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Hunger Strike

Deportations, Hunger Strikes and an Uncertain White House

Ryan Campbell | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics
Ryan Campbell

With immigration, everything begins and ends with family. Until we see a solution to the record-setting family separations, the Administration can expect to see demonstrators on their front step with heartbreaking stories.

Legal Groups Sue ICE Claiming Retaliation For Hunger Strikes

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 04.04.2014 | Latino Voices

SEATTLE (AP) — Two legal groups are suing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying it is retaliating against immigrant hunger strikers at a ...

Last Hunger Strikers At Detention Center Eat Breakfast

AP | Posted 03.14.2014 | Latino Voices

SEATTLE (AP) — After six days of refusing food, the last four immigrants on a hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma have eaten a...

Washington Detention Center Hunger Strike On Day 5

AP | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say a hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center in Washington state th...

Detainees Warned Of Force Feeding During Hunger Strike

AP | Posted 03.11.2014 | Latino Voices

SEATTLE (AP) — An immigrant-rights attorney says detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Washington state are being threatened with forced fe...

You'll Never Believe What This Man Is Doing To Stop Gay Marriage In Utah

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

It seems like things may have reached a whole new level of crazy in Utah. Trestin Meacham, a 35-year-old Utah man, is allegedly refusing to eat any...

Remembering Madiba: Freedom for Prisoners in Punjab

Mandeep Singh | Posted 02.21.2014 | World
Mandeep Singh

Not only does South Africa have a long way to go to correct the errors of Apartheid, but many places all over the world still suffer from the poison of inequality and injustice that he opposed. One of the emerging world leaders dedicating his life to a freedom movement in the way Mandela did is Bhai Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa in India.

Ryan J. Reilly

'Most Transparent Administration' Won't Say How Many Guantanamo Detainees Are Hunger Striking | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Military authorities in Guantanamo are now refusing to say how many detainees are participating in a long-term hunger strike that began ...

They're Going Hungry: A Chat With the Young Americans Fasting at COP 19

Ben Jervey | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Ben Jervey

Around the world, supporters have been "standing with the Philippines" and many have joined in a solidarity fast -- including a number of American youth here in Warsaw.

The Breaking of Bodies and Minds: Task Force Report Confirms Complicity of U.S. Medical Personnel in Torture and Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment

Alexa Koenig | Posted 11.07.2013 | World
Alexa Koenig

A report released earlier this week concludes that post-9/11, doctors working in U.S. security detention centers around the world engaged or assisted in torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees in violation of medical and ethical principles.

Ryan J. Reilly

Guantanamo Stops Daily Release Of Hunger Strike Numbers | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Military officials at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp announced on Monday that they would stop automatically releasing the numbers of det...

What If They Force-fed Gandhi?

SpearIt | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics

In the end, the goals of these inmates are not far from those of Gandhi. The difference, however, is that Gandhi was only one man with a whole continent of supporters while American prisoners, who number more than some small countries, have few Mos Defs in their corner.

California Prisoner Hunger Strike, Force Feeding, the UN, Catholic Bishops and Jerry Brown

Carole Travis | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Carole Travis

The demands of the hunger strikers are reasonable: an end to long-term indefinite solitary confinement, a telephone call now and then, some sunshine, a look at a tree, a bird, classes, the chance to hug their children, grandchildren, wife, mother, friend, group interaction.

Force-Feeding Approved In State's Prisons

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal judge approved a request from California and federal officials on Monday to force-feed inmates if necessary as a ...

State Seeks Permission To Force-Feed Inmates

Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics

By Don Thompson, The Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- State and federal prison officials on Monday sought a judge's permission to force-feed ...

A Lesson of the Irish Hunger Strike

Tom Hayden | Posted 10.15.2013 | Crime
Tom Hayden

Word from within is that California's prison hunger strikers have been studying the Irish hunger strike of 1981 led by Bobby Sands, in which 10 Irish Republicans died because of the stubborn refusal of Margaret Thatcher to recognize them as anything but human.

What the Guantanamo Hunger Strikers Achieved

Jared Del Rosso | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Jared Del Rosso

Though so little in American politics has changed, the debate about Guantanamo feels -- and genuinely seems -- renewed.

Force-feeding Must Stop at Guantanamo

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

Guantanamo represents a place where the United States broke faith with itself and used torture as an interrogation technique. It is a place where the moral wound of indefinite detention continues to cause immense pain and harm.

Roque Planas

'Dream 9' Launch Hunger Strike | Roque Planas | Posted 07.27.2013 | Latino Voices

A group of undocumented immigrants who entered the United States from Mexico through a legal port of entry to protest the Obama administration’s dep...

Ryan J. Reilly

Guantanamo Hearing Featuring Anti-Muslim Witness Show Partisan Split | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If Guantanamo's detention facilities are going to close soon, it was hard to tell from watching a Senate Judiciary committee hearing on ...

To Those of You on Hunger Strike

Hector Villagra | Posted 09.11.2013 | Crime
Hector Villagra

For five days, 29,000 inmates in California's state prisons have refused all meals in the largest hunger strike and prison protest in state history. Your actions speak loudly. We can hear you. We know things must change.

When a Rapper's Actions Speak Louder Than His Words -- A Tribute to Yasiin Bey's Bravery

Kanene Holder | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Kanene Holder

While most rappers shoot videos with beautiful women, fancy cars and jewels, Bey was strapped up, held down and gagging as a feeding tube was inserted up his nose.

Ramadan Force-Feedings at Guantánamo Bay

Hammad Moses Khan | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion
Hammad Moses Khan

Ninety miles south of Florida, military physicians prepared for Ramadan by shackling detainees into restraint chairs and administering force feedings to hunger-striking prisoners, feedings that have been moved into the night hours in an effort to respect the Islamic practice of fasting from food and water during the day.

A Civilized Society

Mike Farrell | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Mike Farrell

Today, more American men and women struggle to survive in prison than do the citizens of any other country in the world. And here correctional officers, staff, administrators and wardens are virtual royalty, holding unquestioned authority over the lives, circumstances and futures of those entrusted to their care.

Obama Faces Struggle With Senate Dems

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's hardest sell in his renewed push to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, may be members of ...