A Brief Update From the Front Lines of the Struggle at Corcoran

Corcoran-SHU 4B 1L C-section Isolation Unit Hunger Strike

Date 7/3/11  0917 Hours

Greetings to all who support freedom, justice, and equality, and oppose torture.  We are 3 days into the hunger strike here in 4B 1L C-section (Corcoran SHU’s version of the short corridor), and I want to report that our first brother has gone down.  Last night (7/2/11) at approximately 2255 hours (10:55 p.m.) our beloved brother Kambui Nantambu Robinson, a Type 1 Diabetic who’s commitment, resolve, and strength are an inspiration to us all, went into severe diabetic shock (hypoglycemia [acute low blood sugar]), after our efforts to render assistant to enable him to overcome the subsequent ketoacidosis which accompanied the attack failed.  We called “Man Down” and ultimately got the tower’s attention.  We are only 3 cells from one another so I was able to observe the medical response directly (I am a former U.S. Naval Hospital Corpsman attached to Spec-war PAC-Fleet Command), which was panicky, bumbling, and slow . . . far too slow.  The comrade did suffer a mild seizure, loss of consciousness, and stopped breathing for a brief period.  The nurse administered what I believe was glycogen and epinephrine.  After our prompts to staff, he was finally secured to the gurney and transported via ambulance to the hospital, where he was admitted and remains.  This stalwart new Afrikan soldier of the people is to be honored, revered, and admired for his unwavering stance in support of our collective basic human rights and dignity.  He remains with us in spirit, as our love, spirit, and dedication to purpose remain with him.  We ask for your prayers, your phone calls, and letters – spread the word on Facebook, twitter, and other social media of our stance here, in Pelican Bay D corridor, and across the CDC.  Kambui’s spirit endures!!  Uhuru Sasa!!  Si se puede!!

Currently, here and 4B 1L C-section the new Afrikan collective and southern Mexican collective are in full participation, while our white and northern Mexican brothers are lending their moral support.  On 7/1/11 they came around on 3rd watch and checked ourselves to catalog what food we had, if any.  The following today they’ll start weighing us.  There are some here with serious medical conditions such as cancer survivors and we anticipate we may well see more hospitalizations, or death, as our collective resolve to see this peaceful protest through to a successful conclusion is adamant.  We have documented at least one instance of institutional gang investigators attempting to foment racial divisions here in the torture unit in an attempt to derail or fracture the hunger strike for its solidarity.  It, and any other counterintelligence assaults of its kind, will fail.  We again call on everyone who reads these words to support the five point court demands of this peaceful protest as outlined by the Pelican Bay D corridor collective (see: Turning This Tide, July Issue; California Prison Focus, July Issue; or go to “www.barnonearcata.wordpress.com – Archvies – PBSP – SHU D-corridor Hunger Strike”).  Call or email your local TV station; blog about it on the web; organize support at your local church, mosque, temple, synagogue, or community center; contact your Congressman, Alderman., or local legislature; write and call the governor.  Oppose the continued use, expansion and broadening of those psychological torture units in your nation.  Do not allow the prison industrial complex in California Correctional Peace Officers Association (guards union) to continue using us as scape goats to fleece you for billions of your tax dollars to line their pockets, and deny our communities and children greater prosperity and a future brighter tomorrows.  Join us in opposing conditions so psychologically torturous that they would compel men to embrace self immolation – even death – as a viable tool of struggle to alter that existence.  Dare with us; dare to struggle, dare to win . . . Our love and solidarity to all those who champion freedom, justice, and equality, and fear only failure.
                                                      Alucoa continua,
                                                     J. Heshima Denhayn

For more information on this N.C.T.T. – Corcoran SHU, or the CAL-SHU Hunger Strike Contact:

Zaharibu Dorrough D-83611              Heshima Denham J-38283      Kambuit Robinson C-82830
CSP-COR-SHU 4B 1L #53                  CSP-COR-SHU 4B 1L #46      CSP-COR-SHU 4B 1L #49
PO Box 3481                                         PO Box 3481                             PO Box 3481
Corcoran, CA  93212                           Corcoran, CA  93212               Corcoran, CA  93212

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Update:  7/3/11  1845 Hours

There has been an unfortunate development here, and though we knew the probability of this occurring was high, we didn’t know it would come this sudden.  At approximately 1845 hrs. (6:45 pm) for picking up trash and trays from our white and northern Mexican brothers, one of the CEOs here began to call our staunch a beloved brother Haribu Mugabi Soriono’s name repeatedly.  He did not respond.  She notified the tower “Soriono’s unresponsive, called EMT and notify the watch commander.”  Then the alarm was triggered.  Multiple custody and medical staff responded, but because Haribu was unconscious he could not comply with their directions to come to the door and cuff-up.  A tactile team was assembled and they entered his cell.  As they were putting him in mechanical restraints he regained consciousness briefly, and quickly lost it again.  EMTs arrived, he was secured to the gurney and rushed by ambulance to A.C.H. (Hosptial) where he remains.  Comrade Haribu is a 57-year-old veteran prisoner and human rights activist who just waged and won a protracted battle with cancer (Leukemia) and suffers from multiple chronic medical conditions, yet he started fasting two days before the hunger strike started, in solidarity with our Afrikan brothers and sisters in the Horn of Afrika suffering famine and death with no food or water because of a 2-year drought.  A beloved brother went five days without eating, knowing his body was already severely damaged to uphold our collective pursuit of basic human rights and dignity.  This brother brave death to free us all from torture without end, and to make you all aware that it’s being carried out – right here in the borders of your nation; not halfway around the world in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, or some CIA blacksite – NoRight Here in Pelican Bay, Corcoran, and Tehachapi SHUs; human experimentation torture units are being ran and expanded.  Haribu is an inspiration to us all, a hero of the people, and his undaunted fighting spirit abides with us all.  Pray for our beloved brother and comrade – pray for us all.
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Update: 7/5/11 1520 Hours
We were again weighed today and her vitals taken an average of 8 to 20 pounds has been lost by those participating (I’ve personally gone from 208 to 188 in 5 days).  The Associate Warden and Captain held a sit down with representatives of the population – noting the hunger strike has been taken up SHU wide and on the Main line (3B Yard as well).  Our Brother Zaharibu Dorrough and representatives from the southern Mexican, white, and northern Mexican collectives expressed our collective concerns as outlined in the Pelican Bay collectives five point court demands and our local 602.  It appeared to be more of a feeling out session and nothing of substance will be addressed until after a meeting to be held in Sacramento Friday, July 8 at 1300 hrs. (1:00 pm).  It is our hope that reason, principal, and humanity prevail as a result continues unwavering.  Stand with us.  Until we win or don’t lose, we remain firm.

                                          In struggle,
                                                      J. Heshima Denham
                                                      N.C.T.T. Corcoran SHU

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