Tuesday, October 4, 2011

12,000 Prisoners Resume Hunger Strike in California

12,000 Prisoners Resume Hunger Strike in California

Outrageous Retaliation by Prison Officials
by Larry Everest and Bay Area Revolution Writers Group
A very just, very significant and courageous battle is rapidly spreading in California’s state prisons—and beyond. On September 26, prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) resumed their hunger strike—in the face of vicious lies and attacks and retaliation by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and other state officials, including Governor Jerry Brown. They had been on a hunger strike from July 1-July 20, demanding an end to the horrifically inhuman conditions they face. On September 29, the CDCR admitted that 4,252 inmates in eight state prisons had missed nine consecutive meals since Monday, September 26, and that state prisons at Calipatria, Centinela, Ironwood, Pelican Bay, San Quentin, and Salinas Valley, as well as the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and state prison at Corcoran, had all reported inmates on hunger strike. (The CDCR won’t count a prisoner as being on hunger strike until he or she has refused nine straight meals.)
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  1. That's one way to solve the budget crisis.

  2. 9 straight meals...Wow, I consider myself on a diet if I skip a snack and think myself hardly used. Three days seems a long time to wait.

  3. Rose, a few months ago Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire and started the arab spring. Do not underestimate what is going on around you.


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