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:
- Eliminate group punishments and administrative abuse.
- Abolish the debriefing policy and modify active/inactive gang status criteria.
- Comply with the recommendations of the US Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons recommendations and end long-term solitary confinement.
- Provide adequate and nutritious food.
- Create and expand constructive programming.
Take action – support the hunger strikers
- Sign the petition to Jerry Brown, Governor of California demanding an end to the torture.
- Join the Emergency Response Network: Pledge of Resistance to Stop Torture in the SHU
More information from Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity.