SOLIDARITY ACTION TONIGHT in Tacoma, WA (near Seattle)!
“Speaking on Friday, two prisoners appealed for public support.
Prisoner 1: “So that they give us better food, so that they give us lower prices on what they sell here in the commissary, and so that they stop the deportations.”
Prisoner 2: “I’m hoping we can get some support from all the people who are listening, because, don’t believe what you hear, life in here is not very easy. They have us here working for one dollar a day. We work for four hours, five hours sometimes, and for just one dollar.”
The prison is run by The GEO Group, a contractor for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. According to The Nation magazine, GEO recently violated a pledge to refrain from lobbying Congress on immigration reform, presumably in favor of for-profit jails.”
“While advocates for the strikers put their numbers at 1,200, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said in a statement that, on Friday evening, meals had been refused by 750 of a total 1,300 inmates at the Northwest Detention Center, operated by the #GEOgroup.
Under President Barack Obama, deportations from the United States have hit record highs, according to U.S. Department of Homeland Security data.
Along with the hunger strike, many detainees have also begun a work stoppage, she said.”
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has confirmed that 750 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Washington state have refused to eat and say they are on a hunger strike.
#ICE detention standards state that a detainee who has not eaten for 72 hours is considered to be on a hunger strike.”
Petition - please sign & share: http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/portfolio/support-the-1200-detainees-on-hunger-strike-near-seattle/
Action alert & photo via Occupy Seattle on FB: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=718394194869976&set=a.256913927684674.62537.254620607914006
#PrisonerSolidarity #NoBorders #NoOneIsIllegal #PrisonLabor #HungerStrike