Video – Panel Discussion: The California Prisoner Hunger Strike & Ending Long-term Solitary Confinement

Watch the hour-long panel that took place on July 17, 2013 in Berkeley, CA. Panelists include:

Andres Thomas Conteris, CloseGitmo.net – Stop U.S. Torture in Gitmo and U.S. Prisons; Director, Program of the Americans of Nonviolence International — recently interviewed hunger strikers in Pelican Bay SHU

Steven Czifra is a UC Berkeley student who spent a total of eight years in solitary confinement, including five in the Pelican Bay SHU.  Along with other UC students and professors, he is taking part in a rolling solidarity fast in support of the prisoners and their demands.

Larry Everest, covers the prisoner hunger strikes for Revolution newspaper and is the author of Oil, Power & Empire: Iraq and the U.S. Global Agenda.  (See Revolution Interview: Carol Strickman, from Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition Prisoners’ Struggle Against “Cruel and Unusual Punishment Amounting to Torture“)

Michael Montgomery is a reporter for KQED and the Center for Investigative Reportingwho has covered California prison issues.

Danny Murillo was arrested at 16 years young, and sentenced to 15 years in state prison. 17 months were spent in Administrative Segregation (the hole) and six years in the Security Housing Unit (the SHU). Currently an undergrad student at UC Berkeley in the Ethnic Studies department and a George Miller Scholar.

On July 8, California prison authorities admitted that over 30,000 prisoners had joined the hunger strike by refusing meals. The Los Angeles Times said this “could be the largest prison protest in state history.” Prisoner representatives from the Pelican Bay State Prison SHU Short Corridor Collective Human Rights Movement said, “our nonviolent peaceful protest of our subjection to decades of indefinite state-sanctioned torture, via long-term solitary confinement will resume…consisting of a hunger strike/work stoppage of indefinite duration until CDCR [California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation] signs a legally binding agreement meeting our demands, the heart of which mandates an end to long-term solitary confinement (as well as additional major reforms).”  See statement here .

Co-sponsored by Revolution Books and the Stop Mass Incarceration Network-Bay Area

3 thoughts on “Video – Panel Discussion: The California Prisoner Hunger Strike & Ending Long-term Solitary Confinement

  1. I am literally moved to tears by this outpouring of support for the prison population, for whom I have advocated for years. Of course, very few were willing to listen, except for those who experienced prison. I believe that real progress must be made, and this is the best opportunity ever for that to happen. God bless all of you who are fighting through the hunger strike, and may this end with the laws being changed. I have written many times to Governor Brown regarding the death penalty, solitary confinement, and forced sterilization. There is just no need to torture people, and all these measures by the “Department of Corrections” are not correcting anything. They are making the problem worse. It would seem they want to incarcerate literally everyone. Education is the key, and opportunity to work. Prison is an opportunity to educate inmates to work at a trade when they are released. There are so many opportunities for these inmates who want to learn, just look at those who are now attending University after release. God be with you all, we will not give up and know you are loved!

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