Rally in solidarity with Northwest Detention Center Hunger Strikers: 5:00 – 7:00p.m. Tuesday, March 11 (Get carpool information below)
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On Friday, March 7th, 1200 people held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington, one of the largest immigration prisons in the country, began a hunger strike and work stoppage. They are putting their bodies on the line to protest the on-going deportations overseen by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the inhumane conditions at the for-profit detention center owned and operated by the GEO Corporation.
Inspired in part by the February 24 #Not1More deportation action at the detention center, the hunger strikers timed their action to begin on Friday. On Fridays, the people facing imminent deportation are separated and processed for deportation, weekly events that contribute to the nearly 2,000,000 deported during the Obama administration. The hunger strikers join a nation-wide movement of resistance against unprecedented levels of detention and deportation
We will be meeting at 5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle 98118 (New Freeway Hall) at 3:30pm and departing at 4pm. If you can call ahead to say whether you need a ride or can offer rides that is helpful, but not necessary. 206-722-2453.
Apart from calling attention to the unrelenting deportations, the hunger strikers demands include:
– Improved food quality
– Improved treatment (including medical treatment)
– Increased pay for work in the facility (the current pay is $1.00/day)
– An end to exorbitant commissary prices
– Fundamental fairness and justice