Tag Archives: Northwest Detention Center

We’ll Never Flatten the Curve If People Are Behind Bars

by Sharon H. Chang


At precisely noon last Thursday, under quiet blue skies, a line of cars pulled up to the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Purdy and jolted the day awake. “Free them all! Free them all!” yelled protestors, honking their horns while maintaining a safe distance from each other. Bewildered guards stood by the prison parking lot as protestors shouted through a bullhorn, held protest signs out of car windows, and even blew a trumpet. Simultaneously, protests were also taking place in Olympia, outside the Governor’s mansion, and outside the Monroe Correctional Complex.

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OPINION: Willem Van Spronsen and John Brown Both Chose to Die Opposing Human Bondage

by Casey Jaywork

In the early morning of July 13, Tacoma police shot and killed Seattle-area man Willem Van Spronsen at the Northwest Detention Center, where the federal government imprisons refugees awaiting deportation. According to police statements published in various media, Van Spronsen was in a parking area attempting to damage vehicles used to facilitate prisoner transport, carrying a rifle and throwing “incendiary devices” near a propane tank. No one except Van Spronsen — shot and killed by police — was physically harmed.

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OPINION: We Need Better Options

by the Seattle Peoples Party

This past year has been a very difficult one. With global fascism on the rise, the war has continued to escalate against people of color, women, trans and gender non-conforming folks, disabled people, and anyone who is economically disadvantaged. Here in Seattle, the housing catastrophe has intensified, with over 12,000 people living houseless at any given time.

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Protestors Unite Following City Attorney’s Threat to Aggressively Prosecute ‘Reckless’ Protesters

by DJ Martinez

In an Op-Ed for the Seattle Times August 29, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes wrote that he would no longer be “turning a blind eye” to protesters who invoke their First Amendment rights by using non-violent protest tactics that block city traffic, in reaction to recent protests earlier this year held by activists from multiple movements.

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Anti-Deportation Efforts at Northwest Detention Center Increase as Immigration Reform Heats Up

by Joseph C. Denton

On Jan. 19 the U.S. Supreme court agreed to hear a lawsuit brought by 26 states seeking to overturn President Obama’s 2014 executive order that would allow up to 5 million immigrants to gain work permits without fear of raids, incarceration and deportation. The order is currently suspended as a federal judge reviews its constitutionality. Continue reading Anti-Deportation Efforts at Northwest Detention Center Increase as Immigration Reform Heats Up