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On Sunday evening, a group of women immigrants detained inside Tacoma's Northwest Detention Center ended a nearly week-long hunger strike. The women stopped eating on April 18 to raise awareness of conditions inside the facility, which is owned by GEO Group, a private prison company. Detainees' demands included properly cleaned laundry, prompter medical care, reasonable commissary prices, access to educational programs, raising the $1 per day prison wage, more nutritional cafeteria food, and contact visits "so parents can hug their children."
A group of male detainees joined the protest by boycotting the prison commissary, which is owned by GEO. Some of them planned to continue for about a month, said Maru Mora Villalpando, an organizer with NWDC Resistance.
"The hunger strike is over for now—it's paused, not stopped," she told activists during a rally yesterday. "We don't want [detainees] to go on hunger strike. No one should have to stop eating to call attention to these human rights violations."Continue reading »