Join us for
the Pelican Bay Hunger Strike
Sisters of the Road Café
133 NW 6th Portland, OR 97209
Portland State University Smith Memorial Building -- Room 327
1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201
People housed in the SHU at Pelican Bay began a hunger strike on July 1, 2011 with five core demands:
4. Provide Adequate Food
5. Expand and Provide Constructive Programming and Privileges for Indefinite SHU Status Inmates.
On September 26, 2011 inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison went back on strike because CDCR had not implemented any of its promised changes to SHU policies. This round of the strike is in its third week. Although CDCR has not made-good on its promises to change SHU policies, it has made good on its promises to retaliate against striking inmates.
On October 13, 2011, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation committed to releasing to general population SHU prisoners who do not meet new, stricter criteria for isolation. These new criteria will be in place by the beginning of next year, a plan confirmed in a memo signed by CDCR officials and the mediation team members. Join us to discuss the struggle leading up to this human rights victory, and the consequences for inmates in the CDCR system.
The inmates' courageous and extreme action falls within a long legacy of prisoner-led resistance throughout the world, including inside both men and women’s prisons in the US. As such, these struggles are connected to global struggles against inequality and powerlessness, for self-determination and liberation.
Be sure to check out prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com