Hunger Strikes

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Making noise to support immigrant hunger strikers in Washington state

Tacoma solidarity rally

No Human Being is Illegal banner held up by dozens at rally in Tacoma, Wash.

Two hundred ralliers chanted within earshot of the detainees in solidarity with their effort on Tuesday, March 11.

As a hunger strike by immigrants detained at the Tacoma, Wash., Northwest Detention Center run by the private-prison corporation GEO Group entered its second week, hundreds of friends, neighbors, and co-workers rallied outside the center to support their demands.  

The unprecedented protest began March 7, when 1,200 detainees being held for deportation began a hunger strike and work stoppage. They are protesting the ongoing deportations overseen by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and inhumane conditions at the center, which is owned and operated by GEO Group.

Hunger strike: California prisoners take charge for nonviolent change

Holding tank

At R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility, a Level 4 inmate waits in a temporary holding tank. These tanks are used when an inmate is in the process of being moved to the Administrative Segregation Unit and is deemed a threat to the safety and security of the institution.

Editor's note: The California prisoners suspended the hunger strike on Sept. 5, 2013. Please visit http://afsc.org/program/bay-area-healing-justice for the latest information.
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