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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.

Private prison in Colorado detains immigrants

photo by Alicia Morales

AFSC vigil at immigrant the GEO detention center in Aurora, Colo.

Change Takes Courage: Protect our Families and Workers

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 12:00pm

A bigger ICE detention center in Des Moines is the WRONG direction for Iowa!  We say no to detention centers, no to fear of the police in our communities and no to policies that rip families apart.  YES to humane immigration reform and protection for all workers.

At the last Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting we brought more than two dozen CCI members and supporters to oppose the ICE Detention Center proposal in Downtown Des Moines and now it’s time for round two!

12:00 pm Rally and Press Conference

Rally and Walk to Oppose a New Detention Center

Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 11:00am

New Jersey staff comment on proposed detention facility

AFSC staff quote:

We feel there are other methods that can be used, are effective and don't restrict a person's liberty for a civil immigration violation," said Amy Gottlieb of the American Friends Service Committee. "We much prefer that ICE employ community-based alternatives to detention."

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