[Ppnews] Prisoner Hunger Strike Grows to Nearly 12, 000!

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Sun Oct 2 08:54:47 EDT 2011

Hunger Strike Grows to Nearly 12,000!


Numbers released by the federal receiver's office show that on 
September 28th, nearly 12,000 prisoners were on hunger strike, 
including California prisoners who are housed in out of state prisons 
in Arizona, Mississippi and Oklahoma. This historic and unprecedented 
number shows the strength and resolve of the prisoners to win their 5 
core demands and is a serious challenge to the power of the 
California prison system and to the Prison Industrial Complex in general.

Prisoners are currently on strike in Pelican Bay State Prison, 
Calipatria, Centinela, Corcoran, Ironwood State Prison, Kern Valley 
State Prison, North Kern State Prison, and Salinas Valley State 
Prison. Throughout the last week prisoners at California 
Rehabilitation Center in Norco, Pleasant Valley State Prison, San 
Quentin as well as West Valley Detention Center in San Bernadino 
County were participating.

The receiver's office and the CDCR begin monitoring prisoners who 
have refused food for 72 hours or for 9 consecutive meals. 
Representatives of the hunger strikers have previously stated that 
this will be a rolling strike, allowing prisoners to come off strike 
to regain strength. Because of this, numbers will likely fluctuate 
throughout the duration of the strike.

Watch a short video about solitaritary confinement produced by the 
American Friends Service Committee: 

| October 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm

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