Supporters & Endorsers

Read a list of Artists, Leaders & Activists Supporting the Hunger Strike here

Here is a growing list of organizations that support the Pelican Bay Hunger Strike:


  • A Better Way Foundation
  • A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing)
  • A New Way of Life Reentry Project, Los Angeles, CA
  • ACLU of Mississippi
  • AIDs Foundation Chicago
  • All of Us or None
  • American Friends Service Committee
  • American Gruner: Coalition of Latino Leaders
  • American Public Health Association (Prisoner Health Committee, Medical Care Section) (Read Statement here)
  • Arkansas Voice for the Children Left Behind
  • Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco)
  • Black Awareness Community Development Organization
  • Breakout!, New Orleans, LA
  • Bristol Anarchist Black Cross
  • Building Locally to Organize for Community Safety (BLOCS) –Atlanta, GA
  • Cafe Intifada
  • California Coalition for Women Prisoners
  • California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement (CFASC)
  • California Prison Focus
  • California Prison Moratorium Project
  • Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB)
  • Campaign to End Prison Slavery (UK)
  • Cante Wanjila Native American Reentry and Support Project, South Dakota
  • Center for Community Alternatives
  • Center for New Community (national)
  • Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights, Providence, RI
  • Center for Young Women’s Development
  • Certain Days Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar
  • Chicago Anti-Prison Industrial Complex Teaching Collective
  • Chuco’s Justice Center
  • CLAC Legal Committee
  • Coalition for Prisoners Rights
  • Comité pour un Secours rouge canadien
  • Committee to Stop FBI Repression
  • Community justice network for youth
  • Community Restoration Services (Los Angeles)
  • Critical Resistance
  • CUAV: Community United Against Violence (San Francisco)
  • Defender Association of Philadelphia
  • Denver Anarchist Black Cross
  • Detention Watch Network
  • East Bay Saturday Diaologues with Dr. Nancy Arvold & April Schlenk
  • Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
  • Fair Chance– Los Angeles Project
  • Families & Allies of Virginia’s Youth
  • Families to Amend California’s Three-Strikes (FACTS)
  • FedCURE
  • Florida Immigration Coalition (Miami, FL)
  • Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition
  • Freedom Archives
  • Freedom Inc (Madison WI)
  • Fresno County Brown Berets
  • Frontline Soldiers
  • Generation 5
  • Glen Cove Solidarity
  • HIV Prevention Justice Alliance
  • Human Rights Coalition- Fed Up! (Pittsburg)
  • Immigrant Workers’ Center
  • Immigration Law Clinic of UC Davis Law School
  • International Action Center
  • International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal
  • International Council for Urban Peace, Justice & Empowerment
  • International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, SF Bay Area Chapter
  • Iraq Veterans Against the War and Civilian Soldier Alliance, SF Bay Area Chapters (Read Statement here)
  • Israeli and Palestinian human rights organizations Joint Statement (Read Statement here) (Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, Addameer, Badil Resource Center, Hurryyat, Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, Coalition of Women for Peace, and others)
  • Justice for Families
  • Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA
  • Kemba Smith Foundation
  • Kersplebedeb
  • L’En-Droit de Laval
  • La Raza Centro Legal
  • Labor/Community Strategy Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • LAGAI-Queer Insurrection
  • Law Office of Rebecca Young, East Boston, MA
  • Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
  • Little Lake Learning Center
  • Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition
  • Merced County Brown Berets
  • Milk Not Jails, New York
  • MIM Prisons
  • Modesto Anarcho Crew
  • Modesto Copwatch
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • National Jericho Movement
  • National Lawyers Guild University of Pittsburg Chapter
  • National Policy Partnership for Children of the Incarcerated
  • NC Piece Corps
  • Needle Exchange Emergency Program
  • New Afrikan Black Panther Party Prison Chapter
  • New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement
  • New York City Anarchist Black Cross Federation
  • New York City Anti-Racist Action
  • November Coalition
  • Oakland Community Action Network
  • Osiris Coalition
  • Parolees for Change (Los Angeles)
  • Parti communiste révolutionnaire
  • Pathways To Your Future
  • Peace & Justice of La Luz, New Mexico
  • Peace Over Violence Los Angeles
  • Peoples’ Action for Rights and Community
  • People’s Commission Network
  • People’s Organization for Progress (NJ)
  • Peter Cicchino Youth Project of the Urban Justice Center (NY)
  • Prison Activist Resource Center
  • Prison Health News
  • Prison Policy Institute, Massachusetts
  • Prison Radio
  • Prison Radio Show CKUT 90.3 FM Montreal
  • Prison Watch Network
  • Prisoner Correspondence Project
  • Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York
  • Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie
  • QPIRG ConcordiaRabbis for Human Rights (North America)
  • Real Cost of Prisons Project
  • Redwood Curtain Copwatch
  • Registered Society within Association for Probation and Offenders’ Assistance, Germany
  • Republicans for Change
  • Resurrection After Exoneration, New Orleans, LA
  • Rethinking Schools
  • Revolution Newspaper
  • Revolutionary Athletes Worldwide (R.A.W.)
  • Revolutionary Hip Hop Report
  • Riverside Church Prison Ministry
  • Safe Streets/Strong Communities, New Orleans, LA
  • San Francisco Women in Black.
  • Senate Select Community Committee on California’s Correctional System (SSCCCCS)
  • Shabazz Legal Services
  • Socialist Action
  • Solidarity Across Borders
  • Southern California Library
  • Stanislaus County Radical Mental Health 
  • Stop Isolation Campaign 
  • Stop the Injunctions Coalition
  • TalkBLACK, Atlanta, GA
  • Tamms Year Ten, Illinois
  • Texas Death Penalty Movement
  • Texas Families of Incarcerated Youth
  • The Mobilization to Free Mumia-Abu Jamal
  • The New Orleans Loiterers Union
  • The New York Campaign Against Torture (NYCAT)
  • The New York Task Force for Political Prisoners
  • The Outs
  • The Termite Collective
  • The WE Project, Los Angeles
  • Time for Change Foundation
  • Toronto Anarchist Black Cross
  • Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois
  • Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex (TGI) Justice Project
  • UHURU Solidarity Movement
  • United for Drug Policy Reform (Oakland, CA)
  • United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society
  • United National Anti-War Committee
  • United Panther Movement
  • Urban Justice Center (New York City)
  • Vermont Action for Political Prisoners
  • Visions to Peace Project, Washington, D.C.
  • Voice of the Ex-Offender (VOTE)
  • Voices Unbroken
  • W. Haywood Burns Institute
  • WESPAC Foundation (NYC)
  • Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Pajaro Valley Chapter
  • Women’s Council of the CA Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers
  • Women’s Prison Book Project (Minneapolis, MN)
  • World Can’t Wait

