Posts tagged ‘hunger strike’

March 8, 2014

750 immigration detainees on hunger strike at NW Detention Center

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From KOMO News:

TACOMA, Wash. – Immigrant-rights activists rallied outside the Northwest Detention Center on Saturday, while at least 750 detainees protested their treatment and called for an end to deportations with a hunger strike.

July 23, 2013

California prison guards retaliating against hunger-strikers, lawyers say

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By  of The Guardian:

Prison guards are trying to break a hunger strike involving thousands of prisoners in California by blasting cells with cold air, confiscating legal documents and, in one case, banning lawyers, according to legal representatives and relatives.

July 9, 2013

California prison officials say 30,000 inmates refuse meals

Georgia prisoners on hunger strike last year.

Georgia prisoners on hunger strike last year.

By By Paige St. John of the Washington Post:

California officials Monday said 30,000 inmates refused meals at the start of what could be the largest prison protest in state history.

Inmates in two-thirds of the state’s 33 prisons, and at all four out-of-state private prisons, refused both breakfast and lunch on Monday, said corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton. In addition, 2,300 prisoners failed to go to work or attend their prison classes, either refusing or in some cases saying they were sick.

July 6, 2013

Youth at Green Hill prison in Chehalis to go on strike, noise demo in solidarity

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Monday, July 8, 2013 – 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Recreation Park, Chehalis, WA
Across the street from Green Hill
Carpools leaving from the artesian well in Olympia at 2pm

Prisoners in Pelican Bay’s Secure Housing Unit have called for a hunger and work strike beginning July 8th.

May 7, 2013

Inside Guantánamo: An unprecedented rebellion leaves a notorious detention centre in crisis

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By Terri Judd of the Independent:

Emaciated and frail, more than 100 men lie on concrete floors of freezing, solitary cells in Guantánamo, silently starving themselves to death.

Stripped of all possessions, even basics such as a sleeping mat or soap, they lie listlessly as guards periodically bang on the steel doors and shout at them to move an arm or leg to prove they are still conscious.

The notorious detention centre is in crisis, suffering a rebellion of unprecedented scale, with most of the camp on lockdown and around two-thirds of the 166 detainees on hunger strike.

June 1, 2012

A wave of prisoner resistance sweeps the South

 

by | June 1, 2012, 6:00 am

 

Last week, prisoners in two different facilities in the United States resisted inhumane conditions — one through an uprising that the mainstream media dubbed a “riot,” and the other through a hunger strike. The tactics employed by the two groups differ, but the messages are clearly linked: Prisoners are protesting their conditions and are willing to put their lives on the line to fight for better treatment.

On May 20, inmates took control of the Adams County Correctional Facility in Mississippi for over eight hours. One inmate managed to access a cell phone during the uprising and called WLBT TV in Jackson, proving his presence in the prison by sending pictures. He gave the station the following statement: “They beat us; we’re just [paying] them back. We just need better treatment and services. We need medical attention. We just want some respect. They call us wetbacks” — referring to a racist slur used against undocumented immigrants.

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