Northwest Detention Center, Tacoma, Washington
August 24-27, 2018

According to the group Northwest Detention Center Resistance, between 60 and 200 detainees participate in a hunger strike “in response to the call for a national prison strike in the U.S.”

According to Democracy Now!, on August 27, six detainees were confirmed to still be participating in the strike.

A letter from a detainee describing their demands (Source: NWDC Resistance).

One detainee was quoted saying: “My name is Murat. I’m on a hunger strike four days, on a dry hunger strike. I don’t drink; I don’t eat. Because of my medical issue. I’m eight months here in Tacoma, a little bit more in U.S.A.”

The hungers strikers released the following statement via Northwest Detention Center Resistance:

We want medical attention. We want better COs, they don’t do their job right, they see that there are problems and they don’t do nothing about it, they just let things get big and that’s the reason why everybody gets into fights. And the food, they don’t give us the portion that they are supposed to give us, we just get a little bit of food.

The people that had accidents, we have a guy who got hit on his eye and it got swollen and he is getting blind because you guys don’t do nothing about it, we just need more attention with medical needs, a lot of people has medical issues and you guys let everything to the last minute and that’s not right, we don’t want somebody dead bedsides us just because you guys didn’t do your guys’ job right.

Citations:

Detainee Speaks Out from Hunger Strike in Northwest Detention Center“, Democracy Now!,  August 27, 2018.

“Northwest Detention Center Resistance Facebook Post”, NWDC Resistance/Resistencia al NWDC, August 24, 2018.

ICE Detainees Join Nationwide Prison Strike, Many Refusing to Eat: Organizers“, Newsweek, August 23, 2018.