According to the wife of a Pelican Bay SHU prisoner, “The prison has been advertising the 4th of July holiday Menu, with hotlinks, strawberry shortcake and ice cream. They have NEVER had ice cream in the SHU, and in the nearly 20 years he has been in the CA system, he has never seen a strawberry.”
This shows us the range of divide-and-conquer tactics the CDCR is using to break the strike even before it has started. It also shows how seriously the CDCR is taking this action–as something to repress before it begins, but also not-significant enough to warrant any substantial change in prison conditions. More so, this tactic of repression demonstrates the purpose of Security Housing Units–to crush prisoner’s capacity for building relationships and collective resistance by further isolating them. We need to make our solidarity with the prisoners loud and clear!