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California Prison Hunger Strike Resumes September 26th

PEOPLE OF CONSCIENCE MUST ACT!
Support the Just Demands of the California Security Housing Unit (SHU) Prisoners

“More African-American men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began.”
Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

On July 1, 2011 inmates at Pelican Bay SHU (Security Housing Unit) began a hunger strike that spread, with over 6,000 joining in prisons across the state. SHU prisoners live in extreme daily isolation for years… even decades… never leaving their prison cell for 23 hours a day.  Tens of thousands of prisoners are housed insimilar units across the country. Today, September 26, 2011, they resume their hunger strike.

 

This torture must stop.

Signs indicate that the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (CDCR) may attempt to quickly crush or isolate hunger strikers and crack down on other California prisoners to prevent the strike from spreading. This makes it especially crucial thateveryone who cares about justice, who opposes torture, mobilize IMMEDIATELY and act in support the hunger strike and the prisoners’ demands.  We have the moral responsibility to act in a way commensurate with the justness of the prisoners’ demands and the urgency of the situation.  After seeing the state MURDER Troy Davis what does it say about our humanity if we don’t?

 

TAKE ACTION in Solidarity with California Prisoner’s Hunger Strike
Gather Friday, September 30
Jackson & State in Chicago’s Loop
12:00 Noon – Bring signs and Banners

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Rally to Support Pelican Bay and California Prison Hunger Strike

Chicago Rally to Support Pelican Bay and California Prison Hunger Strike

Friday, July 22 · 4:30pm

State of Illinois James R Thompson Center
100 W Randolph Street (downtown Chicago)
Chicago, Illinois

URGENT NEED to act to support the Hunger Strike!
The Hunger Strike in Pelican Bay and other California prisons is about to enter it’s 4th week. Every person of conscience needs to think about what actions they can take in support.

More info at: http://prisonerhungerstrik​esolidarity.wordpress.com/ and http://revcom.us/

Things you can do at: http://prisonerhungerstrik​esolidarity.wordpress.com/​take-action/

Core Demands in Brief:

1) End “group punishment” where an individual prisoner breaks a rule and prison officials punish a whole group of prisoners of the same race.
2) Abolish “debriefing” and modify active/inactive gang status criteria. False and/or highly questionable “evidence” is used to accuse prisoners of being active/inactive members of prison gangs who are then sent to the SHU where they are subjected to long-term isolation and torturous conditions. One of the only ways these prisoners can get out the SHU is if they “debrief”…that is, give prison officials information on gang activity.
3) Comply with recommendations from a 2006 U.S. commission to “make segregation a last resort” and “end conditions of isolation.”
4) Provide Adequate Food. Prisoners report unsanitary conditions and small quantities of food. They want adequate food, wholesome nutritional meals including special diet meals and an end to the use of food as a way to punish prisoners in the SHU.
5) Expand and provide constructive programs and privileges for indefinite SHU inmates…including the opportunity to “engage in self-help treatment, education, religious and other productive activities…” which are routinely denied. Demands include one phone call per week, more visiting time, permission to have wall calendars, sweat suits and watch caps (warm clothing is often denied even though cells and the exercise cage can be bitterly cold.

 

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Without This Basic Right, Women Can Never Be Free – Abortion on Demand and Without Apology!

Abortion on Demand and Without Apology!

Barely a month after Barack Obama spoke at Notre Dame and called for finding “common ground” with Christian fascists and women-haters on the issue of abortion, Dr. George Tiller, one of the few doctors in the country to openly and publicly perform late-term abortions, was gunned down while attending Sunday services in Wichita, Kansas. Dr. Tiller was widely known as a courageous, caring man who stood uncompromisingly – even in the face of death threats, bombings, trumped up legal investigations and prosecutions, and attempts on his life – in support of the right of any woman, in any circumstances, to choose whether or not to have an abortion. The assassination of such a hero to the people as Dr. Tiller – and the attempt to deny women the medical care he provided – brought people into the streets across the country to honor his service to the people and to stand up defiantly after his murder to boldly call for “Abortion on Demand and Without Apology!” We gathered in downtown Chicago the day after Dr. Tiller’s murder for a tribute rally and march. Read more about the rally and march here.

Abortion on Demand and Without Apology!

Abortion Demo Women

Abortion on Demand and Without Apology!

Abortion on Demand and Without Apology! Nurse

Abortion on Demand and Without Apology! March

Abortion on Demand and Without Apology!

Abortion on Demand and Without Apology!

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