Hunger Strike at California Prisons Enters 3rd Week

By TRNN and FSRN

Free Speech Radio Network: Prisoners in the isolation wing of the high security Pelican Bay jail are refusing meals and water to protest what they say are inhumane conditions

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity (PHSS) is a coalition based in the Bay Area made up of grassroots organizations committed to amplifying the voices of and supporting the prisoners at Pelican Bay Security Housing Unit (SHU) in their hunger strike to end tortuous conditions.

The indefinite hunger strike will start July 1, 2011 and is an organizing effort initiated and led by prisoners against torture and imprisonment. In the Spring of 2011, prisoners inside Pelican Bay State Prison contacted prisoner-rights and anti-prison activist organizations announcing 50-100 prisoners would be beginning a rolling hunger strike on July 1st, and that they needed support making sure their voices and demands were heard and acted on outside prison walls.

This courageous action falls within a long legacy of prisoner-led resistance throughout the world, including inside both men and women’s prisons in the US. As such, these struggles are connected to global struggles against inequality and powerlessness, for self-determination and liberation.

Prisoners resisting at Attica, September 1971

PHSS is a place for updates on organizing efforts inside and outside the prison regarding the July 1st hunger strike; a location for research, history and analysis relevant to this action; and a hub for updates on ways people can be in solidarity with the hunger strikers.

Click here to sign the online petition to support the hunger strike!

Make sure to check out our Take Action! page for other ways to get involved.

*Coalition partners include: Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, All of Us or None, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, California Prison Focus, Prison Activist Resource Center, Critical Resistance, Kersplebedeb, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, American Friends Service Committee, BarNone Arcata and a number of individuals throughout the United States and Canada. For more info on these organizations, visit our Resources page.

**To get in contact with the coalition, email: prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity@gmail.com or call: 510. 444.0484**

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