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2020

27

Mar

“Breaking Down Borders” Hunger Strike at Northwest Detention Center in Response to COVID-19

March 27, 2020: Immigrant detainees started a hunger strike to protest the lack of adequate response to the outbreak of COVID-19. By the following day, the number had reached at least 80. As of Sunday, March 29, between 300 and 500 detainees were on strike.

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23

Mar

14 Escape Yakima County Jail During COVID-19 Crisis

March 23, 2020: After a quarantine related to the COVID-19 virus is lifted, 14 prisoners break open an emergency door and escape.

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2019

31

Oct

Attack on Guards at Yakima County Jail, Washington

October 31, 2019: Five prisoners were charged with rioting at Yakima County Jail after a fight broke out with two correctional officers.

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18

Oct

Hunger Strike at Northwest Detention Center, Washington

October 18, 2019: More than two hundred detainees began a hunger strike on Friday at the Northwest Detention Center, a privately-run immigrant detention center, according to the immigrant advocate group La Resistencia.

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07

Oct

Hunger Strike and Work Stoppage at Clallam Bay Corrections Center, Washington

October 7, 2019 – October 12, 2019: Prisoners at the Clallam Bay Corrections Center began a hunger strike and work stoppage on Monday, October 7 in response to numerous grievances with the facility including food issues, compensation for labor, lack of exercise equipment and complaints about outsourced services such as J-Pay and Global Telelink.

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08

May

Attack on Guards at Yakima County Jail, Washington

May 8, 2019: Four prisoners were charged with second-degree assault after attacking a corrections officer at Yakima County Jail.

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01

Feb

Food Strike at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center, Washington

February 1 – February 26, 2019 (exact end date unknown): The majority of the prisoners at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center launched a hunger strike to protest cold “breakfast boats” that they say are primarily sugar. A breakfast boat is a boxed meal that is given to prisoners with their evening meal, usually with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a muffin, bran bar, cereal and powdered milk.

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2018

24

Aug

2018 National Prison Strike: Northwest Detention Center, Washington

August 24-27, 2018: According to the group Northwest Detention Center Resistance, approximately 200 detainees participate in a hunger strike “in response to the call for a national prison strike in the U.S.”

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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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14

Jul

Hunger Strike and Encampment at Northwest Detention Center, Tacoma

July 14-17, 2018: More than 40 detainees in pod A2 begin a hunger strike “to share the opinions of mistreatment that occur inside, and to ask for changes in ICE and GEO’s policies” the detainees say in a public statement. The hunger strike lasts four days. In early July, supporters begin an encampment outside the detention center that lasts more than a month.

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