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Oct 18, 2013 UN Official comes to Berkeley: LONG TERM SOLITARY CONFINEMENT VIOLATES INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAWSubmitted by copwatch on Mon, 10/14/2013 - 11:46pm
Video of the hearing can be viewed or downloaded at the California state channel archives:
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 a long time to download.
Stay in strong solidarity! END Long Term Solitary Confinement. Stop the Torture.
Oct 18, 2013 UN Special Rapporteur on Torture comes to L.A. about SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IN CA PRISONSSubmitted by copwatch on Sun, 10/13/2013 - 11:17pm
Invitation to meeting on solitary confinement in CA prisons with
for Days of Action Against Police Brutality (Oct 22-23)
You'll see a sign on the right!
Please read and take action now. If you are in the Humboldt region, please come to the Arcata Plaza on Thursday in Solidarity with the Hunger Strikers, 5PM FOR THE 5 DEMANDS! There are Solidarity events all over CA and the world. Check out the calendar on the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity website & create your own events!
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Vol. 3 #26, August 11, 2013
Day 35 Countdown for Humane Conditions
SHU isolation cell to be installed on State Capitol South Steps Aug. 14
California’s Continuing Prison Crisis
Cotton Day August 9, 2013
Siehna and her Daddy, Martin "Freddy" Cotton
On August 9, 2007, Eureka police officers Justin Winkle, Adam Laird, Gary Whitmer, and 5 others beat an unarmed Martin Cotton II to death. In broad daylight, officers pummeled Martin's head and body, then brought Martin to jail, never giving him medical treatment. Medical care could have saved his life. Martin died in the jail cell of blunt force head trauma, writhing in pain, within two hours.
(Read More to see photos of the Eureka Officers who beat Martin)
When Will Solitary End?
I sit in solitary confinement,
Monitored and evaluated,
Tortured in more ways than I care
To remember or burden you with,
With hopes I’d crack and beg,
Beg to be let out of this torturous place
And crack, losing the bit of sanity I have left
Like so many others before me and so many others
Yet to fall, fall prey to the prison’s administrators,
To the countless tactical torturous games they play.
I am but one of a few hundred who still stand strong,
Fighting to survive, accumulating deep embedded scars
With each passing day, learning to be resilient to all
That’s thrown and piled up against me
In such a difficult, miserable place.
Lonely and deprived of so much, I sit here
Beyond desperate for a helping hand, for something,
Someone, for a movement, for human rights lawyers
And all the advocates out there to put an end
To this heinous practice of solitary confinement
And take me away from this place with my dignity intact.
I hope it’s soon, before many more fall prey
And lose themselves in this dungeon of hell and misery
That’s been in place for far too long.
My actions will soon come
Hoping that they’ll draw the attention needed
To end this heinous practice
Once and for all.