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Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

In Uncategorized on 14/07/2011 at 19:12

URGENT: MEDICAL
CONDITIONS REACH CRISIS IN PELICAN BAY HUNGER STRIKE

According to a source at Pelican Bay State Prison, who prefers to be
anonymous, the medical conditions for many strikers have deteriorated
to critical levels, with fears some prisoners could start to die if
immediate action isn’t taken. For at least 200 prisoners in the SHU at
Pelican Bay, medical staff have stated:

“The prisoners are progressing rapidly to the organ damaging
consequences of dehydration. They are not drinking water and have
decompensated rapidly. A few have tried to sip water but are so sick
that they are vomiting it back up. Some are in renal failure and have
been unable to make urine for 3 days. Some are having measured blood
sugars in the 30 range, which can be fatal if not treated.”

Since the hunger strike has spread to at least a third of CA’s
prisons, family members have informed Prisoner Hunger Strike
Solidarity of their loved one’s conditions. They have reported hunger
strikers have lost 20-30 pounds, are incredibly pale, and that a
number of prisoners fainted and/or went into diabetic shock during
family visits this past weekend. Some prisoners have been taken to the
prison hospital in at least Corcoran and Pelican Bay.

TODAY: Take Action! Call NOW!

Governor Jerry Brown: 916-445-2841
“Hi my name is _________ . I’m
calling about the statewide prisoner hunger strike that began at
Pelican Bay. I support the prisoners & their reasonable “five core
demands.” I am alarmed by the rapidly deteriorating medical conditions
of the hunger strikers & the inaction of the CDCR. I urge you to make
sure the CDCR negotiates with the prisoners immediately & in good
faith, before prisoners are force-fed or even die. Thank you.”

***Also call your legislators and urge them to make sure the CDCR
negotiates with the prisoners in good faith.***

CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate: 916-323-6001
“Hi my name is _____. I’m calling about the statewide prisoner hunger
strike that began at Pelican Bay. I support the prisoners & their
reasonable “five core demands.” I am alarmed by the rapidly
deteriorating medical conditions of the hunger strikers & the inaction
of the CDCR. I urge the CDCR to negotiate with the prisoners
immediately & in good faith, before prisoners are force-fed or even
die. Thank You.”

Other Ways to Support the Hunger Strike:

The prisoners need international support! No matter where you are
geographically, you can help amplify the prisoner’s voices and
demands:

Check out the blog and Attend Solidarity Events & Demonstrations!
Sign the online petition!
Organize a Solidarity Event/Action in a city or town near you!
Share this information with everyone you know through phone calls,
emails, facebook, twitter, and more!
Use grassroots & mainstream media to raise awareness and amplify the
prisoner’s demands!
If you have a loved one locked up and want support contacting them
about the hunger strike, reach out to the coalition by sending an
email to prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity@gmail.com. It is important
that they have updates on the status of the hunger strike both at
Pelican Bay and across California, including how people are showing
solidarity & support for the hunger strike outside.

Thank you for your support!

In Struggle,
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity*

*Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity is a coalition based in the Bay
Area with international supporters of prisoner rights advocates,
lawyers, community members and anti-prison activist organizations. The
coalition and hunger strike was initiated by prisoners in Pelican Bay
State Prison. 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,
Revolution Newspaper, American Friends Service Committee, BarNone
Arcata, and a number of individuals throughout the United States and
Canada. To get in contact with the coalition, email:
prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity@gmail.com. For more info, check out our
blog