Round 2, Day 3: Strike Spreads Rapidly, At least 6,000 prisoners resume strike

Today (9/28/11) lawyers & mediators of Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity’s mediation team confirm that at least 6,000 prisoners throughout CA are resuming the hunger strike that originally began in July. The CDCR refuses to release where prisoners are striking exactly, and how many prisoners are striking at each prison.

We know that hundreds of prisoners in the General Population at Calipatria are joining the hunger strike for one week in solidarity with 200 hunger strikers in Calipatria’s two Administrative Segregation Units (Ad-Seg & ASU), bringing Calipatria’s numbers up to 500-1,000 hunger strikers.

Family members have also reported prisoners are striking at CCI Tehachapi’s Security Housing Unit (SHU), demanding that the five core demands written by hunger strikers at Pelican Bay be implemented for all SHU-status prisoners in CA. Prisoners at Centinela have also joined the hunger strike again in solidarity with SHU-status prisoners across the state.

Prisoners at West Valley Detention Center are refusing state-issued food in solidarity with SHU-Status hunger strikers across the state as well. (West Valley prides itself as being one of the largest county jails in CA. The majority of people locked up at West Valley are pre-trial prisoners.)

From Security Housing Units to County Jails, conditions of imprisonment in California are horrendous, ridden with medical neglect & overcrowding as condemned by the US Supreme Court in the May ruling that found the CDCR to be in violation of the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition cruel and unusual punishment. The expansion of the strike demonstrates that CDCR’s atrocious practices and brutal conditions are in fact a system-wide issue and endemic of the CDCR.

Support the prisoners in winning their demands! Call Governor Jerry Brown & urge him to make the CDCR comply with the prisoners demands!

12 thoughts on “Round 2, Day 3: Strike Spreads Rapidly, At least 6,000 prisoners resume strike

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  2. Out of state inmates are striking as well. The california inmates at north fork correctional facility in oklahoma have also been participating in the strike.

    • we have a chain-fast going in Buffalo, NY, members of the Erie County Prisoners Rights Coalition and Prisoners are People Too. we doing one day a week, and calling on locals to join in. and hoping to hear some news of new york prisoners joining in.

    • A woman who has been in solitary confinement for over 900 days in Indiana held a one-day solidarity hunger strike in July and said that she was going to have a one-day solidarity hunger strike on 9/26 as well.

  3. Thank you for the contact info and suggested ‘summary’ of demands and what this is all about. We all deserve humane treatment.

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  6. i was there with them and yes it was tough! i spent 9 years there. but looking back those dudes take advatage of our raza and treat them like dirt. i for one got tired of it all. once I saw how they, bigger hommies use there raza and they families like they didnt belong there in the first place. Once I saw how they abuse our races and get young ones more time for doing there dirty work. It F’d up. I got this from another site that was just posted. This is what ive been talking about….one dude even gained weight!! WTF??? homies need to know this!!

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