Tacoma, WA – More than 750 immigrants join hunger strike at Tacoma immigration prison; detained immigrants also initiate work stoppage to protest their conditions.
Beginning Monday, April 10th people detained in the Northwest Detention Center went on hunger strike protesting terrible livingconditions. The numbers of hunger strikers have grown over the last couple days from 100 to 750. Detention conditions, already terrible under Obama, have worsened under Trump, triggering this latest strike. Under the Obama administration, federal officials at least pretended to be concerned about the immigrantsthey incarcerated. Trump has staffed his immigration force with openly anti-immigrant officials with links to white supremacist organizations, leaving people detained with little choice but to put their bodies on the line to fight for their basic dignity. Attorney General Jeff Session’s newly released memorandum calling for increased prosecutions of immigrants and their supporters, combined with a roll-out where he referred to immigrants as “filth,” highlights the continued need for local resistance to the federal deportation and detention dragnet.
We need your support!! Call the City of Tacoma and ICE
Call the City of Tacoma’s Finance Department and urge them to revoke GEO Group’s Business License. In a March 2017 letter to GEO, Mayor Strickland noted that the City of Tacoma can revoke GEO’s business license if it is a “danger to the public health, safety and welfare of the individuals [detained] as well as the community as a whole.”
• Finance Department, Andrew Cherullo, Finance Director, 253.591.5800
Call ICE and demand that 1) they meet the Hunger Strikers Demands (see below) and 2) GEO Group not retaliate against hunger strikers. We have reports that strikers have been threatened with transfer to facilities away from their loved ones as punishment.
• Acting Field Director, Bryan S. Willcox
• Assistance Field Director (Detention): William Penaloza
• Facility Main Telephone: (253) 779.6000
• Field Office Main Telephone Line: (206) 835.0650
Hunger Striker’s Demands
Change the food menu
Lower commissary prices.
Improve hygiene, including the ability to wash clothes with soap and water.
Increase recreation time.
Have schoolwork and other programs available to keep detainees occupied.
Improve medical attention.
Increase wages for working detainees.
Help speed up the legal process for detainees.