International Support for California Prisoners resuming Hunger Strike from July 8th

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. 

Why? 
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.

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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
NCTT-Cor-SHU 
The Rock
Bay Area Intifada Hunger Strike Support
California Prison Focus
SolitaryWatch.com
Lockupreform.com
California Prison Watch

We will be making more information available soon.



Feb 20 2012: National Occupy for Prisoners Day! Plz Join!

Endorsed by Prison Watch Network, amongst many others:

From the website of the National Occupy for Prisoners Day:

website: Occupy4prisoners.org

Support is growing for the National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners and Occupy San Quentin!

We’ve added flyers for Occupy San Quentin, and more endorsers for Feb 20.

Connect with us:

Facebook: Occupy4Prisoners

Twitter: @Occupy4Prisoner

We need YOU! Are you planning an action? Let us know and we will list, promote and support! Email occupy4prisoners [at] gmail [dot] com!
Actions

Bay Area, California
Occupy San Quentin . East Gate, San Quentin. Monday, February 20, 2012, 12 noon – 3pm. Carpool/meet-up – 10am at Oscar Grant Plaza (14th and Broadway, Oakland) Email occupy4prisoners [at] gmail [dot] com for more information.

Chicago, Illinois
Action being planned, email randi [at] nodeathpenalty [dot] org to connect up. Organizing meeting: Saturday, February 4, 2012. 4:00pm.
Occupy Chicago Headquarters
500 W Cermak, Chicago, Illinois

Los Angeles, California
Join California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement – CFASC
at 3:00pm on Monday, February 20th
as we unite with others across the nation for a
National Day of Occupation in Support of Prisoners
We are gathering in front of LA’s own House of Torture
The Los Angeles County Jail
441 Bauchet Street
(corner of Vines and Bauchet)
Los Angeles, CA 90012
We are their voices!!

New York, NY
Protest Monday Feb. 20 – 2pm
Lincoln Correctional Facility
31 West 110th Street, NYC

The Prisoner Solidarity Subcommittee of Occupy Wall Street answers Occupy Oakland’s call to action and march in solidarity with the Pelican Bay hunger strike, with brothers and sisters who are dispossessed by the criminal INJUSTICE system, and with political prisoners everywhere.

Washington, DC
What: Rally in Support of Prisoners & Protest Against New Visitation Rules at DC Jail
When: Feb. 20th, 12 Noon
Where: 1901 D St. SE, Washington, DC
Who: Occupy DC, Criminal InJustice Committee
Contact: jtuzcu [at] gmail [dot] com

Why: Feb. 20th is National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners day. Actions are planned around the country in support prisoners and against mass incarceration. In DC, we will also be protesting newly planned visitation procedures for prisoners and their families. These procedures will replace the already inhuman practice of placing thick glass between prisoners and their families during visits with a new video teleconference system in which contact will be conducted through a television screen. Adding to this outrage, the DC jail is spending millions on this new inhumane form of isolation and control.

Do you have an event planned? Email us at occupy4prisoners at gmail.com!

New: Nevada Chapter of National CURE has been reactivated

Memorandum

Please be advised that the Nevada Chapter of National CURE has been reactivated. We are currently actively recruiting prisoners, their families, their friends and prisoner rights supporters to join us in a concentrated effort to change the Nevada prison and parole systems. We need your help. Working together, instead of at cross purposes, we can change the way our government treats our errants. Please join our cause. Working together we can make constructive changes to the systems.

The prison system MUST BE REQUIRED to provide to all prisoners:
adequate medical care, food, clothing and housing; rehabilitative educational, vocational and programming activities; and with respect for their constructive activities on behalf of other prisoners and themselves.

The parole system MUST BE ELIMINATED – OR REQUIRED: to provide full and fair hearings on parole application; to permit an applicant to review any and all information that will be considered by the Board in deciding a parole application; to confront and cross examine each and every person that has contacted the Board in opposition of a parole application; and to comply with all requirements of Open Meeting Law or, alternatively, the Contested Case requirements of the Administrative Procedures Act.

Working together, jointly, and in solidarity, we can change the way the systems operate. By our concerted activities, we may demand the changes required through our legislative, judicial and support initiatives; by our votes in each election; and by o& reporting and demanding the removal from office all of the “tough on crime” bureaucrats that abuse their positions of power.

Join NV-CURE and help us change the prison and parole systems. We need you to become involved and help us to help those that depend upon us to secure for them their basic human rights.

