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2019

01

Jan

Hunger Strike at El Paso Processing Center, Texas

January 1, 2019 (exact start date unknown) – ongoing: As many as 30 immigrant detainees at the ICE-operated facility went on hunger strike over the course of a month, with an unknown number remaining on strike and at least nine of them being force-fed. They are joined by 4 detainees on hunger strike at other ICE facilities in the U.S.–in Miami, Phoenix, San Diego and San Francisco.

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2018

11

Dec

Uprising at Webb County Detention Center, Laredo, Texas

December 11, 2018: Two correctional officers were attacked by prisoners while reportedly conducting a “cell search” at approximately 3:00 am Tuesday morning at the private prison run by CoreCivic.

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05

Nov

Two Uprisings by Idaho Prisoners at Eagle Pass Correctional Facility, Texas

November 5-13, 2018: Prisoners from Idaho housed in a private prison in Texas participate in two disturbances in just over a week.

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21

Aug

2018 National Prison Strike

August 21 – September 9, 2018 (exact dates vary based on location): Prisoners with Jailhouse Lawyers Speak and other organizations issued 10 national demands with a call to action for work stoppages, sit-down strikes, hunger strikes and boycotts of the commissary. Organizers stated that the strike was organized in response to the riot at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina that resulted in the violent deaths of seven prisoners.

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11

Apr

Hunger Strike at Wynne Unit, Huntsville, TX

April 11- April 20, 2018: Prisoners launch a hunger strike in protest of a lockdown at the prison. According to prison officials, 50 prisoners refuse meals at the height of the 10 day hunger strike.

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2017

25

Dec

Hunger Strike at Allred Unit, Texas

Dec 25, 2017 – Jan 4, 2018: At least 48 prisoners in the administrative segregation unit stage a hunger strike which, according to prison officials, relates to demands regarding recreation time, food portions and the temperature of the prison. Also according to prison officials, the strike lasts 10 days.

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17

Jun

Uprising at Washington County Jail, Texas

June 17, 2017: At least 12 prisoners rush a guard at their cell door and take control of the area beyond. After guards retake the block, prisoners express various grievances related to their housing arrangements and classification status.

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26

Jan

Uprising at Kinney County Detention Center, Texas

January 26, 2017: About 65 prisoners take partial control of the prison by refusing to leave the recreation area and returning to their cells, in protest of the removal of a fellow prisoner. Guards respond with tear gas and forcible removals.

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2016

22

Sep

Hunger Strike at Alfred D. Hughes Unit, Texas

September 22 – October 1, 2016: One trans woman endures a hunger strike for more than a week to demand precedent-setting access to bras for protection, modesty during strip searches, and support during hormone therapy. Guards make threats and one guard suggests that the trans prisoner castrate herself. The prisoner, Vanessa Gibson, wins access to bras and is currently suing TDOC.

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09

Sep

2016 National Prison Strike: Texas

September 9, 2016: Prisoners across seven facilities in Texas go on strike to protest their conditions of confinement, including unpaid prison labor, toxic water, mold, and excessive heat. With multiple prisons on lockdown and restrictions on both incoming and outgoing prisoner mail, guards deny that prisoners are participating in the strike. Prisoners eventually confirm participation at seven prisons. Austin ABC helps amplify the struggle of a trans woman who went on hunger strike and won gender affirming clothing.

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