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2020

09

Apr

Over 100 Detainees at Mesa Verde ICE Facility Stage Hunger Strike Over COVID-19

April 9, 2020: More than 100 detainees engaged in a hunger strike, demanding ICE officials do more to protect them from the spread of COVID-19. The strike was initiated by the women detainees and it eventually spread to one of the male wings of the facility.

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05

Apr

Hunger Strike at Adelanto ICE Processing Center, California

April 5 – ongoing: A series of hunger strikes have occurred in the Adelanto ICE Processing Center involving an estimated 100-180 detainees. The strikers are protesting the lack of basic sanitation and their continued confinement during a global pandemic that continues to claim the lives of incarcerated people across the country.

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03

Apr

Hunger Strike at Otay Mesa ICE Detention Center, California

April 3 – (end date unknown): At least 12 detainees at the Otay Mesa Detention Facility organized a hunger strike to demand an effective response to Covid-19.

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17

Mar

Meal Strike at Monterey County Jail In Response to COVID-19

March 17, 2020: Prisoners in both the mens and womens sections of the jail refused meals for fear of being infected with COVID-19.

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17

Mar

Meal Strike at Monterey County Jail, California in Response to COVID-19

March 17, 2020: Prisoners detained in the women’s side of the Monterey County Jail staged a meal strike on March 17, in fear of contracting the coronavirus through their food. Rene Brooks, an organizer of the strike, maintains that some prisoners are still participating as of March 23.

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2019

30

Oct

Hunger Strike and Work Strike at Santa Rita County Jail, California

October 30, 2019: Detainees at the Santa Rita County Jail staged a one-day hunger strike and work strike in protest of “widespread institutional neglect and abuse, including unsanitary living conditions, price gouging, poor medical care, forced labor, and lack of access to legal resources.”

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13

Sep

Attack on Guards at North Kern State Prison, California

September 13, 2019: After a guard found a prisoner with a contraband cellphone, the prisoner attacked the guard and seven others joined in. The prisoners punched and kicked the guards, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

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30

Jun

Hunger Strike at Yuba County Jail, California

June 30-July 7, 2019: Thirty-six immigrant detainees at the Yuba County Jail launched a hunger strike in protest of various conditions at the facility including inadequate medical care, unhealthy food, a lack of access to showers, and cockroaches and rodents. By Wednesday, when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officially recognized the strike, participation had dropped to 15.

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30

Jun

Hunger Strike at Robert Presley Detention Center, California

June 30-July 15, 2019: Four female prisoners housed at the Robert Presley Detention Center engaged in a 16-day hunger strike in protest of various conditions at the facility, including sexual harassment by guards, lack of mental health treatment and lack of adequate time out of their cells, according to The Press-Enterprise of Southern California.

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27

Jun

Food Strike at California State Prison, Corcoran

June 27, 2019-ongoing: At least half of the prisoners in the 3C unit of the California State Prison, Corcoran began a food strike on June 27 in protest of a change in prison policy that would take kitchen jobs away from general population and give them to prisoners in protective custody, according to multiple sources. Prisoners are refusing state-issued “trays” but are instead eating bag lunches provided by the prison.

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