Updates from the Coalition

Solitary Confinement Bill Passes Public Safety Committee, Could Mark End of Torturous Practice (4/10/2014) - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    April 9, 2014 Press Contact:     Isaac Ontiveros—510.517.6612 Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition Oakland—A bill designed to bring about reforms to the California’s internationally condemned use of indefinite solitary confinement, passed its first hurdle yesterday by a 4 to 2 vote (with one abstention) in the State Assembly’s Public Safety Committee. Assembly […]
Emergency Response Alert: Stop Violations at Corcoran SHU! (4/4/2014) - Please check out this Emergency Response Alert about human rights violations by prison officials against prisoners in the Corcoran SHU.  And take the suggested actions:  email, write or call the prison officials and CDCr to protest. Demand the end to destructive and retaliatory cell searches. This link makes it very easy to take action! http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/51040/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13599 […]
Submit Comments About STG/SDP Regulations by April 3, 2014 (3/20/2014) - Dear Human Rights Activists, We need your help. Can you write a quick email or fax a note? The California prison system’s Security Threat Group/Step Down Program (STG/SDP) is getting close to being implemented. These regulations govern placement into and release from the SHU (Secure Housing Units), California’s long-term solitary confinement cells. The STG/SDP policies […]
Video of Legislative Hearing February 11, 2014 (3/10/2014) - Click on the image below for the California Channel recording of the February 11 Joint Informational Hearing on CDCRs Proposed New Policies on Inmate Segregation by the Assembly and Senate Public Safety Committees, three-and-a-half-hour gavel to gavel coverage. And audio is also available: The following links are broadcast quality audio excerpts from the hearing. The […]
Calling for ABOLITION of solitary confinement (3/10/2014) - Don’t miss the editorial piece by PHSS activist Denise Mewbourne, Calling for ABOLITION of solitary confinement, in the SF Bayview, March 5, 2014. And with great photos, too.
Hunger Strike at Tacoma ICE Detention Center (3/10/2014) - Turning the Tide Campaign Last Friday over 1200 detainees began a hunger strike inside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington, one of the largest immigration detention centers in the country. Immediately their massive protest made national news. In retaliation they are being harassed, and we heard yesterday that more than 20 of them were […]
Ammiano Assembly Bill Could Mark Profound Change in CA Solitary Confinement (2/13/2014) - California Assemblymember Tom Ammiano has proposed legislation that could significantly restrict how solitary confinement is used in California prisons. Assembly Bill 1652 comes after massive public pressure and expert testimony exposed the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) feeble attempts to defend its notorious solitary confinement and gang management policies at a special hearing […]
Solitary Confinement, CDCR get Slammed at Legislative Hearings (2/11/2014) - Press release from Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Sacramento—hundreds of people from across the state packed two hearing rooms of both public safety committees of the  state legislature today to represent the interests of California State prisoners. Despite attempts by the California Department of Corrections (CDCR) to insure the public that they are acting with prudence to change people’s gang validations, […]
So this is our banned testimony – Pelican Bay prisoners statement to legislators (2/11/2014) - We are prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison who have all lived for over 15 years locked 23 hours a day in  small windowless cells, without ever being able to hug or touch our families, without ever seeing birds, trees, or the outside world, with no programs or chance for parole. California keeps us in these […]
Fight Against Solitary Confinement, Legislative Hearings Continue Tuesday (2/10/2014) - Fight Against Solitary Confinement, Legislative Hearings Continue Tuesday CDCR Set to Defend Policies, Prisoners and Advocates Call for Comprehensive Change Press Contacts: Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition Azadeh Zohrabi—510.990 2841 Isaac Ontiveros—510.517.6612 What:  Legislative Hearings on CDCR Proposed New Policies on Inmate Segregation When:  9:30 a.m. Where: Room 4202 on the fourth floor of the […]
Two New Posters for Rally at Sacto Hearing (2/8/2014) - Thanks to Melanie Cervantes and Dignidad Rebelde, we have two new posters for the rally to be held this Tuesday, February 11 following the California legislative hearing on solitary confinement. Poster images below. These and others will be screened at Sole Space on Telegraph in Oakland Sunday afternoon; see below and come help! The flyer […]
Flyer for CA Legislative Hearing & Rally, Feb 11 (2/2/2014) - Flyer in PDF format (1 page, 1.3MB, be patient)
Feb 11: CA Legislative hearing on solitary confinement (1/21/2014) - February 11, 2013: California Legislative hearing on solitary confinement, addressing CDCR’s “gang management” policies. State Capitol, Sacramento. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This will be the second (and perhaps last) hearing by the joint Senate and Assembly committees on public safety, co-chaired by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and Senator Loni Hancock. For more info, including transportation: […]
Transcript & video of CA Legislative Hearing Oct 9 (12/20/2013) - Here is a link to the video of the Oct 9, 2013 Legislative Hearing on Solitary Confinement. Here is a link to the entire Transcript of the CA legislative hearing of October 9, 2013 (36 page PDF). And a link to some highlights (there were many) or “Takeaway Quotes” from the hearing (2 page PDF).
Starving for Justice (12/20/2013) - An excellent article on hunger strikes including the California strike: “Starving for Justice: From California to Israel, hunger strikes are erupting around the world—because they work” in The Nation, December 4, 2013.