37 thoughts on “Supporters & Endorsers

  1. A personal opinion why you should support prison hunger strikes.

    To starve oneself to death rather than submit to a life no better than a caged animal is an act of defiance that not only draws attention to one’s pity, but it is an act of will power to maintain human dignity, human respect and respect for others by detatching one’s self from the basic craving of food. This will power is very important in a country with an obesity epidemic, junk food addiction, and the highest portion of it’s citizens in prison in entire world.

    The Pelican Bay prison and many other prisons throught the USA and the world subject the inmates to divisive racist gang warfare and continuous harassment from jail guards to snitch and implicate gang related activity or face punishment and torture, but the hunger strike movement is interracial and not gang affiliated, which again is another testimony to will power to maintain human dignity and spirit to drop all feuds against rival gangs.

    Even if you are pro-death penalty for many of these criminals, and don’t feel a shred of sympathy for their conditions, another way to see see this hunger strike is a final act of remorse, penitence, and altruism for the victims.

    Bibliography of Hunger Strike information and History:

    1981 Northern Ireland
    2011 Northern California

    DISCLAIMER: Other than my heart going out for the need for local sovereignty and human rights everywhere in the world, I am not affiliated with Irish nationalist groups, but find their stories of resistance inspiring. I hope that any supporters of the Pelican Bay Hunger strike take a moment to learn about the sacrafice and resistance that theseIrish P.O.W.’s did. I also hope that any people who love the Bobby Sands story from Ireland and the UK show some solidarity against America’s abusive prison system too.

