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        <h1 class="reader-title">Rally To Show Continuing Solitary — The
          Four Prisoner Reps Will Be Present in Court August 21st<br>
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              <p><span><span>RALLY at the San Francisco Federal
                    Courthouse while the four CA Prisoner Hunger Strike
                    and <i>Ashker</i> Class Representatives ‘Meet and
                    Confer’ with CDCr to address the continuing solitary
                    conditions that violate the <i>Ashker</i> lawsuit
                    settlement agreement. <font size="+1"><b>The four
                        prisoner hunger strike representatives will be </b><b><i>present
                          in the courtroom,</i></b><b> an historic
                        presence!   </b></font></span></span></p>
              <p><span><span><b><span><span>Tuesday, August 21, 2018</span></span><br>
                    </b></span></span></p>
              <p><span><span><b>RALLY</b> <b><span><span>11:30am</span></span><br>
                    </b></span></span></p>
              <p><span><span><b><span>Phillip Burton Federal Building
                        & U.S. Courthouse</span><br>
                      <span>450 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102</span>
                    </b></span></span></p>
              <p><span><span><b><span>Help create a strong show of
                        solidarity with prisoners fighting for human
                        rights!</span><br>
                    </b></span></span></p>
              <p><span><span><b>What’s going on? </b>The prisoner
                    class-led movement and the <span><span><em><a
                            href="https://ccrjustice.org/home/what-we-do/our-cases/ashker-v-brown"
                            target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ashker v. Gov
                            of CA</a></em></span></span> 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.” <u>However</u>,
                    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 are still in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT.</span></span></p>
              <p><span><span>On July 3, 2018, U.S. District Judge
                    Claudia Wilken ruled: </span></span></p>
              <blockquote>
                <p>“<span><span><i>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.” </i></span></span><a
href="https://app.box.com/s/hnisxwsaya9ojskgbm75fzss2418dngb"
                    target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span><span><span><u>FULL
                            RULING HERE</u></span></span></span></a></p>
              </blockquote>
              <blockquote>
                <p><span><span>and “</span></span><span><span><i>…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.”</i></span></span> <a
                    href="https://app.box.com/s/1a2withvy78dd8onr6hmudjcs6p0lrsy"
                    target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span><span><span><u>FULL
                            RULING HERE</u></span></span></span></a></p>
              </blockquote>
              <p><span><span>The <i>Ashker</i> Plaintiff class reps and
                    legal team were ordered to meet and confer* with
                    CDCr lawyers to explore a resolution of these two
                    issues. </span></span></p>
              <p><span><span>The four prisoner hunger strike
                    representatives- Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa (Dewberry),
                    Todd Ashker, Arturo Castellanos, and George Franco-
                    will be present in the SF courtroom. </span></span></p>
              <p><span><span>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
                    <span><span><a
href="https://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/agreement-to-end-hostilities/"
                          target="_blank" rel="noopener">Agreement to
                          End Hostilities</a></span></span>, and the <em>Ashker</em>
                    civil rights class action lawsuit- forced CDCR to
                    release people from solitary confinement SHUs.  The
                    organizing prisoners brought international attention
                  </span></span><span id="more-14230"></span></p>
              <p><span><span>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.</span></span></p>
              <p><span>Now, although</span><span> CDCr is no longer
                  allowed to impose endless solitary, indeterminate SHU
                  terms, </span><span>many class members released from
                  SHU to “General Population” have been forced to spend
                  as much </span><em><span>or more</span></em><span>
                  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 </span><span><i>Ashker</i></span><span>
                  settlement, prisoners are being prohibited from
                  interacting and participating in group activities. </span><span><em>Ashker</em>
                  prisoner representatives and attorneys still need our
                  support fighting these conditions of solitary
                  confinement. CDCr has </span><span><span>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.<br>
                  </span></span></p>
              <p><span><span>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.</span></span></p>
              <p><span><span>SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IS TORTURE</span></span></p>
              <p><span><span>UNITY INSIDE, UNITY OUTSIDE</span></span></p>
              <p><span><span>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.</span></span></p>
              <p><span><span><i>*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 public.</i></span></span></p>
              <blockquote>
                <p>“<span><span>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 <span><span><a
                            href="https://prisonerhumanrightsmovement.wordpress.com/"
                            target="_blank" rel="noopener">Prisoner
                            Human Rights Movement </a></span></span>Representative,
                      Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa</span></span></p>
              </blockquote>
              <p><span><span>For more information: Prisoner Hunger
                    Strike Solidarity Coalition 510-426-5322, </span></span><a
                  href="mailto:phssreachingout@gmail.com"
                  target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span><span><span><u>phssreachingout@gmail.com</u></span></span></span></a><span><span><span> 
                    </span></span></span><span><span><br>
                  </span></span><a
                  href="https://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/"
                  target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span><span><span><u>prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com</u></span></span></span></a></p>
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