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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