Lawyers and advocates who have been in contact with the prisoners will hold a press conference TODAY June 30th at the Oakland State Building, 1515 Clay St, at 11am to rally support for the strike (beginning tomorrow, July 1st) and put pressure on the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to respond to the prisoners’ demands.
Prisoners have delivered their demands to Pelican Bay warden Greg Lewis, the CDCR, and to Governor Jerry Brown. Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity coalition has delivered 2,800 signatures in support from the petition to the warden. The prisoners’ demands include an end to long-term solitary confinement, collective punishment, and forced interrogation on gang affiliation. The prisoners have also stated that they are willing to give up their lives unless their demands are met.