California Hunger Strikers… International Call of Action!!!


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URGENT! DISTRIBUTE ACROSS THE WORLD!

Greetings Everyone,

WE WRITE WITH URGENCY!!!

“The prisoners are progressing rapidly to the organ damaging consequences of dehydration. They are not drinking water and have decompensated rapidly. A few have tried to sip water but are so sick that they are vomiting it back up. Some are in renal failure and have been unable to make urine for 3 days. Some are having measured blood sugars in the 30 range, which can be fatal if not treated.“

We are making an INTERNATIONAL CALL OF ACTION to take a stand on WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011 in support and solidarity with all men that are on hunger strike across California State Prisons to end the inhumane and torturous conditions present in Pelican Bay’s Security Housing Unit (SHU).

WE CANNOT STRESS HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR YOU TO SHOW THAT YOU ARE STANDING TALL WITH THESE MEN PROTESTING THE TORTUROUS CONDITIONS OF CONFINEMENT OF THE SHU THAT PROMOTE PHYSICAL ABUSE AND PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA!

We need EVERYONE to jump on board! TIME IS OF ESSENCE! If you are an artist, actor, public figure, part of an academic dept. or organization please make a statement and come out publicly in support of their five core demands. Urge the CDCR to begin NEGOTIATIONS NOW!! This is serious. These men are dying as we speak!

The men at Pelican Bay SHU are asking for the most basic of things such as exposure to sun light (some haven’t fully seen the sun for 20, 30 years! and counting), vitamin supplements, one phonecall a week, all the way to end of the debriefing policy and end to group punishment. AS THEY HAVE STATED, THIS TYPE OF CONFINEMENT IS STATE SANCTIONED TORTURE and A VIOLATION OF THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS! WHAT THESE MEN ARE ASKING FOR ALREADY EXISTS IN OTHER SUPERMAX PRISONS HERE IN THE USA!

For a full list of their 5 core demands visit:
http://www.prisons.org/hungerstrike.htm

For Updates go to:
http://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/

For more detailed information on SHU confinement go to:
http://afsc.org/sites/afsc.civicacti…20May08%20.pdf

afsc.org

If you would like to plug in to an event tomorrow, thursday, or friday, see below…There is also a list with other ideas on how to show support. If you are not sure where you stand on this issue, I urge you to not dismiss it and get educated on what is going on. To get started on that task, click on the links above.

PLEASE PLUG IN!

WEDNESDAY:
EMERGENCY PRESS CONFERENCE-San Francisco
Wed July 13th @ 11 am
outside the California State Building in San Francisco
(Van Ness & McAllister)

PRESS CONFERENCE/SPEAK OUT!-Los Angeles
WEDNESDAY @ 2PM
RonaldReagan State Building
300 South Spring Street
Los AngelesCA 90013
(3rd St. between Spring and Main)

ENCAMPMENT
SOLIDARITY WITH PELICAN BAY PRISONERS HUNGER STRIKE!
BEGINS WEDNESDAY AT 5PM
KRSTUnity Centerof Afrakan Spiritual Science
7825. S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90047-2728

ON THURSDAY:

VIGIL IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PRISONER HUNGER STRIKERS-Oakland
Thursdays from 5:00-7:00
lameda County Courthouse
1225 Fallon St, Oakland
(near the Lake Merritt BART station)

FRIDAY:

INFORMATIONAL, ORGANIZING AND STRATEGIZING SESSION:
6pm-INFORMATIONAL
7pm-ORGANIZING & STRATEGIZING
FRIDAY, JULY 15 @ 6PM-8PM
@ Souther California Library
6120 Vermont Ave. , Los Angeles CA 90044

OTHER IDEAS FOR WEDNESDAY (AND UNTIL HUNGER STRIKE IS OVER):

-Wear a T-shirt w/ a slogan in support, such as “SOLIDARITY WITH PELICAN BAY PRISONERS”

-BLAST the image attached to this flyer everywhere on the internet (including you Facebook default pic)

-If you have connections w/ PRESS pressure them to start covering this issue and expose its seriousness.

-Plan your own action and strategizing session!

-Organize Call-Ins! It can be as simple as stopping folks in the sidewalk to take a minute and call the Governor or Public Safety Committee from your cellphone If you have an Ipad walk around and convince folks to sign the petition. at http://www.change.org/petitions/supp…rison#comments

-Flood Governor Jerry Brown w/ phone calls @ (916) 445-2841

-Flood Secretary Matthew Cate @ (916) 323-6001

Call and say this:
“Hi my name is _____. I’m calling about the statewide prisoner hunger strike that began at Pelican Bay. I support the prisoners & their reasonable “five core demands.” I urge the CDCR to negotiate with the prisoners immediately & in good faith. Thank You.”

-Write the Public Safety Committee Chair and tell them to support the men in SHU:
Senator Loni Hancock
State Capitol
Room 2082
Sacramento, Ca. 95814
Find other members @: http://spsf.senate.ca.gov/

-Come out publicly and make a statement in support of the men hunger striking in the SHU against torturous inhumane conditions of confinement that violate US and UN Laws (PUBLIC FIGURES, ARTISTS, ACTORS, ACADEMIC DEPTS, ORGANIZATIONS- WE NEED YOU!)

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