Tacoma

After 56 Days, Northwest Detention Center Hunger Strike Concludes

We are posting this statement from Hunger Strikers at the Northwest Detention Center in order to disseminate information about the on-going struggles of those who are held in detention. However, as anarchists we are critical of the language of rights, the american dream and the greatness of this or any state. Despite these political differences anarchists in the northwest and elsewhere have chosen to show solidarity with this struggle and so, we find it to be pertinent to spread news about the end of the strike.

STATEMENT FROM HUNGER STRIKERS:

Assessment of one phase of struggle

Today, May 1st, a 30-day hunger strike came to a conclusion. It had a prelude of 72 hours of fasting begun on March 27th, occurring in a climate of persecution, harassment and application of disciplinary punishments, invented and prefabricated by personnel from GEO (the private company that runs the Northwest Detention Center – Tacoma “NWDC – T”), with the goal of stopping us from adding our voice to the voice of those on the outside clamoring for Not1More, stop deportations, end the destruction of families, deferred action for all, yes to immigration reform; despite suffering through rigged “hearings” under false accusations, with no respect for due process, taking out of context the actions of the “accused,” impeding free exercise of ideas and the exercise of freedom of expression, as well as the right to information. In an atmosphere of voluntary and strictly peaceful action, they unleashed a chain of “disciplinary sanctions,” applying isolation and segregation to the participants who were on rolling fasts and hunger strikes, from March 24 until April 2nd, with an eye towards the great action on April 5th. These resulted in sentences of 2 to 30 days of punishment, with which they attempted and are attempting to discourage our unity in becoming a single voice regardless of whether we are on the inside or on the outside. With certainty we affirm that they did not succeed in containing and silencing the voice of those on the inside, the voice of the detained. They did not succeed in hijacking our emotions or our disposition to struggle despite drastically limiting our rights and falsely accusing us of insurrection. The campaign to marginalize us carried out by a cruel and unscrupulous bureaucracy that represents immoral and indecent interests cannot contain a just struggle that uses peaceful methods to make itself heard.

Update on Tacoma Hunger Strike

From Not One More Deportation

Tacoma, WA - As supporters looked on, approximately 130 people held at the
Northwest Detention Center were taken from the facility this morning as part
of its weekly deportation regime. At least five hunger strikers were among
those deported, according to an attorney who visited the facility on Sunday.
A hunger strike supporter holding a vigil outside the center observed two
buses leaving at 3 a.m. under cover of darkness. Supporters who arrived at
dawn to offer witness to the deportations watched six more vehicles, marked
“GEO Transport,” (five buses and a van) leaving the center. In what has
become a new tactic since the February 24th action that stopped 120
deportations, the buses themselves were used to block supporters from seeing
people loaded in chains. Despite these efforts, supporters lined the sidewalk
as the buses pulled out, making eye contact with those inside the buses, and
chanting, “You are not alone!” and “The struggle continues!”