Today is prison friday and the hunger strikes in California continue and many prisoners are now in bad shape and need all the support you can give them.
I, however, am turning to another story involving an immigration detention center in Arizona. These places, these "concentration camps," for lack of a better word are notorious.
Anyway, read the post below and support another hunger strike now in progress.
By the way Dream 9 refers to nine activists, "undocumented" immigrants who have been in the country since they were children and lived here most of their lives. They have been in custody were picked up after crossing the border from Mexico into the US in protest of immigration policy and the detention of hundreds of thousands. .They are now awaiting a decision on whether or not they will be deported or granted asylum.
The LA Times reports:
Margo Cowan, attorney for the nine, said U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials finished interviewing her clients this week and will probably hand down a decision soon on whether the Mexican nationals will be deported to their place of birth or released back to the American communities they’ve lived in most of their lives.
As the nine await a decision, they’ve kept busy organizing within the facility, staging hunger strikes and gathering dozens of names and numbers of other people who are with them in immigration detention. Their case information has been passed to activists on the outside. The hope is to find these detainees some sort of immigration relief and to make their stories public, said Mohammad Abdollahi, organizer with the National Immigrant Youth Alliance.
The Arizona Star adds:
Domenic Powell, a spokesman with the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, said the group is awaiting formal notification on their applications for humanitarian parole but is also seeking asylum based on "credible fear" of persecution should they return to Mexico.
Powell initially said earlier Thursday the parole requests had been denied, but later indicated the group's attorney had not yet received official word from U.S. authorities.
Should asylum be considered, the group may be released into the U.S. temporarily pending hearings before an immigration judge on their ability to remain.
These are some brave folks...
The following is from ColorLines.
‘A Girl Hanged Herself Here’
Look, a girl hanged herself. A girl was hanged here. [After] she was hanged, they didn’t want to take her body down. And for the same reason—because they treat us poorly. A guard treated her poorly, and that guard is still working here. They us like the worst dogs.