Admist the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR)’s increased repression to break this historic hunger strike in California, prisoners continue to speak out and expose how deeply torture is embedded within CA’s prison system. Read this letter from a hunger striker explaining some of the retaliation at Corcoran State Prison.
Palestinian prisoners are also hunger striking against torturous conditions of imprisonment, particularly solitary confinement, in Israeli prisons. The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat has written a statement of solidarity with the hunger strikers in California. Find more information on the Palestinian hunger strikers’ struggle, the statement of solidarity with the California hunger strikers and ways people in the US can support here.
Students Against Mass Incarceration at Howard University in Washington DC have also expressed solidarity with the hunger strike in CA and connect the New York Police Deparment’s repression on protestors involved in the Occupy Wall St action in New York City to the CDCR’s retaliation of the hunger strike. (For a growing list of organizations supporting the hunger strike, click here).
Despite the CDCR’s retaliation on hunger strikers and their families, prisoners, their families & community members continue to struggle to win the prisoners’ demands. Supporters are converging in Sacramento again tomorrow, Wed Oct 5th, outside CDCR Headquarters (1515 S St) from noon to 2pm. For carpooling and transportation needs from the Bay Area, please contact: 415.238.1801 or prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity [at] gmail.com