Report Back from Legal Visit Before the Hunger Strike

On June 28, two representatives of the coalition visited four prisoners from the short corridor of the Pelican Bay SHU. Each interview lasted for at least two hours. The prisoners described the conditions in the SHU and why they felt compelled to participate in the hunger strike. They provided information about their medical conditions in order to assist outside medical monitors. They expressed appreciation for the visits and for the outside support that their efforts have received to date. Following the visits, the coalition representatives attempted to meet with the warden, but he was unavailable. Instead, they met with the prison’s information officer and delivered the (public) names of over 2800 signatures on the petition endorsing the hunger strikers’ demands. They urged CDCR to take the situation seriously, to negotiate in good faith, to keep open our lines of communication with the prisoners and not to retaliate for this action.

Stay tuned for more updates! You can find all the updates on our home page on the right-hand side– “Updates on the Hunger Strike from Inside and Outside Prison”

2 thoughts on “Report Back from Legal Visit Before the Hunger Strike

  1. I’m overwhelmed and humbled by the support for the brothers locked down who have united across all stratum to challenge their inhumane conditions of torture. Very few days over the past thirty years have gone by without frustration and agony about the brutal conditions they have to deal with since I left them behind in the SHU after my release from prison in 1982.

    Had it not been for SB42 passed in 1977, a law that briefly mandated certain indeterminate sentences be changed to determinate, I would still be physically with them. My four years spent in SHU and the camaraderie forged out of resistance to the tryanny and brutality we were often confronted with has left an indelible print on my memory.

    It is my hope and prayers that those of us in the macro prison will continue to build this effort, mobilize and challenge what has effectively been a “death sentence” for men in the SHU units. Because of their status they will never become eligible for parole, although most of them don’t have LWOP sentences.

    I’m doing everything I can to get word out about their courageous effort to challenge this systemic abuse and in solidarity with them I have initiated an indefinite hunger strike until their demands have been met.

    Included in my facebook profile picture are some of the brothers who are currently in Pelican Bay’s SHU, and ALL who have been in the SHU since the mid to late 1970’s.

    During the coalitions next visit with members of the hunger strike please extend my conradely greetings, solidarity and support. – Jitu Sadiki

  2. as of my latest visit … report is this…. the prisoners have been able to negotiate via attorneys and the short form is this… they will be receiving things form the last two demands in the coming weeks (with lame excuses as to why not improved victuals now) and there is a legally upheld promise to change the policies and issues on the first three demands to be finalized by the end of this year… we NEED to put pressure on the CDC and Governor to make sure debriefing is abolished and SHU terms are last attempt, legally sanctioned in a court of law and NEVER indeterminate. and most importantly, that no individual act be grounds to punish all.. this is HUGE people and we NEED to stay on top of the controllers to act in a humanitarian manner

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