COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: #CAHungerStrike #PelicanBay Awareness
POCZP Donor and Resistance Behind Bars author Victoria Law (who also edits Tenacious zine) will be on the ”Melissa Harris-Perry" show this Saturday, July 13 (show starts at 10am ET), to talk about what is happening at #PelicanBay and other prisons in California. Vikki will be discussing her recent article about the Pelican Bay hunger strikes and the families organizing in support of their demands.
Follow #nerdland on Twitter to view the related conversation during the show.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT #CAHungerStrike
Right now 30,000 prisoners in California are on hunger strike. According to Amnesty International, that is the largest hunger strike in the state’s history, encompassing roughly two-thirds of the state’s inmates.
For additional context on why the strike is happening, check out some of the shocking facts in the infographic below on the conditions of indefinite isolation in California, where more than 3,000 prisoners are held in these high security isolation units known as Security Housing Units (SHUS).
Additionally, The Sacramento Bee reports that the Center for Investigative Reporting found that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state approvals.
[DESCRIPTION: This single page infographic by Amnesty International is best viewed in full screen mode to zoom in on sections]
Follow #CAHungerStrike on Twitter to stay informed.
MORE INFO FROM HOMIES UNIDOS
The California Prisoner’s Hunger Strike started once again on July 8, 2013. The protesters have said that they will not stop until demands are addressed even if that means giving their lives.
Sign the petition: The Petition
Statewide Rally at Corcoran State Prison
Saturday, July 13, 3:00 PM
Bus and carpool leaves from Los Angeles at 8:30 AM,
From: Chuco’s Justice Center,1137 E. Redondo, Inglewood
THE FIVE DEMANDS
The inhumane conditions inside CA dungeons, particularly in isolation - a form of torture -, brought prisoners together across racial, geographic, and political lines. They united to end hostilities and fight for changes in SHU conditions. These men have suffered injustice and torture for decades. Governors, wardens, courts, and media have disregarded all previous attempts to change conditions. As a result, the hunger-strikers have placed their lives on the line and developed five core demands: Link for Flier
- End Group Punishment & Administrative Abuse: Hold people accountable for their individualactions,rather than punishing everyone. Collective punishment is a fascist practice!
- Abolish the Debriefing Policy, and Modify Active/Inactive Gang Status Criteria: The ‘debriefing’ policy is known as “snitch or die” - since the only way out of the SHU is to debrief (inform on another prisoner). In some cases, people have been in the SHUs since the ’60s or ’70s for political beliefs or jailhouse lawyering.
- End Long-Term Solitary Confinement. Comply with 2006 US Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons. International human rights organizations recognize sensory deprivation is psychological torture.
- Provide Adequate and Nutritious Food, adequate medical care, and access to natural light.
- Expand and Provide Constructive Programming and Privileges for Indefinite SHU Status Inmates. People in SHUs aren’t released, since there’s no constructive program available with which to qualify for parole.
Join the Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition and bring in your school, union, community or coreligionists. Hunger Strike Solidarity So Cal Coalition (in formation) includes families, ex-prisoners & others. To get involved, 213-858-3486 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the Five Core Demands, please visitprisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com
Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/672950029398476/
In October 2012 incarcerated people in the hunger strike came to an agreement to end all hostilities against each other, the agreement can be found here:
ADDITIONAL MEDIA COVERAGE
Photos of Protesters Against Solitary Confinement - LA Daily News Media
Los Angeles Times:
Maria and Jesus Aguirre speak of their struggles with their loves in prison and the hunger strike. starts at 47 minutes.
Spanish interview on Telemundo with Delia Rodriguez on the Hunger Strike:
Spanish coverage of the Hunger Strike:
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