August 23rd: Hearing on Torture and the Pelican Bay SHU!

Sacramento        Tues, August 23rd:

Legislative Hearing on Torture & the SHU at Pelican Bay. 

Please  join us and support a statewide mobilization to Sacramento on August  23rd for an informational legislative hearing held by the CA State Assembly's Public Safety Committee!

Support Statewide Mobilization to Sacramento August 23rd

   Day of Action to Support the Hunger Strike & 5 Core Demands! Family and community members across the West Coast will mobilize to Sacramento for a rally and legislative hearing at the State Assembly. Rally starts at 11:30 am on the South Steps of the State Assembly Building. Hearing starts at 1:30 pm, room to be announced.

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If you're in California or on the West Coast: 

  1. Join the Statewide Mobilization to Sacramento! Come to Sacramento on August 23rd for a day of action to support the hunger strike and the 5 Core Demands! If you need a ride, contact prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity@gmail.com as soon as possible.

  2. Pressure your Legislators! Call and/or visit your legislators and urge them to attend the hearing on August 23rd, as well as visit the hunger strikers at Pelican Bay and other prisons

  3. Make Some Noise! Organize demonstrations, events, rallies in a city near you targeting your legislators' local offices leading up to the hearing or during (if you're legislators are not attending)!

  4. Support Transportation for supporters across the state!

  • Contact prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity@gmail.com if you can drive a car from where ever you are in CA to Sacramento and have room for more passengers. 

  • For carpools from the Bay Area, meet at West Oakland BART station at 10am. For more support with transportation (from the Bay Area) call 415.637.8195; (from Southern California) 714-290-9077; from Humboldt Area call 707.633.4493 or email prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity@gmail.com. **Driving & parking directions, as well as outreach flyer, coming soon.**

  • You can also donate funds to Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity so that families and community members across CA can get to Sacramento on August 23rd. Donate by going to California Prison Focus' website, on the left-hand side there's a donate button that will link you to CPF's paypal account. Or, write a check and mail it to California Prison Focus/ 1904 Franklin Suit 507/ Oakland CA 94612. Make sure to put a note on your check or paypal transaction "hunger strike" or "coalition."

If you're outside of California:

  1. Support transportation for supporters across the state! Donate funds to Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity so that families and communities members across CA can get to Sacramento on August 23rd. Donate by going to California Prison Focus' website, on the left-hand side there's a donate button that will link you to CPF's paypal account. Or, write a check and mail it to California Prison Focus/ 1904 Franklin Suit 507/ Oakland CA 94612. Make sure to put a note on your check or paypal transaction "hunger strike" or "coalition"

  2. Pressure your Legislators! Contact your state legislators and urge them to get every CA state legislator they know to attend the Legislative Hearing on the 23rd, as well as visit hunger strikers at Pelican Bay and other prisons.

  3. Make some Noise! Organize local rallies, demonstrations and events in solidarity with the hunger strike near or on August 23rd to help spread awareness about the strike, the hearing, and local struggles against imprisonment.

**For Supporters Everywhere: We encourage all supporters to continue spreading the word about the strike and the upcoming hearing, through emails, facebook, text-messages, twitter--all tools of social media and communication. We also encourage supports to continue writing prisoners and sharing words of support, encouragement, and updates on the strike and statewide mobilization to Sacramento for the hearing. Click here for more info to write to the hunger strike representatives.

OTHER SOLIDARITY ACTIONS ON AUG 23RD

Chicago, IL

12 noon: Demo @ Federal Plaza (Adams & Dearborn).
Join us as we demand better conditions in Pelican Bay & Prisons all across the country! From sexual assault, torture, and shootings by the Chicago Police Department to the huge numbers of people of color who have been locked up from our city, Chicagoans know first hand how brutal the criminal justice system can be. We must stand in solidarity with the California prisoners and show our local officials that we will not stand for injustice in our own community either!

 

Manhattan, NY

4:30-6:30PM. Demo. Governor Cuomo’s Office: 633 Third Avenue, Manhattan (Two blocks from Grand Central Station, and the 4/5/6/7 trains) [or S Shuttle]. As hundreds of Californians, including family members of the strikers, mobilize to Sacramento for the Legislative Hearing, we are rallying at Governor Cuomo’s office to demonstrate that the fight against torture and mass incarceration is not limited to California. We honor the strike in California, as we prepare to defend future struggles in New York. Make some noise to bring the struggle in Pelican Bay to the streets of New York City! Contact: nysprisonerjustice@gmail.com



Hartford, CT
6:30-8:30 p.m: To show our solidarity, Connecticut activists have been fasting, one or two per day, since August 1st. Join us August 23rd to honor the National Day of Action in Solidarity and the culmination of the rolling fast here in Connecticut. Hear the stories of local fasters and about the campaign to end torture in America’s prisons, from California to Connecticut and beyond! Event @ La Paloma Sabanera, 405 Capitol Avenue. For more information, contact Sara Ferah, 860-897-3489, serenthi@hotmail.com. Sponsored by Connecticut in Solidarity with California Prisoners.

For regular updates on the hunger strike and efforts to support it, visit prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com.