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Washington Detention Center has 85 incarcerated go on hunger strike!

“A sign that reads “shut it down” is pictured at the Northwest Detention Center as people attend the Peoples Tribunal Against the Detention Center event in Tacoma, Washington, on February 26, 2017.” Credit: Jason Redmond, AFP, via Getty Images, and Truthout.

Over 85 People Incarcerated at Washington Detention Center Go on Hunger Strike

The detention center is notorious for its lack of sanitation, medical neglect, and use of solitary confinement.

From Truthout, originally published by Prism:

Earlier this month, over 85 people incarcerated at Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, Washington, went on a five-day hunger strike to protest worsening living conditions. According to advocates, the strike started on Feb. 1 when guards accused detainees of having contraband materials during an inspection. When detainees across units joined in protest, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers retaliated by tear gassing inmates in unit F4 and using smoke bombs and pepper spray on others. Strikers demanded an end to this inhumane treatment, as well as access to better medical care and COVID-19 preventative measures, timely and warm food service, clean bedding and attire, lower telecommunications and commissary prices, among other basic necessities. Detainees ended the strike on Feb. 6 after ICE officials promised to meet their demands, though many say their food is still arriving late and other conditions have yet to be met.

La Resistencia, a grassroots organization in Washington state led by undocumented people in solidarity with detainees at NWDC, is fighting to close the facility and end all detentions and deportations. Jose Hernandez, who was on hunger strike, told organizers with La Resistencia that he was fighting for medical attention and the rights of everyone detained at the facility.

Read the full story originally published by Prism

Posted by Steve on February 21, 2023 at 12:31 am | Permalink

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