Press Contact: Isaac Ontiveros
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition
Ph. 510 517 6612

Oakland–At least 14 prisoners being held in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at California’s notorious Pelican Bay State Prison were forcibly removed from their cells and placed in more punitive isolation late last week, according to lawyers who visited their clients on Tuesday.

“They have been singled out for their participation in the ongoing California prisoner hunger strike and targeted because they are outspoken prisoner activists,” according to Kamau Walton of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition. The 14 were placed in Administrative Segregation last Thursday.

Prison officials, also confiscated legal material from the prisoners, including attorney-client protected documents relating to a highly publicized federal class action lawsuit against the state of California. The lawsuit contends solitary confinement is a violation of prisoners’ 8th Amendment rights against cruel and unusual punishment, as well as their rights to due process.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) continues to lowball strike participation numbers – on the 10th day of the strike thousands are still participating throughout the California prison system, with at least 30,000 participating last week. Prisoners continue to call on the CDCR to negotiate over their demands.

“This is a clear attack against a non-violent protest,” says Anne Weills, attorney for several hunger strikers. “It is pathetic that in response to prisoners’ calls for basic human and civil rights, the CDCR responds by violating those rights.” Weills also notes that all 14 prisoners retaliated against had signed onto last summer’s Agreement to End Hostilities Among Racial Groups–a document issued from the Pelican Bay SHU, urging prisoners to resolve conflicts peacefully amongst themselves and to work to end wider violence in the prison system. The CDCR has refused to distribute the Agreement among prisoners.

In a statement issued this morning, strike representatives said, “on July 11, 2013, we were placed in Administrative Segregation (Ad-Seg), where we are subjected to more torturous conditions than in the SHU. Despite this diabolical act on the part of the CDCR intended to break our resolve and hasten our deaths, we remain strong and united! We are 100% committed to our cause and will end our peaceful action when the CDCR signs a legally binding agreement meeting our demands.”

Governor Jerry Brown has been completely silent on the strike that has gained international news attention. He remains mired in multiple scandals in the California prison system. Brown will be taking a European vacation, visiting among other places, Dachau concentration camp in Germany. Family members and loved ones of the strikers are outraged.


  1. my bro is in susanville prison and i went to go visit him on saturday he refused my visit and they have placed him in Z unit, i think he is also being punished for the hunger strike, i feel really bad for him, he would never turn down a visit! i need answers!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • call medical inquiry line, check on his health status… they need to know they are not forgotten, they have family who love them… if he has not filled out a CDCR7385 form… consent to release info, make sure he does… you can send it to him or write to him and have him request one…

    • This is a common problem in DOC’s through out the country !!! A lot of wanna be cops who could not make the standards to be real officers !!!

  2. Thanks for this article. I’ve been through “cell extractions” and they are hell. We boarded up our cells as a desperate move for CDC not caring about our right to shower and get yard for 10 hours a week. This is the deepest look into this Hunger Strike I’ve seen so thanks for tying it up with the weak ass fake Gov Brown being missing in action.

  3. As of last Saturday July 13, 2013 at Corcoran State Prison SHU, CDCr has taken everything from the inmates participating in the hunger strike. They refuse to give them showers. They told them that “a shower is a privilege”. The inmates then asked for that statement in writing to which the CO’s said “we don’t have to put it in writing. We are telling you from our mouths. We wouldn’t lie.” What a load of crap!!! The CDCr is trying to instigate the inmates on strike to retaliate so they can then say “this is why these inmates are in the SHU, they are violent, blah blah blah….”. These THUGS (CDCr) need to be stopped!!!!

  4. Governor Brown and the CDCR are nothing more than insensitive barbarians!
    How can he go to vacation, when his state is sitting in a deep shit!
    Resign governor, I personally don’t need to pay your salary when you don’t do shit for California!

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  7. One must wonder if the Governor is aware of the complete irony visiting a concentration camp under the conditions he is going to vacation on, or if a person is a complete pessimist if the Governor is going there wishing for all prisons to be like concentration camps.

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  14. My son is at Corcoran Shu, I don’t know what to do. Please someone help these inmates they just want to be threated as humans. I feel helpless but not hopeless I pray for them often.

    • Continue to pray and make phone calls – gov brown , sec beard , warden at Corcoran – CDC hotline – call everyday – I’m a mom also – my son has been in shu for years – I call as a family member and other days as a “concerned citizen ” as I think they really care less if you are family – sad but true – most of the contacts are on the website – I have wardens info if you need it – every call counts !

      • my bro is at susanville high desert, i havent heard from him since the strike started, the last letter i got was pleading for me to put money on his books, i was wondering since i havent heard from him if you happen to have the number i can call to see if he is ok.. thanks.

      • Call the Medical Line in Susanville… 530 251 5100 ext 8888, you can also call the CDCR Health Inquiry Line at 916 691 1404, Do you have a release of medical completed?: It’s a CDCR7385 Form… your brother has to sign and complete, you can print it out, mail it to him, he needs to give it to medical for his file… EVERY inmate should have one, if not, you don’t get any info… when you call, just state your concerns, they will call you back, even if there is not a release, they will call you to let you know. Also, here is Wardens info… Warden Fred Fould 530 251- 5100 ext 5050, even if you don’t have the med release, you should still call, so they know you are checking on him. I hope he is okay.
        Take Care, if we don’t look out for our loved ones… no one will.
        Here is the link for the Medical Release Form – it takes about 30 days to process, but once you know he has signed, keep calling the Medical Line in Susanville to check status-

        Click to access CDCRForm7385.pdf

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