Press Releases & Advisories

A List of Press Releases & Advisories by Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

Dec 6, 2012: Families Trek From SoCal to Pelican Bay In Hopes of Seeing Loved Ones Held in Solitary Confinement

Sept 12, 2012: California Prisoners Make Historic Call for Peace between Racial Groups in California Prisons & Jails

April 26th, 2012: CDCR Calls Emergency Meeting for Mediators and Legislative Offices:  Rally to be Held Outside CDCR Headquarters

February 13th, 2012: Prisoner at Corcoran Dies: Hunger Strike in ASU Continues

February 10th, 2012: Prisoners in Corcoran AdSeg Continue Hunger Strike: CDCR Lags on Gang Validation Revisions

January 10th, 2012: Media Access to Prisons Under Legislative Review: Prisoners Continue to Struggle Against SHU Conditions

November 17th, 2011: Three Prisoners Die in Hunger Strike Related Incidents: CDCR Withholds Information from Family Members, Fails to Report Deaths

October 14th, 2011: Families, Advocates Rally for Prison Hunger Strikers: Pelican Bay Prisoners Stop Strike, Others Continue

October 13th, 2011: Hunger Strikers at Pelican Bay End Strike After Nearly 3 Weeks: Strike Continues at Other Prisons

October 11th, 2011: Medical Condition of Hunger Strikers Deteriorate–Advocates & Mediators continue to Push CDCR to Negotiate

October 3rd, 2011: With 12,000 Participants Last Week, Prisoner Hunger Strike Begins 8th Day: CDCR Bars Family Member Visits

Sept 30th, 2011: CDCR Threatens Crackdown of Prisoner Hunger Strike, Bans Lawyers: Mediation Team Appeals to Governor for Action

Sept 28th, 2011: 6,000 CA Prisoners Resume Hunger Strike: CDCR Threatens Disciplinary Action

Sept 26th, 2011: CA Prisoners Resume Hunger Strike to End Torture: Advocates, Organizations, Family Members Speak Out at Press Conference

Sept 23rd, 2011: California Prison Hunger Strike Resumes: Prisoners Cite Continued Torture, CDCR Bad Faith Negotiations

July 22nd, 2011: Prisoners at Pelican Bay End Hunger Strike, Declare Victory–Lawyers & Mediators Share Messages from Hunger Strike Leaders

July 21st, 2011: CDCR’s Claims that Hunger Strike is Over Unsubstantiated

July 18th, 2011: Hunger Strike Rally at CDCR Headquarters–With Strike in Third Week, CDCR Continues to Reject Prisoners’ Demands

July 15th, 2011: Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers Reject CDCR Proposal, Strike Continues

July 15th, 2011: Amidst Pressure, CDCR Enters Negotiation with Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers–Mediators, Advocates: “Battle is Still Uphill, Health Still Deteriorating”

July 14th, 2011: Pelican Bay Hunger Strike Support Hold Vigil–No Response from CDCR on Deteriorating Health, Strike Enters 3rd Week

July 12th, 2011: Medical Conditions Reach Crisis in Pelican Bay Hunger Strike–Advocates Demand Access to Strike Leaders, Negotiations

July 8th, 2011: Hunger Strike Supporters Rally as Part of International Day of Solidarity–Supporters Demand CDCR Negotiate, Thousand of Prisoners continue to strike, Numbers Growing

July 7th, 2011: Pelican Bay Hunger Strike Spreading Throughout CA System–CDCR Recognizes Thousands Participating, Advocates Demand Negotiations

July 5th, 2011: Prisoners Across at Least 6 California Prisons Join Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers Strike Could Involve Thousands of Prisoners

June 29th, 2011: Pelican Bay Prisoners Go On Hunger Strike to Protest Grave Conditions–Lawyers, Advocates, Organizations Hold Press Conference, Voice Prisoner Demands

Press Conferences

Emergency Press Conference: California State Building, Van Ness & McAllister, San Francisco, 11 am Wed July 13th

Lawyers, family members and health professionals will hold a press conference Wednesday July 13th to address urgent updates on hunger strikers’ health reaching crisis in the SHU at Pelican Bay State Prison.

Click here to download PRESS RELEASE (pdf)

Press Conference & Speak Out in Los Angeles

Wednesday, July 13th @ 2pm outside the Ronald Reagan State Building at 300 South Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Press Conference: Oakland State Building 1301 Clay St, Oakland,

11 am Thurs, June 30th:

Lawyers and advocates who have been in contact with the prisoners will hold a press conference Thusday June 30th at the Oakland Federal Building, 1301 Clay St, at 11am to rally support for the strike and put pressure on the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to respond to the prisoners’ demands.

Prisoners have delivered their demands to Pelican Bay warden Greg Lewis, the CDCR, and to Governor Jerry Brown. Their demands include an end to long-term solitary confinement, collective punishment, and forced interrogation on gang affiliation.  The prisoners have also stated that they are willing to give up their lives unless their demands are met.

Clips from July 1st Press Conference in Oakland:

Los Angeles: Press Conference for Pelican Bay Hunger Strike

    KRST Unity Center of Afrakan Spiritual Science
7825. S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90047-2728
Friday, July 1, 2011 @ 12 noon
Contact Keith James @ 213-840-5348 (cell)

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