[Ppnews] * Urgent Prisoner Hunger Strike Update

Political Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Thu Jul 21 16:04:38 EDT 2011

Dear Friends,

As you might have already heard, the CDCR 
released a press statement today claiming the end of the Hunger Strike.

This statement has yet to be validated by a single external source.

Until we receive real confirmation from prisoners 
and the appointed mediation team, now is not the time to let up our pressure.

(from http://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/ 7/20/2011)

In order to break the strike and dwindle support for it, the CDCR has:
    * enticed prisoners into not fasting before 
the strike began 
releasing a “4th of July Menu,” including food 
that prisoners have never seen before in prison
    * continuously down-played participation and support in regards to numbers
    * has been withholding information in regards 
to prisoners’ medical status and other details on 
the strike from press, media, advocates, family members and prisoners
    * guards marched down prison halls announcing 
the strike was over and the demands were met
    * not followed medical protocol, including 
distributing prescribed medication
    * told the Federal Receiver’s office all 
prisoners were refusing medical care, therefore 
the Federal Receiver’s office does not need to 
follow protocol and weigh prisoners or do medical examinations until later
    * denounced family members, friends, 
prisoners, and lawyers speaking out about the 
urgent medical crisis as prisoners experience 
symptoms of severe dehydration due to no food for 
weeks and torturous conditions
    * said the strike is led by vicious gang 
members to justify torture and discourage wide-range support
    * hanging up and/or disconnecting when 
supporters call-in urging the CDCR to negotiate
    * claiming they cannot implement the changes 
asked for in the demands, when they are basic 
standards even in other Supermax prisons Pelican Bay was modeled after
    * thrown hunger striking prisoners not yet in 
the SHU and Ad-Seg units into solitary 
confinement as punishment for supporting the strike
    * transferred hunger strikers to other 
prisons–we’ve heard from the Receiver’s Office of 
hunger strikers being transferred from Pelican 
Bay to Corcoran, and Corcoran to Pelican Bay
    * continuing to deny mail, the primary source of much needed human contact
    * and many more tactics we have yet to hear 
due to extreme isolation and surveillance
Despite these attempts, the hunger strike led by 
prisoners to change prison conditions and outside 
support for this courageous action has only 
grown.Thousands of people worldwide are 
supporting the strike by calling the CDCR and 
legislators to negotiate with the prisoners 
immediately, in good faith, before people die and 
medical conditions get even worse.
For more information:

(510) 444-0484

Thank you for your support!

In Struggle,
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity*
Vigil at the Alameda County Court House, 1225 Fallon St, Oakland
Thursday, July 21, 2011, 5pm

Oakland – Prisoners’ families and community 
members will hold a vigil in support of the 
Pelican Bay Hunger Strike at the Alameda County 
Court House this evening as hunger strikers 
across California continue to refuse food in the 
fourth week of the strike. With the infirmary at 
Pelican Bay full and strikers continuing to 
suffer the effects of not having eaten for nearly 
a month, the vigil will highlight both the strong 
community support for the prisoners on strike as 
well as the lack of response to the strike on the 
part of the California Department of Corrections 
and Rehabilitation (CDCR). “We’ve held rallies, 
we’ve called Governor Brown, people have 
mobilized internationally to show that we condemn 
the torturous conditions at Pelican Bay and yet 
the CDCR and the Governor aren’t acting,” says 
Dolores Canales whose son is on hunger strike in 
the Pelican Bay Secure Housing Unit (SHU). “I 
have every reason to believe that the state of 
California would rather see our sons, brothers 
and husbands die than address their demands.”

The hunger strike, now 21 days old, began at 
Pelican Bay State Prison on July 1st and quickly 
spread throughout 13 other California prisons 
including Pelican Bay, Corcoran, Tehachapi, 
Calipatria and Folsom. A report this week in the 
LA Times indicated that despite requests by a 
journalist to speak to some of the strikers 
directly, he was not granted access. Ron Ahnen, 
president of California Prison Focus states, “The 
CDCR does not want the media or the general 
public to see what is going on at Pelican Bay. 
The system that purports to create safety for the 
people of California is literally trying to pull the wool over our eyes.”

Last week, the prisoners on strike at Pelican Bay 
unanimously decided to continue striking rather 
than acquiescing to a statement by the CDCR that 
did not address any of their demands. While 
reports from family members and others in 
communication with the prisoners say they remain 
committed to the strike, the state of 
negotiations between the prisoners and CDCR is unclear.

The Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition 
will continue to hold rallies and vigils in the 
coming weeks. For updates on the hunger strike 
and associated events, please visit 

Freedom Archives
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

415 863-9977

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