STOP THE TORTURE!
The Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (PHSS) has helped launch Statewide Coordinated Actions To End Solitary Confinement (SCATESC) to start Monday, March 23, 2015.
Actions will happen on the 23rd of each month.
This date emphasizes the 23 or more hours every day that people are kept in solitary confinement.
PHSS Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prisoner-Hunger-Strike-Solidarity/117053298383319
Statewide Coordinated Actions every month respond to the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers’ Proposals (November, 2013). They stated:
“We want to consider the idea of designating a certain date each month as Prisoner Rights Day. On that date each month prisoners across the state would engage in peaceful activities to call attention to prison conditions. At the same time our supporters would gather in locations throughout California to expose CDCR’s [CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation] actions and rally support efforts to secure our rights. We can see this action growing from month to month as more people inside and out become aware of it and join our struggle.”
These coordinated actions will acknowledge the importance of organized, community-based pressure as a core strategy (along with courts and legislators) of our work outside the walls to end solitary confinement.
Actions are planned in CA from San Diego to Arcata (including San Diego, Los Angeles, San Jose, Oakland,Santa Cruz, Arcata…); also, nationwide and internationally.
CO-SPONSORS & ENDORSERS:
Statewide, nationally, and internationally, we invite all organizations and prominent individuals to:
- endorse the Statewide Coordinated Actions To End Solitary Confinement; or
- co-sponsor: help plan statewide, national, international, and local actions; do outreach, attend, and/or speak out.
Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you will endorse or what you will do to co-sponsor, and describe action(s) in your locale.
LOCATIONS & TIMES:
Each locale participating in the Statewide Coordinated Actions will decide their locations and the time of day/night. We suggest places and times where and when there are plenty of people so that the actions are visible, and we can reach people with leaflets/information. If people-heavy locations also happen to be strategic for other reasons (e.g., a CDCR parole office in a busy area), all the better. HERE you can find details about March 23rd Actions in your locale (i.e. L.A., Oakland, San Jose) More will be posted as we receive the information from various locales
FLIERS & HANDOUTS:
There is a universal flier for all actions, with a space for each area to insert local logistics. Also, there are handouts that can be used by everyone for these actions. PHSS can send out packets of these fliers and handbills by request at email@example.com (beginning April 2015). Local groups can hand out additional literature, as well.
These actions will help keep hidden torture in the public eye, build the movement to end solitary confinement, and serve as one way to update people as to the conditions inside and about the needs and goings-on in this human rights struggle. Organizations outside of CA and outside of the US are already joining and supporting this effort.
The courage that prisoners continue to demonstrate—after leading two hunger strikes in 2011 and a third, the largest hunger strike in history in 2013– while upholding their Agreement To End Hostilities across racial lines should give us all the strength to organize in our own communities.
- Abolitionist Law Center
- ACLU of Northern California
- Anti-Racist Action-LA
- California Families Against Solitary Confinement (CFASC)
- California Prison Focus
- Critical Resistance- Oakland
- Direct Action Monterey Network
- Food Not Bombs
- Global Women’s Strike
- Human Rights Coalition Philly/Pittsburgh
- Human Rights Pen Pals
- Justice for the Dallas 6 Support Campaign
- LA Laborfest
- Prison Activist Resource Center (PARC- Oakland)
- Payday Men’s Network
- Peoples’ Action for Rights and Community (PARC- Eureka)
- Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (PHSS)
- Project: Pollinate
- Santa Cruz Resistance Against Militarization (SCRAM!)
- Sin Barras
- Women and Trans Prisoner Defense Committee
- Women of Color/Global Women’s Strike
- Ramona Africa and The MOVE Organization
- Dr. Nancy Arvold, PhD, MFT, member Psychologists for Social Responsibility
- Black and Pink – San Diego
- Cabrillo College Justice League
- Cafe Intifada
- Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB)
- California Peace and Freedom Party
- Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action (COPA) Restorative Justice Institutions
- Darrell and Karen Darling
- Family of Frank Alvarado Jr., killed by Salinas Police, July 10, 2014
- Freedom Archives
- Free Our Minds, Free Radio Santa Cruz
- Rabbi Borukh Goldberg
- Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace
- Justice for Palestinians, San Jose
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)-Santa Cruz County
- National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT)
- Dylcia Pagán, former Puerto Rican Political Prisoner held in US prison
- Leonard Peltier Support Group Silicon Valley
- Queer Strike
- Redwood Curtain CopWatch
- San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper
- Santa Cruz County Community Coalition to Overcome Racism (SCCCCOR)
- South Bay Committee Against Political Repression (SBCAPR)
- T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
- United Against Police Terror – San Diego
- US PROStitutes Collective
- Donna Wallach
- Women’s Council, California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers