Oakland CA

HUNGERSTRIKE UPDATE, DAY 35 for Humane Conditions in CA Prisons

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!

Before you read the Hungerstrike News, please sign these petitions:

FOUR PETITIONS TO SIGN! (don't worry about accidentally signing a petition twice; it won't let you)

 

http://www.change.org/petitions/gov-jerry-brown-stop-indefinite-solitary-confinement-in-security-housing-units?utm_campaign=share_button_action_box&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition

 

http://www.change.org/petitions/governor-jerry-brown-stop-the-torture-in-california-2

 

http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=8249

 

http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/51040/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=11455

HUNGERSTRIKE NEWS

Vol. 3 #26, August 11, 2013 

Day 35 Countdown for Humane Conditions

Carol Strickman, Mediation Team
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition

Some California prisoners got good news on Friday: the Federal Communications Commission agreed to limit how much companies can charge for phone calls made from behind bars. But this welcome reform does not affect SHU prisoners. Why? Because SHU prisoners in California are not allowed to call home. Lack of family phone calls is one of the reasons why California’s SHU cells are characterized as solitary confinement – the harsh deprivation of family and social ties.

Prisoners in the SHU are not even allowed to write letters to their loved ones, if their loved ones are also incarcerated. The letters they are allowed to write are copied and scrutinized by gang investigators for evidence of gang involvement. And gang investigators find “gang involvement” everywhere they look – even in the drawings of a five year old girl who sends her artwork to her daddy. Imagine a little girl getting her drawing back from the prison because it is considered gang-related. Gang investigators will even reach out to family members and friends who write to SHU prisoners, warning them that they face possible investigation themselves merely for corresponding with a SHU prisoner.

SHU prisoners in long-term solitary confinement value their family relationships above all else. So that is what SHU prisons try to destroy. Consider this: a mother with two sons in prisons (one in general population and one in SHU) cannot write to both. Why? Because she knows that gang investigators will link her sons to each other through her address, thereby jeopardizing the son in general population with gang validation and placement in SHU.

This is the meaning of cruel and unusual punishment. How long would you tolerate these sorts of attacks on you and your family? Would you be driven to hunger strike because of these and other cruelties?

CDCR has created the conditions that drive prisoners to desperation. Whether it be a lonely suicide in an isolation cell or a united peaceful protest, the message is clear: SHU prisoners have been pushed beyond the limit of what human beings should have to bear. It is horrifying to witness CDCR’s response to the current hunger strike: crank up the cruelty and let them die.

Today is Day 35.

On behalf of the Mediation Team,
Carol Strickman, Legal Services for Prisoners With Children, (510) 289-7225

 

Hunger Strike Mediation Team
Dr. Ronald Ahnen, California Prison Focus and St. Mary’s College of California
Barbara Becnel, Occupy4Prisoners.org
Dolores Canales, California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement
Irene Huerta, California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement
Laura Magnani, American Friends Service Committee
Marilyn McMahon, California Prison Focus
Carol Strickman, Legal Services for Prisoners With Children
Azadeh Zohrabi, Legal Services for Prisoners With Children

Please Also Read Intense Informative Countdown Reports
Day 34:  http://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/day-34-countdown-for-humane-conditions/
Day 33:  http://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/day-33-countdown-for-humane-conditions/

SHU isolation cell to be installed on State Capitol South Steps Aug. 14

by D’Andre Teeter, San Francisco Bay View

The Stop Mass Incarceration Network and Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, in support of the California prison hunger strikers and their five demands, invite the public to visit an installation of a life-sized mock Security Housing Unit (SHU) cell on the California State Capitol South Steps in Sacramento.

The cell will be on display – and you can walk right in to see how it feels – from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14. A press conference, featuring Assemblymember and Public Safety Committee Chair Tom Ammiano, the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, people formerly incarcerated in California Department of Corrections (CDCR) SHUs, SHU prisoners’ families, and other voices of support and conscience will be held at noon.

Read more.

California’s Continuing Prison Crisis

New York Times Editorial, August 10, 2013

California has long been held up as the land of innovation and fresh starts, but on criminal justice and incarceration, the Golden State remains stubbornly behind the curve.

August 9th is Cotton Day

Please join together for COTTON DAY, Thursday August 9th
Street music (acoustic) CONCERT at 4:00 pm
Clarke Plaza 3rd and E Sts, Eureka
Bring your own chair. Bring a sign.
 
Peoples music.

Remember Martin Cotton.  Resist the Injustice... which continues....

Demand Justice for Alan Blueford

Alan DeWayne Blueford, born December 20, 1994, was an 18 year old Senior at Skyline High School, preparing to graduate
in June. He was the youngest son of Adam Blueford, Sr. and Jeralynn Brown Blueford.

During the early morning hours of May 6, 2012 Alan was murdered by an officer (whose name has yet to be released) with Oakland Police Department. Alan's family is now seeking justice for his death.

May 24th: Bringing the Spirit of Redwood Summer to Oscar Grant Plaza! !Viva Judi Bari!

on the Anniversary of the Bombing of Judi Bari

Join us at Occupy
Oakland for
JUDI BARI
DAY

the anniversary of the
1990 Oakland bombing of
Judi Bari & Darryl Cherney
& attack on Earth First!

a celebration of
revolutionary resistance
and movement solidarity

Thurs, May 24
 6:30 pm
Oscar Grant Plaza
14th & Broadway, Oakland

Music, Speakers, Performances
Stories from Redwood Summer

whobombedjudibari.org                         occupyoakland.org    

     efhumboldt.org                   occupythefarm.org

Info:  510-548-3113 

Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters

www.OccupyOakland 

Oakland Teachers’ Union Joins Growing Opposition to Civil Gang Injunctions

Oakland Teachers’ Union Joins Growing Opposition to Civil Gang Injunctions

Monday’s Hearing Will Determine Possible Start Date for City Attorney’s Proposed Two-Square Mile “Safety Zone”

by Michael Siegel Sunday Feb 13th, 2011

OAKLAND, CA. One week after representatives of 3,000 Oakland teachers endorsed a resolution condemning the use of “gang injunctions” in Oakland, an Alameda County Superior Court judge will consider whether or not to delay proceedings on a proposed Fruitvale “safety zone.”

Don't Forget WE HAVE THE POWER TO SHUT IT ALL DOWN!

On October 23, 2010, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 in the Bay area organized a Shut Down of the Ports and Rally in protest of the murder of Oscar Grant and in resistance to police violence, especially against youth of color, and the violence and pervasiveness of the Prison Industrial Complex.  Read below a Solidarity Statement from Japanese Railworkers.

FILM SCREENING Friday (Oct. 15th) As We Near the Days of Action Against Police Brutality


 

Please join Redwood Curtain CopWatch for a free double-feature film screening of "Safety Orange", an insightful film which "looks deep into the culture of the American criminal [in]jusice system,"  and "Operation Small Axe," a recent documentary centered around the police assassination of Oscar Grant in Oakland, and the people's movement against police terrorism that has strengthened since then.


WHERE? at Peoples' Action for Rights and Community [PARC] in Eureka

WHEN? Friday, October 15th, 7pm


Snacks and good discussion also!

PARC is located in the Q Street Alley between 3rd and 2nd Street, toward the Samoa bridge.

Obama Praises Oakland Cops, Apparently Has AMNESIA to Their LEGACY OF ABUSE AND MURDER

Can someone remind "Bro Prez" that police work is only the 17th most dangerous job in the Nation ??? (more work related casualties among gardeners than cops....)

 

See OAKLAND CA FACT SHEET, POLICE

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Obama's message to Oakland police

"I was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of Sgt. Mark Dunakin, Officer John Hege, Sgt. Ervin Romans, and Sgt. Daniel Sakai.  Michelle and I hold their families and your community in our thoughts and prayers.