[Ppnews] All Out for Sacramento Hearings on Pelican Bay, August 23rd

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Sat Aug 20 15:30:00 EDT 2011

All Out for Sacramento Hearings, August 23rd

<http://t.ymlp57.com/bueacauusyaaambhazahy/click.php>Prisoner Hunger 
Strike Solidarity Coalition

Tues, August 23rd 11:30am: Statewide Mobilization to Sacramento: Day 
of Action to Support the Hunger Strike &5 Core Demands!

Family and community members across the West Coast will mobilize to 
Sacramento for a rally and legislative hearing at the State Assembly. 
Rally starts at 11:30 am on the North Steps of the State Assembly 
Building. Hearing starts at 1:30 pm, room to be announced. Prisoner 
Hunger Strike Solidarity coalition urges everyone concerned about the 
torturous conditions in California's prisons to attend this hearing 
<http://t.ymlp57.com/bumagauusyapambhavahy/click.php>(more ways to support).

For more information, email 
<mailto:prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity at gmail.com>prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity at gmail.com. 
For carpools from Bay Area, meet at West Oakland BART station at 
10am. For more support with transportation (from the Bay Area) call 
415.637.8195; (from Southern California) 714-290-9077 or email 
prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity at gmail.com.

LA Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law Prepared to 
Petition United Nations

The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (Los Angeles) 
believes that the treatment of California prisoners placed in 
segregated administrative units should be brought before the United 
Nations. Placing thousands of prisoners in segregation for long 
periods of time is one of the most serious mass human rights 
violations taking place in the United States today. If prisoners 
agree, the Center will prepare a petition probably addressed to the 
United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the United 
Nations Committee Against Torture. California's segregation of 
prisoners violates the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, 
Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment 
), which the United States has ratified.

The Convention against Torture is therefore binding on California. 
Solitary confinement is considered by many experts to be a form of 
psychological torture. If a United Nations committee determines that 
the treatment of California prisoners may be in violation of 
international law, it can request an on-site visit and issue reports 
calling for changes. Such actions could help to publicize the 
segregation and isolation of prisoners, and may lead to some 
improvement in the treatment of prisoners.

The Center is also considering whether a class action case may be 
filed against California in the State or Federal courts alleging that 
the segregation of prisoners violates the United Nations Convention 
against Torture, as well as the U.S. Constitution.

The Center will not take any steps without first consulting with 
prisoners, their families, advocates, and lawyers who have already 
done work on issues dealing with segregation and isolation.

A cover letter and form prepared by the Center for Human Rights and 
Constitutional Law to gather information about SHU/Ad-Seg/ASU cases 
may be obtained by contacting Kendra Castaneda, 
<mailto:helpinginmates at gmail.com>helpinginmates at gmail.com

Peter Schey
President and Executive Director
Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law
256 S. Occidental Blvd.
Los Angeles, Ca. 90057
Telephone: (213) 388-8693

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522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

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