What: Demonstration in Support of San Quentin Hunger Strikers
When: Saturday August 3, 2-4pm
Where: San Quentin State Prison, West Gate (The West Gate of San Quentin is located on Sir Francis Drake Blvd, http://mapq.st/1ecA0pk )
Family members of prisoners, formerly incarcerated people and advocates will hold a rally on Saturday, August 3rd at 2:00pm at the West Gate of San Quentin Prison, urging official to meet the demands of hunger strikers at that facility. Prisoners at San Quentin have been on hunger strike since July 8th, joining with other prisoners across the state, while also presenting their own demands to the warden at San Quentin.
“We need to help them fight for what’s right,” says Angelique Topete, whose husband Marco Topete is on hunger strike at San Quentin’s Adjustment Center. “I have seen personally what the effects of being held in solitary confinement can do to a person’s health, mentally and physically. I feel that the effects not only prohibit them from functioning in a prison setting, but—for those that have a release date—make it difficult, almost impossible, to be successful in life.”
Prisoners at San Quentin are demanding access to programming regardless of gang validation; immediate release of Adjustment Center prisoners who are not validated and have gone years without disciplinary write-ups; an end to the use of anonymous informants to label prisoners gang members and associates; an end to the prison’s debriefing process; an end to racist yard labels; and an end to group punishment.
Colorful banners will accompany lively speakers during Saturday’s rally. Spokespeople will be available throughout the day.