I joined my second hunger strike on September 26th 2011. I am proud to say that today, October 6th 2011 I have successfully completed 11 days without ingesting any food. I have to admit this hunger strike has not been anything nice. 11 days without eating is very difficult but nonetheless it is worth it. To some this is not only a sacrifice but a burden, a nightmare they wish to escape from.
Not ME! Men of respect, men of honor, have committed their lives to the struggle. Literally placed their lives on the line in order to put a stoppage to all these injustices we are subjected to day in and day out. People would rather die than continue living under their current conditions. That’s why to me, it is a privilege, an honor to be apart of the struggle, to be apart of history for the betterment of not only “me” but for all those inside these cement walls…I have joined this second hunger strike once again full heartedly with a smile on my face. I will go as far as my body allows me to go.
It’s very sad to report that prison officials here at Calipatria are not taking this hunger strike very seriously. In fact, to them it’s a joke. It’s now Day 11 and still no word of positive progress and no talk of peaceful negotiations so this mass hunger strike could come to an end. We are left in our cold cells to starve without any care or word from these prison officials. Rumor is we have radios approved and this Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU) is in fact desgined for TV capability. Two engineers (Chuck Windland & Don Spindling) made it clear that all these cases in the ASU are equipped with Coaxial antennas for TV’s already. They even called ASU Sgt. Paramo to show him so that they (Calipatria Prison) won’t be able to LIE. Radios are supposedly ‘approved’ is a fat lie beacuse there is nothing (memorandum) on paper stating this is true.
Many people have yelled out “Man down” and the way C/O’s & medical staff respond to these man downs are very sad to see. 99% of the time it takes prison C/O’s & medical staff a very long time to respond to these cries for help, and they mostly ignore it. Trust me, the inmates can get pretty loud when some one goes down. There is no excuse for C/O’s and medical staff to respond to “man downs” so poorly. People could get seriously hurt that way. Then often they close all the doors from the pods (sections) which makes it difficult for them to hear when one is screaming for help but the tower officer could hear everything. They just ignore the “man down’s” and take a very long time to report it.
We are receiving horrible treatment during the hunger strike. We are told by medical staff that we must lose 5 % of our body weight/become malnourished, fall-out or sick before they can/will provide us with any treatment. CDCR policy states otherwise! Medical physicians take an oath to prevent illness and to protect life, yet everyday my body is deteriorating and the only treatment I am offered is advice to “eat something.” In other words, I am being told to give up my First Amendment Right to peacefully protest so that the prison doesn’t deny me my Eighth Amendment to adequate medical care.
I have to say by the looks of things, this is going to be a long ride. Nonetheless, i am ready and all i have to say about this poor treatment and all the silence from the prison officials is BRING IT!!!
WE WILL NOT STOP UNTIL WE ARE HEARD!