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Title: HUNGER FOR JUSTICE in Santa Cruz
START DATE: Wednesday July 31
TIME: 10:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location Details:
Everywhere!

6:30pm -- meet at the Clocktower on Water/Pacific Ave.
Event Type: Teach-In
Contact NameSin Barras
Email Addresssinbarras [at] gmail.com
Phone Number
Address
This Wednesday, July 31st, has been called for as an international day of action in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike, Trayvon Martin, and the many Trayvons who have been killed by state and vigilante violence.

In Santa Cruz, at least 37 prisoners have joined the statewide hunger strike to protest the horrendous conditions they are forced to live in. At least 5 people have died in the local jail since August. To amplify the voices of those inside and continue organizing & educating our community, we plan to join this day of action.

On Wednesday afternoon, Sin Barras & allies will do outreach in neighborhoods, downtown, and at the Farmer's Market with the purpose of engaging community members in face to face conversations about the hunger strike, the case of Trayvon Martin, and connections between the two. At 6:30pm, crowds will gather at the Clocktower on the corner of Water & Pacific Ave. to make these struggles against racism and criminalization visible! Bring banners, candles, signs, whatever you want!

Here's how to get involved:
We can be reached by email: sinbarras [at] gmail.com

-Come to the training on Monday, 6-8pm to learn more about these issues, how to talk to people about them, and what to expect when doing outreach. Email for address!
-Join thousands in a one-day or rolling fast on Wednesday 7/31 in solidarity with the hunger strikers; call Jerry Brown to let him know and email Sin Barras so we can keep a count
-Email us if you can commit to flyering for an hour or two on Wednesday. We want teams out & about all day & we will get you info sheets
-MEET AT THE CLOCKTOWER DOWNTOWN @6:30pm for a wrap-up action

Everywhere!
-Bring this to the attention of your friends and family and ask them to call Governor Jerry Brown and let him know you're in solidarity with the strikers and ask him to meet their demands: (916) 445-2841, (510) 289-0336, (510) 628-0202



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§Hunger Strike Information Sheet
by Distribute! Tuesday Jul 30th, 2013 9:45 PM

In Santa Cruz, at least 37 prisoners have joined the statewide hunger strike to protest the horrendous conditions they are forced to live in. The hunger strike, organized by prisoners in Security Housing Units, resumed on July 8th with 30,000 participants. We fast knowing that the criminalization that killed Tray- von Martin, and the criminalization that justifies the torture of prisoners in solitary confinement are one and the same.

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by Californians United for a Responsible Budget
Monday Jul 29th, 2013 1:07 PM

On Wednesday July 31st, people around the world will fast and take other peaceful, non-violent action in solidarity with the California Prisoner Hunger Strikers. Join family members of hunger strikers along with James Cromwell, Angela Davis, Mike Farrell, Danny Glover, Elliott Gould, Chris Hedges, Michael Moore, Alice Walker, and Cornel West. We fast knowing the criminalization that killed Trayvon Martin, and the criminalization that justifies the torture of prisoners in solitary confinement are one and the same.

We fast in solidarity with the demands of the hunger strikers. And we fast to get justice for Trayvon and for people of every gender, race, and religion who have been killed by state and vigilante violence. Support efforts everywhere for Justice for Trayvon Martin.

"We have taken up this hunger strike and work stoppage... not only to improve our own conditions but also an act of solidarity with all prisoners and oppressed people around the world."

- Hunger Strikers in the Short Corridor Collective at Pelican Bay State Prison SHU

Join us to help win the 5 demands of the California Prisoner Hunger Strikers:
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/51040/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=11455

On July 30th the families and loved ones of prisoners on hunger strike are visiting Sacramento to demand that Governor Brown pressure the CDCR to enter into negotiations with the hunger strikers. Call California Governor Jerry Brown and let him know you're fasting in solidarity with the strikers, ask him to meet the strikers demands: (916) 445-2841, (510) 289-0336, (510) 628-0202.

Endorse, support, and/or join the "Hunger for Justice".
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/51040/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=8310

For More Information Contact: hunger4justice2013 [at] gmail.com

We are all prisoners of injustice.

