[Pnews] SF - Support CA Prisoners Human Rights Demands — The Four Prisoner Reps Will Be Present in Court August 21st - 11:30am

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Thu Aug 16 18:14:01 EDT 2018


  Rally To Show Continuing Solitary — The Four Prisoner Reps Will Be
  Present in Court August 21st


RALLY at the San Francisco Federal Courthouse while the four CA Prisoner 
Hunger Strike and /Ashker/ Class Representatives ‘Meet and Confer’ with 
CDCr to address the continuing solitary conditions that violate the 
/Ashker/ lawsuit settlement agreement. *The four prisoner hunger strike 
representatives will be **/present in the courtroom,/**an historic 
presence! *

*Tuesday, August 21, 2018

*RALLY* *11:30am

*Phillip Burton Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse
450 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102 *

*Help create a strong show of solidarity with prisoners fighting for 
human rights!

*What’s going on? *The prisoner class-led movement and the /Ashker v. 
Gov of CA 
<https://ccrjustice.org/home/what-we-do/our-cases/ashker-v-brown>/ class 
action lawsuit resulted in the release of over 1400 people from solitary 
confinement Security Housing Units (SHUs) to what the CA Department of 
Corrections (CDCr) calls “General Population.” _However_, many of those 
people continue to be subjected to conditions of extreme isolation. With 
little to no out-of-cell time and no chance for social interaction, they 

On July 3, 2018, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled:

    “/The Settlement Agreement was intended to remove Plaintiffs from
    detention in the SHU, where they were isolated in a cell for 22 ½ to
    24 hours a day.… many Plaintiffs [now] spend an average of less than
    an hour of out-of-cell time each day, which is similar to the
    conditions they endured in the SHU.  … This demonstrates a violation
    of the Settlement Agreement.” /_FULL RULING HERE_

    and “/…a substantial percentage of Plaintiffs in Restricted Custody
    General Population (RCGP) are …not permitted to exercise in small
    group yards or engage in group leisure activities. This does not
    comply with the terms of the Settlement Agreement.”/ _FULL RULING
    HERE_ <https://app.box.com/s/1a2withvy78dd8onr6hmudjcs6p0lrsy>

The /Ashker/ Plaintiff class reps and legal team were ordered to meet 
and confer* with CDCr lawyers to explore a resolution of these two issues.

The four prisoner hunger strike representatives- Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa 
(Dewberry), Todd Ashker, Arturo Castellanos, and George Franco- will be 
present in the SF courtroom.

Please join the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (PHSS) 
outside the San Francisco Federal Courthouse to show our solidarity with 
prisoners who struggle against solitary confinement torture, who 
organize across racial/geographic lines, and who- through hunger 
strikes, massive solidarity, formal complaints, the Agreement to End 
and the /Ashker/ civil rights class action lawsuit- forced CDCR to 
release people from solitary confinement SHUs.  The organizing prisoners 
brought international attention

to CA’s solitary confinement practices as cruel and unusual punishment 
and its indefinite (forever) solitary terms as depriving prisoners of 
due process. CDCr had tortured people through inhumane and extreme 
isolation for 10, 20, 30+, and, in beloved revolutionary brother Hugo 
Pinell’s case, nearly 46 years. Unconscionable.

Now, althoughCDCr is no longer allowed to impose endless solitary, 
indeterminate SHU terms, many class members released from SHU to 
“General Population” have been forced to spend as much /or more/time 
locked in their cells as when they were in SHU, with little to no 
rehabilitative or educational programming or social interaction with 
other people. Also, in the Restricted Custody General Population (RCGP), 
a unit in Pelican Bay State Prison created as a result of the 
/Ashker/settlement, prisoners are being prohibited from interacting and 
participating in group activities. /Ashker/ prisoner representatives and 
attorneys still need our support fighting these conditions of solitary 
confinement. CDCr has filed a Notice of Appeal to the Ninth Circuit 
about Judge Wilken’s two rulings in favor of more out-of-cell time and 
social interaction.

Please join us outside the San Francisco Federal Courthouse on Tuesday 
11:30am, and bring a friend, in a strong show of solidarity with 
prisoner human rights.



IMPORTANT NOTE: August 21, 2018 is the 47 year memorial anniversary of 
revered prison activist, George Jackson, who was assassinated by CA 
guards in San Quentin prison. It is also the first day of the 2018 
National Prison Strike for humane living conditions, access to 
rehabilitation, sentencing reform, and the end of modern day slavery.

/*Meet and confers are usually private with no judge present. This one 
will be in the presence of Magistrate Robert Illman and not open to the 

    “We will be with the prisoners…in the courts, in the legislature,
    and out in the community. We will use every venue available to us,
    UNTIL THE TORTURE IS ENDED.” Marie Levin, sister of incarcerated
    Prisoner Human Rights Movement
    Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa

For more information: Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition 
510-426-5322, _phssreachingout at gmail.com_ <mailto:phssreachingout at gmail.com>

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