Dear Assembly Member/Senator ______________,
I am writing to you in strong support of the hunger strike that spread across California’s prison system the Summer and Fall of 2011. As you may be aware, prisoners in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) in Pelican Bay State Prison started a continuous hunger strike on July 1st, 2011 to protest conditions that have been characterized by the United Nations as “inhumane and degrading”. In the summer, 6,600 prisoners in at least 13 prisons participated in the strike. When the strike resumed in September/October, participation nearly doubled reaching 12,000 prisoners in county jails and state prisons. While the strike has successfully exposed the CDCR’s inhumane conditions, the prisoners’ five core demands have yet to be implemented. I strongly urge you to:
- Visit Security Housing Units (SHUs) and Administrative Segregation Units (Ad-Seg) and speak to prisoners who participated in the hunger strike;
- Attend any informational meetings or legislative hearings about prison conditions and the hunger strike which the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition may be presenting;
- Hold the CDCR to its commitment to the hunger strikers by revising their regulations in a meaningful way;
- Demand that CDCR treat the prisoners as stakeholders in its process to develop these regulations;
- Vote for the repeal of the prison media ban (AB 1270).
If you need more information about the hunger strike and the torturous conditions Security Housing and Administrative Segregation Units, visit www.prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com.
Thank Your for your time and consideration.