2 thoughts on “Pelican Bay Prison: One Year Later, Policy Remains “Debrief or Die”

  1. Glad to see this remains in the ‘news.’ I’m following a hunger strike, same basic issue, at Red Onion State Prison in Virginia. I pray for the folks in Georgia who tried to organize for basic human rights.

  2. Friends of the California hunger strikers from Buffalo, NY, continue our support and send greetings to all commemorating the anniversary of the historic action by the prisoners at Pelican Bay, Corcoran and numerous other California prisons to bring to light the barbaric and torturous conditions imposed on people in that state’s SHU’s. Aware of the scores of thousands of prisoners similarly situated around the country Buffalo’s PRISONERS ARE PEOPLE TOO commenced a chain-fast in solidarity with the strikers which continued from its inception in July and its revival in October. The current U.S. Senate hearings into SHU conditions are a direct result of the actions of the strikers and their families and advocates and is a significant victory and milestone in the struggle to humanize conditions and policies in California’s gulag. It is apparent that California officials are half-stepping in meeeting the five core demands of the strikers but the current hearings may well bring a constructive focus on the plight and inhumanity of conditions in SHU’s and produce some real change in the future. Last September marked the 40th anniversary of the Attica uprising and massacre of prisoners; yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the then-temporary abolition of the death penalty nationally. The hope of Attica was sorely tried and nearly died in the sickening boom of the “war on drugs” and the massive construction of a prison empire in America unprecedented in history. Similarly, the death penalty was reinstated in 1976 nation-wide and resulted in more than 1300 executions sine then, and more than 3100 men and women await their fate on death rows around the country. The New Jim Crow has been winning, and too many lives have been lost and damaged by a politics of reaction and racisim. Is there any hope of real change and reversal of the tragic consequences of decades of misguided policies and practices? You would think not based on objective factors, but we must recognize those beautiful sparks of resistance in the hearts of people in the hell-holes of California, Georgia, Texas and so on. Spirit trumps the numbers and the dollars, and we on the other side of the prison walls join you in our small way in celebrating the freedom and hope you have ignited in the renewed struggle for change. Peace and thanks for your continued efforts to bring down the walls of ignorance and indifference. Aleuta continua! -chuck culhane

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