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PRISONERS UNITED of Silicon Valley Thank Each Other & Supporters for a Largely Successful Hunger Strike Against Solitary Confinement - Read full article in SF Bay View (includes video from a TV interview with hunger striker inside the jail) January 25, 2017 by Mary Ratcliff In late September, prisoners in the Santa Clara County jails who are part of what they then called the Prisoners’ Human Rights Movement sent a letter to Sheriff Laurie Smith […]
PRISONERS UNITED OF SILICON VALLEY Newsletter #1 - Link to full newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/gwhq2hp PRISONERS UNITED OF SILICON VALLEY ▼ December 22, 2016 – Newsletter 1 – LETTER OF APPRECIATION – Greetings and solidarity to each other and all who participated in our initial Hunger Strike to end the arbitrary use of solitary confinement and inhumane treatment in Santa Clara County Jails. Before we […]
Report back from Prisoner Representatives’ first monitoring meeting with CDCR - published by the Center for Constitutional Rights May 23, 2016 By Todd Ashker Last September, in Ashker v. Governor of California, California prisoners reached an historic settlement agreement with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) that is bringing an end to indefinite solitary confinement in California prisons. The Settlement Agreement includes hard-won (and […]
PHOTOS and REPORTBACKS from Rally Against the Torture of Prisoners - On February 1, 2016, people from all over California gathered in Sacramento at the headquarters of the CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCr) to demand an end to the dangerous and deliberate sleep deprivation being inflicted on the people in solitary in Pelican Bay State Prison SHU, under the guise of “welfare checks”. Before […]
Historic settlement to end CA indefinite solitary confinement finalized in court - For Immediate Release – Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Press Contact: Mohamed Shehk – 408.910.2618 – mohamed@criticalresistance.org | Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition OAKLAND – On Tuesday, Federal Judge Claudia Wilken approved the final agreement to end indefinite solitary confinement in California calling it humane, innovative and fair. Prisoners celebrated the settlement agreement, whose terms were agreed on last September, […]
Take Action Against Ongoing Sleep Deprivation Torture! EMERGENCY PROTEST Photos Included - People in solitary confinement have been loudly awakened by guards every 30 minutes 24/7 since the night of August 2nd! Please help stop this sleep deprivation torture. On Nov 30th, the 119th day of interrupted sleep 48 times a day, about 20 people took part  in an EMERGENCY PROTEST at CDCr headquarters in Sacramento to […]
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, […]
Report and Photos from 1st Monthly Statewide Coordinated Actions to End Solitary Confinement, March 23 - [This article was first published March 28, 2015 in the San Francisco Bay View ] Statewide Coordinated Actions to End Solitary Confinement (SCATESC) began March 23, 2015. Actions were held in California from San Diego to Arcata (Arcata-Eureka, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, San Jose, Santa Cruz) and Philadelphia, Penn. Activists in more locations will […]
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 […]

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 solitaryistorture@gmail.com 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 Pals. Visit our website at www.humanrightspenpals.org or email humanrightspenpals@gmail.com for more information.
  • 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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21 thoughts on “Take Action

  1. This is cruel and inhuman, no one should be treated like this!! No one deserves to be in that hole that long!! There should be a law on how to treat humans….

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  6. I support the Hunger Strikers. Their goals. And all their family, friends, and those who work and volunteer for their cause.

  7. I write with an inmate who’s in Pelican Bay State Prison. Not only are their demands reasonable, it’s also absolutely horrifying how the prison (the government even, maybe?) punish those who protested. This must end. Is it rally so strange to protest this…? Aren’t we all humans… What’s going on here?

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  11. I wanted to thank the prisoners who brought attention to your requests, at least nationwide, if not world wide, by organizing this type of activism. I have no known associates in prison, yet this very well-done effort has impressed me of injustices and dignity of many humans behind bars. Again, thank you.

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  17. We the outside supportters will continue to keep on eye on the California Prison System, making shure that Our loved ones are treated like human beings and Their Rights get respected ! I’m glad CDC No longer can practice Long Term Solitary Confinement! and Our goal is to put and End to Solitary Confinement!

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