[Ppnews] Hunger Strikeand after

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Thu Oct 27 16:56:48 EDT 2011

and after (anonymous)


This unit is icy cold, air conditioning on full 
blast. This hunger strike a lot has changed for 
me where I feel a loving calm envelope me, a 
sense of a great amount of energy just appeared. 
I feel more free this strike than the July one. A 
powerful experience of conscious self-compassion, 
and my understanding of its importance has 
deepened. And the benefit of this is relief and a 
sense of spaciousness and acceptance. Today I 
feel more expansive, no longer burdened, no fear 
whatsoever what others think of me. My healing 
has enabled me to be myself and finally live my life as I should in freedom.

I want to thank all of you for the support and 
prayers during the strike. Please let Carol and 
Marilyn know this especially and Julie too. I had 
my mind set what I was going to do, the distance 
I’d go striking 4-5 weeks at most if my body was 
able to hack it, if I felt I couldn’t continue 
I’d stop. Coming over to this unit some of our 
property was tossed bad and taken. Few days after 
I got to this unit my cell was trashed again, 
looked as a hurricane came through. The pod I was 
in had the most cells striking. The day we were 
threatened to be moved if we don’t end striking 
two cells stopped, didn’t want to be moved, were 
situated, knowing our property would be tossed 
and some things taken. The six of us that came 
from the same pod, housed in one unit to make it 
easier for staff to monitor them and for medical 
staff too, easier for them to locate the inmates 
still striking. The CDC learned from the July 
hunger strike, were better prepared this time, 
had a game plan, my observation. No outside 
medical staff brought in to help nor any 
makeshift clinics made as they had done in July.

Since the strike ended, medical staff come by 
just once, passed out packets of vitamins and 
powdered lemonade/Gatorade. That was it. Some 
inmates in this unit have been called to medical 
but not all since strike ended. I’m waiting to go 
see doc. I feel healthy, just trying to gain back 
my strength and put weight back on. I haven’t yet 
gotten fully situated here, I can do this now 
since my cell was tossed again recently, staff 
are done harassing me for now. During the move 
here my envelopes with legal paperwork were all 
ripped open as they searched through my property. 
Then they just dumped everything inside the cell 
before I was placed in the cell later.

I’ve been having serious hunger pangs day and 
night. One guy in the pod had some canteen that 
staff had taken from him. When the strike ended 
he was given his canteen, all beans and rice, so 
he hooked up everyone in our pod with beans and 
rice. I ate it all in two days, made sandwiches, 
didn’t waste time, I took it down. Two guys were 
shocked seeing how much weight I had lost during 
the strike. I haven’t yet started exercising 
again, maybe first week of November, should be 
ready to go,  normal routine. My health great, 
it’s just my weight dropped big time from the 
strike in July to the recent strike. I never 
really was able to put much weight back on after 
July strike (lost about 40 pounds total from 
normal). No complaints here! I’m honored to have 
partaken in both strikes, doing my part.
There’s always a struggle in finding meaning in 
our suffering. I believe that this last strike, 
lots of inmates achieved enlightenment without 
realizing it. What I mean is,  prisoners have 
been awakened in here in solitary and united to 
the point where they’re saying now, how come we 
never protested this way in unity years ago, to 
let our voices be heard against the ongoing CDC 
abuse? You hear this talk a lot now, which is a 
good thing. In reality we add to our suffering in 
solitary when inmates don’t stand up for our 
rights, banding together as one, protesting 
peacefully. We hurt ourselves when inmates resort 
to violence against one another; that doesn’t solve anything.

Human progress is measured in prison and outside 
when every person is treated with dignity and 
respect naturally, no less. I thought a lot about this during the strike.


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