Hundreds of California Prisoners in Isolation to Join Class Action Lawsuit

From the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR):
June 2, 2014, Oakland – Today, a federal judge allowed hundreds of California prisoners to join a lawsuit challenging prolonged solitary confinement in California prisons when she granted the case class action status. The case, Ashker v. Brown, was filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of 10 prisoners in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at the notorious Pelican Bay State Prison who have spent over 10 years – and some up to 29 years – in solitary confinement. …  Class certification allows the case to include all Pelican Bay SHU prisoners who have been in solitary confinement for more than 10 years, as well as all prisoners who are serving indefinite SHU terms as a result of gang validation who have not been placed in a new step-down program.”

See the rest at the CCR web site.

2 thoughts on “Hundreds of California Prisoners in Isolation to Join Class Action Lawsuit

  1. Greetings of Solidarity. My name’s Hybachi LeMar and I’m a member of the newly formed Incarcerated Workers’ Organizing Committee of the Industrial Workers of the World. As a former (and radicalized) prisoner of 15 years, it is my revolutionary pleasure to inform you that the Industrial Workers of the World are now making it more of a priority to become more prisoner inclusive. Prisoners can now request Free membership into the Union by mail.
    Requesting free prisoner membership can be as simple as the following Prisoner Sample letter:

    “Hello. My name’s ( Prisoner’s Name ) and I’m a prisoner requesting free membership into the Industrial Workers of the World. I affirm that I’m a worker and not an employer.”

    Membership requests can be mailed to us, at :

    IWW
    P.O. Box 180195
    Chicago, IL 60618

    (773)728-0996

    Founded in 1905, the Industrial Workers of the World is a union active in the struggle against bosses, Capitalism and the abolition of its institutions. We believe that “An Injury to one is an injury to all,” and would appreciate if you could hip the hunger strikers out in Cali and everywhere to these recent developments.

    …The real Dragons are flying out…with nothing but fire to the prison gates that oppressed us and who profit off the life of our class!.

    For a Caged slave/Wage-slave Alliance,

    Hybachi LeMar
    IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee
    Office: (773)728-0996
    Cell: (773)799-4545

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