At least 100 prisoners at Calipatria’s Adminstrative Segregation Unit (ASU) and 50-100 prisoners at Pelican Bay’s Security Housing Unit (SHU) resumed the hunger strike yesterday. Supporters outside prison continue to battle with the CA Department of Corrections (CDCR) over access to necessary information.
Democracy Now! covered the strike in its headlines (strike coverage at 8:25), with live footage of a press conference supporters held in San Francisco at UC Hastings on Monday. Following yesterday’s conference, the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, with Hastings Prisoner Outreach, La Raza Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association and others organized a panel discussion featuring legal experts, activists, advocates and prisoner’s family members highlighting the prisoners’ conditions and reasons for their renewed strike.
Family members of prisoners in SHUs across CA continue to work tirelessly to make their loved ones’ voices heard, and to further the prisoners demands. At the legislative hearing in Sacramento on August 23rd, families spoke out at a press conference, rally & hearing on how their families have been impacted by their loved ones being locked up in solitary confinement. Many families traveled hundreds of miles to attend the hearing and stand up for their loved ones.
On Wednesday, Oct 5th, families & community members will converge in Sacramento again to pressure the CDCR to comply with the prisoners demands.