The CDCR has prematurely announced that the hunger strike is over and that the prisoners now have “a better understanding” of last week’s “offer” to the hunger strikers at Pelican Bay. However, the prisoner-approved mediation team (which the hunger strike leaders have insisted participate in any negotiations) was not involved in this so-called resolution around the strike, and the CDCR has not fully announced what was agreed upon. Clearly the CDCR is more interested in improving their Public Relations image than addressing real issues of torture.
Support for the hunger strike is at a crucial tipping point. One thing is absolutely clear: the five core demands have not been met. Long-term solitary confinement is still being used as torture. Supporters everywhere must amplify the prisoners voices even more fiercely than before. The goal of supporting the hunger strike was not to make sure prisoners continue to starve, rather to support the prisoners in winning their demands to change conditions of imprisonment. This struggle is not over.
We urge everyone to continue to attend and organize events, continue to put pressure on media to cover this struggle, and continue to urge legislators to get involved in winning the hunger strikers 5 demands.
We will not accept the CDCR’s word until we have direct confirmation from the hunger strike leaders, and will continue to support the prisoners in winning their demands, until they are won.
We will post another update as soon as we have it. Please stay tuned.
If you’re in the Bay Area, come and join us for a vigil in support of the hunger strike tonight, from 5-7 in Downtown Oakland outside the Alameda County Courthouse (1225 Fallon St). If you’re in Southern CA (especially Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Chino, and San Diego) a number of events are happening these next few days. Check here for more details and for upcoming events to support the hunger strike in other cities.