*******The following are a series of Press Releases over the last few days authored by the organizers of NWDC Resistance/Resistencia al NWDC & some of the immigrants currently incarcerated in the Northwest Detention Center. 40th And Brooklyn does not claim to have written to following and is sharing this content in solidarity. Please follow NWDC Resistance/Resistencia al NWDC's Facebook for further updates: https://www.facebook.com/NWDCResistance/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE *********
For Immediate Release
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Contact: Maru Mora Villalpando, (206) 251 6658, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tacoma, WA - Today at noon will mark 72 hours since immigrants incarcerated at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) began refusing meals, launching a hunger strike to protest their treatment inside the immigration prison. Supporters received news on Wednesday morning that over 750 people were refusing meals. Today at noon defenders of human rights are expected to communicate with their supporters in the outside whether they will continue their hunger strike or not.
WHAT: Rally to hear from people detained on hunger strike decision to continue or end action.
WHO: Defenders of human rights currently detained and on hunger strike, and their supporters.
WHERE: North side of main entrance to the NWDC – 1623 E J St Tacoma
WHEN: Thursday April 13, 2017 at 12:00PM PT
Community members have set up an encampment at the gates of the facility, planning to stay for the duration of the strike. For live updates, visit https://www.facebook.com/NWDCResistance/.
###NWDC Resistance is a volunteer community group that emerged to fight deportations in 2014 at the now-infamous Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, WA as part of the #Not1more campaign, and supported people detained who organized hunger strikes asking for a halt to all deportations and better treatment and conditions.
English Transcript of April 12, 2017 letter:
To the public society: From those currently detained
We want to let you know we are people imprisoned in the detention center in Tacoma, WA by immigration agents. We are around 1400 people, and many of use have families who depend on our income, and as you can imagine we cannot make money inside. So we ask the community that is outside to help however they can, help accelerate our immigration process to either deport us or release us on bond. This [prolonged detention] is harming us physically, mentally, morally, and emotionally to people detained and to our families with the simple act of keeping us detained for too long. All cases at a minimum are taking at least month and a half to two months just to see a judge who will only read the charges against you, and then you wait for another month to give you a court date, and then decide whether they will deport you or you will get a bond.
The truth is that under this conditions amongst the desperation, impotency, anguish, etc, of not being able to do anything from the inside we ask you respectfully to deliver this letter to the appropriate institution: Human Rights. Or the public opinion as soon as possible to see if there is anything that can be done for us. We believe that having encaged in this place is a business. We know the food that is given to us is not good and they sell us the famous commissary, so as long as you have someone that send you a few dollars you can buy and if you don’t you have to make due with what they give you; and not even talk on the telephone [because you have to pay for that, too], as long as you are encaged you have to communicate with you relatives either here or in your country of origin.
Well, to the point: the only thing we want is not to be detained for so long, if we are to be deported so be it and to be given a chance to stay and pay bond, or any other way possible to remain. We don’t want to be encaged for so long, we believe this is unjust.
Sincerely, Everyone detained especially those in pod A1C
April 11, 2017
Update: Christian and several comrades from the struggle were transported out of the Northwest Detention Center at 7:25am in two busloads destined for deportation.
As the sun rises on the second day of the hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, ICE responded by following through on its schedule to deport people from inside the detention center. And as usual ICE was ready to retaliate by cancelling immigration courts originally scheduled for today in an attempt to break the unity and morale of those on hunger strike, as well as not allowing TV watching as to isolate them from the news happening around the nation on their actions to end the human rights abuses people detained continue suffering.
"That’s why I’m saying that I’m still here, man, they haven’t taken me yet, I’m scheduled to leave tomorrow but all my people are fighting for this and because of that I fight harder. Today they are starting a hunger strike for three days. I hope that the people outside can support all the people on the inside." -Christian
Hundreds of people are now on hunger strike inside the Northwest detention center resistance. We need solidarity and support. Please come to tacoma. We need people who can stay the night tonight and need people to donate supplies (tell us how many items you can donate). Please come through in support of our brothers and sisters who are currently putting their bodies on the line.
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