[Pnews] Action Alert: Protest disciplinary actions against California prison hunger strikers

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  Action Alert: Protest disciplinary actions against prison hunger strikers

Posted on November 4, 2013 
<http://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/action-alert-protest-disciplinary-actions-against-prison-hunger-strikers/> 
by prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity 
<http://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/author/prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity/>
*http://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/action-alert-protest-disciplinary-actions-against-prison-hunger-strikers/*

Greetings,

As you know, on July 8, 2013 more than 30,000 California prisoners 
initiated a historic hunger strike calling on the Governor and the 
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to meet 
their 5 Core Demands. Sixty days and one death later, the strikers 
suspended the strike.

Thank you so much for continuing your support of the hunger strikers.

*CDCR RETALIATES AGAINST PEACEFUL PROTEST WITH ACCUSATIONS OF SERIOUS 
RULE VIOLATIONS (115 WRITE-UP)*

The hunger strike was a non-violent and peaceful protest of resistance 
against the violence and torture perpetrated against prisoners by prison 
staff. Prisoners all over the world use hunger strikes to affirm their 
humanity. Hunger striking is a time-honored form of peaceful protest, 
going back hundreds -- perhaps thousands -- of years. It allows 
nonviolent dissent for people who lack viable methods to obtain redress 
of grievances.

Every person who participated in this summer's peaceful protest of 
refusing meals has received a 115 write-up, accusing him of committing a 
serious rule violation for his participation in the hunger strike. This 
is a continuation of CDCR's attacks on the nonviolent protest.

*A 115 WRITE-UP CAN EXTEND SOLITARY CONFINEMENT PERIOD AND RESULT IN 
DENIAL OF PAROLE*

A 115 is serious. It can result in extending a prisoner's period of 
solitary confinement by years, in the imposition of penalties like 
television restrictions, or in becoming the basis for denying parole.

If the 115 is gang-related, the results are even worse: it can be used 
to validate a prisoner as a gang member or associate. Validation can 
cause the prisoner to be moved to the Security Housing Unit (the "SHU," 
aka solitary confinement), or to be kept longer in the SHU. Officials at 
California State Prison Corcoran, and possibly at other prisons, 
encouraged prisoners to stipulate that they had participated in the 
hunger strike, in exchange for a lesser 115 penalty. But that 
stipulation included a phrase acknowledging that the hunger strike was 
organized or directed by prison gangs, leading to grave repercussions 
for participants throughout the system.

Keeping people in solitary confinement for more years, because they 
peacefully protested solitary confinement, is outrageous! This is a 
symptom of the unjust retaliation that CDCR is perpetuating against 
hunger strikers.

*TELL CDCR THAT THE PRACTICE OF ISSUING 115 WRITE-UPS FOR PARTICIPATING 
IN THE HUNGER STRIKE IS OUTRAGEOUS*

Please contact M. D. Stainer, Director of the Division of Adult 
Institutions at CDCR. Your voice needs to be heard by the people making 
decisions! Tell him to end this policy of punishing people for refusing 
their meals in nonviolent protest, and to reverse the 115s that were 
given out. Let him know that you are distressed to hear that about his 
policy of issuing 115 write-ups, further oppressing the peaceful hunger 
strikers.

M.D. Stainer, Director
Division of Adult Institutions
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
P. O. Box 942883
Sacramento CA. 94283
(916) 445-7688
<tel:445-7688>Michael.Stainer at cdcr.ca.gov 
<mailto:Michael.Stainer at cdcr.ca.gov>

PHSS will let you know when we find out the effects of our collective 
activity./ Please share this Alert with your networks!/

In solidarity,

Dana Gross, for Emergency Response Network -- Pledge of 
Resistance Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition

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