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Tacoma Detention Center Hunger Strike + Bring Them Home ROUND 3!

Immigrant Detainees in Tacoma are on Hunger Strike!
5 families from WA state are reuniting in the Bring Them Home action!

From Not One More Deportation:
Just got word that 1,200 people are on hunger strike in the Tacoma detention center. Here are their demands.SUPPORT

Bring Them Home Round 3!
See Press Release below
1200 people detained at the Northwest Detention Center have gone on hunger strike, making the demands listed below. It would be great if we could get people there this weekend to support their action and their demands (listed below). The aim is to have a consistent presence from 12 – 4 p.m. this Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.If you are interested in riding down with members of Who You Callin Illegal on Sunday morning from Seattle, please contact us at !

Below is an email from some organizers coordinating the support work! Please get in touch with them!

Immigrants in deportation proceedings have decided to take the lead on organizing hunger strike to demand a stop to deportations and better conditions within the detention center.
They need your support more than ever!
Let us know which date/time you are available to come to the detention center to be part of the solidarity demonstrations
time Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday
These are their demands:

-Better food
-Better treatment
-Better pay
-Lower commissary


Please email Sandy Restrepo, Jolinda Stephens, and Juan Jose with your availability.


Inmigrantes en proceso de deportación han decidido tomar el liderazgo en organizar una huelga de hambre para exigir un alto a las deportaciones y mejorar las condiciones dentro del centro de detención.
¡Ellos ahora más que nunca necesitan su apoyo !
Favor de decirnos que día pueden ir al centro de detención a ser parte de las demostraciones de solidaridad y apoyo, los siguientes días y horas:
hora Sábado Domingo Lunes Martes
Estas son sus demandas:

-Mejor comida
-Mejor trato
-Mejor paga
-Precios más bajos en la intendencia/tiend


Favor de enviar un correo electrónico a Sandy Restrepo, Jolinda Stephens, and Juan Jose Bocanegra  con su disponibilidad. PRESS RELEASE

Undocumented Washingtonians Take Great Risks to Return Home

Joining 150 at Port of Entry

Seattle, WA — Between March 10th and 12th, 150 undocumented mothers, fathers, children, and students will cross into the United States from Mexico as a part of the Bring Them Home project. They will cross at the Otay-Mesa Point of Entry at 9777 Via De La Amistad, San Diego, CA 92154. They are risking an unknown length of detention and possible permanent deportation to reunite with their family members living in the United States. With record numbers of deportations in the last six years, these undocumented people are taking an unprecedented action to bring families and communities back together across borders.

WHEN: March 10, 2014

WHERE: Otay-Mesa Point of Entry 2489 Roll Dr. San Diego, CA 92154

WHAT: #BringThemHome action, families crossing @ port of entry

WHO: See bios of the two Washington DREAMers and a family at bottom of the release

Bring Them Home is a cross-border response to the crisis of mass deportations in the United States. The project was initiated in July 2013 when the Dream 9, a group of undocumented youth who had been deported, pioneered a bold new tactic to return to their homes in the US. They crossed the US-Mexico border into Arizona and voluntarily turned themselves into Border Patrol. Typically, this would result in immediate deportation. However, because of mobilization by their families in their home states and a huge outpouring of community support, the Dream 9 were released to their families in the United States after just two weeks in detention.

Now, Bring Them Home is mobilizing their largest action yet. Primarily led by US immigrant families and those deported from the United States, the upcoming action is supported by a network of DREAM activists (DREAMers), community allies, faith groups, and immigrant rights organizations. “The goal of this action is to reunite 250 family members. The immigration system isn’t working. Borders have broken our families and communities. We will not wait for the government to tell us when we can reunite with our loved ones that have been deported. We are taking matters into our own hands,” says Rosario Lopez, an undocumented DREAMer leading the effort to Bring Them Home to Washington.

Kimberly Sotelo Ochoa of Yakima, Washington who was deported from the United States,  is among those who plan to return to their families in Washington this March through Bring Them Home.

Rosario Lopez says, At its heart we are talking about humanity and how we are treating each other. We believe all of the 2 million men, women, and children who have been deported since President Obama took office deserve to come home. We are doing this for all people who have been deported.”

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Follow BringThemHome on Twitter at: @bth3WA and on Facebook at:

Donate here:


Biographies for the Washington participants of Bring Them Home:

Kimberly Sotelo Ochoa was three years old when she came to Washington with her mother. For the past 17 years, her life revolved around her school and family. She learned English, made friends, joined after school clubs, and played sports. She dreamed of going to college and becoming a surgeon to save people’s lives. After high school, Kimberly’s undocumented status made it nearly impossible for her to apply to colleges, scholarships, and jobs. She returned to Mexico with the hope of realizing her dream of attending college.

Life in Sonora, Mexico has been a nightmare since Kimberly stepped foot there. She had to adapt to a country she didn’t know. She has been bullied because of her accent, mugged, and threatened. She constantly feels unsafe. Kimberly wants to return back to Washington, the place that feels like home. She hopes to pursue her dreams and live a safe life back in the United States. More importantly, she wants her family in Washington back by her side. Learn more about Kimberly’s story here:

In 1998, Elvira Yolanda Olguin Estrada came to the United States to create a better life with her sisters, father, husband and daughter. She dreamed of buying a home, paying for her children to go to college and one day obtaining a visa to live in the country legally. After her husband was deported, she decided to move back to Mexico with her children in order to keep her family together.

Upon Elvira’s return to Michoacan, she realized she had made a huge mistake leaving the U.S. Everyday violence threatened the health and safety of her family. She lost confidence in the police and feared that her family might be harmed in a shooting. Elvira misses the days when she woke up early to take her kids to the bus stop, to prepare coffee and head off to work without worrying about the safety of herself and her familiy. She wants to return to the place she considers her home, the United States.

Jose Manuel Morales Chavez came to the United States in 1999 to reunite with his wife and daughter. For years, he worked in the fields picking cherries, grapes, apples, carrots and asparagus. One day on his way to work he was picked up by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and deported to Mexico. He returned to the US for a short while to be with his family, but lived in constant fear. He made the difficult decision to move back to Mexico with his family in 2009.

It has been extremely difficult for Jose and his family in Michoacan. One day at work, he was held at gunpoint and his life was threatened. The same men called his home, claiming to have kidnapped his children and asking for money in exchange for their return. Jose wants to leave the violence and insecurity in Michoacan behind and return to a life where his dreams of owning a home and sending his children to college are possible.

Paola Citlally Morales Olguin was brought to the United States by her mother when she was a baby. She loved growing up with her friends and family in Washington. She dreamed of going to college and studying. She lived in Washington until her mother decided to return to Mexico with Paola and her brother.

In Mexico, Paola faced many challenges. She was made fun of and bullied because of growing up in the United States. A classmate who claimed to be connected to a drug cartel threatened her life at school. Her principal ignored the issue and did nothing to change the situation. Paola is ready to return to her home, family, friends and especially to her school. She hopes to come back to fulfill her dream of getting educated and going to college.

For info on Tacoma’s Northwest Detention Center, see:



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