[Pnews] Opposition to Solitary Confinement Gains National Support, Monthly Statewide Actions Continue June 23rd

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Mon Jun 22 13:57:43 EDT 2015

Opposition to Solitary Confinement Gains National Support, Monthly 
Statewide Actions Continue

Prisoner Solidarity Hunger Strike Coalition

*Tuesday, June 23*

** **Tomorrow, community organizations, families and loved ones of 
people in solitary, and advocates across California will be mobilizing a 
day of Statewide Coordinated Actions to End Solitary Confinement each 
month. These mobilizations are a response to a proposal from prisoners 
in Pelican Bay State Prison involved in the 2011 and 2013 Hunger 
Strikes, who put forward the idea of designating a day each month as 
Prisoner’s Rights Day. “Our outside supporters have all of our 
gratitude; their tireless efforts supportive of our cause make a giant 
positive difference,” says Todd Ashker, a prisoner who has been in 
solitary at Pelican Bay State Prison for over two decades, and a lead 
plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against California for the use of 
solitary confinement. “They have recently begun monthly supportive 
actions – across the state – publicly rallying on the 23^rd  of each 
month for the purpose of keeping the subject of our endless torture in 
public view, and thereby exposed to the world. The 23^rd  of each month 
is symbolic of our 23+ hours per day in these tombs-of-the-living-dead – 
and it is hoped such rallies will spread across the nation.”

**Various locations across California, including San Diego, Los Angeles, 
Santa Cruz, San Jose, Oakland, Arcata, San Francisco and others. For a 
complete list with information, please see 

The actions are being organized by groups with the Prisoner Hunger 
Strike Solidarity Coalition (PHSS), and are supported by over 70 
community groups and organizations from California, and around the 
country and world.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) 
refuses to respect basic human rights by continuing to keep people 
isolated in cells, often for years upon years, despite international 
condemnation calling on California to end its practice of solitary 
confinement. Solitary confinement has been defined as torture by the 
U.N., yet the U.S. puts more people in solitary and for longer periods 
than any other country, and California continues to be an outlier in the 
U.S. California continues to use the practice in violation of 
international law and, as many believe, in violation of the U.S.’s 
policy against cruel and unusual punishment. These coordinated 
actions seek to build organized, community-based pressure outside prison 
walls, and to amplify the demands of prisoners who continue to call for 
the end of torture.

/Spokespeople will be available to speak with media at all locations. 
For more information, please visit 

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