2011. július 18., hétfő

Éhségsztrájk a Pelican Bay börtönben (linkgyűjtemény)

Szinte biztos, hogy ezzel az eseménnyel bővülni fog a híres börtönmegmozdulások sora, és újabb börtönreform mozgalmak fognak beindulni világszerte. Ugyanígy történt az Attica-i vagy a Strangeways börtönlázadás után.
A Pelican Bay börtönnel ez a börtönblog is foglakozott korábban. A jelenlegi eseményekről szóló blog itt található. A követelések összefoglallása itt olvasható.
2011/07/21: További linkek: rengeteg angol nyelvű blog, az immár 6600 éhségsztrájkolóról.

Dylan Rodríguez levele:

For the Pelican Bay Prison Hunger Strikers...

July 13, 2011

It is no secret that the Pelican Bay Security Housing Unit has established a global standard of physical and psychological state violence. Some will call it torture, but others will say that the forms of everyday suffering are so utterly normalized that they deserve a category of their own. Pelican Bay forms a template against which all other forms of prison torture and normalized state terror may be measured, from Guantanamo to Abu Ghraib. Further, Pelican Bay is a place in which the historical violence of racial categories--masquerading as "gang certification" in the California prison system--reveals its fundamental logic of segregation, social liquidation, and bodily punishment.

It is no accident that hundreds upon hundreds of Pelican Bay's survivors use the language of warfare, antiblack slavery, and genocide to describe their experiences in this place. As a professor in the University of California system, as Chair of the UC Riverside Department of Ethnic Studies, as a longtime activist and scholar of liberation struggle and antiracist, anticolonialist movements, and as an ordinary person who desires to participate in the abolition of such forms of systemic and state-enforced misery, I hope everyone within earshot will listen closely to the courageous voices that now emanate from Pelican Bay's captive, striking population.

Their demands are eminently reasonable. In my judgment, the goals of the hunger strike constitute a bare minimum of concessions from a state and prison administration that has proved itself over and over again to be largely incompetent and overtly brutal in its handling of the California's imprisoned population. Many of us who closely observe and study this state system have been left with no choice but to conclude that this apparent incompetence and brutality is, in fact, the regular order of things for California's prison system. For this reason, the Pelican Bay hunger strike may well constitute a landmark political event in the recent history of this state, and should be understood in connection with its recent sibling prison strike in Georgia. The Pelican Bay strike should be a call to justice and rebellion for every person who hears its message.

I stand with the hunger strikers.

Dylan Rodríguez

Professor and Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies
UC Riverside

David Scott levele a Facebookról:

Since July 1, thousands of prisoners across California have participated in a hunger strike against torturous conditions at Pelican Bay State Prison's Security Housing Unit. It started with roughly one hundred prisoners that stated that they will refuse food until death if their demands for basic human rights are not met. At least 400 prisoners at Pelican Bay continue to refuse food and thousands more around the state are striking in solidarity. Now MORE than 6,600 prisoners in California, many of whom are in maximum isolation units, have gone on a hunger strike. Last week the leaders of the strike decided to continue striking because the CDCR failed to address any of their five core demands during negotiations. The strike is reaching a critical point with reports of dozens of striking prisoners being taken to the infirmary because of irregular heartbeats or fainting. The 5 Basic demands are:

1. End Group Punishment & Administrative Abuse
2. Abolish Debriefing Policy & Modify Active/Inactive Gang Status Criteria: People inside prisons should not be categorized and punished as gang members just because another person says they are part of a gang in order to get out of the SHU.
3. Comply with the US Commission on Safety & Abuse in America’s Prisons 2006 Recommendations regarding an End to Long-term Solitary Confinement; people want adequate natural sunlight, quality health care and treatment
4. Provide Adequate & Nutritious Food: Not use food as punishment
5. Expand & Provide Constructive Programming & Privileges for Indefinite SHU Status Prisoners: (i.e. visitation, phone calls, mail, radio, etc)

What we can do:

1 - Make calls and write letters of protest to:
Governor Jerry Brown, State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814
TEL: (916) 445-2841

Sample Script for letters and phone calls:
“My name is _________ . I’m calling about the state wide 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 and the outside mediation team the prisoners have approved, immediately & in good faith, before prisoners are force-fed or even die”.

2 – Make calls and write letters of protest to the US Embassy in your country

3 – Sign the on-line petition: http://www.change.org/petition​s/support-prisoners-on-hunger-​strike-at-pelican-bay-state-pr​ison

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