Prisoners in California’s SHU’s: we hear you loud and clear!
On July 8th, many California prisoners in the Secure Housing Units (SHU’s) will go on an indefinite hunger strike again. In 2011 they did so by their thousands, this time they are resuming the hunger strike.
Because the California Department of Corrections and rehabilitation (CDCr) has not listened to the many complaints of the prisoners, summarised in Five Simple Core Demands:
1. Eliminate group punishments. Instead, practice individual accountability.
2. Abolish the debriefing policy and modify active/inactive gang status criteria.
3. Comply with the recommendations of the US Commission on Safety and Abuse in Prisons (2006) regarding an end to long-term solitary confinement.
4. Provide adequate food and hygiene.
5. Expand and provide constructive programs and privileges for indefinite SHU inmates.
The July 2013 California SHU prisoners hunger strike is done in unity regardless of race, religion, “gang.” All prisoners participating are in unity, following the Agreement to End Hostilities as drawn up in August 2012.
Our comrades at Prison Watch Europe are going to organize local writing afternoons where people can send cards to the head of prisons reminding him of these 5 simple demands. Also we will be sending cards to prisoners supporting their efforts and letting them know we hear them loud and clear.
More information about the crisis in the California prison system and the torture which is called Solitary Confinement can be found amongst others here:
– SF Bay View National Black Newspaper
– Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity
– Stop Mass Incarceration Network
– The Rock
– Bay Area Intifada Hunger Strike Support
– California Prison Focus
– California Prison Watch
We will be making more information available soon.