Bay Area Moms Launch Hunger Strike for Family Reunification–Update–Hunger Strike Spreads to Other Cities

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Photo by Jerry Lara, San Antonio Express-News

Photo by Jerry Lara, San Antonio Express-News

MEDIA ADVISORY

The National Rolling Hunger Strike Spreads to Other Cities

August 1, 2018

The hunger strike at the Oakland Federal Building (1301 Clay St.), begun on Monday, July 30th, will close beginning at 5 pm Wednesday, August 1st with a Break the Fast dinner. The following day, a three-day fast will begin in Sacramento.

Organizers plan to continue rolling hunger strikes across the country until their demands are met, with fasts already planned in eight cities as more than 700 children remain separated, and hundreds of parents appear to have been deported without their children. 

For more information: https://www.solidarityhungerstrike.com/
Upcoming hunger strike dates and cities:
August 2-4: Sacramento, CA
August 5-7: Santa Cruz, CA
August 8-10: Portland, OR
August 11-13: Staten Island, NY
August 16-18: Chicago, IL
August 19-21: New York, NY
August 22-24: Ashland, OR
August 27-29: Seattle, WA

Bay Area Moms Launch Hunger Strike for Family Reunification

 As Trump Administration Fails to Meet Deadline, Oakland Kicks Off National Wave of Fasts Demanding Justice for Migrant Families

July 27, 2018

Oakland — As the government failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to reunite immigrant families Thursday, Bay Area parents and grandparents announced a three-day hunger strike—the first in a series of fasts across the country calling for separated parents and children to be released together.

“As a mom, I’m supporting the hunger strike because children deserve to be protected no matter where they are born,” said Xochitl Oseguera of Moms Rising.

The hunger strike will take place outside Oakland’s Federal Building, beginning the morning of Monday, July 30th, and closing on the evening of Wednesday, August 1st. Public mobilizations will take place each day of the strike at 8 am, 12 noon, and 6 pm.

The following day, a three-day fast will begin in Sacramento. Organizers plan to continue rolling hunger strikes across the country until their demands are met, with fasts already planned in Santa Cruz, Portland, and Charlottesville, VA.

Last month, U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw gave the Trump Administration a July 26th deadline to reunite all separated families. But only 1,012 of more than three thousand had been reunited by Tuesday, and hundreds of parents appear to have been deported without their children.

Parents and grandparents in the Bay Area and across the country launched the hunger strikes in order to keep pressure on the government to reunite the remaining families—inspired by mothers inside Port Isabel Detention Center in Texas, who went on a rolling hunger strike after being denied the right to speak to their children.

Strikers released the following statement of demands:

We demand that every migrant family separated by this administration be reunited and released from incarceration. We demand that the families receive support and justice for the trauma inflicted by our government.

We are parents, we are elders, we are clergy members, we are volunteers, we are teachers. We are ordinary people who have decided that enough is enough. We will not silently watch government-sanctioned kidnapping and the torture of migrant families. We will not sit back and watch families torn apart, babies and toddlers deemed ‘ineligible’ for reunification, children returned to their parents so traumatized they can’t speak, parents denied food, water, and medical care, children and women subjected to abuse and mockery. We stand against the criminalization and dehumanization of immigrant families.

We will continue our hunger strike and other solidarity actions until our demand is met.”

Participants also linked their fast to the broader surge of violence and racism facing immigrants, communities of color, and children under the Trump Administration. “My fast is my public demonstration of my brokenheartedness,” said Rabi’a Keeble. “We have the Muslim ban, we have young black women being murdered on public transit, we have a government that is out of control, and trying to turn back the clock on progress sixty years. My fast is dedicated to change, to hope, and to futures that are better than what we have now.”

Contacts:

Carolyn Norr, Families Belong Together: carolynclara@gmail.com, 510-220-5707Rabia Keeble: keeblerabia@gmail.com, 510-672-8095

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