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Hunger Strikes

Auto Honking Protest Against ICE, Supports Hunger Strike Inside

Almost 100 cars here on multiple blocks, surrounding the Hudson County Detention Center in New Jersey! The detention centers must be emptied before they turn into death camps. ICE won’t do it; only Governors have the emergency powers to save these lives.

Hunger Strike In La Tolva Prison In Honduras

On Monday August 5, Honduran Political Prisoners Edwin Espinal, Raúl Álvarez and Rommel Herrera started a hunger strike inside of La Tolva maximum-security military run prison in order to protest the unjust, inhumane and dangerous conditions they have been subjected and that have put their lives at risk. The Honduran Political Prisoners have been joined by a broad section of the Honduran social movement led by the Committee for the Freedom of Political Prisoners, who organized a rolling fast outside Honduran Public Prosecutor’s Office from August 5-9.

Chiapas: What Is The Cost Of Justice? Update On The Prisoners In Struggle

It has been more than eighty days since the beginning of this process of struggle for justice and freedom. Hours, days, weeks and months; a succession of events that have ranged from resistance to exhaustion; from dignity to ignominy; of the commitment to life and freedom, even at the cost of a willingness to surrender life itself in order to achieve it. What is the cost of justice?—What does it cost? Can you imagine being imprisoned for 15 years, 14 of which you serve without a sentence, having lost your family, not counting on a single peso of income during this time, because the prison has you kidnapped.

95-Year-Old Woman Veteran On A Hunger Strike For Children Of Yemen, Syria, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela As Victims

Sally Alice Thompson is 95 years old and she is on a hunger strike for the children, children who are victims of the U.S. government's sanctions and war mongering on the countries where they live -- Yemen, Syria, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela. She is a World War II Navy veteran, an anti-war activist and member of Veterans for Peace in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ms. Thompson has been involved in peace, and anti-nuclear issues for decades. In 1986, she walked across the United States in the Great American Peace Walk and a year later joined 200 other Americans who walked for peace from Moscow to St. Petersburg in the US-Soviet International Peace Walk.

Immigrants Across The Country Are Using Hunger Strikes To Protest Inhumane Detention

This past fall, thousands of Central American people left behind the familiarity and embrace of their homeland in search of safety and stability. After months of waiting at the U.S.-Mexico border — often in detention centers — many have now been granted the ability to plead their asylum cases. This type of civil detention is the cruel and profitable way the U.S. ensures people in search of refuge attend their court hearings. The U.S. holds more than 40,000 people in immigration detention every day. These prisons hold asylum seekers captive, robbing them of hope.

Palestinians End Hunger Strike After Israeli Concessions

Palestinian prisoners have suspended their hunger strike in Israeli jails after eight days without food. Following intense negotiations between the Israel Prison Service and the strike’s leaders, Israel reportedly agreed to the majority of demands set by prisoners. The Israel Prison Service allegedly agreed to remove devices it had begun installing in past weeks that block phone reception in certain wings to prevent Palestinians from communicating with the outside world. The prison authorities also agreed not to install new ones in the future, according to prisoners rights group Addameer and the Palestinian Prisoners Club.

Palestinians End Hunger Strike After Israeli Concessions

Palestinian prisoners have suspended their hunger strike in Israeli jails after eight days without food. Following intense negotiations between the Israel Prison Service and the strike’s leaders, Israel reportedly agreed to the majority of demands set by prisoners. The Israel Prison Service allegedly agreed to remove devices it had begun installing in past weeks that block phone reception in certain wings to prevent Palestinians from communicating with the outside world. The prison authorities also agreed not to install new ones in the future, according to prisoners rights group Addameer and the Palestinian Prisoners Club.

Woman On A 17-Day Hunger Strike To Save Southern Resident Orcas

OLYMPIA — Lanni Johnson is a 71-year-old woman who has been sitting in front of the Capitol Building in Olympia for the past 10 days on a hunger strike. Johnson said Tuesday that the government is taking too long to solve the problem of declining food supply for the Southern Resident orcas. “I’m here because I believe that while we twiddle our fingers and push a lot of paper around and have many, many meetings, we are going to watch the Southern Resident orca go extinct,” Johnson said. She sits outside from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day with a sign that reads, “Solidarity with starving Southern Resident Orcas. Breach the Dams! Now!”

Coordinated Hunger Strike At Two Wisconsin Prisons

Nine prisoners at two Wisconsin prisons began a hunger strike demanding an end to indefinite solitary confinement. A joint statement listing their demands and signed with their names cited the recently-elected governor’s campaign promises to reform solitary confinement practices. The hunger strike was timed to start on Madison Action Day, an annual prison reform lobby day. Outside supporters also organized a call-in campaign in support of the hunger strike. Six of the prisoners are housed at Racine Correctional Institution and three are at Columbia Correctional Institution.

Over 200 People Went On Hunger Strike After Months In Lockdown At California Prison

Laura (not her real name) hasn’t seen her husband or heard his voice in over three months—and neither has their son. “It’s hard because we’re both each other’s support system,” Laura told The Appeal. “It hurts me to even talk about it because I have a son and it bothers me that he can’t talk to him, and even hear his voice or anything.” Laura’s husband is incarcerated at Corcoran state prison in California and is one of 333 people the prison has put under lockdown since September. On Sept. 23, after a fight occurred in the yard, units at Facility 3C at the Corcoran state prison in California were put on partial lockdown, or what the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) calls “modified programming.”

UN: US Force-Feeding Immigrants May Breach Torture Agreement

The United States could be violating the U.N. Convention Against Torture by force-feeding immigrant detainees on a hunger strike inside an El Paso detention facility, the United Nations human rights office said Thursday. The Geneva-based Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is concerned that force-feeding could constitute “ill treatment” that goes against the convention, which the United States ratified in 1994, spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told The Associated Press. The U.N.’s statement echoes concerns raised by 14 Democratic lawmakers who sent a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Thursday...

Two Jailed Catalan Separatist Leaders Begin Hunger Strike

Two Catalan separatist leaders jailed pending trial in Spain over their role in last year's failed independence bid have begun a hunger strike, their lawyer said. Jordi Sanchez, the former head of the influential grassroots ANC independence movement, and Jordi Turull, a former minister in the Catalan regional government, are taking this step to "raise awareness" of their unfair treatment by Spain's justice system, lawyer Jordi Pina told journalists in Barcelona on Saturday. After Catalonia declared independence from Spain last year, Madrid took direct control of the region and brought charges against Catalan leaders - including misuse of public funds and rebellion - nine of whom are in jail awaiting trial.

Immigrants Launch Hunger Strike To Demand Drivers Licenses In NJ

Trenton, NJ - Immigrant families, activists and allies launched an indefinite hunger strike, billed as the “Fast for Licenses” at the statehouse on Monday, calling on state legislators to pass pending legislation that would allow half a million undocumented immigrants in the state of New Jersey (NJ) to drive without fear of being ticketed, arrested or transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 12 immigrant leaders are participating in the hunger strike, and more are expected to join as momentum grows. The Governor of NJ and Democrats in the State Legislature have promised to pass legislation by the end of the year, and immigrant communities are calling for the bill sponsors to make good on their promises to the immigrant community.

Prisoners Refuse To Compromise On Food: Hunger Strike At Clallam Bay Corrections Center

During the National Prison Strike Jailhouse Lawyers Speak inspired incarcerated and outside activists across the country. Activists on the outside were inspired by prisoners leadership on the inside, their ability to work effectively through limited communication and the threat of retaliation. After the strike incarcerated people were inspired by the activism that happened across the country on the inside. Prisoners from each corner of the country are realizing the power that they have to influence positive changes in their environments.

Cindy Sheehan Is On A Hunger Strike In Solidarity With The People Of Yemen

Cindy Sheehan wrote on her Facebook page on November 3: “I am announcing my hunger strike in solidarity with the horrible humanitarian crisis in Yemen and to expose the US empire's role in it. I am accepting the baton from @pamelabennett who has been on hunger strike for 26 days for the same thing. #YemenRising “Sheehan wrote on November 5: 13,000,000 Million Yemeni are ON THE BRINK OF STARVATION. With the help of the US government in the Saudi genocide of the people of Yemen. “We CANNOT sit by and allow this to happen. “WMOP will be calling on solidarity hunger strikes over the #noTHANKSgiving weekend, or just on Thanksgiving. “If your family needs to be educated, EDUCATE THEM! You think it's hard to talk to your relatives? How are would it be to watch your children starve?
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