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SOLITARY WATCH: News from a Nation in Lockdown
Dec 30, 2011 by Sal Rodriguez Since the widespread hunger strikes across California protesting the conditions of long-term solitary confinement in the California prison system, there have yet to be any indications of substantive change on the horizon.
Posted by copwatch | Fri, 09/30/2011 - 5:46pm story
Contact the Governor.
Tell him you support the prisoner hunger strike, and the prisoners' FIVE DEMANDS!
Tell him to stop the retaliation by the CDC (California Department of Corrections) against the hunger strikers!
Governor Jerry Brown
State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
CDCR Bans Lawyers: TAKE ACTION NOW!
Posted by copwatch | Wed, 09/07/2011 - 9:46pm story
Hidden Behind Concrete and Barbed Wire: Hearings Expose Torture in California's SHUs
"My brother has been in Pelican Bay SHU for the last ten years. I'm here today to be the voice, not only for him, but for all of the prisoners who are suffering in the SHU and for all of the prisons in California. There are a lot of questions that I want answered. I want to know what our elected officials are going to do to change what's being done? Why is it 30 days later and still nothing has been done when the CDC agreed to part of the prisoners' demands? I want to know why my brother is tortured on a daily basis year after year. Why is he not fed correctly and why is he so pale and skinny? Why does my mom have to cry every time she goes to see him? Seeing everybody that has come out today just lights my fire, because I know that I am not alone and I can let him know that he is not alone."
Posted by copwatch | Tue, 10/11/2011 - 11:04am event
Support the Prisoner Hunger Strike -
Demand an End to Torture
Posted by copwatch | Tue, 10/11/2011 - 9:36am event
October 11, 2011
Join the emergency action to support the California Prisoner Hunger Strike on Friday, Oct. 14, 10:30 a.m.‐1 p.m., at McAllister and Van Ness in San Francisco and tell CDCR and Gov. Jerry Brown to meet the strikers’ five core demands
by Isaac Ontiveros, Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity
Posted by copwatch | Tue, 10/04/2011 - 1:28pm story
CDCR Increases Isolation for California Prisoner Hunger Strikers
Families of hunger strikers were denied visits this past weekend, as the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) continues to crackdown on the hunger strike.
Before the strike resumed Under-Secretary of CDCR Operations, Scott Kernan, threatened an escalation of violence on hunger strikers. Since lawyers from the prisoner’s legal & mediation team have been banned from communicating with hunger strikers last week,rs pose a threat to CDCR’s security, denied visits are an added punishment that increase family members of hunger strikers have also been denied visits. While the CDCR claims families and lawyers pose a threat to CDCR’s security, denied visits are an added punishment that increase isolation for hunger strikers in an attempt to break the strike and conceal retaliation.
Posted by copwatch | Sun, 09/25/2011 - 10:35pm event
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Torture of U.S. solitary confinement continues.
Support the prisoners' Human Rights demands!
Posted by copwatch | Fri, 08/26/2011 - 11:05pm story
Prisoner advocates rally in Sacramento for reform of system
Posted by copwatch | Tue, 08/02/2011 - 4:04pm story
Mon, August 1, 2011
We received a letter from Todd Ashker at Pelican Bay dated July 24, 2011. He says what the hunger strikers did was to give the CDCR (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) a temporary respite, a grace period of 2-3 weeks from July 20th, to give the CDCR's top administrators the opportunity to come up with some substantive changes in response to their five core demands. If they don't follow through they plan to go back on hunger strike.
"It's very important that our supporters know where we stand, and that CDCR knows that we're not going to go for any B.S. We remain as serious about our stand now as we were at the start, and meant what we said re indefinite hunger strike peaceful protest until our demands are met. I repeat - we're simply giving CDCR a brief grace period in response to their request for the opportunity to get [it] right in a timely fashion! We'll see where things stand soon enough!!" Alice Lynd
Vigil in Solidarity with Prisoners- Oakland, 7/28/11
Posted by copwatch | Thu, 07/28/2011 - 1:17am event
Call every Thursday and Friday until the demands are met!
Call for the CA Prison Hunger Strikers!
Posted by copwatch | Fri, 07/15/2011 - 11:07pm event
MOBILIZE to SACRAMENTO:
This MONDAY , July 18th from 1-3pm. Demonstration outside CDCR Headquarters 1515 S. St. Sacramento
RIDES from East Bay: Meet at West Oakland BART, 9:30 am
Meeting at NOON in Sacramento at Freemont Park on 15th & Q
For more info, for rides: Call Manuel (415-637-8195) or Linda (510-219-0297).
If you are in Humboldt or Del Norte County and want to go to Sacramento, please immediately contact Redwood Curtain CopWatch at 707-633-4493.
SUPPORT the HUNGERSTRIKERS!
On July 1st, prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison Security Housing Unit (SHU) began an indefinite hunger strike to protest the conditions of their imprisonment. The UN has characterized their imprisonment as ‘inhumane and degrading’. At least 6,600 prisoners across 13 prisons in CA joined the hunger strike in solidarity with the demands from the Pelican Bay Security Housing Unit (SHU). Thousands of people both inside and outside prison are supporting their struggle. But if demands are not met soon, people will begin to die….
Posted by copwatch | Tue, 06/28/2011 - 4:28pm event
Prisoners in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison (Crescent City, California) will begin an indefinite hunger strike July 1, 2011 to protest the cruel and inhumane conditions of their imprisonment.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
has been found guilty of constitutional rights violations by federal courts, and its practice of long-term isolation, particularly at Pelican Bay, has been identified by human rights monitors as constituting a form of psychological torture.
The lives of the prisoners who say they are going to participate in the strike are at great risk.
Posted by copwatch | Mon, 06/27/2011 - 12:00am story
California Prisoner Hunger Strike Starts July 1st!
Posted by copwatch | Mon, 06/13/2011 - 11:59pm event
Pelican Bay SHU Prisoners' Formal Complaint and Final Notice
Todd Ashker, who is in the Pelican Bay Security Housing Unit, has asked us to expose
THESE DOCUMENTS, Complaint and Final Notice, in place of the one circulated at the end of March 2011 (below).
The new material is in the Final Notice. The Complaint was part of
the previous hunger strike document but Todd asked me to send it along with
the Final Notice.
The men who intend to go on hunger strike on July 1, 2011 have
collaborated on five core demands that they plan to present, along with their
"Formal Complaint" to the Governor, Secretary of Corrections, and Warden, about
30 days prior to July 1. They have expanded their demands to include
eliminating long term confinement in Security Housing Units and Administrative
Posted by copwatch | Fri, 07/15/2011 - 1:40pm story
Thousands of inmates in at least 13 prisons across California’s troubled prison system have been on hunger strike for almost two weeks. Many are protesting in solidarity with inmates held in Pelican Bay State Prison, California’s first super-maximum security prison, over what prisoners say are cruel and unusual conditions in "Secure Housing Units." We play an audio statement from one of the Pelican Bay prisoners and speak to three guests: Dorsey Nunn, co-founder of "All of Us or None" and executive director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, and one of the mediators between the prisoners on hunger strike and the California Department of Corrections; Molly Porzig, a member of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity coalition and a spokesperson for Critical Resistance; and Desiree Lozoya, the niece of an inmate participating in the Pelican Bay Hunger Strike, who visited him last weekend.
, a member of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity coalition and a spokesperson for Critical Resistance.
, co-founder of "All of Us or None." He is also the executive director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children. Nunn was incarcerated from 1971 to 1982 in San Quentin Prison in California. He is one of the mediators between the prisoners on hunger strike and the California Department of Corrections.
, is the niece of an inmate participating in the Pelican Bay hunger strike.
JUAN GONZALEZ: We turn now to California, where thousands of inmates in at least 11 prisons across the state’s troubled prison system have been on hunger strike for almost two weeks. Many are protesting in solidarity with inmates held in Pelican Bay State Prison, California’s first super-maximum security prison.
The hunger strike began on July 1st in the Pelican Bay’s Security Housing Unit, when inmates began refusing meals to protest what they say is cruel and unusual conditions. Prisoners in the units are kept in total isolation for 22-and-a-half hours a day, a punishment some mental health experts say can lead to insanity and is tantamount to torture.
Democracy Now! obtained a recording of an audio statement that one of the Pelican Bay inmates, Ted Ashker sic, made to his legal team in the secure prison’s Secure Housing Unit, which is referred to as the SHU. You will need to listen closely as he explains his reasons for joining the hunger strike.
TODD ASHKER: The basis for this protest has come about after over 25 years—some of us, 30, some up to 40 years—of being subjected to these conditions the last 21 years in Pelican Bay SHU, where every single day you have staff and administrators who feel it’s their job to punish the worst of the worst, as they’ve put out propaganda for the last 21 years that we are the worst of the worst. And most of us have never been found guilty of ever committing an illegal gang-related act. But we’re in SHU because of a label. And all of our 602 appeals, numerous court challenges, have gotten nowhere. Therefore, our backs are up against the wall.
Posted by copwatch | Thu, 03/17/2011 - 3:26pm event
Individuals and activists plan events around the world to show support for the accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower on March 19-20.
On March 19-20, 2011, activist organizations and individuals will take to the streets to protest the U.S. government's treatment of accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower Army Private First Class Bradley Manning. Manning, 23, has been held in isolation for nearly 300 days, charged with releasing classified documents, including a video that shows American troops shooting and killing 11 people, including two Reuters employees, in 2007.
Posted by copwatch | Thu, 03/17/2011 - 12:35am event
We are pleased to announce that Bar None will be hosting an art show/benefit at Kyoto's Japanese Restaurant (320 F St. in Eureka) on Saturday April 2nd during Arts Alive! from 5-9 pm.
There will be sushi, wine, music, raffles, and artwork from "inside."
Posted by copwatch | Mon, 03/14/2011 - 10:40pm story
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