[Ppnews] Corcoran Super-Max Prisoners to Join Pelican Bay Hunger Strike July 1

Political Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Mon Jun 20 15:19:06 EDT 2011


Greetings,

I am writing from behind the walls of Corcoran 
State Prison and am in an isolation super max 
section (i.e. short corridor) behind political 
beliefs not compatible to the state, and 
therefore isolated not only from general 
population, but also other prisoners. I am 
writing to inform your organization that we 
prisoners here at C.S.P. Corcoran are going to 
take part in the Pelican Bay State Prison’s 
Hunger Strike. (emphasis in original) I have 
enclosed a copy of our letter of solidarity and 
would kindly ask if you could make copies or 
submit it in one of your publications so as to 
inform the general public of our fight to change 
the inhuman conditions we are subjected to for 
our political beliefs or falsely identified as 
politically active in an organization. It would 
be greatly appreciated. Enclosed is a copy of our solidarity letter.

Haribu L.M. Soriano-Mugabi
C.S.P. Corcoran
P.O. Box 3481
Corcoran, CA 93212

Statement of Solidarity with the Pelican Bay 
Collective Hunger Strike on July 1st.
From: the N.C.T.T. Corcoran SHU

Greetings to all who support freedom, justice, 
and equality. We here of the N.C.T.T. SHU stand 
in solidarity with, and in full support of the 
July 1st hunger strike and the 5 major action 
points and sub-points as laid out by the Pelican 
Bay Collective in the Policy Statements (See, 
“Archives”, P.B.S.P.-SHU-D corridor hunger strike).

What many are unaware of is that facility 4B here 
in Corcoran SHU is designated to house validated 
prisoners in indefinite SHU confinement and have 
an identical ultra-super max isolation unit­a 
short corridor modeled after corridor D in 
Pelican Bay, complete with blacked out windows a 
mirror tinted glass on the towers so no one but 
the gun tower can see in [into our cells], and 
none of us can see out; flaps welded to the base 
of the doors and sandbags on the tiers to prevent 
“fishing” [a means of passing notes, etc. between 
cells using lengths of string]; IGI 
[Institutional Gang Investigators] transports us 
all to A.C.H. [?] medical appointments and we 
have no contact with any prisoners or staff 
outside of this section here in 4B/1C C 
Section­the “short corridor” of the Corcoran SHU. 
All of the deprivations (save access to 
sunlight); outlines in the 5-point hunger strike 
statement are mirrored, and in some instances 
intensified here in the Corcoran SHU 4B/1C C Section isolation gang unit.

Medical care here, in a facility allegedly 
designed to house chronic care and prisoners with 
psychological problems, is so woefully inadequate 
that it borders on intentional disdain for the 
health of prisoners, especially where diabetics 
and cancer are an issue. Access to the law 
library is denied for the most mundane reasons, 
or, most often, no reason at all. Yet these 
things and more are outlined in the P.B.S.P.-SHU five core demands.

What is of note here, and something that should 
concern all U.S. citizens, is the increasing use 
of behavioral control (torture units) and human 
experimental techniques against prisoners­not 
only in California but across the nation. 
Indefinite confinement, sensory deprivation, 
withholding food, constant illumination, use of 
unsubstantiated lies from informants are the 
psychological billy clubs being used in these 
torture units. The purpose of this “treatment” is 
to stop prisoners from standing in opposition to 
inhumane prison conditions and prevent them from 
exercising their basic human rights.

Many lawsuits have been filed in opposition to 
the conditions in these conditions 
 [unreadable] 
yet the courts have repeatedly re-interpreted and 
misinterpreted their own constitutional law 
 
[unreadable] to support the state’s continued use 
of these torture units. When approved means of 
protest and redress of rights are prove 
meaningless and are fully exhausted, then the 
pursuit of those ends through other means is necessary.

It is important for all to know the Pelican Bay 
Collective is not (emphasis in original) alone in 
this struggle and the broader the participation 
and support for this hunger strike, the other 
such efforts, the greater the potential that our 
sacrifice now will mean a more humane world for 
us in the future. We urge all who reads these 
words to support us in this effort with your 
participation or your voices­call your local news 
agencies, notify your friends on social networks, 
contact your legislators, tell your fellow 
faithful at church, mosques, temple or 
synagogues. Decades before Abu Ghraib and 
Guantanamo Pelican Bay and Corcoran SHUs were 
described by Congressman Ralph Metcalfe as “the 
control unit treatment program is long-term 
punishment under the guise of what is, in fact, 
pseudo-scientific experimentation.”
Our indefinite isolation here is both inhumane 
and illegal and the proponents of the prison 
industrial complex are hoping that their campaign 
to dehumanize us has succeeded to the degree that 
you don’t care and will allow the torture to 
continue in your name. It is our belief that they 
have woefully underestimated the decency, 
principles, and humanity of the people. Join us 
in opposing this injustice without end. Thank you for your time and support.

In Solidarity,
N.C.T.T. Corcoran – SHU
4B/1C – C Section
Super-max isolation Unit




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