    I highly recommend this film:

  2. I AGREE TOTALLY WITH THE ABOVE, I have familiarized myself with the Irish hungerstrike it really did show just how determind the ten men were whom died for their country.
    Its just so sad that these men in the shu {my fiance is one of these men} are so weak and fragile to begin with i really hope they are listened to very very quicky.


  3. Hi, my name is Heather,I am writing about the statewide prisoner hunger strike that began @ Pelican Bay. I support the prisoners & their resonable ” 5 core demands”. I urge the CDCR to neigotiate with prisoners immeditely and in good faith.The prisoners who are involved in this hunger strike, have my full support! They are human, and deserve to be treated so. Its so cruel how they are treated. The inmates arent asking for much. Give them what they want and make the system a place where they can better themselves and learn from their mistakes. Everyone deserves a second chance and Im sure those who have been incarcerated for 15 + years will not return.Thank You

  4. Redwood Curtain CopWatch is in full support of the prisoners hunger striking for human rights. End Solitary Confinement! ABOLISH the prison industrial complex. We have been posting on our website about the hunger strike. We rallied in SOLIDARITY in Eureka on July 8th. Sending prayers for the lives and the struggle of the prisoners striking in Pelican Bay, Corcoran, and wherever else they are. Prayers and healing for the minds of our sisters and brothers -on the inside or the outside- who are locked up and for those who are in isolation. You are not alone. Honoring the courage and sacrifice of the hunger strikers. We will continue to do what we can, be it phone calls, emails, rallys, media, ACTION. If anyone wants to contact us to help in any way, please do.

  5. The International Action Center endorses and wholeheartedly supports and stands in solidarity with the prisoners at Pelican Bay in their heroic struggle. Our organization will be sending out a national email calling for support. The New York City East-Coast headquarters of the organization is organizing a protest on Monday, July 18 at the California Franchise office at 47th St. & 6th Ave. at 11:30 a.m.

  6. I am appalled at California’s inhumane and torturous treatment of it’s inmates and wholeheartedly supports and stands in solidarity with the prisoners at Pelican Bay and support their 5 core demands . I urge the CDCR to negotiate with prisoners immeditely and in good faith inorder to not let another Bobby Sands story happen .

  7. The Pelican Bay prisoners on hunger strike are putting their lives on the line to let the world know of the barbaric treatment meted out to those incarcerated in the U.S. At a time when more and more workers are jobless and desperate because of capitalism’s failure, the state is becoming ever harsher and more brutal. The hunger strikers are an inspiration to all who are struggling for a better world. We will continue to give them and the other prisoners striking for justice a voice in the pages of our newspaper and online at — Deirdre Griswold, Editor, Workers World

  8. The New Orleans Loiterers Union Supports the Pelican Bay Hunger Strike, and all Prisoners fighting the disgusting cruelty of solitary confinement and prison as a whole. Reading the five core demands left our members thinking ” what could be more reasonable than this?”. We urge the CDCR to negotiate if they must, but primarily we urge them to accept all the demands. In fact we urge them to quit their jobs and repay society for their crimes against humanity by devoting the rest of their life to prison abolition and restorative justice alternatives. The Loiterers union is about the liberation of all physical and metaphysical space, not just the side walks, parks and parking lots in which we Loiter. This is why the Union takes a Abolitionist stance on Prisons. We wish success and freedom for the strikers at pelican bay
    -In Love and Solidarity

  9. This treatment is not exclusive to California prisons. In Idaho at the ID State Correctional Institution they will not give hygiene supply’s such as toothbrush or paste, deodorant etc. to anyone lock up there with no money to buy new. They serve miniscule food amount that a child could not live on. They only sell pillows, no one is allowed to just have one. I wish the California prisoners luck and good will in there fight for more humane treatment behind bars. I never thought I would be for the help of prisoners rights but I never knew it was this bad! S V Keeton

  10. Prisoners are fellow human beings and no one has the right to abuse them, no matter what they have done or not done. I know first hand how horrible California prisons are and the suffering that prisoners are forced to endure which is cruel and unusual punishment and outlawed by our constitution. We must bear in mind that most of these people will be returned to society sooner or later. For the good of all of society we need rehabilitation and job and life skills for prisoners, not brutality and torture that rival the Soviet Gulags.

