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Hunger Strike Grows and CDCR Lies about Numbers
by Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity
Monday Jul 4th, 2011 1:18 PM
The Pelican Bay Hunger Strike is clearly starting strong as more units in Pelican Bay and other prisons are joining.
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On the first day, 43 food trays were refused (out of 52) in Pod D1 of Pelican Bay SHU. The nine prisoners who have not refused to eat are much older and already have serious health concerns. The prisoners also said that other units had similar numbers of nearly 100% participation.

On the second day of the hunger strike, the action spreads throughout Pelican Bay SHU into General Population (GP).

The strike has also spread to Corcoran and Folsom State Prisons, where more than 100 prisoners have joined the hunger strike in solidarity with the demands at Pelican Bay.

After releasing the “4th of July Menu” to persuade prisoners from striking, the CDCR has told the LA Times that less than 24 prisoners are on strike, which is simply untrue.

One prisoner informed us: “In Tehachapi SHU in 2007 me and six other guys did a hunger strike. Staff flipped out. When we went to the yard they placed lunches in our cells and photographed it. They rigged scales between weigh-ins. And they used my medical, chronic-care issues to say that not eating was akin to “suicidal behavior” and placed me on suicide watch.” [Suicide watch involves isolation and deprivation--and can be used as a method of punishment.]

These tactics demonstrate the CDCR is scared that this hunger strike is powerful and growing, and is not taking the prisoners demands seriously.

Please, take a few minutes to call the CDCR and the warden and urge them to honor the prisoners’ demands!

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by Phone Brigade
Tuesday Jul 5th, 2011 12:52 AM
Urge CDCR & CA Elected Officials to Honor the Prisoner’s Demands!!Contact Info For Pelican Bay Warden, CDCR & CA Elected Officials:


Greg Lewis, Warden
Pelican Bay State Prison
5905 Lake Earl Drive
Crescent City, CA 95531
(707) 465-1000

Secretary Matthew Cate
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
1515 S Street
Sacramento 95814
Phone: (916) 323-6001

Governor Jerry Brown
State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php

Doug La Malfa
State Senator, Del Norte County
State Capitol, Room 3070
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4004
Fax: (916) 445-7750
http://cssrc.us/web/4/contact_me.aspx

Wesly Chesbro
State Representative, Del Norte County
State Capitol, Room 2141
Sacramento, CA 94249-0001
(916) 319-2001

by Call NOW
Tuesday Jul 5th, 2011 9:15 AM
1. I am a California taxpayer, voter, native Californian, etc.
2. I call in support of the Pelican Bay hunger strikers and all other prison hunger strikers.
3. I demand the immediate closure of Pelican Bay Prison, a torture concentration camp.
4. I demand that all prisoners in the California prison system be relocated to the county from which they came so they can be close to family and friends for real rehabilitation.
5. I demand that all prisoners receive needed medical care and education for decent paying jobs so that they are out of prison within 5 years or less.
6. I demand the end of all imprisonment over 5 years as that is a waste of our tax dollars and torture.
7. I demand the abolition of the death penalty.
8. I demand that the elected representative _____________ either cooperate with all of the above or resign immediately.