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The Northwest Detention Center and The City of Tacoma

Demonstrators demanding the shut down of the Northwest Detention Center disrupted a Tacoma City Council hearing on Tuesday.  It was organized by La Resistencia and supported by more than a dozen other local organizations.  KBCS’s Samuel Britt was there to give us a snapshot of why the protestors were there that afternoon.

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.

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Elections 2017 – Tacoma Mayoral Race

This week, KBCS continues it coverage of the 2017 Washington State General Election. We now turn to the Tacoma Mayoral elections with candidates Victoria Woddards and Jim Merritt. KBCS’s Gol Hoghooghi interviewed each of the candidates individually for KBCS at their respective campaign headquarters.

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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.

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Gia’s Bike & Bus Commute

Housing affordability is an ongoing issue in Seattle. For bike and bus commuter, Gia Mugford, housing prices are one part of the equation. For Gia congestion, parking availability and constant crowds on Capitol Hill were other factors that led her to make a move. Gia left Seattle and moved to Tacoma where she’s happy with her new home and her bike and bus commute. Reporter Whitney Henry-Lester has Gia’s dispatch.

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Homeless but not Hopeless; Riding the Bus to a Better Future

The bus is a means to a better life for Al Brown. Brown is homeless but not hopeless. He has been homeless for years but that has not determined his outlook on life. Brown is a college student who depends on the bus to move him towards a better future. Whitney Henry-Lester brings us Al’s dispatch alongside Seattle PI photographer, Grant Hindsley. Grant spent the day with Al and captured his commute in photos.

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