[Ppnews] Hungerstrike News Day Seventeen - The Strike Continues!

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Hungerstrike News
July 17, 2011 No. 1, Day Seventeen



Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers Reject Proposal: The Strike Continues!

<http://t.ymlp118.net/eqadaybwatajswarahy/click.php>Prisoner 
Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition

Friday, July 15 - 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.

While the CDCR has claimed that there is no 
medical crisis, mediators report that the 
principal hunger strikers have lost 25-35 pounds 
each and have underlying medical conditions of 
concern. Despite the promises from the federal 
Receiver overseeing the CDCR, no one has received salt tablets or 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 have gone off the strike to 
resume refusing food. Hundreds of prisoners at 
Pelican Bay remain on strike, with thousands more 
participating throughout the CA’s 33 prisons. 
Advocates and strike leaders dismiss the false 
claims that the strike is being orchestrate by 
prison gangs. (Click 
<http://t.ymlp118.net/eyadaybwavajswacahy/click.php>here 
for a clip from a legal visit with hunger 
strikers, explaining why prisoners are doing this hunger strike)

International solidarity with the striking 
prisoners also continue to mount with 
demonstrations and messages emerging from the US, Canada, Turkey and Australia.

According to mediation team Laura Magnani, “From 
day one. the CDCR has demonstrated it’s 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 office 
with phone calls and emails, echoing the striker’s demands.

Given how basic the strikers’ demands are, it is 
immoral that the CDCR would insult these men with 
such poor faith proposal,” state mediator Dorsey Nunn.

The challenge for supporters outside of prison is 
to match the courage of the hunger strikers, and 
to effectively pressure the CDCR to immediately 
negotiate on the standards any negotiation should 
follow: with the prisoners in good faith, 
addressing all of the demands, and with the 
prisoner-approved outside mediation team.
It is still important to continue calling in and writing letters to Sec. Cate.

We also need to intensify pressure on all elected 
officials, from Governor Brown to local state 
representatives, to get involved in this 
struggle–urge them to make sure the CDCR 
negotiates with the prisoners, urge them to visit 
Pelican Bay and demand to see the prisoners. We 
can also be targeting press and media to do the same.

MOBILIZE to SACRAMENTO:
MON, July 18th from 1-4pm. Demonstration outside CDCR Headquarters. 1515 S. St.

*FOR SUPPORTERS EVERYWHERE:
Join a conference call to hear direct updates, 
and to strategize effective ways to support the 
strike and the prisoners in winning their demands!

NATIONAL HUNGER STRIKE SOLIDARITY CONFERENCE CALL:
Monday, July 18th: 6 pm EDT/ 5 pm CDT/ 4pm MDT/ 3 pm PDT
Toll-Free Call In Number: 1(800) 920-7487
Participant Code: 62435226

<http://t.ymlp118.net/msaoaybwagajswaoahy/click.php>Click 
here for a complete list of Coalition press releases and advisories.

