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        style="font-size:20pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif">Opposition
        to Solitary Confinement Gains National Support,
        Monthly Statewide Actions Continue </span><span
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            style="font-size:9.5pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif">Prisoner
Solidarity
            Hunger Strike Coalition</span>
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            style="font-size:9.5pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;border:1pt
            solid white;padding:0in">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<sup>rd</sup> 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<sup>rd</sup> 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.”</span><span
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            style="font-size:9.5pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;border:1pt
            solid white;padding:0in">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 <a
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href="https://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/06/14/june-23rd-statewide-coordinated-actions-to-end-solitary-confinement-locations-details/">https://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/06/14/june-23rd-statewide-coordinated-actions-to-end-solitary-confinement-locations-details/</a></span><span
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            solid white;padding:0in">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.</span><span
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            style="font-size:9.5pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;border:1pt
            solid white;padding:0in">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.</span><span
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              speak with media at all
              locations. For more information, please visit <a
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                href="http://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/"
                target="_blank">prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com</a></span></i><br>
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