There are now 180 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails on open hunger strike and hundreds more set to begin striking on Tuesday, 11 August. The wave of strikes was initiated after Israeli special forces attacked Palestinian prisoners in Nafha, injuring 30 prisoners in a violent nighttime raid, including Ahmad Sa’adat, Palestinian political leader and General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Groups of prisoners were isolated and transferred from Nafha and Palestinian prisoners launched a campaign of resistance.
Last Friday over 1200 detainees began a hunger strike inside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington, one of the largest immigration detention centers in the country.
Immediately their massive protest made national news. In retaliation they are being harassed, and we heard yesterday that more than 20 of them were placed in isolation, cut off from communication.
They’re striking for the most basic things: better food, better treatment and fairness. To bring it to light, they’re risking their own health inside the for-profit detention center owned and operated by the GEO Group. In just the past two days we’ve seen an outpouring of support but they need more to stay safe and see their demands met.
Please help by signing the petition and spreading the word. We want to get over 1,000 signatures by tomorrow at 5pm. The wives of the hunger strikers are holding a rally outside the detention center in the morning and the hungers strikers are counting on our support.
Finally: Please call/e-mail ICE today!
Conditions are worsening against hunger strikers and they are being threatened with force feeding. We need to put
direct pressure on ICE. Please take two minutes to call and e-mail Daniel H. Ragsdale, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director TODAY to demand an immediate end to the retaliation against hunger strikers and an
investigation of GEO Group’s treatment of detainees.
CALL: Michael P. Reid
Deputy Assistant Director
Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
In December 2010 GA prisoners staged a brief strike, asking for their rights as men and human beings. They depended, and still depend on support from outside, support that is yet to be organized. How much longer will they wait?
Voices in the community were raised, and demanded to meet with the governor or his representatives in support of the prisoners. We at Black Agenda Report and the Georgia Green Party were among those voices and attended some of those meetings.
Three years and a couple months ago, prisoners in multiple institutions in Georgia went on strike, peacefully refusing to leave their dorms and cells for work details or meals. The demands of the prisoners were remarkably simple.
They wanted educational and job training opportunities including literacy training for those who could not read.
They insisted on adequate food and real medical care.
They demanded some transparency in the way the authorities handled inmate funds, prisoner grievances, the adjudication of alleged offenses committed by prisoners, and in release and parole decision making.
Prisoners in the control unit at Menard IL are on hunger strike. The DOC is denying that the hunger strike exists, but according to letters from inmates they’re being beaten and threatened with force feeding.
The interview with lying DOC official: http://thesouthern.com/news/local/doc-says-menard-hunger-strike-claims-are-bogus/article_435957b4-7e6c-11e3-89b5-0019bb2963f4.html
UPDATE FROM MENARD- and numbers to call in support…
January 21, 2014 – The following information is drawn from letters received from prisoners in Administrative Detention at Menard Correctional Center in Menard, Illinois. On January 15, 2014, approximately 25 prisoners in Administrative Detention at Menard Correctional Center went on hunger strike. Officers shook down their cells and took any food they found. The hunger strikers were sent to see medical staff and charged. On the way back from seeing medical staff, one prisoner (said to be Armando Valazquez) was pushed onto the stairs while in handcuffs by two officers. Those officers then kicked and stomped on his back, picked him up and then slammed his face into the plexiglass window on a door. One officer was sent home early that day. Prisoner Velazquez was moved to the Health Care Unit and the prisoners have not seen him since. The hunger strikers have been told the prison administration is working on obtaining a preliminary injunction to force feed them. They expect to continue the hunger strike even if they are force fed. “We need as much outside support as possible.”
Governor Pat Quinn, 217-782-0244 or email
Illinois Department of Corrections Director, Salvador A. Godinez: 217-558-2200, x 2008
Warden Rick Harrington: 618-826-5071
I am a prisoner being held captive here in the state of Missouri at the Potosi Correctional Center’s Ad-Seg (Administrative Segregation, a form of solitary confinement) unit. Since my arrival here on Aug. 9, 2012, I’ve been a target for harassment. This is my fourth time here. This is a maximum security prison, Level 5. This is the prison where they house Missouri’s death row prisoners. If I’m not mistaken, it is the only place where death row prisoners are allowed in general population. That alone says a lot about this prison.
We [the hunger-strikers] are asking that you all who are reading this contact Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Director George A. Lumbardi at (573) 526-6607, P.O. Box 236, Jefferson City, MO 65102, http://www.doc.mo.gov; Warden Troy Steele, (573) 438-6000, 11593 State Hwy O, Mineral Point, MO 63660; as well as the ACLU in St. Louis, Missouri, and ask for John Chasenoff, Civil Rights Division, ACLU Eastern Missouri, 454 Whittier, St. Louis, MO 63108, (314) 652-3111. PCC prisoners are in desperate need of assistance from any and all outside organizations, politicians, agencies, state representatives, officials, media, investigative agencies, etc. Please assist us to make prison officials cease their transgressions and malicious violations of our federally and state-protected rights and cease continuing restrictions of confinement.
UPDATE: As of July 16th, the most reliable number to call seems to be (510) 628-0202. Press extension 6 to be connected to a live person to leave your message!
Starting MONDAY JULY 15, 2013; 9am-5pm PST
Let’s make 30,000 PHONE CALLS for the 30,000 HUNGER STRIKERS!
Phone: (916) 445-2841, (510) 289-0336, (510) 628-0202
Fax: (916) 558-3160
I’m calling in support of the prisoners on hunger strike. The governor has the power to stop the torture of solitary confinement. I urge the governor to compel the CDCR to enter into negotiations to end the strike. RIGHT NOW is their chance to enter into clear, honest negotiations with the strikers to end the torture.
WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO PLAN A GATHERING IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD TO MAKE CALLS AND ORGANIZE OTHER SOLIDARITY ACTIONS!
A 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!
Plan a solidarity action
Get involved in the July 13th Mass Mobilization
Add your voice to the updated petition
Take a Pledge of Resistance
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.)
Here is a sample of what to say: