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.
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"More African-American men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began." Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
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