Pelican Bay Hunger Strike Spreads to at Least Six California Prisons

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In a statement released from Corcoran Prison’s SHU, prisoners said, “It is important for all to know Pelican Bay is not alone in this struggle and the broader the participation and support for this hunger strike and other such efforts, the greater the potential that our sacrifice now will mean a more humane world for us in the future.”
 
A recent prisoner work strike in Georgia drew support from thousands of prisoner across at least 5 prisoners – the largest prisoner strike in US history.  And at the Lucasville, OH State Prison this January, three hunger strikers won far-reaching changes to prison policy concerning conditions for prisoners on death row.  “Given what’s happening in California prisons themselves, its no surprise we’re seeing organized action here too,” said Taeva Shefler from Prison Activist Resource Center. “The US Supreme Court – not just liberal activists– has agreed that California prison conditions amount to cruel and unusual punishment.  This growing Hunger Strike is the culmination of decades of abuse, neglect, foot-dragging, and incompetence by an unbroken sequence of CDCR administrations.”
 
Actions in more than 12 cities are scheduled to happen throughout this week to show support for the Hunger Strike, and an end to indefinite Solitary Confinement, gang validation and inadequate food and medical care as administrative punishment.
 
 
 
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—July 5th, 2011

 
Prisoners Across at Least 6 California Prisons Join Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers

Strike Could Involve Thousands of Prisoners

 

Press Contact: Isaac Ontiveros

Prison Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition

Office:  510 444 0484

Cell:    510 517 6612
 

   

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