Friday, July 01, 2011

SF - Fri July 1 Demo - Support the Hunger Strike by Pelican Bay Prisoners

Title: Support the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers
START DATE: Friday July 01
TIME: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location Details:
California State Building, Van Ness and McAllister
Event Type: Protest
Come demonstrate support and solidarity with the Pelican Bay Prison Hunger Strikers on the first day of their courageous and important action.

Fight for their demands to be met:

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, one photo per year, 2 packages a year, more visiting time, permission to have wall calendars, and sweat suits and watch caps (warm clothing is often denied even though cells and the exercise cage can be bitterly cold).

No comments: