Last Friday over 1200 detainees began a hunger strike inside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington, one of the largest immigration detention centers in the country.
Immediately their massive protest made national news. In retaliation they are being harassed, and we heard yesterday that more than 20 of them were placed in isolation, cut off from communication.
They’re striking for the most basic things: better food, better treatment and fairness. To bring it to light, they’re risking their own health inside the for-profit detention center owned and operated by the GEO Group. In just the past two days we’ve seen an outpouring of support but they need more to stay safe and see their demands met.
Please help by signing the petition and spreading the word. We want to get over 1,000 signatures by tomorrow at 5pm. The wives of the hunger strikers are holding a rally outside the detention center in the morning and the hungers strikers are counting on our support.
Finally: Please call/e-mail ICE today!
Conditions are worsening against hunger strikers and they are being threatened with force feeding. We need to put
direct pressure on ICE. Please take two minutes to call and e-mail Daniel H. Ragsdale, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director TODAY to demand an immediate end to the retaliation against hunger strikers and an
investigation of GEO Group’s treatment of detainees.
CALL: Michael P. Reid
Deputy Assistant Director
Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Here’s a sample script:
“I am contacting you in support of the hunger strikers at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. I have heard disturbing reports of retaliation against the hunger strikers, including threats of forced feeding and of denial of asylum applications. I urge you to take immediate measures to end the retaliation against hunger strikers. I urge you to meet the striker’s demands and initiate an investigation into GEO Group’s mistreatment of detainees.”
More information on the hunger strikes at the Northwest Detention Center.