New Jersey: detainees on hunger strike
- NJ detainees on hunger strike
NJCRDC: Demand that Hunger Striker Nigel Maccado Be Taken to Hospital
Date: Fri, 08 Aug 2003 14:33:47 -0400
From: Greg Pason <gpason@...>
Demand That Hunger Striker Nigel Maccado Be Taken to a Hospital!
Please call Passaic County Jail NOW! (973) 881-4591
Please circulate widely!
Detainee Nigel Maccado (A#21-098-333) at the Passaic County Jail has
been on a hunger strike since June 18, 2003. This is a hunger strike to
protest his detention and possible deportation and to expose the
injustice of all the immigrant detentions. Today is the 52nd day of
Nigel's hunger strike. He is now unable to get out of bed without having
fainting spells, falling and hitting his head. He cannot stand without
falling and is passing out 4 or 5 times per day. Nigel, who has a heart
condition, is in dire need of medical treatment. The doctor and nurse at
the jail are denying him medical treatment, on the grounds that "you are
trying to kill yourself anyway."
Nigel must be hospitalized and receive proper medical care that is not
available to him at Passaic County Jail.
Update from jail visit on Wednesday 8/6/03) (as reported by Jeannette
Gabriel after visiting Nigel)
I am deeply shocked by the visit I had with Nigel last night, he is very
very ill and must be moved immediately. Please pass this note to other
lists, to everyone you know, this is incredibly URGENT!!! Nigel's pupils
are huge, you can't see his irises because his eyes are so dilated. His
eyes are so bloodshot that his eyes appear to be black and red. I asked
him to stand up and he was unable to do so without holding onto the wall,
as soon as he let go of the wall he began to sway and tip over. He said
that he is terribly weak and is passing out about 4 or 5 times a day. He
is begging the medical authorities at the jail to see a heart specialist
and they are ignoring his requests. Nigel showed me a picture of what he
looked like before the hunger strike began and I couldn't believe it was
the same person. The deep deep circles under his eyes and his hollowed out
faces are an indication of the toll the hunger strike is taking. Today is
Nigel's 50th day on a liquid diet -- 50 days!!! Nigel's burning black and
red eyes are haunting me, we all are responsible for this man's life.
Please help me fight for Nigel's life. Please call the jail today, please
have everyone you know call the jail. We cannot stop until Nigel is in the
hospital, please please don't let Nigel down. He is fighting for himself,
for all the detainees and for all of us.
Nigel Maccado, an immigrant from India, like all the other thousands of
immigrant "detainees" is not charged with any crime, yet he has been
imprisoned for 21 months without charge or trial. Without any other
hope, Nigel has taken the desperate measure of a hunger strike to
protest his unjust imprisonment. He has been joined in this hunger
strike for the past 39 days by Hemnauth Mohabir, an immigrant from
Guyana and fellow detainee at Passaic County Jail. Hemnauth, a permanent
resident, has now been imprisoned for 16 months.
These innocent immigrants' courageous hunger strike is on behalf of all
those detainees who have been imprisoned, deprived of their liberty and
basic rights by the "Department of Homeland Security". They are also
striking for all of us. When any can be imprisoned without charge or
trial, none of us are "secure". Don't let Nigel pay with his life for
this brave stand. Demand that he be sent to a hospital NOW!
New Jersey Civil Rights Defense Committee
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