Support Hunger-Strikers in California and Ohio

Hunger-StrikeA mass Hunger Strike in California has begun and is joined by prisoner in Ohio at the Supermax in Youngstown.  To echo what Boyce D. Watkins says in support of the strike, “Many Americans believe that the dehumanization of incarcerated individuals has nothing to do with them. But the system affects all of us, as many of our families are devastated by the epidemic of mass incarceration.”  Let’s fight with these courageous folks!

CAHungerStrikeWHAT YOU CAN DO for FOLKS in CALIFORNIA:

Plan a solidarity action

Get involved in the July 13th Mass Mobilization

Add your voice to the updated petition

Take a Pledge of Resistance

Donate

WHAT YOU CAN DO for FOLKS in OHIO:

One of the (at least) nine prisoners refusing food at Ohio State Pen, Gary Roberts, has specific demands:

-Medical Attention (he’s being neglected)

-A Reversal of Recent Unjust Punishment (he was transferred to a higher security level which basically means he’s under more lock and key than he should be.) 

call-inCall warden David Bobby at Ohio State Penitentiary at 330-743-0700 ext 2006

Here is a sample of what to say:

Hi there I’m calling in regard to a prisoner named Gary Roberts, #388-551, whom I was informed is on a hunger strike right now. I’m calling to strongly encourage you to grant his medical attention and a reduction in security level.  As someone who holds responsibility for prisoner rights I trust that this issue will be quickly resolved. Thank you and goodbye.

Thank you for your support for basic human rights.  California prisoners want 5 CORE THINGS:

-End Group Punishment & Administrative Abuse: (Stop locking down alleged gang members indefinitely)

-Abolish the Debriefing Policy, and Modify Active/Inactive Gang Status Criteria (Stop requiring people to snitch on each other)

-Comply with the US Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons 2006 Recommendations Regarding an End to Long-Term Solitary Confinement (End torturous Long Term Solitary Confinement)

-Provide Adequate and Nutritious Food

-Expand and Provide Constructive Programming and Privileges for Indefinite SHU Status Inmates.

There are also 40 kick-ass supplemental demands.  To learn more about the strike visit: <http://www.prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com>

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