Hunger Strike in Effect at Tacoma’s Northwest Detention Center
The newest hunger strike at Tacoma’s immigration detention center started February, 2018. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama speaks with Maru Mora Villalpando, community organizer of Northwest Detention Center Resistance, about conditions inside the Northwest Detention Center, for its detainees.
Lawsuit Against the Northwest Detention Center
On September 20th, Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced a lawsuit against the GEO Group, the second-largest private prison provider in the country, which operates the Northwest Detention Center. The state’s lawsuit asks the court to order the company to give up the profits netted from paying detainees up to one dollar a day for their work in the detention center.
KBCS’s Yuko Kodama caught Maru Mora Villalpando, community organizer of Northwest Detention Center Resistance, on the phone to talk about the conditions regarding work inside the Northwest Detention Center, for its detainees.
According to a 2011 Feeding America study, “Map the Meal Gap: Child Food Insecurity 2011”, while one in six Americans overall are food insecure, the rate for children is much higher: nearly one in four children are food insecure. This means that these individuals are unsure of the source of their next meal.
You can help feed hungry families by taking a bite out of some great food at the Bite of Seattle happening Friday, July 19th through Sunday, July 21st. All proceeds from the Alley hosted by Tom Douglas benefit Food Lifeline. Food Lifeline is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger in Western Washington.
Linda Nageotte is the CEO of Food Lifeline.
Listen and download the interview here: KBCS_M+I_20130718_Food Insecurity
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