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 Hunger Strike Call to Action!

We need your support!! Take Action Now in Two Steps
1. 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.

Other hunger strike updates 4/14/17: Seventy Detained Women Join Protest as Hunger Strike Enters Fifth Day. Download the press release on our press page here. Follow our social media for updates.

April 12th Update: 750+ Immigrants on Hunger Strike at the Northwest Detention Center

17855579_1413781598682716_8875426550266933368_o17917648_1413783038682572_477399336688937408_oPrince 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

Visit our press page here. Follow our social media for updates.

Breaking News: 100+ Immigrants Start Hunger Strike at the Northwest Detention Center

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Download the press release here. Follow our social media for updates.

Download the Hunger Strikers Handbook Now! 

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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.

Feb 26, 2017 Second People's Tribunal against the Immigration System and the Northwest Detention Center

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. 

Time to Rise

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?
Will you? 

Support this work and pledge to fight alongside us and other folks targeted. Making a donation todayBecome a sustaining supporter and donate $5-20 a month for the next four years. 
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See you in the streets.

Join Us Oct 29th: Dia de los Muertos @ NWDC


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.

Solidarity with Standing Rock

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. 

ICE-Free Zone Flyers

Check out our ICE Free Zone posters, download them on our Press page! 

Happy #Mam TWAC (Trans and/or Women Action Camp) carried signs protesting ICE's controversial practice of placing transgender detainees in solitary confinement. While transgender women only make up 1 out of 500 detained immigrants in this country, they make up an alarming 1 out of every 5 confirmed sexual assaults in immigration detention.

Participants of the day's blockade, which included Rising Tide Seattle, the Raging Grannies, and other groups fighting for climate justice, economic justice, reproductive justice, worker rights, and more, vow to keep returning to the detention center for future actions as long as unjust detentions and deportations continue.

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Meet Some of the Folks Who Locked Down & Why

Jill_cropped_250 “I’m here to end deportations because I want  a world where families can stay together and people be treated humanely . I have family and friends impacted by this unhealthy, violent system of detaining and disposing of communities in the name of profits. Then from super typhoon Haiyan to Hurricane Katrina, to the wildfires and drought here and around the world, people of color are bearing the brunt of environmental racism and displacement from their homes. I want to see justice for all the migrants who have been forced to migrate because of the damage to their homelands caused by this destructive economy. Privatization, market-based solutions are false solutions!   Climate justice means ending deportations and detentions.” – Jill Mangaliman
 yecelica_200 “As a queer Xicano of Mexican diaspora and a child of an immigrant, I feel personally connected to the importance of stopping and ending detentions. Stopping detentions is queer and gender justice because there are so many trans and queer people who are detained who experience transphobic and homophobic targeting within the system and who aren't getting proper/gender affirming care. No one should be detained and no one is illegal.” - Yecelica Valdiva
Josefina_cropped_250 “I’m participating in this action for my mom who is undocumented, and for all the children of undocumented parents that are separated from their families because of this unjust system. “ -Josefina Mora
Maru_cropped_250 “I decided to do another direct action to stop detentions and deportation with the possibility of risking arrest and deportation because I believe the federal and local authorities continue cooperating to criminalize our communities of color.While we are here outside organizing to bring light to this violation of human rights, this private prison is at capacity, thousands of people are there waiting to be deported, separated from their loved ones, living infra-humane conditions just so Geo corporation can make more profits and ICE meets their daily quota.We have to end this corruption and it has to end now!” - Maru Mora Vilalpando
Dean_300 "I am participating in this action because I want to support the movement to end deportations. We don't need borders or prisons. Our action is one small part of a dynamic, growing movement to stop the violence of immigration enforcement." - Dean Spade
  “I am taking part in this work to support all the organizing being down, tirelessly and passionately, by migrants and their supporters across the land. Migrant justice now! Let’s end the cruel fiction of borders, let’s end incarceration and deportation, let’s make a more just and open world!” - Joe Hiller
 Hollis_200 “I am participating in this action to remind the detainees that they are not alone. That they have strangers and friends on the outside that still care about their lives and their families, and are outraged by the injustices that they face.” – Hollis Proffitt

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May 23, 2017, 7:00pm - May 23, 2017, 11:00pm

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- Stop hers and all deportations and detentions!
- Don't separate families!
- Meet the hunger strikers' demands!
- Tear down the border wall!
- End the Muslim travel ban!
- No human being is illegal!

For years, Cynthia Vanessa Iraheta López has fought to remain in the U.S. On May 11, she was told to report to BI Incorporated, a private contractor for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), to be deported to Honduras. She would have been separated from her 3-year and 9-year old daughters. Due to a protest organized by Northwest Detention Center Resistance, DHS backed down temporarily. While a judge reviews a stay of deportation presented by her lawyer, Cynthia must wear an ankle bracelet at all times. We call on the community to stand against family separation because it's cruel and unusual punishment!

