Williams.
Police had warned the women three times to unlock themselves and leave the premises before arresting them. The women refused to leave but voluntarily unlocked themselves once cops moved in for the arrest.
The TWAC focused its protest on GEO Group for its "pivotal role in promoting discriminatory laws that target people of color, immigrants, youth, transgender individuals and the poor. Prisons and immigrant detention centers, GEO's primary investments, target poor people, people of color, and transgender individuals. As female and transgender organizers, we are more vulnerable to violence within these institutions."
The group even created a #dropGEO hashtag to chronicle their actions on Twitter.