[Ppnews] Occupy for Prisoners National Day of Action! - next steps!

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Wed Feb 22 16:22:08 EST 2012

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity
February 2012

Dear Friends,

As you know on February 
over a dozen rallies and demonstrations were held throughout the US 
for a "National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners," including in the 
San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Austin, Denver, Baltimore, 
Philadelphia and New York.

At Occupy San Quentin in California, despite the prison 
administration's attempts to close off access to the protest, over 
700 people gathered at the prison's East Gate to hear statements from 
prisoners and family and community members of prisoners, former 
prisoners, and people directly affected by the prison industrial 
complex speak out against the destructive impacts of imprisonment.

Many prisoners sent words of encouragement and vision to be read at 
the actions. Prisoners in Ohio State Prison went on hunger strike in 
solidarity with the national day in support of prisoners. Prisoners 
in the Security Housing Unit at Corcoran State Prison wrote a 
statement of solidarity and have raised 10 demands for the Occupy 
Movement. The N.C.T.T (NARN Collective Think Tank) at Corcoran SHU, a 
group of prisoners who participated in the CA hunger strike in the 
summer and fall and have been writing reports and statements about 
prisoners' struggles inside, writes:

You champion us all with your ideas and the courage of your 
convictions, just as we continue to support you with our sacrifices 
and insight. It is now time to take the movement to its next 
evolution and ultimately to its inevitable conclusion: victorious 
revolutionary change.

Your greatest power lies in your unity and cooperation and ultimately 
your organizational ability. The power of the people far surpasses 
all the repressive violence of the Babylons attacking you/us or the 
wealth of the 1 percent, who will stop at nothing to silence us all.

This is a protracted struggle; there will be no 90-day revolution 
here. Victory will require sacrifice, tenacity and competent 
strategic insight. The question you must ask is, Are you prepared to 
do what is necessary to win this struggle? If you answer in the 
affirmative, commit to victory and accept no other alternative. The 
people, as we are, are with you. Until we win or don't lose, our love 
and solidarity to all those who love freedom and fear only failures.

Read the full letter, including ten demands for the Occupy Movement 
from the NCTT at Corcoran SHU 

Let's make these words come alive and show active support for prisoners!

150,000 Calls in Support of Prisoners
the CA Hunger Strike & Call, Email & Write CA Legislators 

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity is calling for hunger strike 
supporters to jam the CA legislature's communication with 
overwhelming support for the hunger strike.

our blog for sample phone & email scripts, as well as an open letter 
you can send in or fax, and flyers to pass out at Occupy's National 
Day in Support of Prisoners and other events.

*You do not need to be a resident of CA to participate in the call-in 
drive. If you are outside of CA, please contact the California Senate 
and Assembly chairs of the Public Safety Committee:

Tom Ammiano (Assembly):
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0013
Phone: (916) 319-2013
Fax: (916) 319-2113
Ammiano's website for email and click "Contact Us"

Loni Hancock (Senate):
State Capitol, Room 2082
Sacramento,  CA  95814
Phone: (916) 651-4009
Fax: (916) 327-1997
Hancock's website for email and click "Contact Me"

Thank you for your continued support!

In Struggle,
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

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San Francisco, CA 94110

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