Locked up in brutal conditions themselves, thousands of prisoners across the state of CA have risked their lives and joined the hunger strike in solidarity with the Pelican Bay hunger strikers and their five demands.
The challenge for people outside prison is to match the courage of the hunger strikers, and to support the prisoners in winning their demands through every means we can. Historically people have taken up civil disobedience to prevent mass death, and we’re in such a moment now.
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1. Support 150,000 Calls for Prisoners! A Call for Every CA Prisoner! Click here for more info.
3.. Send this info to friends *See info below*
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5. Attend events, demonstrations and actions. Click Here for more info on demos and actions in the US and Canada!
6. Organize a solidarity demonstration or action. Click Here for some suggestions on solidarity actions, demos and events
7. Write to everyone you know locked up in prison and let them know about the hunger strike and the many ways thousands of people outside and inside prison are supporting it (Since mail referring to the hunger strike is being rejected, we find it’s helpful to be clever with language, and to describe this action as best you can without using the exact words “hunger strike” to increase the chances of the letters getting through. Example: in stead of hunger strike, you can say “refusing food” or “not eating”)
9. Donate to Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity California Prison Focus’s paypal and identify your donation by writing “coalition” or “PHSS”. Donations will be used for mass mailings to prisoners, flyers, posters, and rides to the prisons for advocates and families members. You can also mail checks to: California Prison Focus/ 1904 Franklin/Suite 507/Oakland, CA 94612.
10. Support Media Work:
- Contact any media/journalists/press, politicians, or influential people you know and urge them to get involved by going to visit Pelican Bay and check on the hunger strikers, as well as make sure the CDCR negotiates on all 5 demands immediately in good faith.
- Post responses in support of the hunger strike and the prisoners on articles and other media covering the hunger strike. For a list of press and media coverage, click here.
***It is crucial for supporters of this struggle to share information on updates, developments and ways people everywhere are supporting it. During the first round of the strike, at least 6,600 people across at least 13 prisons participated. The CDCR would not release at which prisons prisoners were striking. We know prisoners participated in the first round of the strike at Pelican Bay (the SHU & General Population), Corcoran, CCI Tehachapi, Folsom, San Quentin, Centinela, Calipatria, RJ Donovan, Valley State Prison for Women, and North Kern State Prison. During the second round of the strike that began on Sept 26th, we know at least 6,000 prisoners are participating again at Pelican Bay, Calipatria, CCI Tehachapi, Centinela, West Valley Detention Center, Corcoran and Chuckawalla Valley State Prison.
If you are aware of people participating in the strike at other prisons, please contact us at prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com. If you know people locked up, especially in CA, make sure to support the hunger strike by sharing updates on the strike and how people worldwide are in support of it with them [Please be mindful that the CDCR is policing mail & rejecting mail with reference to "hunger strikes". The CDCR is also using mail referring the strike as retaliation, giving prisoners 128 write-ups if they have mail regarding the strike, which can result in denied parole, job loss, possible SHU placement (if the prisoner is not already in the SHU), and more].