Take action for the Pelican Bay hunger strikers

Around 30,000 prisoners in California have begun an indefinite hunger strike and work stoppage. They say:

“We are grateful for your support of our peaceful protest against the state-sanctioned torture that happens not only here at Pelican Bay but in prisons everywhere. We have taken up this hunger strike and work stoppage, which has included 30,000 prisoners in California so far, not only to improve our own conditions but also an act of solidarity with all prisoners and oppressed people around the world.”

Nearly 12,000 prisoners in California are being held in extreme isolation, in cells with no windows, and no access to fresh air or sunlight. In 2011 Juan Méndez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, recommended a ban on subjecting prisoners to solitary confinement for more than 15 days. But people in state prisons in California have been held in solitary confinement for 10-40 years.

The Prisoners’ 5 demands

The Pelican Bay Five Core Demands:

  1. Eliminate group punishments and administrative abuse.
  2. Abolish the debriefing policy and modify active/inactive gang status criteria.
  3. Comply with the recommendations of the US Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons recommendations and end long-term solitary confinement.
  4. Provide adequate and nutritious food.
  5. Create and expand constructive programming.

Take action – support the hunger strikers

More Information

More information from Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity.

3 thoughts on “30,000 prisoners start hunger strike in california

  1. To be contented human beings we need trust and friendship, which tends to develop much better once we realise that all beings have a right to happiness, just as we do. Taking others’ interests into account not only helps them, it also helps us. Warm-heartedness and concern for others are a part of human nature and are at the core of positive human values.
    The Dalai Lama

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  2. Google “court change”. An advance in democracy arising from a court case and, through cases that overlap from country to country, applying to most of the world if folks lay claim to it. Being ignored by the Western media and by all the big self-interested careerist NGOs, despite them having never given any argument against it being right. The reasons why it is right stand up to scrutiny point by point.

    This court change abolishes final decisions. It makes all legal decisions open endedly faultable on their reasoning,. Think of the impact this makes in getting rid of corrupt decisions that ignore half of what they are deciding on.

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