  11. People’s Organization For Progress
    P.O. Box 22505
    Newark, N. J. 07101
    (973) 801-0001


    The People’s Organization for Progress (POP), based in Newark, New Jersey, is an independent, grassroots, community- based, politically progressive associations of citizens working for racial, social and economic justice and greater unity in the community. The goals of POP include the elimination of racism, inequality, poverty, sexism, unjust economic exploitation, all forms of social oppression, degradation, human misery suffering, and injustice. Therefore:

    POP stands in solidarity with the prisoners on hunger strike in the Pelican Bay SHU and with their allies in California’s prisons and the SHU’s throughout the country..

    POP understands the roles that prisons play in enforcing social control, perpetuating racism, and promoting private profit in our society, at the expense of individual prisoners, their families, and their communities. We see how the policies, practices and culture of the prison system undermine legitimate objectives of a responsible criminal justice system – promoting public safety, healing individuals, and resolving conflicts. Maximum security prisons like Pelican Bay, which herd people into long term sensory deprivation concrete cages, are the most extreme manifestation of this system, different in degree but not in kind from prisons throughout the country.

    Regardless of what the current Justices of the Supreme Court may declare, we believe that the American people, so appalled by the conditions exposed at Abu Ghraib, would find the conditions at Pelican Bay to be cruel and unusual – incompatible with the values of a civilized society and the Eighth Amendment to our Constitution. Therefore, the heroic efforts of the people confined at Pelican Bay and their imprisoned allies, who are risking their very lives to expose and challenge these conditions, are fighting for all people in prison. The attention they bring to the conditions in our prisons is a crucial part of one of the most important struggles of our time. As such, they deserve our utmost respect and support.

    We therefore urge/demand that California Governor Brown and Corrections Commissioner Cate offer proper medical care to the people who have participated in the hunger strike, and immediately begin meaningful negotiations and implementation of the strikers’ Core Demands.

  12. In California we are the leaders in tough on crime and have 33 state prisons where low level drug addicts are put in prison where an addiction is bred into an affliction much harder to escape where races are segregated and race wars loom on the horizon eventually releasing displaced alienated souls back into the community without any job placement and no where to live! The prisoners don’t have any rights! It is all a shell game! At Pelican Bay they can’t even have art supplies of any kind. They should be allowed to grow spiritually and emotionally, not be attacked from every angle, lied to, and tortured.

  13. The Salt Lake Anarchist Black Cross is having a demonstration today, August 5th at 3:30-6 at 125 S. State St. Salt Lake City, UT at the Federal Building. Followed by a show by HUMILITATE from Basque Country ALL SYSTEMS FAIL SCREAMIN’ CYN CYN AND THE PONS. Sorry late replay thought someone else had already contacted you! In solidarity!

  14. The Clean Slate Committee, Connecticut chapter supports the Prisoners in CA, calls for good-faith negotiations, and wants the 5 core demands met. To demonstrate our support, we have formed a Rolling Hunger Strike in CT, between August 1st to August 23rdunder the coalition named “CT in Solidarity with California Prisoners.” Come August 23rd we will decide what to do next.
    -With Hope

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  16. The Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, based in Houston, Texas, had endorsed the hunger strike and is very much in support of what the men living in the SHU to try to ease their conditions. Texas has more prisoners in isolation than any state and the 300+ men on death row live in total isolation. This has been going on for 11 years and it is so horrific that men are giving up appeals, losing their minds, trying to commit suicide, and becoming mere shells of the men they once were. The Abolition Movement is very involved in trying to end this isolation and we, as well as the men on death row, are so grateful to the courageous men at Pelican Bay for calling the attention to the effects of isolation. These men have inspired us in Texas to continue this struggle. Love and solidarity to all involved!

  17. Please add the Senate Select Community Committee on California’s Correctional System endorses and attended the 8-23-’11 Public Safety Committee hearing to support the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikeers b/c of the surreal, Kafquaesque tone to the reality that Torture in violation of United Nations Article 5 Covenant Agains Torture, Cruel and Unusual Punishment and Demeaning Treatment exists today right here in California Prisons.

