Vol. 3 #1, July 4, 2013


"What to the Slave, is the Fourth of July?"

Frederick Douglass

Welcome to Hungerstrike News, a regular source of information and media clippings about the upcoming 2013 prisoner hunger and work strikes, set to begin on July 8th.

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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 ...

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Pelican Bay Short Corridor Collective: How many will die when hunger strike resumes?

Introduction by Isaac Ontiveros, Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition

After a mediation meeting June 19 ordered by a federal judge between prisoners being held in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), prisoners issued the following statement.

Wednesday’s mediation stems from a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of prisoners at ...


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Prepare to Stand in Solidarity with Striking Prisoners: the Pledge of Resistance

The Pledge of Resistance is a commitment people are being asked to take before this next strike begins, promising at least once a week to make a phone call, send a fax, or write an email, responding to the inevitable crises that we know a mass hunger strike will entail.  Those taking the Pledge are asked to provide their contact information (email), and will be contacted every week with an action alert by the Hunger Strike Solidarity coalition.

Signing up to the Pledge of Resistance is one concrete way that people can act now – before the strike begins – to signal their willingness to act on behalf of the prisoners once this engagement begins.

As such, i strongly encourage everyone to sign this pledge, and to act accordingly.

The Pledge can be signed online at the website of Californians United for a Responsible Budget

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 ...

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News from Various Sources
(Good and Bad)

Action Calendar

July 4

  • Los Angeles: Stop Torture! SHU installation @ Grand Park & Venice Beach Boardwalk, 2pm-8pm; STOP MASS INCARCERATION NETWORK Call 213-840-5348 in So Cal; email:

  • Oakland: Noise Demo in Solidarity with Hunger Strike; 8pm - 10pm; Oscar Grant Plaza 14th and Broadway - Read more.

July 5

  • San Franscisco: Model SHU Cell, Vigil, Rally and Rolling Fast in support of July 8 California Prisoner Hunger Strike; 10am-7pm @ Union Square, with Press Conference & Rally 1pm. Contact: 510-926-5207 /
  • Portland, Oregon: Stand With Prisoners on Strike! Public Transit Canvassing; 5:00pm - 7:00pm @ Lloyd Center/NE 11th Ave MAX Station (Stop ID 8374). E-mail:
    Phone: (503) 893-2914. Read more.

July 6

  • San Franscisco: Model SHU Cell, Vigil, Rally and Rolling Fast in support of July 8 California Prisoner Hunger Strike; 10am-7-pm, Justin Herman Plaza, Rally at Noon. Contact: 510-926-5207 /

July 7

  • Oakland to Crescent City: 7pm - meet at MacArthur BART, Oakland to travel to Pelican Bay State Prison (look for Stop Mass Incarceration banner). Contact: 510-926-5207 /


July 8

  • Crescent City: demonstration outside Pelican Bay State Prison. Rideshares leaving Eureka and Arcata (approx 75 miles south of Crescent City) in the morning, returning that night. (map) Contact: (707) 442-7465 or - for rideshare, meet-up locations, and other information.
  • Berkeley: UC Berkeley Rolling Solidarity Fast Kicks Off: 1pm – 2pm @ Bancroft and Telegraph, Berkeley, CA (map).Information:
  • Norwalk: Candlelight Vigil; 7pm - 8pm @ 12700 Norwalk Blvd, Norwalk, CA 90650 (map)
  • Portland, Oregon: Pelican Bay Prisoner Hunger & Work Strike Rally; Mon, July 8, 7:30pm - 9:30pm @ Chapman Square Park, SW 3rd & Main, Downtown Portland, Oregon (map); Rally begins at 7:30pm followed by mobile dance party and noise demo!!! @ Chapman Square Park across from the Justice Center. For more information contact:
  • Seattle, Washington: Demonstration in Solidarity with Cali & Chehalis Prisoner Strikes; noon @ King County Jail (5th and James). Read more.
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Letter writing to hunger striking prisoners at Pelican Bay; 7pm @ 67 Cartier. Read more
  • Everywhere: This is the day the prisoner strikes kick off; there is a call for people everywhere to take action this day to bring attention to the prisoners' demands and struggle. More information:

July 13

  • Corcoran: Caravans will leave from MacArthur BART in Oakland at 9:00 AM and Chuco’s Justice Center in Inglewood at 9:00AM. We will gather at Cesar Chavez Park in Corcoran (1500 Oregon) at 2PM and then march to Corcoran State Prison  where our demands will be heard! Contact or 510-444-0484. Read more.