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Fri Jul 8 2011 (Updated 07/13/11)Hunger Strike Carries On After Reaching 6,600 Prisoners
Fri Jul 8 2011 (Updated 07/13/11)Pelican Bay Hunger Strike Solidarity Actions Continue in Oakland and San Francsico
UPDATE 7/12: Hunger Striker’s Health Rapidly Deteriorates | 7/14: Vigil to support the Prisoner Hunger Strikers
Thousands of California prisoners have come together in solidarity with the prisoners at Pelican Bay SHU, while being locked up in brutal conditions themselves. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s own figures acknowledge 6,600 prisoners participated in the hunger strike across 13 prisons (out of a total 33) in California this past weekend. While the CDCR claims the number of prisoners participating has dropped to 2,100 people yesterday, supporters believe the hunger strike is strong and many prisoners are in it for the long haul.
The first solidarity actions were held on July 1st on both sides of the Bay. Further solidarity actions were held in Oakland on July 8th and San Francisco on July 9th.
Oakland July 8th: Photos: 1 | 2 | Event Announcement
San Francisco July 9th: Report | Event Announcement
Pelican Bay Prison Hunger Strikers: We Are Human Beings! | Hunger Strike Reaches 6,600 prisoners & continues going strong! | "Make Some Noise for Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers" poster | Change.org Solidarity Petition
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