Posted by copwatch | Fri, 12/16/2011 - 1:18pm event
Occupy Eureka invites you to the Humboldt County Courthouse to attend our unveiling of our new information kiosk as we call out for justice and equality for the 99% through the exercise of our first amendment rights. This event is part of a movement-wide call to "re-occupy" in the wake of coordinated attacks and subsequent evictions of occupations across the nation and around the world.
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 | Fri, 09/23/2011 - 12:38am story
Troy Anthony Davis
Executed by the State of Georgia 11:08 PM Sept 21, 2011
Rest In Peace
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
Posted by copwatch | Fri, 09/23/2011 - 12:13am event
Torture of U.S. solitary confinement continues.
Support the prisoners' Human Rights demands!
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 | Fri, 07/29/2011 - 3:13pm event
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.
Posted by copwatch | Fri, 07/29/2011 - 2:35pm event
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and follow news and information at prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com
Posted by copwatch | Sun, 07/24/2011 - 3:10am story
excerpt of letter from prisoner at CCI Tehachapi; July 21, 2011
...As far as we last heard it’s been like 12 prisons that are involved. Here there are a lot of people on strike - all races, Pelican Bay and Corcoran for sure...
... All they do is weigh us and take our vitals (blood pressure, temp., and heart rate), but of course they weigh us in chains to weigh us down and they allow the c/o's to operate the scale. I am at 171 on my last weigh-in, down from 185. They attempt to take my blood, which I refuse; I'm weak as it is, if I do that I’ll fall out.
They truly don't care and they are perfectly content in watching us pass rather than admit fault and make changes to a policy that is brutal and baseless. I can’t take my medication anymore because I have to take it with food… I asked for help and they just ignored me.
Posted by copwatch | Thu, 07/21/2011 - 2:03pm story
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JULY 21, 2011
Prisoners In Solitary Confinement On 21st Day Of Hunger Strike
Department of Corrections Is LYING About the Strike & Prisoners' Medical Conditions!
"The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has been lying to the public, lying to the media, and lying to prisoners," says Verbena Lea of Redwood Curtain CopWatch. Now, the CDCR has issued a bogus press release claiming that the prisoner hunger strike in the Pelican Bay State Prison SHU is over. The media has an ethical responsibility to investigate the truth when the CDCR attempts to make such a false claim. The prisoner hunger strike against the torture of the SHU began on July 1, 2011 and is still going strong despite serious medical problems experienced by the prisoners. The CDCR has proven that it cannot be trusted or relied upon for genuine information.
The CDCR has refused to act in good faith, instead deliberately making false and misleading statements, and hiding information- in attempts to downplay the strength of the prisoners' nonviolent hunger strike, end the strike without meeting the prisoners' demands, deceive legal advocates, and suppress support for striking prisoners which has spread internationally.
CDCR has consistently tried to break the strike in these ways:
enticed prisoners into not fasting before the strike began by releasing a “4th of July Menu,” including food that prisoners have never seen before in prison
continuously down-playing participation and support in regards to numbers.
told prisoners at Calipatria that the strike was over and the demands met more than a week ago, when this was not true
refusing to disclose accurate, if any, information about the striking prisoners' medical status and other details on the strike from press, media, advocates, family members and prisoners
violating medical protocol, including not distributing prescribed medication
Posted by copwatch | Thu, 07/21/2011 - 10:10am story
Three weeks with No Food, Solidarity Strengthens
Posted by copwatch | Thu, 07/14/2011 - 12:11am story
More on Medical Crisis, Need Support Pressuring Immediate Negotiations
July 14, 2011
Posted by copwatch | Tue, 07/12/2011 - 4:22pm story
CONDITIONS REACH CRISIS IN PELICAN BAY HUNGER STRIKE
According to a source at Pelican Bay State Prison, who prefers to be anonymous, the medical conditions for many strikers have deteriorated to critical levels, with fears some prisoners could start to die if immediate action isn't taken. For at least 200 prisoners in the SHU at Pelican Bay, medical staff have stated:
"The prisoners are progressing rapidly to the organ damaging consequences of dehydration. They are not drinking water and have decompensated rapidly. A few have tried to sip water but are so sick that they are vomiting it back up. Some are in renal failure and have been unable to make urine for 3 days. Some are having measured blood sugars in the 30 range, which can be fatal if not treated."
Since the hunger strike has spread to at least a third of CA's prisons, family members have informed Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity of their loved one's conditions. They have reported hunger strikers have lost 20-30 pounds, are incredibly pale, and that a number of prisoners fainted and/or went into diabetic shock during family visits this past weekend. Some prisoners have been taken to the prison hospital in at least Corcoran and Pelican Bay.
TODAY: Take Action! Call NOW!
Posted by copwatch | Mon, 07/11/2011 - 1:17pm story
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.”
Posted by copwatch | Mon, 07/04/2011 - 11:29am event
Bar None invites you to join on Wednesday, July 6 to make signs and silkscreen t-shirts to wear at the July 8th Rally in Eureka, CA.
On Wednesday, we will also have more information about the conditions at the SHU at Pelican Bay and the demands of the prisoners for people who would like to have a more in depth conversation prior to the rally.
Posted by copwatch | Fri, 07/01/2011 - 2:16am story
Davis's case has become an emblem for much of what is problematic about a capital punishment system that is riddled with racism, economic disparity and error.
June1, 2011 | “De’Jaun, come over here, I want to talk to you.”
De’Jaun Correia, a slender 13-year-old with thick corn-rows in his hair, sat down next to his uncle Troy Davis in the corner of the room. Troy described to De’Jaun what to expect now that he was approaching adolescence. “Your body’s gonna be changing…. Women, they go through things, and us guys, we go through things, too. The same thing happened to me when I was a young boy growing up.”
De’Jaun listened intently as his uncle explained the birds and the bees. It wasn’t the first time De’Jaun and Troy had had an intimate one on one. De’Jaun was more comfortable talking to his uncle, a sturdily built man with warm brown eyes, than anyone else.
Posted by copwatch | Fri, 02/11/2011 - 2:31am story
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
December 17, 2010
To The Prisoners of the Georgia Department of Corrections
To Elaine Brown
Posted by copwatch | Sat, 01/08/2011 - 8:03pm event
Testifying and Witnessing Poverty as a Human Rights Violation
Date: September 30, 2011 (exact dates and locations TBA)
The U.S. World Court will focus on the hidden yet, brutal issues of poverty in the United States, making visible the invisible, listening to those voices that have been dispossessed, denigrated.
Posted by copwatch | Sun, 01/02/2011 - 4:01pm story
Posted by copwatch | Wed, 12/15/2010 - 12:18am story