Family Members, Activists and Celebrities “Hunger for Justice”.
On July 31st, day 24 of the California Prisoner Hunger Strike, communities across the country fasted and held events in solidarity with the hunger strikers and their 5 core demands. Over 1,000 people signed on to participate. They also were asking for justice for Trayvon Martin. In Oakland, a press conference at 11:00 a.m. was followed by a rally at Oscar Grant Plaza and a procession to the State Building at 1515 Clay Street.
“Governor Brown’s absolute silence in the face of this hunger strike is a quiet endorsement of torture,” says Margaret Prescod, from Women of Color Global Women’s Strike and host of the Sojourner Truth Show on KPFK. “And we know the criminalization that killed Trayvon Martin, and the criminalization that justifies torture of prisoners is one and the same.” Two years ago a United Nations’ expert on torture called on all countries to ban solitary confinement lasting longer than 15 days. The Governor hasn’t spoken about any of the three rounds of hunger strikes in the past two years.
“I am looking forward to this historical event, in the coming together of all races as we work toward bringing an end to injustices everywhere, from solitary confinement to racial profiling to mass incarceration,” says Dolores Canales, an organizer with California Families Against Solitary Confinement whose son is on Hunger Strike in the SHU at Pelican Bay. “Governor Brown, how much longer can you ignore what is going on in the State of California?”
The most recent statement by the Short Corridor Collective in Pelican Bay State Prison says, “We are being tortured each day by state officials (Governor Brown, his appointee CDCR Secretary Beard, and all his underlings). Increased retaliation has been perpetuated upon defenseless and starving prisoners who only seek what any human being strives for—humane treatment, dignity, equality, and justice for our families, loved ones, and ourselves. These are the fundamental rights of all people, including those incarcerated by the state.”
Actions were held in Oakland, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, New York, Iowa, Philadelphia, Jackson Mississippi, London ,Guyana and Germany.
“Hunger for Justice” is endorsed by James Cromwell, Angela Davis, Mike Farrell, Danny Glover, Elliott Gould, Chris Hedges, Alice Walker, and Cornel West and by the following individuals and organizations: Alexandria House; Alliance for Global Justice; American Muslims for Palestine; Anti-Racist Action-LA; Arab Resource & Organizing Center; Asian Prisoner Support Committee; Black Organizing Project; Brandywine Peace Community; California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement; California Coalition for Women Prisoners; California Justice for Youth Network; California Prisoner Solidarity Coalition; Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB); Causa Justa – Just Cause; Critical Resistance; DCFS/DHS-Give Us Back Our Children; Ecosocialist Horizons, Every Mother is a Working Mother Network; Erotic Service Providers Union; FACTS Education Fund; Fair Chance Project; Flying Over Walls; Friends of Deir Ibzi’a; Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People’s Movement/ Nat’l; Freedom Archives; F*WORD of RCNB; Global Women’s Strike; Haiti Action Committee; Hank Jones – San Francisco 8; Imam & UC Berkeley Professor Hatem Bazian; Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace; International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal; International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network; Justice NOW!; LA Laborfest; LACAN, Lives Worth Saving Gang Intervention; Malcolm X Grassroots Movement; Martin Luther King Coalition of Greater LA; the MOVE organization; National Hood Alliance; Ordinary People’s Society/ Alabama; Palestinian Youth Movement; Payday men’s network; the Philadelphia Innocence Project; Pier 5 Law Offices; Peter Laarman/Progressive Christians Uniting and Justice not Jails; POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE; Prodigal Child Project, Alabama; Project South; Queer Strike; Rev. Louis Logan; Ruckus Society, Scientific Soul Sessions; Sin Barras; Stuart Hanlon, partner in Hanlon and Rief; Theresa Shoatz – Maroon Philly Committee; Transgender, Gender-Variant, Intersex Justice; US PROStitutes Collective; White Noise Collective; Women of Color/Global Women’s Strike; Youth Justice Coalition; Decarcerate PA; Peacehome Campaigns, and Mumia Abu-Jamal.