Updates from the Coalition
The Legislative Hearing of Oct 9 (11/21/2013) - Here are reports on the hearing conducted October 9 by the Joint Public Safety Committee of the California legislature, called by the co-chairs Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and Senator Loni Hancock. Hancock and Ammiano called the hearing in direct response to the hunger strike and have called for another hearing to be held in the next […]
Responses from Inside (11/20/2013) - “Pelican Bay prisoner representatives meet with top Corrections staff” by Arturo Castellanos, SF Bay View, October 20, 2013. “Building prisoners’ political power” by Gabriel Huerta and “Prisoner Political Action Committee proposal” by Jesse Perez, SF Bay View, October 20, 2013. “Having the foresight to end all hostilities” by Mutope Duguma, SF Bay View, October 24, […]
Retaliation Against the Hunger Strikers (11/19/2013) - See two articles on retaliation being carried out against some of the California hunger strikers: “When Prisons Retaliate: Calif. Inmates Still Paying Price for Demanding Rights” by Sarah Lazare in Common Dreams, November 4, 2013. “Retaliation against Pelican Bay mainline prisoners” by Johnny Aguilar, in SF Bay View, November 5, 2013.
Action Alert: Protest disciplinary actions against prison hunger strikers (11/4/2013) - Greetings, As you know, on July 8, 2013 more than 30,000 California prisoners initiated a historic hunger strike calling on the Governor and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to meet their 5 Core Demands. Sixty days and one death later, the strikers suspended the strike. Thank you so much for continuing your […]
Message from Pelican Bay Reps to UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Méndez (10/21/2013) - October 18, 2013 We, the four principal representatives of the prisoners confined in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison, hereby welcome Juan Mendez to California. We have followed your work and advocacy against torture throughout the world and congratulate you on your commitment and success in bringing your findings to the […]
Video from the Coalition of the Rally and Hearing, Sacramento, Oct. 9 (10/15/2013) - A great short compilation of video from the rally and hearing at the California Capitol last week (October 9) has now been posted by Lucas Guilkey. Check it out on Youtube at: “SACRAMENTO: ABOLISH THE SHU TODAY!” (CA legislative hearing). In addition, Lucas has made available his raw footage: RALLY (playlist of 6 videos on […]
Official Video of the CA Legislative Hearing (10/10/2013) - Video of the hearing as recorded by the Capitol recording system can be viewed or downloaded at the California state channel archives: calchannel.com/recent-archive Look for the title “Joint Informational Hearing on Segregation Policies in California Prisons” dated October 9, 2013. It is just about four hours long, so it’s a very big file and takes […]
LA Oct 18: Solitary Confinement in CA Prisons with Juan Méndez (10/10/2013) - Dear Friends, We invite you to join us for an important event with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Prof. Juan Méndez, on Friday, October 18 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church. Solitary Confinement in California Prisons with Juan Méndez When: Friday, October 18, 2013 9:00am to 9:30am, Silent Interfaith Prayer Vigil 9:30am to 11:30am, Solitary […]
California Legislative Hearings Take on Solitary Confinement, Address Hunger Strike Demands, 100 Rally in Support (10/9/2013) - A rare joint session of the California Senate and Assembly Public Safety Committees held this afternoon to address demands made by prisoners during this summer’s massive hunger strike has just ended. California’s use of indefinite solitary confinement, and the devastating physical, mental, and public health impacts of the notorious practice was at the center of […]
Message from the Pelican Bay Representatives of the Hunger Strike (10/9/2013) - Message to the Legislators and Our Supporters October 9, 2013 As human beings who are committed to securing human rights for all people confined in California’s prisons, The Short Corridor Collective greets you with a firm embrace of love & solidarity. We send our endless respect to all our supporters and people of conscience for […]
UN Official on Torture to Speak at UCB Oct 18 (10/4/2013) - United Nations special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan Mendez will engage with families of incarcerated prisoners in solitary confinement, students, faculty, and advocates/allies to explore: Is solitary confinement as practiced by the California Department of Corrections cruel punishment and torture? Friday, October 18, 6:00–8:00 at UC Berkeley […]
Sacramento mobilization flyer & FB event (10/4/2013) - The flyer for the October 9 rally at the legislative hearing in Sacramento on solitary confinement is below. The Facebook event is here under the title “CA Prisoner Hungerstrike Rally & Legislative Hearings“. Rally at the West Side of the Building.
Rally & Legislative Hearings, Oct 9, Sacramento (10/2/2013) - The Prisoner-led Movement to End Solitary Confinement Continues! All Out to Sacramento Wednesday October 9! 11:30 am: Opening Rally on the West Side of the Capitol 1:00-3:30 pm: California Public Safety Hearings on Solitary Confinement & Human Rights 4:00 pm: Closing Rally State Capitol, 11th and N Streets, Sacramento, CA, 95814 During their historic 60-day […]
California prison hunger strike leader: ‘If necessary we’ll resume. This is war’ (9/27/2013) - Don’t miss this excellent article in The Guardian, centered on an interview with Todd Ashker about the hunger strike and the ongoing struggle: click here for the article.
Hundreds of California Prisoners in Isolation Should Be Covered by Class Action, Attorneys Argue in Court (9/27/2013) - From the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR): September 26, 2013, Oakland – Today, lawyers from the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) urged a federal judge to grant class action status to a lawsuit challenging prolonged solitary confinement in California prisons. The case, Ashker v. Brown, was filed on behalf of 10 prisoners in the Security […]