[Ppnews] Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers Reject CDCR Proposal

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Fri Jul 15 19:42:04 EDT 2011


Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers Reject CDCR Proposal
Strike Continues

  Press Contact:    Isaac Ontiveros
  Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity
  Office: <tel:510%20444%200484>510 444 0484

California—This afternoon leaders of the Pelican 
Bay hunger strike unanimously rejected a proposal 
to end the strike from the California Department 
of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). In 
response to the prisoners’ five, straightforward 
demands, 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.

While the CDCR has claimed that there is no 
medical crisis, mediators report that the 
principal negotiators have lost 25-35 pounds each 
and have underlying medical conditions of 
concern. Despite promises from the federal 
Receiver overseeing CDCR, no one has received 
salt tablets or multiple vitamins.

The hunger strike is now in its third week and 
shows no signs of weakening.  In fact, the 
settlement document distributed last night to all 
hunger strikers at Pelican Bay prison, resulted 
in some people who had gone off the strike to 
resume refusing food.  Hundreds of prisoners at 
Pelican Bay remain on strike, with thousands more 
participating throughout California's 33 
prisons.  Advocates and strike leaders dismiss 
the false claims that the strike is being orchestrated by prison gangs.

International solidarity with the striking 
prisoners also continues to mount with 
demonstrations and messages emerging from the US, 
Canada, Turkey and Australia. According to 
mediation team member Laura Magnani, “From day 
one, the CDCR has demonstrated its inability to 
resolve this situation. We call on Gov. Brown to 
step in and negotiate in good faith to bring this 
situation to a just resolution.”  Strike 
supporters plan to flood the Governor’s offices 
with phone calls and emails, echoing the strikers’ demands.

“Given how basic the striker’s demands are, it is 
immoral that the CDCR would insult these men with 
such poor faith proposals,” stated mediator, Dorsey Nunn.

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