Why Immigrant Detainees Are Turning to Civil Disobedience – Max Blumenthal  May 23, 2014  

Just Sayin'

Reform legislation has stalled, and the private-prison industry is making obscene profits from a captive population.

Northwest Detention Center

Detainees inside a holding cell at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

On a cool autumn night eight months ago, Ramon Mendoza Pascual ambled out of a bar in a blue-collar suburb outside Tacoma, Washington, and slumped into the passenger’s seat of his car. He had had a few beers and was not about to risk it all. So Mendoza Pascual did what he thought was the right thing: He called his wife to ask for a ride, then waited around as revelers poured out of the bar and carried their banter into the street.

Mendoza Pascual was an accomplished builder who had just remodeled his family’s new home to perfection. When he was not on the job site, he volunteered his skills to Rampathon, a local charitable program…

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