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      <h1 class="post-title" id="post-23398">Female Prisoners In
        California are Hunger Striking In Solidarity with
        Detained Immigrants</h1>
      <p class="post-metadata">December 15, 2015<br>
        <b><small><small><small><small><a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="http://prisonphotography.org/2015/12/15/female-prisoners-in-california-are-hunger-striking-in-solidarity-with-detained-immigrants/">http://prisonphotography.org/2015/12/15/female-prisoners-in-california-are-hunger-striking-in-solidarity-with-detained-immigrants/</a></small></small></small></small></b><br>
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    <h3>IN SOLIDARITY</h3>
    <p>Something very significant is brewing in California right now.
      Female prisoners in the Yuba County Jail are organising in
      solidarity with immigrants n detention.</p>
    <p>Yesterday (Monday 14th December) a group of women began a hunger
      strike, joining hundreds of other detainees taking part in hunger
      strikes at facilities across the country.</p>
    <p>You may or may not have heard about the fasting and hunger
      strikes going on in immigrant detention facilities across the
      country. Up and down the country–in the <strong><a
href="http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/11/03/hundreds-women-immigrant-prison-hunger-strike-immediate-release"
          target="_blank">Hutto Immigrant Detention Center in Texas</a></strong>;
      in an immigrant detention center in the high desert city of <strong><a
href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-immigrant-hunger-strike-20151106-story.html"
          target="_blank">Adelanto, California</a></strong>; in the <strong><a
href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/10-immigration-detainees-bangladesh-hunger-strike-35734851"
          target="_blank">Krome Service Processing Center in Florida</a></strong>;
      and in <strong><a
href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/11/why-are-hundreds-detained-immigrants-going-hunger-strike"
          target="_blank">Alabama, in El Paso, Texas and in Lasalle,
          Louisiana</a></strong>, too.</p>
    <p>Vikki Law has covered these as a trend. <strong><a
href="http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/33652-wave-of-hunger-strikes-at-immigrant-prisons-gains-momentum"
          target="_blank">And they are</a></strong>. Collectively, the
      strikes are known as the <strong><a
href="http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/free-the-hunger-striking-detainees/"
          target="_blank">#FreedomGiving Strikes</a></strong> and they
      were launched on Thanksgiving by hundreds of South Asian and
      African detainees at three separate facilities. The movement has
      grown.</p>
    <p>Never before (to my knowledge) has the political resistance of
      detained immigrants run in cohort with the political action
      of citizens in county or state facilities. The Yuba County Jail
      rents space to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain
      people. For the first time, women in criminal custody are fasting
      with detainees in immigration custody as an act of
      solidarity. Phenomenal. Principled. Inspiring.</p>
    <p>The Yuba Co. Jail hunger strike is led by, and in support of,
      Rajashree Roy (above). You can read a longer detailed account of
      Roy’s journey <strong><a
href="https://medium.com/@anoop_alc/almost-everything-that-is-wrong-with-prisons-and-deportation-in-one-woman-s-story-7731cd4b0ee8#.uf9qlcrfk"
          target="_blank">here</a></strong>.</p>
    <p>To be brief, Roy faces deportation back to Fiji where she has not
      lived since she was 8-years-old. As a child, Roy suffered sexual
      abuse and upon relocation to the United States never received
      counseling or help. By the time she was in her teens she was both
      attempting suicide and robbing and beating people. She was very
      troubled and the undelrying causes had never been addressed.</p>
    <p>Sentenced as an adult at age 16, Rajashree spent 17-years at
      Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF). Nine years later,
      struggling to survive and feed her children while in an abusive
      relationship, she stole a garden hosepipe from a store, a
      misdemeanor petty theft.</p>
    <p>Due to her priors, the District Attorney set bail at $1million
      and offered a 25-to-life sentence. In 2011, Roy accepted a plea
      bargain of seven years. In November 2014, she qualified for
      release under Prop 47. When Rajashree Roy stepped foot out of
      CCWF, she was picked up by ICE and slated for deportation back to
      Fiji, away from her children.</p>
    <p>After years of silence due to shame and stigma as an abuse
      survivor and ‘criminal’, Rajashree Roy has gained confidence
      through peer and advocacy support and decided to be public with
      her story and fight for herself and others.</p>
    <p>“We are locked up together and refuse to be divided into
      immigrants and citizens. None of us belong in this cage separated
      from our families. We join the brave immigrant hunger strikers
      across the country in fasting to force recognition of our
      humanity,” says the staement of Roy and her fellow hunger strikers
      at Yuba County Jail.</p>
    <h3>WHAT TO DO</h3>
    <ol>
      <li>Join community organizers at ASPIRE, the nation’s first
        pan-Asian undocumented youth-led group, at a <strong>fast in
          solidarity outside Yuba County Jail</strong>.</li>
      <li>Support the #FreedomGiving strikers by <strong><a
            href="http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/2015/11/26/freedomgiving/"
            target="_blank">signing the petition</a>.</strong></li>
      <li>Help <strong><a
href="https://crowddefend.com/campaign/free-rajeshree-roy-from-immigration-detention/#home"
            target="_blank">raise funds for Rajashree’s $10,000 bond</a>.</strong></li>
      <li><strong>Write letters of support</strong> to the women on
        hunger strike:</li>
    </ol>
    <p style="padding-left:30px;"><em><strong>Rajeshree Roy</strong></em><br>
      <em><strong> Booking No. 229860</strong></em><br>
      <em><strong> Yuba County Jail</strong></em><br>
      <em><strong> P.O. Box 1031</strong></em><br>
      <em><strong> Marysville, California 95901</strong></em></p>
    <p style="padding-left:30px;"><em><strong>Jessica Bullock</strong></em><br>
      <em><strong> Booking No. 235161</strong></em><br>
      <em><strong> Yuba County Jail</strong></em><br>
      <em><strong> P.O. Box 1031</strong></em><br>
      <em><strong> Marysville, California 95901</strong></em></p>
    <p style="padding-left:30px;"><em><strong>Tisha Sartor</strong></em><br>
      <em><strong> Booking No. 233892</strong></em><br>
      <em><strong> Yuba County Jail</strong></em><br>
      <em><strong> P.O. Box 1031</strong></em><br>
      <em><strong> Marysville, California 95901</strong></em></p>
    <p style="padding-left:30px;"><em><strong>Kyra Beckles</strong></em><br>
      <em><strong> Booking No. 234664</strong></em><br>
      <em><strong> Yuba County Jail</strong></em><br>
      <em><strong> P.O. Box 1031</strong></em><br>
      <em><strong> Marysville, California 95901</strong></em></p>
    <p style="padding-left:30px;"><em><strong>Juanita Thomas</strong></em><br>
      <em><strong> Booking No. 235553</strong></em><br>
      <em><strong> Yuba County Jail</strong></em><br>
      <em><strong> P.O. Box 1031</strong></em><br>
      <em><strong> Marysville, California 95901</strong></em></p>
    <p style="padding-left:30px;"><em><strong>Ana Marquez</strong></em><br>
      <em><strong> Booking No. 235550</strong></em><br>
      <em><strong> Yuba County Jail</strong></em><br>
      <em><strong> P.O. Box 1031</strong></em><br>
      <em><strong> Marysville, California 95901</strong></em></p>
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