- Cynthia Vanessa Iraheta Lopez
- Maru Mora Villalpando, Northwest Detention Center Resistance
- Darrin Hoop, International Socialist Organization and Social Equality Educators
- Family member of a hunger striker at the Northwest Detention Center

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May 23, 2017, 7:00pm - May 23, 2017, 11:00pm

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Daily Rally in Solidarity

May 17, 2017, 5:00pm - May 17, 2017, 8:00pm

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California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP) stands in solidarity with the hunger strikers, many of them women, detained by ICE at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC), a private prison operated by the GEO group contracted by ICE in Washington state. We applaud the detainees at NORCOR, a county jail in rural Oregon, who recently won their demands after sustaining 6 days without meals.

Since April 10th, those detained in NWDC have refused meals to demand changes to the abhorrent conditions of their detention, including poor quality food, insufficient medical care, little to no access to family visits, legal counsel or legal documents, and lack of timely court proceedings. Hunger strikes are a powerful method of resistance within prisons that require commitment and courage from prisoners and their families. We have seen this historically in California when tens of thousands of prisoners refused meals to protest solitary confinement in 2011 and 2013, and also currently in Palestine where over 1,500 prisoners are on hunger strike against the brutal conditions of Israeli prisons.

As the Trump administration continues to escalate its attacks on Latinx/Chicanx and Arab/Muslim communities, deportations and detentions serve as strategies to control, remove, and erase people--a violence made possible in a context of inflamed xenophobia and increasingly visible and virulent racism. We stand with the families of those detained as well as organizations and collectives on the ground in Washington state struggling to expose the situation inside these facilities as well as confront the escalating strategies of the Trump administration.

CCWP recognizes the common struggle for basic human dignity and against unconstitutional cruel and inhumane treatment that people of color and immigrants face in detention centers, jails, and prisons across the United States. We also sadly recognize from our work with people in women’s prisons the retaliatory tactics such as prison transfers and solitary confinement that those who fight oppression face. Similar abuses continue to occur across California at all of its prisons and detention centers, including the GEO-run women’s prison in McFarland, California. CCWP sends love and solidarity to the hunger strikers in the Northwest. Together we can break down the walls that tear our families and communites apart. ¡ya basta! #Ni1Más #Not1More
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Solidarity with Hunger Strikers in the Northwest Detention Center from European Dissent
May 13, 2017

Queridos Compañeros en Lucha (Dear Family in Struggle),

We are moved by your sacrifice to risk your physical, mental and spiritual health to fight for freedom in the 2017 Hunger Strikes in the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, WA. You are leading us and we strive to support you and your struggle. Members from our collective have been outside the detention center Northwest Detention Center supporting the solidarity presence since you started the hunger strike a few weeks ago.

Since 1989, a collective of white anti-racist organizers initiated European Dissent to explore ways in which to practice The People’s Institute principles in their personal, social, family and work lives. The members of European Dissent are persons of European descent who “dissent” from the racist institutions and values designed to benefit them. Since its inception, white anti-racist groups developed throughout the country. In 2002, European Dissent/New Orleans provided major leadership for a gathering of 65 white anti-racist activists who seek to strengthen the white anti-racist voice in discussions and actions to undo racism.

Your action helps us remember that institutions like Northwest Detention Center, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security are rooted in white supremacy and violence, and we are deeply grieving and outraged by the ways they continue to execute violence on your bodies, your families and communities. We strive to do more to support you and to undo racism in these institutions.

We acknowledge that it is merely a missing document that makes you vulnerable to being detained in the NWDC and that we never earned our citizenship. In fact, our citizenship under the U.S. settler colony is a constant reminder that this nation causes violence through us. As white people in the U.S. we derive our legal status through constant colonization. The borders that wound and separate you from your families are invalid. We hold that as citizens, the same colonial violence that incarcerates you, deports you and cages you in these conditions has always been used to validate us.

As a collective, we strive to learn from history. We know that detention centers like the NWDC and the strategies that ICE and GEO Group use to profit off of your suffering come from a long legacy of genocide against indigenous people, imperial borders and citizenship, and slavery . These same facilities lock up black and brown and poor communities in order to further the interests of capitalism and white supremacy in jails like the King County Youth Jail. We are not progressing as a nation, if our government still considers it legitimate to put human beings in cages.

Thank you for reminding us that these institutions are violent and illegitimate. But you are powerful. True power is rooted in our cultures, our relationships and our resistance. By deciding not to eat and not to work inside the NWDC you are teaching us again that we too can and must stand in resistance to any government that uses violence to govern.

We are not a free nation if all people in this nation are not free. We are fighting with you for freedom.

We stand with you and see your struggle.

Companeros, We see your demands and we denounce GEO Group and ICE and any colonial institution that seeks to treat any human being as disposable.

We call on our community of people of European Descent to DISSENT from these violent institutions by investing in the NWDC Resistance, by showing up to hold presence outside the NWDC through Sunday and onward, to learn about the conditions of the NWDC and the demands of the Hunger Strikers, by learning about our culture of white supremacist violence manifested in the NWDC, GEO Group, and Department of Homeland Security, and decolonizing the minds of other white institutions and relations that you hold. We are organizing in our communities to convince more and more people that we must follow your leadership and stand in resistance to violence and oppression.

Follow to stay up to date on needs from the Hunger Strikers and the movement to stop deportations and detention.

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