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Vigil in Support of Prisoner Hunger Strike

Thursday, October 20, 2011
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Event Type:
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition
Location Details:
Fruitvale BART, Oakland

Prisoner Hunger Strike Resumes September 26th!

From July 1-20, thousands of prisoners in the state of California, composed of all races, went on a hunger strike. They united around five core demands raised by Pelican Bay State Prison inmates directed against gross human rights violations.

The courageous protest of the prisoners, as well as the solidarity of thousands of people around the world have been successful in exposing the illegal and inhuman conditions that tens of thousands of inmates are subjected to at the hands of California’s prison system. However, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) refuses to address the most important five core demands and continues to deny prisoners basic human rights.

1. End Group Punishment & Administrative Abuse.

2. Abolish the Debriefing Policy, and Modify Gang Status Criteria.

3. End long-Term Solitary Confinement.

4. Provide Adequate and Nutritious Food.

5. Expand and Provide Constructive Programming and Privileges

Prisoners in the Pelican Bay Security Housing Unit (SHU) will resume their hunger strike against torturous conditions of imprisonment Monday, Sept. 26th 2011. Prisoners thoughout California will also resume their hunger strike Monday, September 26th and will continue the fight until the CDCR ends its illegal policies and practices.

The Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition will hold a weekly support vigil throughout the hunger strike, every Thursday evening from 5pm until 7pm. The Thursday night hunger strike support vigils will be at held at different locations in San Francisco and Oakland each week.

Thursday, Sept. 29th: 14th St. and Broadway, Oakland
Thursday, Oct. 6th: UN Plaza, San Francisco
Thursday, Oct. 13th: 24th and Mission, San Francisco
Thursday Oct. 20th: Fruitvale BART, Oakland

For more information on the weekly vigils, please call Lisa Roellig at 415-238-1801.

For more information on the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition, please call 510-444-0484, email: prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity [at] or visit the website at

Added to the calendar on Fri, Sep 23, 2011 7:11PM

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by Vigil Cancelled
Last Thursday, Oct. 13th, Pelican Bay hunger strikers reached an agreement with the CDCR and called off their strike. The hunger strike has also ended at other California prisons. The Thursday night vigils to support prisoners while on hunger strike have been cancelled. For more information on the prisoner hunger strike and how you or your organization can get involved in the on going struggle to win the prisoner's 5 core demands for human rights please visit the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity website at
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