Solidarity, Not Solitary: 6,600 Prisoners Across California Participate in Hunger Strike

Across California, 6,600 prisoners have joined in the hunger strike that began July 1 with prisoners held in security housing units, a sanitary term for solitary confinement, inside Pelican Bay State Prison refusing food and issuing demands that include adequate food and nutrition, an end to group punishment and abuse, as well as compliance with the 2006 Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons recommendations on ending solitary confinement practices.  On the outside, demonstrators and coalitions have shown their solidarity with the prisoners through rallies in various cities, online petitions and calls to action.  So far, the California Department of Corrections and “Rehabilitation” (CDCR) has refused to negotiate or shown any signs of addressing prisoners’ demands. Check out the rest of my posting at Tikkun Daily.

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