As Situation Escalates, Former Hunger Striker to Appear on Sanders Livestream Event at 3:00pm [watch here]
- Theo Lacy suspends strike after reaching agreement for release from ICE
- Otay hunger strikers resume eating after 11 days (including one man who continued for three days even after heart surgery)
- Adelanto and Etowah detainees report sleep deprivation with guards waking them every 15 minutes
- Etowah detainees report threats of force feeding
- 7 Etowah detainees sent to medical unit now on 12th day of strike
- At least four of the original El Paso hunger strikers were put on planes for removal and then returned to their cells this weekend
- Krome, Etowah, and Aurora cut off calls to known supporters, trying to sever communication.
As the #Freedomgiving hunger strike reaches its 12th day, ICE is responding with varying approaches and candidates are taking notice. At the Theo Lacy facility, 37 detainees suspended their hunger strike after reaching an agreement with ICE on Friday for release and parole within the next two weeks.
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.
“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.”
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. Candidates took notice and were pushed to issue statements after DRUM rallied at the Clinton headquarters last week.
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.
Sign to demand the release of hunger striking detainees.