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Sign and Help Publish Emergency Call! to Stop Torture in U.S. Prisons

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Sign and Help Publish 

Emergency Call! to Stop Torture in U.S. Prisons 

in the Los Angeles Times

$25,000 Needed by Early July, 2013

 

“People who are locked down in segregation units of this society’s prisons, condemned as the ‘worst of the worst,’ are standing up against injustice, asserting their humanity in the process.  We must have the humanity to hear their call, and answer it with powerful support!”

Emergency Call! Join Us in Stopping Torture in U.S. Prisons!

 

Sign the Emergency Call! Join Us in Stopping Torture in U.S. Prisons! here

Donate to Help Publish the Emergency Call! here

 

People in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison in CA have announced they are prepared to resume their Hunger Strike on July 8, 2013.  They are encouraging prisoners nationwide to join them in acting to shine a spotlight on the horrific conditions faced by those held in long term solitary confinement; and in acting to STOP them.

More than 80,000 people in prison in the US are held in long term solitary confinement.  They spend 22 hours or more each day in small, windowless and sometimes soundless cells. They are placed in solitary arbitrarily and have no channels to challenge being put there. Many are denied human contact for months, years or even decades.  These conditions fit the international definition of torture, and studies have found that these conditions can drive people insane.

12,000 California prisoners stood up to change these conditions by going on a hunger strike in 2011. They suspended that hunger strike when the authorities agreed to improve conditions.  But authorities haven’t improved the conditions, and the prisoners have declared that they will once more put their lives on the line.

WE MUST HAVE THEIR BACKS!  Long term solitary confinement is a horrific injustice. United Nations experts on torture have called on all countries to end it, but the US has arrogantly rejected these calls.

The authorities hope to isolate the prisoners and crush their hunger strike.  We must not allow this to go down.  We must reject the authorities’ justifications for the horrors they are perpetrated – that these prisoners are brutal thugs, “the worst of the worst,” and deserve the treatment they are subjected to and that these conditions are required to keep society safe.  And we must reject the morally unconscionable stance of doing nothing while this torture is happening because it isn’t affecting “us.”  Instead we must stand with the prisoners who are standing up.

The publication of the Emergency Call in the Los Angeles Times will make this torture more widely known in society.  Itmoral clarity on the utter unacceptability of torture must reach millions. Help raise the $25,000 needed to get it published by early July, 2013.

The widespread torture in US prisons MUST END! Will you join us in standing up to it?  Will you sign this Emergency Call! and spread it to others?  Will you make a generous financial contribution to publish the Emergency Call and encourage others to do so as well?  Will you join Cornel West, Bill Ayers, Luis Valdez, Cynthia McKinney, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Chuck D, Marjorie Cohn, Carl Dix, Peter Schey, Robin DG Kelley, Blase Bonpane, Wayne Kramer, Rev. George F. Regas, Fr. Bob Bossie, SCJ and scores of others to Stop Torture in U.S Prisons?

You can donate online at http://stopmassincarceration.net/donate, or send a check payable to “Alliance For Global Justice,” a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt organization, with “Stop Mass Incarceration” on the memo line to:

Stop Mass Incarceration Network
P. O. Box 941
Knickerbocker Station
New York, Ny  10002

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