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Summary of Settlement Terms in Ashker v. Brown (Governor of California) - from Center for Constitutional Rights, outlined summary is below background info When Ashker v. Brown (Governor of California) was filed as a class action in 2012, California held thousands of prisoners in solitary confinement, in Security Housing Units (SHU). Hundreds of these prisoners had been isolated for decades. They spent nearly 24-hours-per-day in cramped cells, […] The Hunger Strike One Year Later - To celebrate the movement: The California prisoner hunger strike one year later “This is the third anniversary since we began using peaceful actions collectively to push for an end to the use of long-term solitary confinement. If we look back and remember before July 2011, we prisoners were alone, isolated, not being heard. We wrote […] Update from Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition, 4-28-2014 - Greetings, This post is chock full of resources and various updates, downloads of recent newsletters, new media articles and PBS specials about solitary confinement, exciting upcoming events with Lynne Stewart, and information on our weekly meetings. Thanks to all the outcry about the recent cell raids in Corcoran SHU, we believe they have stopped, according […] Video of Legislative Hearing February 11, 2014 - Click on the image below for the California Channel recording of the February 11 Joint Informational Hearing on CDCRs Proposed New Policies on Inmate Segregation by the Assembly and Senate Public Safety Committees, three-and-a-half-hour gavel to gavel coverage. And audio is also available: The following links are broadcast quality audio excerpts from the hearing. The […] Transcript & video of CA Legislative Hearing Oct 9 - Here is a link to the video of the Oct 9, 2013 Legislative Hearing on Solitary Confinement. Here is a link to the entire Transcript of the CA legislative hearing of October 9, 2013 (36 page PDF). And a link to some highlights (there were many) or “Takeaway Quotes” from the hearing (2 page PDF). Still Hungry for Human Rights - As we wrap up 2013, we reflect on the amazing work that has taken place this year in the movement to end torture and abuse in California prisons. Since 2011, our coalition has been at the forefront of the solidarity movement to support the courageous hunger strikers. These prisoners endured a series of hunger strikes […] The Legislative Hearing of Oct 9 - Here are reports on the hearing conducted October 9 by the Joint Public Safety Committee of the California legislature, called by the co-chairs Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and Senator Loni Hancock. Hancock and Ammiano called the hearing in direct response to the hunger strike and have called for another hearing to be held in the next […] Video from the Coalition of the Rally and Hearing, Sacramento, Oct. 9 - A great short compilation of video from the rally and hearing at the California Capitol last week (October 9) has now been posted by Lucas Guilkey. Check it out on Youtube at: “SACRAMENTO: ABOLISH THE SHU TODAY!” (CA legislative hearing). In addition, Lucas has made available his raw footage: RALLY (playlist of 6 videos on […] Official Video of the CA Legislative Hearing - Video of the hearing as recorded by the Capitol recording system can be viewed or downloaded at the California state channel archives: calchannel.com/recent-archive Look for the title “Joint Informational Hearing on Segregation Policies in California Prisons” dated October 9, 2013. It is just about four hours long, so it’s a very big file and takes […]
Emergency Response Network
Pledge of Resistance to Stop Torture in the SHU:
I will join PHSS in one action per week in response to some emergency facing the hunger strikers, and in resistance to the torture. These actions may include an email, phone call, letter, vigil, and/or activation of my network and will be initiated by the Emergency Response Network of PHSS.
Full pledge with preface | En Español
To sign this pledge, and thereby join the PHSS Emergency Response Network, send an email with your name to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “subscribe.”
Ways you can help
Call the Department of Correction’s new ‘public hotline number’ to voice your concerns and support of the hunger strikers: 916-324-3397.
Sign the online petition [updated for the 2013 strikes – please sign again!]
Donate to Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity through California Prison Focus and identify your donation by writing “Coalition” or “PHSS”. Donations will be used for mass mailings to prisoners, flyers, posters, and rides to the prisons for advocates and families members. You can also mail checks to:
California Prison Focus
1904 Franklin/Suite 507
Oakland, CA 94612.
Ask your friends to donate too!
Write to prisoners to support them!
- Learn more about the PHSS Human Rights Pen Pal Project; email email@example.com for more info!
- Write to everyone you know in prison and let them know about the hunger strike and the many ways thousands of people outside and inside prison are supporting it.
- NOTE: Mail referring to the hunger strike is being rejected, so describe the action without using the exact words “hunger strike”. (Example: you can say “refusing food” or “not eating”.) Please be mindful that the Department of Corrections was retaliating against prisoners who received mail referring the strike, before it started (giving prisoners 128 write-ups, which can result in denied parole, job loss, possible SHU placement if the prisoner is not already in the SHU, and more). Now that the strike has started, there is less likelihood of such retaliation if letters are simply informing of the strike and not advocating that the recipient participate in the strike.
If you are aware of people participating in the strike at other prisons than those listed below, please contact us at prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com.
It is crucial for supporters of this struggle to share information on updates, developments and ways people everywhere are supporting it. During the first round of the strike, at least 6,600 people across at least 13 prisons participated. The CDCR would not release at which prisons prisoners were striking. We know prisoners participated in the first round of the strike at Pelican Bay (the SHU & General Population), Corcoran, CCI Tehachapi, Folsom, San Quentin, Centinela, Calipatria, RJ Donovan, Valley State Prison for Women, and North Kern State Prison. During the second round of the strike that began on Sept 26th, we know at least 6,000 prisoners are participating again at Pelican Bay, Calipatria, CCI Tehachapi, Centinela, West Valley Detention Center, Corcoran and Chuckawalla Valley State Prison.
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