[Ppnews] SF - Fri July 1 Demo - Support the Hunger Strike by Pelican Bay Prisoners
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Wed Jun 29 10:16:55 EDT 2011
Support the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers
Friday July 01 - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
California State Building, Van Ness and McAllister
Come demonstrate support and solidarity with the
Pelican Bay Prison Hunger Strikers on the first
day of their courageous and important action.
Fight for their demands to be met:
1. END "GROUP PUNISHMENT" where an individual
prisoner breaks a rule and prison officials
punish a whole group of prisoners of the same race.
2. ABOLISH "DEBRIEFING" and modify
active/inactive gang status criteria. False
and/or highly questionable âevidenceâ is used
to accuse prisoners of being active/inactive
members of prison gangs who are then sent to the
SHU where they are subjected to long-term
isolation and torturous conditions. One of the
only ways these prisoners can get out the SHU is
if they âdebriefââthat is, give prison
officials information on gang activity.
3. COMPLY with recommendations from a 2006 U.S.
commission to âmake segregation a last
resortâ and âend conditions of isolation.â
4. PROVIDE ADEQUATE FOOD. Prisoners report
unsanitary conditions and small quantities of
food. They want adequate food, wholesome
nutritional meals including special diet meals
and an end to the use of food as a way to punish prisoners in the SHU.
5.EXPAND AND PROVIDE CONSTRUCTIVE PROGRAMS and
privileges for indefinite SHU inmatesincluding
the opportuniity to âengage in self-help
treatment, education, religious and other
productive activities...â which are routinely
denied. DEMANDS INCLUDE one phone call per week,
one photo per year, 2 packages a year, more
visiting time, permission to have wall calendars,
and sweat suits and watch caps (warm clothing is
often denied even though cells and the exercise cage can be bitterly cold).
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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