A DIRECT CALL FOR A STATEWIDE WORK STRIKE SUPPORTING THE HUNGER STRIKE TO ABOLISH SHU POLICIES


July 12, 2011

 

(Submitted July 12, 2011)

An indefinite hunger strike has kicked off on July first by Pelican Bay Security Housing Unit (SHU) prisoners. They have been joined by prisoners in the Corcoran and Folsom SHUs. Huge amounts of domestic and foreign support have been organized for these prisoners. In order to win this struggle, however, every available resource must be brought into play. We are at a historical juncture in which prisoners can take control over their lives, to have some say in the conditions of their existence, or else continue to be mere pawns acted upon by external forces and watch things get even worse.

Starting IMMEDIATELY prisoners can start the process of improving their conditions of existence by implementing a peaceful work strike in every prison in the state. Defendants may draft demands as each facility sees fit, but the first demand on the list must be to implement the core demands of the prisoners in the SHUs.

The longest prison work strike in U.S. history was at the Washington State Penitentiary at Walla Walla in 1978—it lasted 47 days. It resulted in the release of the Walla Walla Brothers from the SHU, the Director of Corrections Harold Bradley being fired, the warden removed, and the associate warden of custody transferred to a youth facility. Work strikes can result in positive change!

In the recent Georgia strike prisoners in every prison went on a statewide peaceful work strike. The prisoners were supported by their families and friends who helped spread the word of the planned strike between prisons, and who found supportive groups in a wide variety of communities to bring information about the prisoners’ conditions and attention to their demands.

prisoners must do the same thing here in California

It is up to you to get this message to everyone you trust at your prison and to spread the word across all yards. You are being asked to tell other prisoners that starting IMMEDIATELY, no work will be performed.

No work means no kitchen, no hospital, no anything, no exceptions!!

Moreover, there must be no violence. Anyone advocating violence is a provocateur; listening to such people will only result in defeat. The struggle must be solid and protracted. Plaintiffs on the outside will provide support by amplifying your voice. If you are not the person to get this done, then give this document to someone you think is.

Let’s recap:

1. Effective IMMEDIATELY prisoners initiate a peaceful work stoppage at all prisons.

a. Nobody works; no exceptions.

b. The Walla Walla record is 47 days (it will take time to change public consciousness).

c. There must be no violence at all, in any way.

d. The first demand must be to eliminate indefinite SHU placement and the validation process.

e. First demand amended is “debriefing” as it is known in SHU prison policy, will no longer be tolerated or permitted and considered a crime committed by the institutions that seek it as a means of control.

2. The strike is over when prisoners win, or are defeated.

a. If local demands are not met the strike may continue at that individual facility.

The first step of becoming a part of prisoner history is to communicate the essence of this document to others on the inside. This message is going into prisons across the state, by this and other means.

This is NOW a nationwide effort!! please repost repost repost!!!!

Send this out to everyone in every prison by every means possible.

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4 thoughts on “A DIRECT CALL FOR A STATEWIDE WORK STRIKE SUPPORTING THE HUNGER STRIKE TO ABOLISH SHU POLICIES

  1. I happen to know the ladies that are coordinating RCFV- I have passed along your email and asked that you be contacted…..stay strong sister!

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  2. Yes I have made several attempts to get more involved with RCFV..without anyone getting back to me in return. To answer your questions, yes, those who have spent years in the SHU beyond decades I would consider lifers as well, like my husband. I am also affiliated with many other organizations to help implement positive changes on the necessities of the inmates..Trust me, I live and breathe CDCR daily…its what i do.

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  3. have you thought of getting involved with Restore California Family Visits? do you know how many have been in the SHU and not only at PB for 16, 20, 30 or even 40 years? wouldnt you call 40 years in the shu a lifer? If your a family member of a loved one inside and you want change- its your responsibility to get involved with groups who ARE affecting change in the CA prison system! This strike not only will benefit SHU prisoners- this is about changing the abuse and inhumanity with in the entire system!

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  4. It’s amazing to me how those in the SHU can make such demands when for most, their actions have placed them there.. I am partial on this strike. My husband is a inmate of CDCR..so I understand most of the challenges, needs and wants and mistreatment that occurs in the CDCR as well. I just wish when the inmates have these strikes it benefits everyone including the families on the outside. For example, why don’t the lifers strike to get FAMILY VISITS back..something that benefits everyone..can that too can be done peacefully!

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