Welcome to Bainport, USA. Bainport is an encampment set up across the street from Sensata Technologies. Sensata is closing the Freeport plant later this year and outsourcing all operations to China, leaving almost 200 hard working middle class Americans without a job. Sensata is owned by Bain Capital, and to call attention to their plight the inhabitants of Bainport have requested a visit from Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who still has financial interests in Bain Capital. Gov. Romney has declined the invitations.
In recent weeks there have been 2 acts of civil disobedience, resulting in the arrests of 9 citizens. Three community members, including 16 year old Karri Penniston, the daughter of a Sensata worker, were arrested for blocking the access of a truck assigned to transport equipment and machinery out of the Freeport plant. Last week another 6 people were arrested for staging a “sit-in” in the lobby of the factory. The people arrested include JoAnn Matthews, mother of Sensata worker Mary Jo Kerr; 82-year-old Paul Holz; and Kathy Hoyer, a Sensata worker for two decades before being laid off earlier this year. Ms. Hoyer was arrested along with her son.
The Sensata plant was abruptly closed this weekend as The Ed Schultz Show broadcast live from the site on Friday evening and the Reverend Al Sharpton rallied the workers on Saturday afternoon. The Reverend Jesse Jackson is expected to visit Bainport Monday afternoon.
Watch the Reverend Al Sharpton rally Sensata workers on October 20, 2012:
Unless otherwise noted, all images are Copyright Leslie Amsterdam 2012.
Read more about Bainport from Madison photographer Wendi Kent here.
For more information visit Bainport.com.