“Yet often it is the most vulnerable, especially the mentally ill, not the most violent, who end up in indefinite isolation.” – Colin Dayan, The New York Times, July 18. 2011
California mass suicide due to grave human rights abused needs people of goodwill and courage to act now
Locked up in barbarous confinement, over 6,000 prisoners across California, most never having committed violent crime, are risking their lives to join America’s historic hunger strike in solidarity with Pelican Bay Prison hunger strikers and their five demands, each based on basic human rights. The challenge for people outside prison is to match this courage.
Historically, people have participated in civil disobedience to prevent mass death, and such a moment is now. Church and civic groups are uniting across the nation to stand in solidarity with prisoners treated in a manner that would prompt charges if people abused an animal in the same way.
There is a deafening silence among mainstream media that could be reporting this historical event of over 6,000 prisoners choosing death over life in hell on earth.
“It’s very, very clear that the [California Department of Corrections] is more than willing, if not wanting, people to start dying,” Molly Porzig, member of Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity coalition and a spokesperson for Critical Resistance told Amy Goodman on NPR‘s Democracy Now! (“Statewide Calif. prison strike called, human rights protests spread nationally”)
Human rights defenders through the nation are calling on the goodwill of fellow Americans to support the prisoners in winning their human rights set forth in their five demands.
Matching prisoners’ courage: Ten actions for people of goodwill
1. Sign the online petition
2. Send this info to friends *See info below*
3. Stay informed! Subscribe here and to Prisoner Solidarity Hunger Strike at its home page and clicking “subscribe me” on the right-hand side.
4. Attend events, demonstrations, and other actions. Click Here for more info on demos and actions in the US and Canada.
5. Organize a solidarity demonstration or action.Click Here for some suggestions on solidarity actions, demos and events
6. Urge California Department of Corrections and *California elected officials* to honor the prisoner’s demands. Click Here for a list of officials and their phone numbers.
7. Write to everyone you know locked up in prison and let them know about the hunger strike and the many ways thousands of people outside and inside prison are supporting it (Since mail referring to the hunger strike is being rejected, we find it’s helpful to be clever with language, and to describe this action as best you can without using the exact words “hunger strike” to increase the chances of the letters getting through)
8. Write to the strike leaders at Pelican Bay and send them your words of encouragement and support. Click here for contact info.
9. Donate to Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity California Prison Focus’s paypal and identify your donation by writing “hunger strike” or “pelican bay”. Donations will be used for mass mailings to prisoners, flyers, posters, and rides to the prisons for advocates and families members.
10. Contact any media/journalists/press, politicians, or influential people you know and urge them to get involved by going to visit Pelican Bay and check on the hunger strikers, plus ensure that the California Department of Corrections negotiates on all 5 demands immediately in good faith.
Source: Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity