[Pnews] On National Day of Protest, Immigrant Uprising at Northwest Detention Spreads to Oregon Jail

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Mon May 1 11:55:50 EDT 2017


maru at latinoadvocacy.org <mailto:maru at latinoadvocacy.org>

On National Day of Protest, Immigrant Uprising at Northwest Detention 
Spreads to Oregon Jail that Contracts with ICE

Immigrants Detained at NORCOR in The Dalles, Oregon join Over 70 Women 
on Hunger Strike in Tacoma, Washington


Tacoma, WA - As the hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center 
entered its fourth week, over 70 women caged at the facility joined the 
protest, which has included meal refusals, a boycott of the commissary, 
and work stoppages. At least one protester is in solitary confinement 
for resisting a retaliatory transfer to NORCOR, a jail in Oregon that 
contracts with ICE to hold immigrants.


NWDC Resistance has confirmed that in addition to the women on strike, 
at least four people in solitary confinement at the detention center 
have stopped eating. One hunger striker confirmed in a letter that 
officials have told those detained, “If we protest or go on strike they 
will send us to NORCOR and they can bring us up on federal charges for 
inciting a hunger strike.” He adds, “It’s as if they don’t want us to 
raise our voices so that they can continue to make their profit.” ICE 
has carried out these threats, with at least four hunger-strikers 
already transferred to NORCOR. Hunger strikers demands for adequate 
food, lower commissary prices, and contact visits now include no 
retaliation: GEO should stop sending hunger strikers to NORCOR, and stop 
threatening hunger strikers with this transfer.


ICE’s retaliatory tactic has backfired, and the protests at the Tacoma 
facility have spread to Oregon, with at least 3 people at NORCOR joining 
the hunger strike. This rural jail, which, apart from contracting with 
ICE, holds adults and youth from four counties in Oregon, has long been 
the target of protests for its inhumane treatment of those it cages. The 
Rural Organizing Project and the ACLU of Oregon have documented inhumane 
conditions at the facility, including denying detainees socks, access to 
no more than hot meal per day, and phone calls that cost $0.25 per 
minute in a facility where detainees are not allowed to work and thus 
have no income. Detainees were told that if they did not like the 
horrifying conditions at NORCOR, they should sign voluntary deportation 
forms. Immigrants are now risking their health to call attention to 
these conditions.


May 1 at 4pm: Rally in solidarity with people detained transferred at 
NORCOR (211 Webber St; The Dalles, OR 97058)


Solea Kabakov, a resident of The Dalles and an organizer with community 
groups supporting the hunger strikers inside NORCOR says, “We are 
raising awareness locally to elevate the voices of the hunger strikers. 
When you drive by and see the chain-link fences and the perfectly mowed 
lawn, you have no idea it’s so deplorable inside. It’s unconscionable 
how people are being treated in our own community and we cannot tolerate 
it.”


For live updates, visit https://www.facebook.com/NWDCResistance/.


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NWDC Resistance is a volunteer community group that emerged to fight 
deportations in 2014 at the now-infamous Northwest Detention Center in 
Tacoma, WA as part of the #Not1More campaign, and supported people 
detained who organized hunger strikes asking for a halt to all 
deportations and better treatment and conditions.


Rural Organizing Project (ROP) is a statewide network of 60 
locally-based groups in rural and small town Oregon that work to promote 
human dignity: the belief in the equal worth of all people, the need for 
equal access to justice, and the right to self-determination. ROP has 
connected leaders and groups through collective action for inclusive 
democracy and shared organizing for racial, economic, and gender justice 
since 1992.

Maru Mora Villalpando
Latino Advocacy


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