Stand With the Prisoners. Help Them In Winning Their Demands!

Call Every Day!

Gov. Jerry Brown   (916) 445-2841

Secretary Matthew Cate  (916) 323-6001

Call and say this:

“Hi my name is _____. I’m calling about the statewide prisoner hunger strike that began at Pelican Bay. I support the prisoners & their reasonable “five core demands.” I urge the CDCR to negotiate with the prisoners immediately & in good faith. Thank You.”

For more updates, go to Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Blog

Please sign the online petition.  

Read Prison Focus #37 (lots of hunger-strike-related content)


HUNGER STRIKE ENTERS ON 11TH DAY

CDCR REFUSES TO NEGOTIATE!!

CONTACT GOVERNOR BROWN AND CDCR SECRETARY MATTHEW CATE AND

DEMAND NEGOTIATIONS NOW!!

UPDATE: July 11, 2011

  • Friends and family members of hunger striking prisoners who met with them over the weekend confirmed that prisoners have lost signfiicant weight.  One prisoner lost 17 pounds, another 19.
  • Family members notes that hunger strikers are looking thin.  Some have been taken to the clinic and tests show serious deterioation of their health.
  • CRUELTY:  CDCR has refused to negotiate even though prisoners have a mediation team representing them in place.  How cruel is it to not even consider taking about demands while prisoners are dying?!!
  • SOLIDARITY MONDAYS.  Prisoners NOT on indefinite hunger strike will refuse trays on Mondays in solidarity with the guys on indefinite hunger strike, starting July 18.
  • Prisoners in Administrative Segregation at Pleasant Valley State Prison will ALSO begin an indefinite hunger strike on July 24 in solidarity with Pelican Bay and other hunger strikers throughout the system.
  • Several reports confirm that some medications have been denied to prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison.
  • Prisoners in affected areas who are NOT on the hunger strike are boycotting canteen food so that prisoners on hunger strike are not accused of getting food from other prisoners.
  • Hunger Strike started on July 1 at several institutions across the prison system in support of Pelican Bay SHU Hunger Strikers.  Reports are that 6,600 prisoners refused trays on the first day.
  • Thousands of prisoners across at least one third of California prisons continue strong in their indefinite hunger strike despite CDCR disinformation that strike is over or winding down.

For more updates, go to Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Blog

We support the prisoners participating in this indefinite hunger strike in order to win their fundamental human rights.  We call on California Governor Jerry Brown and CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate to talk with the prisoners and grant their demands. 

Write letters to state officials or call them, and tell them

"No one has to die, start negotiations now!!"

 


Supreme Court Ruled in Favor of Prisoner Rights!
(May 23, 2011)

On May 23, 2011 the Supreme Court handed down a decision that finally gave teeth to the 8th amendment, declaring once and for all the current conditions in California State Prisons constitute nothing less than cruel and unusual punishment.  While this is a big step in favor of recovering the humanity of so many people behind bars, our struggle does not end here.  This decision will continue to focus the spotlight on California prisons, especially as we help prisoners expose the inhumane treatment in the Security Housing Units around the state during the hunger strike at Pelican Bay.  Get involved with us and work for justice today!

 

~California Prison Focus  http://www.prisons.org/

 

Look up your elected officials here and urge them to pressure the CDCR to negotiate with the prisoners and honor their demands!

Sample Script for Phone Calls:

“Hi my name is _________ and I live your district. I’m calling about the statewide prisoner hunger strike that began at Pelican Bay. I support the prisoners & their reasonable “five core demands.” I urge you to make sure the CDCR negotiates with the prisoners immediately and in good faith. Thank you.”