Recent Media Coverage
    * 
<http://t.ymlp118.net/mualaybwacajswafahy/click.php>Protestors 
In Support Of Pelican Bay Prisoners March Through 
SF - Jana Katsuyama reports for KTVU television, July 15 2011
    * 
<http://t.ymlp118.net/meacaybwapajswagahy/click.php>Prison 
Reform Movement's Blogtalkradio show talks to Ed 
Mead, Julie Tackett, and D.J. Vodicka, on July 16, 2011
    * 
<http://t.ymlp118.net/mmanaybwapajswazahy/click.php>Interview 
with Carol Strickman, staff attorney for Legal 
Services for Prisoners with Children "The CDCR is 
using every method they have to try and stop this hunger strike"
    * Revolution #239, July 17, 2011
    * 
<http://t.ymlp118.net/mjacaybwanajswavahy/click.php>Interview 
with Clyde Young, revolutionary communist "We 
should stand firmly with the prisoners and their demands"
    * Clyde Young is a revolutionary communist 
and a former prisoner. This interview was 
originally done on The Michael Slate Show and has 
been posted at revcom.us courtesy of The Michael 
Slate Show (KPFK, 90.7fm Los Angeles, 98.7fm 
Santa Barbara, www.kpfk.org worldwide).
    * 
<http://t.ymlp118.net/mbaraybwatajswaaahy/click.php>Interview 
with Lance Tapley, journalist; U.S.: "The World Torture Champions"
    * Lance Tapley is an award winning 
investigative journalist at the Portland Phoenix 
in Maine where he has covered the Supermax prison 
in Maine. Lance is also one of the contributors 
to the anthology "The United States and Torture: 
Interrogation, Incarceration and Abuse". This 
interview was originally done on The Michael 
Slate Show and has been posted at revcom.us 
courtesy of The Michael Slate Show (KPFK, 90.7fm 
Los Angeles, 98.7fm Santa Barbara, www.kpfk.org worldwide).
    * 
<http://t.ymlp118.net/mhataybwafajswapahy/click.php>Interview 
with Manuel LaFontaine, member of All of Us or 
None and the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity 
Coalition: "The worst of the worst is not 
allowing people to be treated as human beings"
    * Manuel LaFontaine is a member of All of Us 
or None and the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity 
coalition. This interviewed was originally done 
on The Michael Slate Show and has been posted at 
revcom.us courtesy of The Michael Slate Show, 
(KPFK, 90.7fm Los Angeles, 98.7fm Santa Barbara, www.kpfk.org worldwide)
    * 
<http://t.ymlp118.net/mwakaybwapajswaiahy/click.php>Emergency 
Press Conference in San Francisco: "We cannot 
stress enough how critical the situation is"
    * Revolution #239, July 17, 2011
    * 
<http://t.ymlp118.net/mqavaybwakajswavahy/click.php>Thousands 
of California Prisoners & Supporters Rally for Weeks
    * MIM(Prisons), July 2011
    * 
<http://t.ymlp118.net/myaraybwavajswatahy/click.php>When 
the Hunger Strike is in the US | Cubadebate (English)
    * By Juana Carrasco Martín, Cubadebate Jul 
16th, 2011 A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann
    * 
<http://t.ymlp118.net/jsagaybwaiajswaoahy/click.php>Letters 
from Hugo Pinell and other hunger strikers – 
Rally to support the hunger strikers
    * San Francisco Bay View July 15, 2011
    * 
<http://t.ymlp118.net/juataybwalajswapahy/click.php>Protests 
Grow in Solidarity with California Prisoners as 
Hunger Strikes Enter Third Week
    * Democracy Now July 15, 2011
    * 
<http://t.ymlp118.net/jeavaybwaaajswaiahy/click.php>Carl 
Small of the Montreal Hungerstrike Support 
Committee interviewed on Radio Free 
Worldinterviewed on Radio Free World, CKUW 95.9 FM Winnipeg, July 15 2011
    * 
<http://t.ymlp118.net/jmalaybwadajswacahy/click.php>Pelican 
Bay/California hunger strike: 6,000 prisoners and growing
    * By Michelle Schudel, Liberation (Newspaper 
of the Party for Socialism and Liberation) July 15, 2011
    * 
<http://t.ymlp118.net/jjanaybwavajswaaahy/click.php>Pelican 
Bay Hunger Strike: Supporters Plan to Rally, 
Possibly Disrupt the Evening Commute
    * By Erin Sherbert San Francisco News, July 15 2011
    * 
<http://t.ymlp118.net/jbafaybwaoajswacahy/click.php>Rush 
Hour Protest Today to Back Hunger Strikers at Pelican Bay
    * Rachel Swan East Bay Express, July 15, 2011
    * 
<http://t.ymlp118.net/jhaoaybwavajswarahy/click.php>Calif. 
inmates fight lockdowns, punishment of groups by race
    * BY ARLENE RUBINSTEIN, The Militant - July 25, 2011
    * 
<http://t.ymlp118.net/jwazaybwaxajswafahy/click.php>July 
15: Amidst Pressure, CDCR Enters Negotiation with Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers
    * press release from the Prisoners Hungerstrike Solidarity Coalition
    * 
<http://t.ymlp118.net/jqanaybwaxajswarahy/click.php>Corrections 
officials accede to pressure, begin negotiating 
with hunger strikers as their health deteriorates
    * by Isaac Ontiveros, Prisoner Hunger Strike 
Solidarity, San Francisco Bay View July 15 2011.
Needless to say, a link to an article does not imply endorsement.

