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Marchers Joined by OSC for Protest and Noisemaking at County Jail
by Alex Darocy ( alex [at] alexdarocy.com )
Monday Oct 10th, 2011 12:34 PM
In support of the massive hunger strike currently being held by prisoners held in California prisons, which originally began at Pelican Bay State Prison and spread to over a dozen other prisons, community members gathered at Laurel Park at the Louden Nelson Community Center on the evening of Saturday, October 8 to march to the Santa Cruz County Jail where they made noise and gathered in solidarity with the prisoners held in the local jail as well as the prisoners on hunger strike across the state.
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The march started at 6:30pm at Laurel Park as marchers handed out fliers and made their way down Pacific Avenue and on to the county courthouse where they picked up members of Occupy Santa Cruz, who were at that time still engaged in post general assembly meetings. The larger group which then numbered aprroximately 75 people marched across the street to the county jail, making noise and shouting chants in unison, such as, "the passion/for freedom/is stronger than all prisons," and, "no prisons/no borders/fuck law and order." People brought a variety of noisemakers, including musical instruments and five gallon plastic water jugs to drum on.

After a short speech about the repressive and self-creating nature of prison culture, protesters made their way to the front entrance of the jail for their final chants.

By September 28 of this year, 12,000 California prisoners were on hunger strike. For more info, see:
http://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/

Alex Darocy
http://alexdarocy.blogspot.com/
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by repost
Tuesday Oct 25th, 2011 10:31 AM
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As much as the State wants us to forget, we want to remember. We held a noise demonstration outside the Santa Cruz county jail on Saturday, October 8th in solidarity with the hunger striking prisoners across California. People walked through downtown passing out flyers of the prisoners demands and then met up with about 35 more people outside of the courthouse. We marched to the jail, chanting.

"Our passion for freedom is stronger than their prisons!"
"Santa Cruz to Pelican Bay, fighting back is the only way!"
"In every city, In every town, bulldoze prisons to the ground!"

We went onto the jail property. We hit the fences with black-flagged-dowels and read a speech while someone inside the women's detention center flashed her lights on and off in rhythm with the drums -- we were heard. We circled the jail to the front office, banging on the walls and doors while chanting and yelling. There were no encounters with the police and we left after half an hour.

text from flyer:

OVER 12,000 PRISONERS IN CALIFORNIA ARE PARTICIPATING IN A HUNGER STRIKE resisting the conditions of torture in the SHU (Security Housing Unit long term solitary confinement.) The strike has spread to over 14 prisons. Many people on hunger strike are willing to die for more liveable conditions.


THE PRISONERS’ DEMANDS:
1. End Group Punishment & Administrative Abuse
2. Abolish the Debriefing Policy, and Modify Active/Inactive Gang Status Criteria
3. Comply with the US Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons 2006 Recommendations Regarding and End to Long-Term Solitary Confinement
4. Provide Adequate and Nutritious Food
5. Expand and Provide Constructive Programming and Privileges for Indefinite SHU Status Inmates.

In July 6,000 prisoners were on hunger strike with the same demands. The CDCR (California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation) has since only made conditions worse for the strikers.

We want to let prisoners know they are not alone. We are inspired by prisoners collectively resisting the state's most brutal institution. This powerful act of defiance strengthens any struggle for freedom.