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    <h1 style="text-align:center" class="">Seven Hunger Strikers Sent to
      Medical Unit as ICE Uses Sleep Deprivation and Attempts to Deport
      Participants</h1>
    <p style="text-align:center"><i><span style="font-weight:400">As
          Situation Escalates, Former Hunger Striker to Appear on
          Sanders Livestream Event at 3:00pm [<a
href="https://go.berniesanders.com/page/s/families-first-with-bernie-sanders">watch
            here</a>]</span></i></p>
    <p><span style="font-weight:400">Updates:</span></p>
    <ul>
      <li style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-weight:400">Theo
          Lacy suspends strike after reaching agreement for release from
          ICE</span></li>
      <li style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-weight:400">Otay
          hunger strikers resume eating after 11 days (including one man
          who continued for three days even after heart surgery)</span></li>
      <li style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-weight:400">Adelanto
          and Etowah detainees report sleep deprivation with guards
          waking them every 15 minutes</span></li>
      <li style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-weight:400">Etowah
          detainees report threats of force feeding </span></li>
      <li style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-weight:400">7 Etowah
          detainees sent to medical unit now on 12th day of strike</span></li>
      <li style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-weight:400">At least
          four of the original El Paso hunger strikers were put on
          planes for removal and then returned to their cells this
          weekend</span></li>
      <li style="font-weight:400">Krome, Etowah, and Aurora cut off
        calls to known supporters, trying to sever communication.</li>
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    <p><span style="font-weight:400">As the #Freedomgiving hunger strike
        reaches its 12th day, ICE is responding with varying approaches
        and candidates are taking notice. <br>
        <br>
        At the <a
          href="http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/2015/12/05/theo-lacy-health/">Theo
          Lacy facility, 37 detainees suspended their hunger strike</a>
        after reaching an agreement with ICE on Friday for release and
        parole within the next two weeks. </span></p>
    <p><span style="font-weight:400">Authorities in other facilities
        have taken the opposite approach; locking down detainees at the
        Aurora facility, enacting sleep deprivation measures in Adelanto
        and Etowah, and threatening force feeding for Etowah detainees
        who are nearing two weeks without food.</span></p>
    <p><span style="font-weight:400">“The fact that people escaping
        violence are being met with torture inside US facilities should
        raise alarms and cause urgent intervention,” explains Fahd
        Ahmed, director of DRUM – Desis Rising Up and Moving. “This is a
        life and death situation.”</span></p>
    <p><span style="font-weight:400">The hunger strikes that have come
        to be known as #Freedomgiving because they were initiated the
        night before Thanksgiving are the latest in a wave of more than
        10 facilities and 1,000 detainees refusing meals and demanding
        their freedom.  <a
href="http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/2015/12/04/freedomgiving-candidates/">Candidates
          took notice and were pushed to issue statements after DRUM
          rallied at the Clinton headquarters last week.  </a></span></p>
    <p><span style="font-weight:400">Following that, one of the released
        strikers will appear on the Family First livestream event with
        Sen. Sanders this afternoon at 3:00pm to bring further attention
        to the on-going strike and push for the participants’ immediate
        release.</span></p>
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