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        <h1 id="reader-title">FEB 23 RALLY & COURT HEARING:
          California Prisoners moved to “General Population” from SHU
          are STILL being held in Solitary Confinement</h1>
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          <div id="reader-estimated-time">February 16, 2018<br>
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              <p>Show your support on February 23rd for people to be put
                in a true general population setting with regular access
                to yard, day room, programming, jobs, fresh air, phone,
                and other means of social interaction and environmental
                stimulation.</p>
              <h4>Rally with us and be in court for oral argument in
                this important hearing in <em>Ashker v. Governor of
                  California</em>.</h4>
              <p><strong>Friday, February 23, 2018<br>
                  Phillip Burton Federal Courthouse, 450 Golden Gate
                  Ave, San Francisco, CA 94012</strong></p>
              <p><b>12:00 pm: RALLY outside the SF Courthouse<br>
                </b><b>1:00 pm: PACK THE COURTROOM, Courtroom #1, 17th</b>
                <b>Floor<br>
                </b></p>
              <p>Show the judge we still support those incarcerated in
                solitary/SHU-like conditions!</p>
              <p><em>We will head inside the courthouse at 12:40pm. You
                  must pass through a metal detector and present ID to
                  enter the courthouse.</em></p>
              <p><b>Facebook event:</b> <a
                  href="https://www.facebook.com/events/2011774719037446/"><span><span><strong>https://www.facebook.com/events/2011774719037446/</strong></span></span></a></p>
              <p><strong>Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) will be
                  there! <span><span><a
href="https://ccrjustice.org/home/get-involved/events/oral-argument-ashker-v-governor-california"
                        target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span>Feb 23-
                          Oral Argument in </span><em><span>Ashker v.
                            Governor of C</span></em></a></span></span></strong><span><a
href="https://ccrjustice.org/home/get-involved/events/oral-argument-ashker-v-governor-california"
                    target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em><span><strong><span>A</span></strong></span></em></a></span></p>
              <p>To supporters of human rights,</p>
              <p>On February 23, 2018 in San Francisco, an important
                motion will be heard in <i>Ashker v. Governor </i>(aka
                <i>Ashker v. Brown</i>), the federal class action
                lawsuit challenging prolonged solitary confinement in
                California. As a result of the settlement in <i>Ashker</i>,
                over 1400 people were released from solitary confinement
                Security Housing Units (SHU) to what the CA Department
                of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) calls “General
                Population.”  Yet, many of the class members released
                from SHU continue to suffer conditions of extreme
                isolation. Hardly ever getting out-of-cell time, they
                have been forced to spend as much <em>or more</em> 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.</p>
              <p><strong>On February 23,  Jules Lobel, of the Center for
                  Constitutional Rights and the <i>Ashker</i> legal
                  team, will be arguing a motion challenging these
                  SHU-like general population units as a violation of
                  the settlement agreement.</strong></p>
              <p>A prisoner who is no longer in SHU after 15 years,
                explains his new “general population” conditions at
                Calipatria:</p>
              <blockquote>
                <p>“… Out of cell time is regularly cancelled or
                  restricted. Yard time is scheduled 4 times per week,
                  but is often available only 1 or 2 times per week.
                  Showers and telephone calls, which are supposed to be
                  available every other day, are infrequent, and we must
                  choose one or the other. … I leave my cell for 20-25
                  minutes for breakfast, and many days, this is my only
                  out-of-cell time. …The conditions in ‘general
                  population’ in Calipatria are similar to SHU… I have
                  limited social interaction and intellectual
                  stimulation. I rarely go outside…I have difficulty
                  maintaining relationships with my family especially
                  since my ability to use the telephone is so infrequent
                  and irregular. I suffer from insomnia. I suffer from
                  anxiety that I feel is directly linked to the
                  irregular programming: I am anxious because I do not
                  know what will happen next.”</p>
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              <p>Carol Strickman, of Legal Services for Prisoners with
                Children and the <i>Ashker </i>legal team, states:</p>
              <blockquote>
                <p>“On Friday, February 23, the San Francisco district
                  court magistrate will hear argument on our motion
                  regarding the isolated conditions that many of our
                  class members are experiencing in the Level IV maximum
                  security prisons that they were transferred to. Their
                  conditions are so extreme that our correctional expert
                  states, ‘These prisoners are not actually in what
                  reasonably may be considered general population:
                  rather, they are in a form of restrictive housing as
                  these terms are commonly understood within the
                  corrections profession.’ We are encouraging interested
                  parties to attend the hearing.”</p>
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              <p><strong>RALLY AT 12PM </strong>before the hearing,
                outside of the courthouse<br>
                <strong> HEARING AT 1PM in Courtroom 1, on the 17th
                  floor. </strong>(Remember to bring ID)</p>
              <p>Please pass this message on to fellow supporters of
                human rights who may be able to attend on the 23rd. <b>Check
                  the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity website for
                  upcoming details on a postcard campaign to further
                  support the </b><i><b>Ashker </b></i><b>class
                  members</b>. <span><a
                    href="https://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/"><span><span>http</span><span>s://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/</span></span></a></span></p>
              <p>If you have transportation <span>needs</span> or <span>offers</span>
                for the Feb 23 Rally and Court Hearing, please email<span>
                  <a href="mailto:phssreachingout@gmail.com"
                    target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span>phssreac</span></a><a
                    href="mailto:phssreachingout@gmail.com"
                    target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span>hingout@gmail.com</span></a></span>
                or call 510-426-5322 as soon as possible.</p>
              <h4>Solitary Confinement is Torture.</h4>
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