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California Prisoners Struggle

Healthcare Workers, Please Endorse this Statement Protesting Medical Abuse in 2013 California Prison Strikes

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Two weeks into their hunger strike that began on July 8, 2013, striking prisoners and their allies in the California State Penal system began reporting an increase in denial of medical care, withdrawal of vital medications and other punitive actions against hunger strikers by physicians and nurses as well as other prison officials.  Because of a concerted attempt by the authorities to censor the strikers to keep the strike out of the news, we were unable to determine the precise number of strikers who were being affected by these punitive actions.  However, dozens of letters from affected strikers ...........READ MORE

The Rock August 2013

The Rock is a newsletter produced by former political prisoner Ed Mead, devoted to documenting and supporting the prisoners struggle, specifically in the context that was created in the 2011 California hunger strikes, and which continues to be created in the current mass action.

What follows is the most recent issue of The Rock. Former issues can best be found on the Prison Art site here. ...........READ MORE

Chad Landrum, Pelican Bay Hunger Striker, Need Your Support

Chad Landrum is one of tens of thousands of California prisoners who embarked on a hunger strike earlier this month, on July 8th. As detailed elsewhere, the prisoners are struggling against conditions of torture that persist in California supermaxes, most notably Pelican Bay State Prison’s Security torture Housing Unit.

Chad is also known to readers of this site, as a prison intellectual and writer, a student and teacher of dialectical materialism and its application to the study of political economy and the prison struggle itself. (Chad’s writings can be read here.) A keen mind, Chad has written about ...........READ MORE

Protest to Protect Prisoners on Hunger Strike!

The following has gone out over the Prisoner Hungerstrike Solidarity Coalition’s Emergency Response Network. Please take a moment to make a call or send an email, to protest the retaliation being directed at the prisoner representatives:

Greetings to all Pledge signers,

Thank you for your support of the hunger strikers. As you may have heard, the hunger strike began on July 8 with California 30,000 imprisoned people refusing to eat. Hundreds of media outlets have been covering this historic event.

The California Department of Corrections and ‘Rehabilitation’ (CDCr) has begun to retaliate against the vocal spokespeople for the hunger strikers, ...........READ MORE

California Prisoner Addresses

As the largest hunger strike in North American history nears its first week, supporters in California are preparing today to rally outside of Corcoran State Prison.

For those of us further afield, this is the time for solidarity actions – vigils, pickets, rallies, civil disobedience, disturbances … if you can do it, do it!

One thing several people have indicated is their desire to write to prisoners to let them know they are supported in this struggle. Beyond the Short Corridor collective, whose addresses have circulated for some time now, it is difficult to know for a certainty who is ...........READ MORE

July 9 Message from Short Corridor Hungerstrike Reps

Greetings to our supporters and all people of conscience.

We are grateful for your support of our peaceful protest against the state-sanctioned torture that happens not only here at Pelican Bay but in prisons everywhere. We have taken up this hunger strike and work stoppage, which has included 30,000 prisoners in California so far, not only to improve our own conditions but also an act of solidarity with all prisoners and oppressed people around the world.

We encourage everyone to take action to support the strike wherever they live. Sign the petition demanding California Governor stop the torture; plan rolling ...........READ MORE


Letter from a Hunger-Striking Prisoner: “Today this ride stops!”

Today me and thousands of other prisoners in California and beyond have begun our peaceful protest against the inhumane conditions that we have been living under for so many years. This hunger/work strike is an act of desperation that we have chosen where our health is put on the line – even those prisoners with known medical conditions have decided there simply is no other choice for us to stop the injustice that has been the norm in so many U.S. prisons for so very long.

Here in Pelican Bay SHU human beings have been held in living conditions that ...........READ MORE


The 2011 Hunger Strikes Remembered: Resistance Against Neocolonial Imprisonment and Torture

To understand what may be about to occur in prisons across the united states – a potential hunger and work strike of unprecedented scope – it is necessary to look back two years, to 2011.

In California, 2011 witnessed one of the most impressive prison struggles in recent memory. For 21 days in July and 17 in September/October, thousands of prisoners participated in a hungerstrike against torture.

Prisoners in isolation at Pelican Bay State Prison’s Security Housing Unit (SHU) had put out the word that they would be going on hungerstrike on July 1, news that traveled the length of ...........READ MORE

2013 Prisoner Strikes

For more news about the 2013 prisoner strikes, see:

Some background documents:

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On the Cusp of the 2013 Prison Strikes

We are nearing the start of the 2013 prisoner strikes in the united states, set to begin in just six days.

This will be the next chapter in the book of resistance that – for many of us – began in 2011, when thousands (and at one point, over 12,000) people held in California prisons went on hunger strike, for 21 days in July and 17 in September/October. A rebellion the scope of which is unique in recent history, organized illicitly, carried out in the face of violence and medical abuse, mobilizing many more than the “left” on the streets ...........READ MORE