<http://t.ymlp118.net/jyataybwaaajswapahy/click.php>Click 
here for complete list of links to news articles since July 1.

Upcoming Events
(next 72 hours)

EVERYWHERE
*Monday, July 18th: 6 pm EDT/ 5 pm CDT/ 4pm MDT/ 3 pm PDT:
NATIONAL HUNGER STRIKE SOLIDARITY CONFERENCE 
CALL: FOR SUPPORTERS EVERYWHERE. Join a 
conference call to hear direct updates, and to 
strategize effective ways to support the strike 
and the prisoners in winning their demands! 
Toll-Free Call In Number: 1(800) 920-7487. Participant Code: 62435226

In the US:

California
Los Angeles
Monday, July 18th, 9am - 5pm ALL DAY - Reagan 
State Building, 3rd and Spring Sts., Downtown Los Angeles

Sacramento
Mon, July 18th1:00-4:00pm: Demonstration @ CDCR 
Headquarters.1515 S St. Sacramento, CA

San Bernardino
Sun, July 17th 12:00-3:00 pm: Demonstration at 
San Bernardino County Central Detention Center 
(CDC). 630 East Rialto Avenue. San Bernardino

San Francisco
EVERY DAY at noon. California State Building, Van 
Ness and McAllister, San Francisco.

Nevada
Las Vegas
Mon, July 18th 8:00- 9:00 p.m: VIGIL IN 
SOLIDARITY WITH HUNGER STRIKE ACROSS CALIFORNIA. Address: *waiting on location*

New York
New York City
Mon, JULY 18th 11:30am – 1pm Demo in Solidarity 
with Hunger Strike in California. California 
State Franchise Office, 1212 6th Ave. between 
47th & 48th, Manhattan, New York City, New York.

Arizona
Tuscon
Tues, July 19th @ 8pm: Informational Update on 
the Hunger Strike and Radical Folk Music Show 
featuring Ryan Harvey. At Dry River Radical 
Resource Center 740 N.  Main Ave. Click 
<http://t.ymlp118.net/bsazaybwanajswazahy/click.php>here for more info.

Rhode Island
Wed, July 20th: Fast/Rally (assuming the strikers 
haven’t had their demands met by then). organized 
by DARE (Direct Action for Rights and Equality). 
For more info, call: 
<http://t.ymlp118.net/buacaybwarajswapahy/click.php>401-351-6060

<http://t.ymlp118.net/beapaybwadajswarahy/click.php>This 
list is of upcoming events we know of within the 
next 72 hours - for a complete list click here

If you are organizing an event in your area, 
<mailto:hstrikenews at yahoo.ca>let us know!

Hungerstrike News can be reached at 
<mailto:hstrikenews at yahoo.ca>hstrikenews at yahoo.ca


Since July 1, thousands of prisoners across 
California have participated in a hunger strike 
against torturous conditions at Pelican Bay State 
Prison's Security Housing Unit. Roughly one 
hundred prisoners have stated that they will 
refuse food until death if their demands for basic human rights are not met.

Hungerstrike News documents their struggle and 
the actions of those who stand in solidarity with them.
MAKE CALLS AND
WRITE LETTERS OF PROTEST TO:

Secretary Matthew Cate
CDCR
1515 S Street
Sacramento
95814
TEL: (916) 323-6001

Governor Jerry Brown
State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
TEL: (916) 445-2841

CDCR Public Affairs Office: (916)445-4950

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