Monday Aug 1st: DAY OF PROTEST AND SOLIDARITY WITH THE PRISON HUNGER STRIKERS

August 1st: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PROTEST & SOLIDARITY WITH THE PRISON HUNGER STRIKERS

List of Actions for August 1: Day of Protest and Solidarity with the Prison Hunger Strikers

In support and respect for the courageous prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison and other prisons all around California, whose July 2011 hunger strike challenged the inhumane conditions of the Security Housing Units [the SHU] and inspired the support of people far and wide—we now call on people of conscience everywhere across the U.S. and beyond, to join in an International Day of Protest and Solidarity with the Prison Hunger Strikers on Monday, August 1, 2011. 

 

The Hunger Strikers achieved real success: the conditions of systematic abuse and torture in the SHU—and widespread thru the prison system—were dragged into the light of day. Their original five core demands have now been acknowledged—although not yet met—by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), which promised to consider them. On Monday, August 1 many diverse people and organizations will publicly speak out and act in support of these demands. Prisoners must gain the human rights and civil rights demanded by their very humanity—and by ours outside the prison walls too, wherever we may be.   We insist there must be NO RETALIATION by the authorities against individual prisoners, groups of prisoners, prisoners’ family members or attorneys or other advocates, in the wake of the Hunger Strike. (And we will be paying attention.) Let us show on August 1 that the prisoners do not stand alone, through our demonstrations, rallies, religious services, fasts, call-the-governor-days, art and music, taking to the airwaves thru talk show and other call-ins, and many other public, visual, and creative expressions. Send word of your plans to prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity@gmail.com and follow news and information at  prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com

 

LOS ANGELES:

Convergence, 11am-2pm:  State Building, 300 S. Spring St.  Contact: Keith James (213) 840-5348

 

SAN FRANCISCO:

Rally and Speakout, 12pm, State Building (Van Ness &McAllister)
March to 455 Golden Gate Ave, for short Rally at offices of Gov. Brown and State Attorney General
March back to State Building for Closing Rally

Contact: sf@worldcantwait.org or (415) 864-5153This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

CHICAGO

Rally, 4:30pm, State of Illinois Building (Randolph & Clark, Chicago Loop)

Contact: chicago@worldcantwait.org

NEW YORK CITY 

Rally & Speak Out, 4-6pm, south side of Union Square (14th St. Manhattan)

Contact: World Can't Wait NYC (866) 973-4463

SEATTLE 

5pm, Seattle Federal Bldg (915 2nd Ave between Marion & Madison
6:15pm, Weslake Park (4th Ave & Pine)

Contact: Revolution Books rbsea@yahoo.com or (206) 325-7415

 

In support and respect for the courageous prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison and other prisons all around California, whose July 2011 hunger strike challenged the inhumane conditions of the Security Housing Units [the SHU] and inspired the support of people far and wide—we now call on people of conscience everywhere across the U.S. and beyond, to join in an International Day of Protest and Solidarity with the Prison Hunger Strikers on Monday, August 1, 2011. 

 

The Hunger Strikers achieved real success: the conditions of systematic abuse and torture in the SHU—and widespread thru the prison system—were dragged into the light of day. Their original five core demands have now been acknowledged—although not yet met—by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), which promised to consider them. On Monday, August 1 many diverse people and organizations will publicly speak out and act in support of these demands. Prisoners must gain the human rights and civil rights demanded by their very humanity—and by ours outside the prison walls too, wherever we may be.   We insist there must be NO RETALIATION by the authorities against individual prisoners, groups of prisoners, prisoners’ family members or attorneys or other advocates, in the wake of the Hunger Strike. (And we will be paying attention.) Let us show on August 1 that the prisoners do not stand alone, through our demonstrations, rallies, religious services, fasts, call-the-governor-days, art and music, taking to the airwaves thru talk show and other call-ins, and many other public, visual, and creative expressions. Send word of your plans to prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity@gmail.com and follow news and information at  prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com

Solidarity / Protest Events posted on to the events page here.
 

Wherever you are, make August 1, a Day of Protest and Solidarity with the Prison Hunger Strikers, a day that counts. 

World Can’t Wait is calling for all supporters internationally to hold demonstrations, rallies, community events, music shows, etc in support of the hunger strikers to continue building momentum for the legislative hearing on August 23rd in Sacramento.