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Wife of Detained Hunger Strike Leader Begins Week Long Hunger Strike to Reunite Her Family

TACOMA, WA –  September 2, 2014. Watch as Wife of Immigration Prison Hunger Strike Leader Goes on Hunger Strike for Her Husband and All Families Torn Apart by the Immigration Machine

In the spring Ramon Mendoza Pascual was a key leader in the hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, WA. He went without food for more than 50 days, almost all of those days spent in solitary confinement under threat of forced feeding. His leadership and bravery, and that of others, inspired hunger strikes and other actions across the country and led Congressman Adam Smith to introduce legislation to limit abuses in detention centers.

On September 9, after a year of separation from his wife, Veronica Noriega, and their three children, he faces the hearing that will determine whether he will be deported or reunited with his family. His wife Veronica will now stand outside the walls that have separated them for so long to stage her own hunger strike – a strike to reunite her family, and all families torn apart by the deportation machine. She is being supported by the hundreds of people that have responded to the courageous actions of the hunger strikers.

You too can support her.

  1. Spread the word. Share the link on social media and email.
  2. Donate to the families of those held in the Northwest Detention Center –  http://bit.ly/1r6X02U
  3.  Sign the National Day Laborer Organizing Network’s letter to the President call for detention and deportations to end – http://bit.ly/1uaJTOD

The Agenda for each day will be posted on this page.


10 AM – 11 AM: Interfaith Blessing of the Fast of Veronica Noriega at First United Methodist Church (621 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma), followed by a march to the Northwest Detention Center

12 PM – 1 PM: Set up at the NWDC  (1623 E J St, Tacoma, WA)

8 PM: Dusk vigil and flowers


12 PM – Local Spanish language radio station will be broadcasting live from the NWDC.

Art and sign making and information about the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission to the President about extending DACA for all and other steps he can take right now to end suffering and keep families together.


We will be writing to those held inside the NWDC and to organizations that advise the President on immigration policy.  At night there will be on outdoor movie screening


Families of currently detained and previously detained people will visit the Veronica at the NWDT


12 PM we will gather to attend Cipriano Rios’ deportation hearing.


Ramon will have his hearing.

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream