Mass call-in to Governor Brown and correction officials Thursday and Friday
As week four begins of the historical human rights mass prisoner hunger strike event that California prisoners began July 1, and as requested by the starving prisoners attorneys and advocates, Laia Aseio Odo has initiated a “Call for the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers” on Thursday, July 21, and a Call for Leonard Peltier on Friday, July 22 to prompt officials to abide by regulations and end the human rights abuses of prisoners and “Open the Cages.” This effective action can be done by people of goodwill from home or maybe as a group event at work.
At least 6,600 prisoners across the state of California have joined Pelican Bay Prison hunger strikers in solidarity for their five demands, human rights based and required regulations, to be met.
After unanimously rejecting an offer by the California Department of Corrections (CDCR) Friday, prisoners continue peacefully hunger striking for meaningful changes in Security Housing Unit (SHU) conditions and policies.
These conditions are cruel, inhumane, and have been ruled by judges to be torture, yet these practices are rampant.
The torture tactics being used on the prisoners might intensify since many are in hospitals dying. Officials have threatened to begin force feeding the dying, against their will.
Hunger strikers can be supported by contacting the CDCR and urging them to negotiate with the prisoners and honor their 5 demands and even more importantly now that prisoners are dying, contacting Governor Brown and urging him to intervene with his Department of Corrections officials.
Odo has provided the following contact details for the mass call-in:
Secretary Matthew Cate, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Phone: (916) 323-6001
CDCR Public Affairs Office: (916)445-4950
CA Governor Jerry Brown: (916) 445-2841
Sample Script for Phone Calls:
“Hi my name is _________ . I’m calling about the statewide prisoner hunger strike that began at Pelican Bay. I support the prisoners and their reasonable “five core demands.” I am alarmed by the rapidly deteriorating medical conditions of the hunger strikers. I urge you to make sure the CDCR negotiates with the prisoners and the outside mediation team the prisoners have approved, immediately & in good faith, before prisoners are force-fed or even die. Thank you.
Leonard Peltier action Friday
On Friday, July 22, there will be a “Call for Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier” from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm Eastern Time.
Information below is an abridged adaptation from an alert launched into cyberspace by Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee. (http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/alert.htm)
On June 27, the 66-year-old Leonard Peltier was thrown in “The Hole” at USP-Lewisburg where he purportedly would stay for the next six months. According to what is presently known, Mr. Peltier’s cell was searched that day. A guard allegedly was shocked by a wire(s) in the cell. The guard claimed “assault.” Mr. Peltier was not present during the search, having already been removed to “The Hole”.
“Leonard Peltier #89637-132” according to lists on pages of human rights defenders, is being unfairly put in (administrative) segregation or detention– and for an unfairly long amount of time.
Call USP Lewisburg at 570-523-1251 and ask for Warden Bledsoe
Dr. Thomas Kane, Acting Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) on (202) 307-3250
Or (202) 307-3198 (Switchboard)
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