On Monday June 19, Maru Mora Villalpando, member of NWDCR, started a hunger strike to call attention to the plight of up to 1,600 immigrants held in detention suffering human rights abuses at the Northwest Detention Center. On June 15th 2017 at least a dozen detainees went on hunger strike to call attention to inhumane detention conditions, refusing to eat for multiple days. By June 18th, NWDCR organizers received reports that more than 25 hunger strikers are calling on GEO Group to provide edible, nutritious food, on ICE to provide fair and timely hearings, and on civil society to step up and take action for the injustices in our communities. In response, Maru Mora Villalpando is going on hunger strike, and is joined by other members of the civil society who are stepping up their solidarity. For more, read the press release here.
We need your support!! Take Action Now in Two Steps1. 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
2. Call ICE and demand that they meet the Hunger Strikers’ Demands (see below) and that 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.
Prince and Jonathan, two of over 700 hunger strikers being held inside the Northwest Detention Center. Listen to Jonathan explain why he’s on hunger strike.
The Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, WA is one of the largest immigration prisons in the country, with the capacity to hold up to 1,575 people. On Friday, March 7, 2014, over one thousand people held in the NWDC fought back against an unjust system by putting their bodies on the line: a hunger strike. The strike continued for 56 days and spread to other detention centers across the USA. This year, on the third anniversary of their action, we reflect on their achievements and make an abolitionist call to stop locking people up and end all deportations. Learn more and download the Hunger Strikers Handbook.
On February 26th, 2017 we gathered outside the Northwest Detention Center to hold a hearing pertaining to the detention and deportation process, conditions of the detention center, and treatment of detainees. Download the hearing findings here.
Darker times are coming. As undocumented immigrants and co-conspirers we are committed to continue fighting for justice and ending detentions and deportations. And we will continue to offer our hands to all other communities that will be targeted.
This election was won by first attacking immigrants of color and giving permission to all the bigots to use us as a punching bag for their frustrations against the establishment. Then other communities were lined up for the punching.
But all those punches and promises from the now-winner of the presidential election have already been happening to most of us. The difference is that now it will happen to the rest of the country. This moment calls for a ramping up in organizing towards an end to all deportations and detention, and collective liberation for all of us. This moment, we must unite forces and work together.
We are the experts alongside many other communities of color in surviving. We are the experts in protecting each other. We are the experts and have organized for a long time. We are willing to share our knowledge of wining and resisting. We need each other. We need to fight together.
Will you join us?
Will you protect us as we will protect you?
Will you be there for us when they come to get us and try to deport us?
Will you organize with us?
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Dia de los muertos is a cultural and spiritual celebration that brings together souls of our departure ones and the importance of having a quality of life for those celebrating this important Mexican festivity.
NWDC Resistance and partners invite you to celebrate with us and to call for an end to detentions and deportations, without forgetting the thousands of people still detained and separated from their loved one in detention centers throughout the nation.
At NWDC Tacoma, we call for this place to shut down and be replaced with a community space that commemorates life not incarceration.
As DHS, under outside pressures, holds a small group of people to write a “review” of the private detention centers they use to incarcerate people awaiting for a result on their deportation process, we ask you to join us and listen to the voices of those detained, the voices that DHS refuses to listen to while making any decisions about their lives.
Join us for a weekend of learning, sharing and working towards liberation of our communities of color.
There will be different events and activities happening with the help of members of the Tacoma community and beyond.
We remind our allies that this event will create a space of respect and intentantionally stopping any cultural appropriation from happening.
We also ask that everyone that attends participate fully and engage with us respectfully.
People in detention are waiting for us to take action, not only to observe without taking their call seriously.
A detailed agenda will be shared later on, keep an eye on the event page.
Read our solidarity statement with the people of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and others who oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline and work for the future of our land and people. Our liberation are connected.
Check out our ICE Free Zone Flyers, download them on our Press page.