Update from Calipatria ASU

Update from Calipatria ASU (also published in the SF Bay View, scrll down to view it there):

“We got our cable and it’s a big difference. Lots of people here in segregation haven’t had this type of stimulation in years. It allows us to see what’s going on in the world and to actually see beyond these walls. We have 7 channels (not including the institutional channels). We get Telefutura, Telemundo (both spanish), FOX, NBC, ABC, CBS, CW. Then there’s 3 Christian channels and there’s the institutional channels where they show us “PG-13” movies and play music. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful but it’s a lot more than what we had.

The warden said that by next year each prison will establish their own committee to review our cases and determine whether we get kicked out to the mainline. People have been getting validated still but it has slowed down since IGI E. Duarte got re-assigned to the ASU unit. The unity here is strong and us of the like mind and heart are in solidarity with the struggle. We haven’t forgot about the Short Corridor and our support from here is in full. Better days are ahead for us all but most importantly for those who’ve endured these torture chambers for decades and on.”

Respectfully,

Robbie Riva,
CDC# T-49359
ASU – 130
P.O. Box 5008
Calipatria, CA 92233

Solidarity of Calipatria ASU – Statement

Solidarity of Calipatria ASU

Greetings. First and foremost I would like to extend our utmost love and respects to all who remain strong and positive in their situation and in our situation as one against CDCR’s death grip of long-term segregation.

It has been 8 months since the last Pelican Bay-CA Statewide Hunger Strike and there has been some “material changes” here at Calipatria ASU. These “material changes” consist of us being allowed an appliance and the augmentation of canteen items to our list. I emphasize on these being “material changes” because these are things we’ve had coming for years. Yet, we had to add these items to our own demands here and starve ourselves.

Although we were given these “items” and it appears to be a move in the positive direction, one must remember that we had these “items” coming, but Calipatria’s Administration was depriving us of this. This is like patching up a bullet-hole wound by using a band-aide.

In a recent letter to the “ROCK” newsletter (June Issue) an individual wrote that “we won” here in ASU because we got our T.V.’s That’s a big misstatement! Our objective as a “whole” is to see an end to all wrongful validations and long-term segregation/isolation. We all support the men at Pelican Bay State Prison-Short Corridor and the 5 Core Demands. Not only do they apply to them and the SHUs, but they apply to all of us. As the old saying goes “United We Stand, Divided We Fall”. We’ve been through two Hunger Strikes in solidarity with Pelican Bay State Prison and will continue to be as one in unity if another takes place.

Where there has been “material changes” here, there have been NO real changes at Pelican Bay. It took a man to die here for us to be taken seriously and get our voices heard. His death was due to his solitary confinement that brought him mental anguish beyond his control. This is the type of psychological warfare that CDCR is waging against us. Till this day we are still fighting against their tactics that break the mind, body, and soul.

We are all secluded from the outside world which limits our voices to travel. It’s our wives, our families, our loved ones, who speak our minds and lets the public know that we are and have been living through torturous inhumane conditions. This has had an extreme impact on all men of every race, who are living their lives in “long-term” segregation with their loved ones who they can’t hug, touch, and for most, even see. Yet, to mock our situation, we are told that we must either “parole, die, or debrief” in order to get out of this dungeon. Three men have died during the struggle thus far, and if change for ALL everywhere in these torture dungeons doesn’t come soon, CDCR is going to have a lot to answer for when more men are left to die for what they believe is right.

“The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.” – Gaylord Nelson

Respectfully,

Robbie Riva, CDC# T-49359, Calipatria State Prison ASU, written on 5-28-2012
“Its not all about me, it’s about us all” – Robbie Riva