In solidarity/En solidaridad,
Cities and countries participating thus far: England, Germany, the US (Jackson Mississippi, Los Angeles, Oakland CA, Santa Cruz, Philadelphia PA).

“Hunger for Justice” convened by members of: Alexandria House; Alliance for Global Justice; Anti-Racist Action-LA; Brandywine Peace Community; California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement; California Coalition for Women Prisoners; California Prisoner Solidarity Coalition; Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB); Critical Resistance; DCFS/DHS-Give Us Back Our Children; Ecosocialist Horizons, Every Mother is a Working Mother Network; FACTS Education Fund; Fair Chance Project; Flying Over Walls; Freedom Archives; Global Women’s Strike; Hank Jones - San Francisco 8; Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace; International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network; LA Laborfest; Lives Worth Saving Gang Intervention; Malcolm X Grassroots Movement; Martin Luther King Coalition of Greater Los Angeles; National Hood Alliance; Palestinian Youth Movement; Payday men’s network; Peter Laarman - Progressive Christians Uniting and Justice not Jails; Project South; Queer Strike; Rev. Louis Logan; Ruckus Society, Scientific Soul Sessions; Theresa Shoatz - Maroon Philly Committee; Transgender, Gender-Variant, Intersex Justice; US PROStitutes Collective; White Noise Collective; Women of Color/Global Women’s Strike; Youth Justice Coalition; Ordinary People's Society, Alabama; Prodigal Child Project, Alabama; Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People's Movement, National; Sin Barras.
by Northbay Rising (posted by Norse)
Monday Jul 29th, 2013 3:55 PM
I noted the following at http://northbayuprising.blogspot.com/2013/07/hunger-strike-victory-in-northbay.html .

Saturday, July 27, 2013
Hunger Strike Victory in the Northbay!


2013-07-27 "Contra Costa jail hunger strikers win their demands"
by Coby Phillips, MDF Hunger Strike Representative, posted at [sfbayview.com/2013/contra-costa-jail-hunger-strikers-win-their-demands]:
Send our brother some love and light: Coby Phillips, 2008011408, MDF D-C-4, 901 Court St., Martinez, CA 94553-1700.
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On July 19, 2013, all Martinez Detention Facility hunger strikers suspended their hunger strike. (Prisoners there had joined the statewide California hunger strike when it began on July 8, after submitting their own demands to the warden; see “Open letter to Contra Costa sheriff: Martinez AdSeg prisoners join hunger strike, issue demands.” [sfbayview.com/2013/open-letter-to-contra-costa-sheriff-martinez-adseg-prisoners-join-hunger-strike-issue-demands]) Below are the demands that were met by MDF command staff:


Martinez Detention Facility

Demand No. 1 was granted in full. Classification shall tell detainees in writing why they are being held in AdSeg as well as program expectations you must meet to be released from AdSeg.

Demand No. 2, to be released from your cell for at least an hour a day, be able to clean your cell and dump your trash, was partially granted. Command staff is working to come up with a free time schedule that follows Title 15 standards. One part of this that is granted in full is that all detainees will be given an opportunity to empty their trash can every day.

Demand No. 3 had three parts. Two parts were granted in full. MDF medical and mental health staff shall no longer conduct ANY type of appointment on the intercom system nor at detainees’ cell doors, where private medical issues are heard by others in violation of medical privacy laws (HIPPA). The third part, allowing AdSeg detainees to reach medical triage on the phone systems, as all other modules do, is still being worked on with command staff.

Demand No. 4 called for an end to housing mental health and non-mental health detainees together. Command staff told Classification to house mentally ill inmates only on D-module as a last resort.

Demand No. 5 was granted in full. All MDF detainees’ will be allowed to purchase ink pen fillers from canteen. Also, necessary photo copies will be made for detainees’ filing court documents. These will be implemented in a reasonable time frame.

It is in good faith that we suspend our hunger strike and that MDF command staff will continue to implement our Five Core Demands. MDF command staff has been very open to our ideas – with the exception of Dr. Dennis McBride, who tried to guide detainees into refusing water as well as food.

We hope all other hunger strikers can get some much needed relief on their demands. If this does not occur, we will resume our hunger strike.
Special thank you to our loved ones on the streets, all organizations and media outlets who covered our struggle.