“Dying to Live” Humanitarian Food Refusal Campaign Against Torture
On June 10, 2016, Wisconsin prisoners held in long term solitary confinement at Waupun Correctional Institution and Columbia Correctional Institution began a “Food Refusal Campaign.” They wish to bring the horror of prolonged solitary confinement to the public’s attention and to end this torturous practice throughout Wisconsin prisons. Solitary confinement for more than 15 days has been deemed “torture” by the United Nations, but the Wisconsin Department of Corrections holds prisoners in isolation for decades. Join us in supporting these prisoners who are making a courageous sacrifice for human rights, dignity, and an end to solitary torture.
PHSS Statement of Solidarity
California’s Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (PHSS) stands in solidarity with the prisoners on hunger strike in Wisconsin in protest of prolonged solitary confinement.
Social isolation, sensory deprivation and forced idleness are now recognized as seriously harmful to human beings. Solitary confinement has been condemned, not only by prisoners, former prisoners and their families, but also by mental health professionals, academics, the religious community, the United Nations, President Obama, Supreme Court Justice Kennedy and even some prison officials. It is unfortunate that Wisconsin prisoners have to resort to a hunger strike to be heard by prison officials and other authorities.
Participation in a collective hunger strike requires bravery, social commitment, mental strength and a willingness to risk one’s own well-being. Hunger strikes are not entered into lightly and must be taken seriously. The six humanitarian demands of these hunger strikers are reasonable.
Like the Wisconsin prisoners today, in 2011 and 2013 California prisoners protested prolonged solitary confinement by participating in peaceful hunger strikes. Those actions led to significant changes to California’s prison policies. We urge Wisconsin officials to re-examine and change their own policies, meet with the hunger strikers and meaningfully resolve these human rights issues amicably and speedily.
- SIGN PETITION! https://www.change.org/p/wi-doc-secretary-jon-litscher-waupun-prisoners-begin-food-refusal-to-protest-solitary-torture
- SIX HUMANITARIAN DEMANDS: http://solitarytorture.blogspot.com/2016/06/demands-of-food-refusers-june-2016.html
- STAY UPDATED, includes Ways You Can Support: http://solitarytorture.blogspot.com/
- WISDOM’s Statement of Solidarity (with links): http://www.rocwisconsin.org/wisdom-stands-in-solidarity-with-waupun-protesters/
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