CA Hunger Strike – Day 17 update


Hey Hey Everyone! We have now entered the 17th day without food!! Unbelievable… I cannot believe the CDCR is allowing for this to drag on for so long!! AS many of you know, “Negotiations” have begun but what is offered by CDCR is considered by some of the hunger strikers as an “insult.” Below find updates on the hunger strike, some very important information and tips. Also find a list of events to plug into and phone numbers to call. For those of you who did visiting this week, please send any updates you have my way.  Hold on, the end is almost near!

TODAY!!!
12:00PM-3:00PM
PROTEST at San Bernardino County Central Detention Center (CDC)
630 East Rialto Avenue
San Bernardino, California 92415

According to Prisoner Solidarity Blog:
“This afternoon leaders of the Pelican Bay hunger strike unanimously rejected a proposal from the CDCR to end the strike. In response to the prisoners’ five, straightforward demands, the CDCR distributed a vaguely worded document stating that it would “effect a comprehensive assessment of its existing policy and  procedure” about the secure housing units (SHUs). The document gave no indication if any changes would be made at all… Despite the promises from the federal Receiver overseeing the CDCR, no one has received salt tablets or vitamins… hundreds of prisoners at Pelican Bay remain on strike, with thousands more participating throughout the CA’s 33 prisons.”
Go here to read the whole article: http://prisonerhungerstrikesol​idarity.wordpress.com/2011/07/​16/pelican-bay-hunger-strikers​-reject-proposal-the-strike-co​ntinues/

These are updates we have from letters, posts, facebook messages, conversations, emails.

Tehachapi
A mother went to go visit her son in the SHU and was told that all the men on B yard are not eating, except for one who is a diabetic. Her son had lost about 20 lbs. and she reported that he looked extremely skinny, his skinned looked sucked in and eyes really big. She said he came out to visit with this very ugly dirty suit and believes they are not allowing them to do laundry. He was told about the protest that will be taking place tomorrow in San Bernardino and broke down crying. He thanked everyone who has been involved in organizing efforts. He said it is becoming very challenging but he is going to hold on and keep going strong. He said they had heard almost nothing about the strike. They had only managed to get ahold of one article, but it had no mention that Tehachapi was also on hunger strike and they have been going since July 1st. He urged to bring awareness to the fact that they are still on hunger strike and will continue to be.

Donovan
“I received a letter from my man today letting me know the inmates in the hole at Donovan are participating in the hunger strike …. there is absolutely no news coverage in the San Diego area. All I know is he’s telling me the men are eating canteen and that’s it. I was under the impression they weren’t eating at all… he said he’s sent me numerous letters however I’ve only gotten two prior ones telling me how starving he is…. he’s lost 20lbs so far. Its hard to find out any accurate information he did say that he finally received mail from the beginning of July. I’ve called numerous times to get some sort of information, but supposedly nobody knows anything. Please fill me in if you find out any information. I’m not sure how long they have been eating canteen…. its a total upside down mess there. I have a friend who emailed all the local news channels yet nothing has been gone public. He said he wrote me a letter regarding what’s going on in there but of course I never got it…..
I don’t think anyone knows which different prisons still have strikers, that’s why we’re trying to get a list together. Reports keep coming in from different places, and cdcr is keeping a tight lid on inmates trying to get the word out to their loved ones. If I had to guess, I would say there are still THOUSANDS participating… not hundreds!”

PBSP SHU-C Corridor
about 50 inmates on the C corridor that are participating in this hunger strike. Soon you may not hear from the men but BE DILIGENT in making sure they’re okay. If your incarcerated loved one has an attorney try to get in contact with them to see if they can get direct answers regarding what is really going on inside.
“Stood outside gates of Pelican Bay today with 2 others and a banner in support of hunger strikers while visitors came and went. Camping with Julie (see blog), who’s been here for 3+ weeks…plenty of room for more support up here!”
Julie’s blog: http://julie-tackett.blogspot.​com/

Desert View Modified Community Correctional Facility
“I went to visit my husband along with my sister in law and we were denied a visit because he is in the hole on a disciplinary violation. After looking into it further. I can see that they are retaliating against him for participating in the hunger strike. He wrote to me and I received the letter a few minutes ago telling me that there was a hunger strike that went on for 36 hours after that he had to give in because he was going crazy. On July 14 Thursday, he said that the “gaffled him up” after going to his GED class. He has not received a write up or anything stating what he did wrong. They just mentioned that he will be charged with “inciting”, apparently the teagher thinks that he is responsible for the class not showing up on July 13. He also says that if they look at the “sign-in” sheet for the past month they would see that the whole class doesn’t show up quite often… in the meantime I am contacting his attorney, so that he can go in there and see what is really going on… I forgot to mention that my husband is in a cell by himself he is not allowed any mail other that outgoing mail and he is locked down 24hrs since 7/14 so it has been 48 hours. If this isn’t cruel and unusual punishment I don’t know what is. These privatized prisons are going to far, they forget that only GEO Group is contracted with the Government, the employees aren’t.”

Prisoner’s Rights: Right to Receive Mail While in Prison
“[A] prisoner’s right to the free flow of incoming and outgoing mail is protected by the First Amendment.” Davis v. Goord, 320 F.3d 346, 351 (2d Cir. 2003). “[T]interference with prisoners’ mail ‘must be no greater than is necessary or essential to the protection of the particular governmental interest involved. Washington v. James, 782 F.2d 1134, 1139 (2d Cir.1986) (quotation marks omitted). Prison mail regulations are valid only if they are “reasonably related to legitimate penological interest.” Turner v. Safley, 482 U.S. 78, 89 (1987).
“Prison walls do not form a barrier separating prison inmates from the protections of the Constitution,” Turner v. Safley, 482 U.S. at 84. “[N]or do they bar free citizens from exercising their own constitutional rights by reaching out to those on the ‘inside[].’” Thornburgh v. Abbott, 490 U.S. 401, 407 (1987). “Access [to prisoners] is essential
(From Section 1983 blog website)” (they can go in during the week to pay visits)

Some men are not having anything but water and coffee.
Response: “cut out the coffee because it dehydrates (although it also suprresses his hunger). Try to take vitamin C or orange juice along with the water…”

“As a clinical psychologist who works with recently incarcerated individuals, I have witnessed first hand the trauma caused by inhumane conditions in prisons. Cruel and unusual punishment wounds individuals and harms our communities”- anonymous

WE STILL NEED FOLKS FOR A PANEL IN UC SANTA BARBARA! Any family members that have son incarcerated and participating in hunger strike? LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED. THEY OFFERED TO HELP WITH GAS.

EVENTS TO PLUG IN!

SUNDAY-JULY 17  TODAY!
12:00PM-3:00PM
PROTEST at San Bernardino County Central Detention Center (CDC)
630 East Rialto Avenue
San Bernardino, California 92415

MONDAY- JULY 18
1:00PM-4:00PM
DIRECT ACTION @ CDCr Headquarters
1515 S St.
Sacramento, CA

11:30AM-1:00PM
Demo in Solidarity- New York
California State Franchise Office
1212 6th Ave. (between 47th & 48th)
Manhattan, New York City

6 PM EDT/ 5 PM CDT/ 4PM MDT/ 3 PM PDT
NATIONAL HUNGER STRIKE SOLIDARITY CONFERENCE CALL
Toll-Free Call In Number: 1(800) 920-7487
Participant Code: 62435226

9:00AM-5:00PM
RALLY outside at State Building
Downtown Los Angeles

7:00PM
VIGIL and JERICHO MARCH
Los Angeles County Jail
441 Bauchet Street
Los Angeles, California 90012

8:00 PM.- 9:00 PM
VIGIL IN SOLIDARITY WITH HUNGER STRIKE ACROSS CALIFORNIA
Las Vegas , Nevada!
333 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Suite 8016
Las Vegas, NV 89101

TUESDAY- JULY 19th

8:00PM
Informational/Update on Hunger Strike and Radical Folk Music Show ft. Ryan Harvey
Dry River Radical Resource Center
740 N. Main Ave.
Tucson, AZ
More info: http://dryriver.org/ryan-harve​y-luke-romano-douglas-fur-and-​a-presentation-on-pelican-bay-​hunger-strikes

WEDNESDAY- JULY 20
Fast/Rally in Rhode Island (assuming the strikers haven’t had their demands met by then)
organized by DARE (Direct Action for Rights and Equality)
for more info, call: 401-351-6060

PLEASE MAKE THOSE PHONE CALLS! It takes one minute! You can even multi task! WE NEED YOU TO HELP US MEET DEMANDS AND BRING THIS TO AN END!

PHONE #’s
For Governor, Jerry Brown: (916) 445-2841
“My name is _____. I support the reasonable “five core demands” of the hunger striking prisoners. I urge the Governor to become involved or to direct Secretary Cate to negotiate with the prisoners immediately & in good faith.  During this crisis and afterward, the prisoners’ human and civil rights must be respected. Thank you.”

For CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate: (916) 323-6001— calls now redirected to (916) 445-4950
“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.”

Governor Jerry Brown w/ phone calls @ (916) 445-2841
CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate @ (916) 323-6001— calls now redirected to (916) 445-4950
PBSP Warden Greg Lewis: 707-465-1000 x 9040; and
Ombudsman Ralyn Conner: 916-324-6123

IF BUSY, please Call The Public Safety Committee:

Senator Loni Hancock – (Chair)
Capitol Office Phone: (916) 651-4009
District Office Phone: (510) 286-1333

Senator Joel Anderson- (Vice Chair)
Capitol Office Phone: (916) 651-4036
El Cajon District Office Phone: (619) 596-3136
Temecula District Office phone: (916) 651-4036

Senator Roderick Wright:
Capitol office Phone: (916) 651-4025
District Office Phone:(310) 412-0393
Long Beach District Office: (562) 427-1028

Public Safety Standing Committee of Assembly
Tom Ammiano (Chair)
(415) 557-3013
(916)319-2013

Steve Knight- (Vice Chair)
(916) 319-2036
(661) 267-7636
(760) 843-8045

Call Out Terry Thornton on her lies! , 916-324-4590…  http://ontheblockradio.blogsp​ot.com/2011/07/pelican-bay-sta​te-prison-hunger-strike.html

If you are looking for more info regarding the hunger strike’s demands:
http://www.prisons.org/hungers​trike.htm

Deatiled information regarding the SHU:http://afsc.org/sites/afsc​.civicactions.net/files/docume​nts/Buried%20Alive%20%20PMRO%2​0May08%20.pdf

For updates and more detailed information visit:
http://www.prisons.org and
http://prisonerhungerstrikesol​idarity.wordpress.com/

There you will find actions to plug into around the world.

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One thought on “CA Hunger Strike – Day 17 update

  1. Matthew 25:43

    I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’

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