Voices from Inside

Below you can find letters, written statements & audio interviews from prisoners throughout the US exposing the conditions inside prison, why they joined and why people should support the hunger strike.

Index:
-The CA Hunger Strike: one year later
-From Corcoran State Prison
-From Pelican Bay
-From other California prisons
-From prisoners outside California
-Former prisoners support the hunger strike

THE CA HUNGER STRIKE: ONE YEAR LATER

Prisoners held in Security Housing Units (SHUs) reflect on the first anniversary of the hunger.

Below you can find letters, written statements & audio interviews from prisoners throughout the US exposing the conditions inside prison, why they are joining and why people should support the hunger strike.

From Corcoran State Prison:

  • About Prison by Sister Amazon. Speaking from Corcoran State Prison, Sister Amazon exposes the true interests of prison

From prisoners in Pelican Bay:

  • Tortured SHU Prisoners Speak Out: The Struggle Continues by Pelican Bay SHU Hunger Strike Representatives. Hunger Strike Representatives in the Pelican Bay Security Housing Unit explain their dissatisfaction with the CDCR’s failure to uphold the prisoners’ demands (set forward by their hunger strike in July) and announce restarting the hunger strike on Sept 26th. 2011.
  • Declaring A Victory by Hunger Strike Representatives at Pelican Bay explaining their reasoning behind suspending the hunger strike and accepting CDCR’s concessions on July 20th.
  • The Call by Mutope Duguma. A statement explaining more details about the conditions of Pelican Bay SHU and a call for people inside and outside to show active support for the strike
  • Formal Complaint by Short Corridor Collective in the Pelican Bay Security Housing Unit. Official document delivered to CDCR before the strike began on July 1st.

AUDIO INTERVIEWS WITH PELICAN BAY HUNGER STRIKE REPRESENTATIVES:

  • Click here for interview with Paul Jones, explaining the conditions and policies of the SHU, “gang validation” and debriefing. Click here for the written transcript of Paul’s interview.
  • Click here for first interview with Todd Ashker before the strike started. Click here for the written transcript of Todd’s statement.
  • Click here for second interview with Todd Ashker thanking supporters. Click here for the written transcript of Todd’s statement.
  • Click here for interview with RN Dewberry. Click here for the written transcript of Dewberry’s statement.

From prisoners in other California prisons:

From prisoners outside California:

  • United We Stand! by Imam Saddique Abdullah Hassan. Speaking from Ohio State Penitentiary, supermax prisoners from Ohio announce their support for the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers and join for the first day of the strike.
  • People Are Being Tortured Inside These Places by Bomani Shakur who is on death row in Youngstown, Ohio, sending a message of solidarity to prisoners and family members in CA, and urging supporters to continue organizing for our communities against imprisonment.
  • Mumia Abul Jamal speaks out in support of the hunger strike. Listen here.

Former Prisoners Speak Out against Imprisonment, in support of the Hunger Strike!

Formerly Imprisoned people have played a pivotal role in supporting the hunger strike, speaking out on their experiences of imprisonment and amplifying the voices of people still locked up. Below are a few videos of people speaking out against solitary confinement in Sacramento during a day of action for a legislative hearing on SHUs in August, 2011.