[Ppnews] CDCR's Claims That Strike Is Over Unsubstantiated

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Thu Jul 21 17:52:09 EDT 2011


For Immediate Release - July 21, 2011
CDCR’s Claims That Strike Is Over Unsubstantiated

Press Contact: Jay Donahue
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity
<tel:510-444-0484>510-444-0484

Oakland – The California Department of 
Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) prematurely 
announced an end to the Pelican Bay hunger strike 
today.  The strike is protesting conditions of 
confinement international human rights groups 
have called torturous and inhumane. Lawyers and 
mediators in contact with the strikers, however, 
have not received confirmation from the hunger 
strike leaders that the strike is over. “We would 
like to hear directly from the men at Pelican Bay 
that they have resumed eating and what demands, 
if any, have been met,” says Carol Strickman, a 
lawyer with Legal Services for Prisoners with 
Children.” At this point, “Strickman continues, 
“we have not been able to ascertain what concessions may have been granted.”

Supporters of the strikers say this issue is not 
resolved. “The CDCR has used deceptive tactics 
throughout this strike to try to overcome 
prisoner resistance,” says Taeva Shefler, a 
member of Prison Activist Resource Center and 
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity. “In order to 
break the strike, the CDCR has regularly 
underestimated strike participation and withheld 
information regarding the health of striking 
prisoners. Prisoners not yet in solitary have 
been placed in Administrative Segregation or 
Security Housing Units as punishment for 
protesting. These are the very issues this strike 
aims to change in the first place.”

Information coming from Pelican Bay and other 
prisons has been sparse at best over the last 
three weeks, as CDCR has declined to grant media 
access to the prisoners on strike and letters 
sent by family members have been returned by the 
prison. "There's a reason this department is 
mired in multiple court orders, receiverships, 
and other monitoring processes,” says Molly 
Porzig of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity 
Coalition,  “The lack of reliable communication 
today simply underscores the core of this crisis.”

Supporters continue to urge the public to call 
Governor Brown’s office asking him to exert 
pressure on the CDCR to meet the prisoner’s 
demands. For updates, please visit 
<http://www.prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/>www.prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com.



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