Updates & Announcements: Hunger Strikes by Imprisoned People in Santa Clara County Main Jail, Elmwood D.O.C., Glenn Dyer Detention Center, and Santa Rita Jail

• OCT 27, 2017: VIDEO & ARTICLE: “We have people that are only getting out of cell twice a month.” PRISONERS UNITED & SUPPORTERS DRAW ATTENTION TO ABUSIVE ISOLATION AND MEDICAL IN ALAMEDA CO. JAILS

Last week, 125 prisoners at the Glenn Dyer Detention Facility in downtown Oakland—over 30 percent of the prisoners housed there—participated in a five-day hunger strike to protest abusive conditions of isolation and poor healthcare in Alameda County jails.

Over 30 supporters rallied outside of the Alameda County administrative building, where the county supervisors’ offices are located, to draw attention to the striking prisoners. “They are mothers and fathers in there, our parents, our siblings, our children,” said Yolanda Triana, who used to work as a reserve deputy at Santa Rita Jail in the 1970s before quitting and becoming an advocate for reform. “They are human. Give them basic dignity.”


Silicon Valley De-Bug thanks Prisoners United on every floor in the Main Jail and housing units M-5 and M-8 in Elmwood D.O.C. for courageously sacrificing all their custody meals to be donated to the homeless and hungry at Emmanuel House Salvation Army. We also appreciate all efforts made between jail administrators, community organizations and the jail population to come to an agreement to meet the 5 core demands to end meaningless classification reviews, indefinite solitary confinement, group punishment, cruel and unusual punishment during out of cell time, and rigid visitation policies.

OCT 19, 2017: PRESS RELEASE: Rally (with Press Conference) To Support Santa Clara County Jail Hunger Strike. End Indefinite Solitary Confinement and Arbitrary Classification Reviews.
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It has been one year since October 22, 2016, when PRISONERS UNITED in Santa Clara County’s Main Jail suspended their hunger strike. The suspension was given to show a good faith effort and allow time for Sheriff Laurie Smith to end cruel and unusual punishment and inhumane living conditions, due to arbitrary classification reviews and the torturous practice of solitary confinement.

Although some changes have been made, prisoners continue to be subjected to arbitrary practices which deny the spirit of intent.  PRISONERS UNITED  will lift the suspension of the hunger strike beginning October 22, 2017.  https://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/pr_rally-at-santaclara-mainjail_oct192017.pdf>

OCT 16, 2017: PRESS RELEASE: Alameda County Rallies to Support Prisoners United. Incarcerated Organizers in Santa Clara, Glenn Dyer and Santa Rita hunger strike for their humanity.

Communities United For Restorative Youth Justice with the support of A.L. Costa Development Center and Silicon Valley De-Bug is holding a press conference (Oct 16) in solidarity with Prisoners United who began a hunger strike on Sunday, Oct 15th. https://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/prisoners-united-hunger-strike-press-release.pdf

Updates on the hunger strike can be found at @svdebug and @CURYJ on Twitter and Facebook.

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• OCT 15, 2017:  Support Demands of PRISONERS UNITED on Hunger Strike, starting in Alameda County Jails

PRISONERS UNITED in Glenn Dyer Detention Center courageously lead the way in a Hunger Strike that will span across 2 counties and 4 jails. Santa Rita Jail, Santa Clara County Main Jail and Elmwood D.O.C. will continue the strike in solidarity on October 22.  Please call the Alameda County Sheriff Administration and Alameda County Board of Supervisors until they meet the Alameda County Jails 5 Core Demands.  https://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/2017/10/15/support-demands-of-prisoners-united-on-hunger-strike-starting-in-alameda-county-jails/