Struggle in Solidarity,
NV-CURE Board of Directors
July 27th, 2011

John Witherow
Anthony Villa
Travis Barrick
Laurie Reilly-Johnson
Michelle Ravell
Pat Hines
Benjamin Zvenia
Board of Directors

NV-CURE
(Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants)
540 E. St. Louis Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89 1 04
nevadacure @ gmail .com
Nevadacure.org

Please join Nevada-Cure for an organized community-support for less crime and better human rights for all.

Brochure: (please click on image to enlarge!)

From AZ: Justicia Ahora: Resist State Violence this Friday.

From our friends at AZ Prison Watch:


National Day of Action Against Police Brutality

Friday, October 22, 2010 11am- 1pm

MEDICAL NEGLECT
IS VIOLENCE:

STOP KILLING THE PRISONERS!!!

Arizona Department of Corrections
1601 W. Jefferson St. (at 16th Ave)
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(park in the SE lot at Wes Bolin off Jefferson – the ADC is across the street.)

17 suicides/15mos
5 homicides/9 months
6,000 HCV+ prisoners and counting…

HARD TIME HEP C ALLIANCE – AZ
http://hardtimehepc.blogspot.com

For more information, contact:
Peggy at 480-580-6807 or
prisonabolitionist@gmail.com

ALL FAMILIES WELCOME:
CHALK, BUBBLES,
and GREAT PEOPLE WILL BE THERE.

PLEASE WEAR BLACK.
BYOB. A sack lunch would be smart, too.

Dear Society, hate will never cure crime


Dear Society, hate will never cure crime
October 18, 2010

by Ikemba S. Mutulu, s/n Marritte Funches
From: SF Bay View

Ikemba writes on behalf of the young men in prison: “We need a comprehensive correspondence course, free to convicts, teaching leadership and community organization. We need a free-books-for-prisoners program and a legal aid group.”

Reading the Nevada Prisoners’ Newsletter today, I learned of the death of my friend Bro. Muteen (Robert Brown), caused by the state’s deliberate indifference to his medical needs while caged in the Northern Nevada Correctional Center. As I mourn this beautiful brotha’s passing, my heart rages over the loss of another life that could’ve been saved. And in spite of the state’s rejoicing, having rid itself of a worthy opponent, at the same time making room for another body and paycheck, I know that Bro. Muteen left this field of battle in victory. Finally free of all the bullshit.

He died honorably, unbroken and on his feet.

When I say this was a friend of mine, I mean I prayed with this man. We spoke at length on many subjects, like how to reach these young men, the importance of exposing to the world what’s going on behind these walls, organizing our own education programs etc.

This was an amazing brotha, who dedicated his life to helping others. He worked tirelessly learning the law to become a “jailhouse lawyer.” And he was largely responsible for my successful defense against some false charges back in ‘07.

Even against the threats of the crooked warden here at Ely State Prison, Bro. Muteen helped me, secretly working for months on the various motions and briefs I filed. And indeed when they found out, he was fired from his job in the law library.

He died shut away in Nevada’s dungeons but never shut up. He got a lot of respect and took great pride in helping other convicts fight for their rights and their freedom in the courts.

This is what happens when men and women in prison stand up to the state administration. They shut us up in the hole, isolate us from the population, relentlessly harass and deprive us of our basic human rights.

Here we are trying to make a difference with our lives, trying to help heal our broken communities and pull these young men – some only boys – away from that criminal gangster deathstyle, often at great sacrifice to ourselves.

Yet you, society, accepting the lies of this prison for profit machine, the media, the state, you view us all as monsters. You say “good riddance” when the pigs murder us or allow us to suffer and die from a curable illness. And despite all of the mountains of evidence created by DNA testing, exposing the flaws and corruption inherent in the system.

(photo: Nevada State Prison Cemetery)

Have you thought that you might be celebrating the death or suffering of an innocent man or woman? Or maybe their lives were such that crime was the only way out, the only way to feed their family, the only way to keep some sense of dignity. And maybe in prison they found a new way and were remorseful for the mistakes they made.

Did you know that Martin Luther King Jr. went to prison? That Malcolm X was born in a cell? Nelson Mandela did 28 years. Jesus died on death row.

Do you know what a political prisoner is?

I’m sick of society’s ignorance and refusal to see the truth. It’s been a minute since they did it in Attica and New Mexico. And it’s been 40 years since the young comrade Jonathan Jackson and his brilliant brother, Comrade George, forced you all to see just how deeply this problem of prisons and these corrupt courts are affecting the people.

Must history repeat itself? How many more like Bro. Muteen must die needlessly, sailing our prayers into the dark, hoping you, society, will wake up? Who prescribes more poison to cure poison?

Hate will never cure crime. Maybe the movement needs its own earthquake to shake things up. But instead of shifting tectonic plates, it’ll be the stomping of fed up feet tearing down these concrete walls – demanding freedom and equal justice and an end to oppression of the poor.

I honor the names of my true teachers, men and women like Assata, Che and Huey – and too many more to name. But without them, nothing you know would be as it is. Understand what it is I am saying to you, Society. I don’t want to kill anymore, and I don’t want these young men to start killing or to be chewed up by this prison for profit industry.

So I’m reaching out to YOU for help to reach these young men here. Nevada has nothing. We need a comprehensive correspondence course, free to convicts, teaching leadership and community organization. We need a free-books-for-prisoners program and a legal aid group.

These are the things myself and men like Bro. Muteen have been striving towards. But we need your help. Go to the website Augustinitiative.org to see the beginnings of what we’ve been working on. This was begun with the help of a single comrade across the water. And from this, NevadaPrisonWatch.org and the Nevada Prisoners’ Newsletter were developed.

But unfortunately, the little progress we’ve made is in danger of falling apart, unless we can find a few helping hands here at home. We do not want your money. In fact, neither I nor anyone associated with the August Initiative will accept personal donations of money from volunteers.

We need you, your hands, your ideas, your support. So as I began this letter to society solely as a process of mourning the loss of a loved one, I end with hope that you will help me to continue planting the seeds.

Send our brother some love and light. Write to Ikemba S. Mutulu, s/n Marritte Funches, 37050, P.O. Box 1989, Ely, NV 89301, marrittefunches@yahoo.com, Augustinitiative.org.

Prisoner Support SOS:Thalia Outlaw, Mississippi.

From  Sondra Dillard HumphreyApril 9, 2010 at 9:38pm at “FREE TALIA OUTLAW”


Thalia is incarcerated with the Scott Sisters.

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Subject: Thalia needs all of you
Please keep Thalia in your thoughts and prayers. She is really having a tough time and needs to know that she has people who believe in her and who are fighting for her. You will never know how much your words of encouragement mean to her whether it be through e-mail or snail mail. Thank you so much!

If you’d like to e-mail Thalia directly you can do so by going to the website:

You can either search by her name or her MDOC number, R7934. The minimum amount of credits you can purchase is $5 but the cost to send an e-mail is $.42 and it gets to her quickly. As always, I don’t mind forwarding anything to her that you want to send through me.

You can also send her mail directly to her regular mail at:

Thalia Outlaw, R7034
C Bldg, Bed 103
P O Box 88550
Pearl, MS 39288-88550

Have a great weekend all and thank you so much for your continued support!

Sondra (and Thalia)

——————————-from Facebook site “Free Talia Outlaw”———————– 

Description:
Thalia Outlaw is serving life in prison for something she did NOT do. She was convicted in 1999 of murder. In fact, it was self defense in a domestic situation with a man whom she was no longer involved with and who continued to harass and stalk her. The vandalism of her property and physical assaults on her person had become overwhelming for her. Three months pregnant with her youngest child and only daughter, Thalia had moved on and was involved with another man. This did not stop her… (read more)

Prisoner Support SOS:Thalia Outlaw, Mississippi.

From  Sondra Dillard HumphreyApril 9, 2010 at 9:38pm at “FREE TALIA OUTLAW”


Thalia is incarcerated with the Scott Sisters.

———————————–
Subject: Thalia needs all of you
Please keep Thalia in your thoughts and prayers. She is really having a tough time and needs to know that she has people who believe in her and who are fighting for her. You will never know how much your words of encouragement mean to her whether it be through e-mail or snail mail. Thank you so much!

If you’d like to e-mail Thalia directly you can do so by going to the website:

You can either search by her name or her MDOC number, R7934. The minimum amount of credits you can purchase is $5 but the cost to send an e-mail is $.42 and it gets to her quickly. As always, I don’t mind forwarding anything to her that you want to send through me.

You can also send her mail directly to her regular mail at:

Thalia Outlaw, R7034
C Bldg, Bed 103
P O Box 88550
Pearl, MS 39288-88550

Have a great weekend all and thank you so much for your continued support!

Sondra (and Thalia)

——————————-from Facebook site “Free Talia Outlaw”———————– 

Description:
Thalia Outlaw is serving life in prison for something she did NOT do. She was convicted in 1999 of murder. In fact, it was self defense in a domestic situation with a man whom she was no longer involved with and who continued to harass and stalk her. The vandalism of her property and physical assaults on her person had become overwhelming for her. Three months pregnant with her youngest child and only daughter, Thalia had moved on and was involved with another man. This did not stop her… (read more)