  18. The Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement would like to be listed as a supporter of the Pelican Bay Hunger strike. All of the men on death row in Texas have lived in total isolation since 2000. They are single-celled in a 6 X 10 foot cell with a solid steel door. We understand all too well the effects of isolation and are sending our solidarity to all those in California who will begin the hu8nger strike again on Monday, Sept. 26. At a time when the economy is forcing layoffs, when the government is bailing out banks but doing nothing to stop foreclosures, and the Pentagon is draining tax dollars for unjust wars, while our schools, clinics and day care centers are underfunded, the US always has money for prisons and torture within them. The prisoners willing to sacrifice their lives to stop the inhumane treatment are an inspiration. Thanks to each and every one of you for your courage.

  19. Buffalo, NY activists began a chain-fast in solidarity with the strikers and their goals at the beginning; we resume the chain-fast (each faster doing one day a week) and glad to hear that the strike is expanding beyond the California dungeons. I am authorized to pledge organizational support from Prisoners are People Too and the Erie County Prisoners Rights Coalition. Thanks to the strikers for igniting the spark, and for your persistence and defiance in the face of terrible conditions. Many are with you and the numbers are growing. For peace and justice.

  20. Please add Rabbis for Human Rights-North America as an organizational supporter. We will be asking our rabbis to send messages of support.

  21. StopIsolation sends its support to the prisoners.
    StopIsolation is a website is intended to:

    – Promote international recognition that long-term solitary confinement and other forms of enforced long-term isolation of prisoners are cruel and inhuman and are forms of torture;
    – Encourage countries to prohibit long-term solitary confinement and enforced isolation;
    – Encourage countries to prohibit the transfer of prisoners to places where they would be at risk of such treatment;
    – Encourage people to collaborate internationally to achieve these ends.

    Our international statement against prisoner isolation is still open for support – please sign up.

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  24. On 8 July, 30,000 prisoners in California began a hunger strike and work stoppage in protest against the inhumane prison regime and excessive use of solitary confinement. Our newspaper Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! and organisation Revolutionary Communist Group salute their struggle and are encouraging our readers and supporters, both where we are based in England and Scotland and internationally to send solidarity messages to the prisoners and support their principled action in whatever way possible.

    A luta continua!

    For our coverage of the previous protests in 2011 see links:

  25. Message of solidarity
    to the 30.000 California Prisoner Hunger Strikers
    The Patients’ Front / Socialist Patients’ Collective, PF/SPK(H), supports the 30.000 California Prisoner Hunger Strikers, having in mind our own fight against solitary confinement, torture and against the whole prison system, which is dominated and ruled by the medical doctors. We have spread the word via our electronic newspaper in English, Spanish, Portuguese and German language.

    The way out of torture is paved with broken doctors!

    In solidarity

    Patients’ Front / Socialist Patients’ Collective, PF/SPK(H), 14th of July 2013
    Anniversary of the storming of the Bastille (prison) and the beginning of the French Revolution 1789

    We have spread the word via our electronic newspaper in English, Spanish, Portuguese and German language.

    The way out of torture is paved with broken doctors!

    To reach the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition:

    prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity @ gmail. com

    http:// prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity. wordpress. com

    In solidarity

    Patients’ Front / Socialist Patients’ Collective, PF/SPK(H), 14th of July 2013
    Anniversary of the storming of the Bastille (prison) and the beginning of the French Revolution 1789

  26. Message of solidarity
    to the 30.000 California Prisoner Hunger Strikers

    The Patients’ Front / Socialist Patients’ Collective, PF/SPK(H), supports the 30.000 California Prisoner Hunger Strikers, having in mind our own fight against solitary confinement, torture and against the whole prison system, which is dominated and ruled by the medical doctors.

    We have spread the word via our electronic newspaper in English language: and also in Spanish, German and Portuguese.

    The way out of torture is paved with broken doctors!

    In solidarity
    Patients’ Front / Socialist Patients’ Collective, PF/SPK(H), 14th of July 2013
    Anniversary of the storming of the Bastille (prison) and the beginning of the French Revolution 1789

  27. The Stop Isolation Campaign urges the CDCR to accept the prisoners’ Five Core Demands. We send our support and best wishes to the California prisoners and their families and friends. Solitary confinement is torture. It has to stop. Your struggle strengthens everyone who is enduring isolation and abuse in prison, and everyone who is campaigning against it. Thank you for what you are doing. Please look after yourselves.

  28. Pingback: Challenging Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons | Root & Rebound

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