DAY 8 OF CA PRISONER HUNGER STRIKE:
We need 30,000 CALLS for 30,000 Hunger Strikers! USE YOUR POLITICAL POWER! (you don’t have to reside in CA!)
Please call California Governor Jerry Brown’s office at
FAX: (916) 558-3160
Suggested script: I’m calling in support of the prisoners on hunger and work strike. The governor has the power to stop the torture of long term solitary confinement. I urge Governor Brown to sign a binding agreement NOW to meet the prisoners 5 Demands and END the torture of long term solitary confinement.
2) Make sure you send this email to your friends, families, and networks. Ask them to stand in solidarity- sign the petition today (from Californians United for a Responsible Budget) and help us reach 30,000 calls ———————————————————————————— Second Petition, from Roots Action:
“We are certain that we will prevail . . . the only questions being: How many will die starvation-related deaths before state officials sign the agreement? The world is watching!” Those words are from prisoners in California’s prison system, 12,000 of whom have chosen to stop eating. These prisoners are routinely abused for their alleged participation in racially divided and violent gangs. Yet they have organized across racial lines and across prisons to nonviolently demand basic human rights, rights that the Geneva Conventions require for prisoners of war, rights that treaties to which the United States is party require for all human beings.
Click here to tell California Governor Jerry Brown and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that we are paying attention to this hunger strike and that we oppose prolonged solitary confinement.
The California prison system currently holds over 10,000 prisoners in solitary confinement units, isolated for at least twenty-two and a half hours a day in cramped, concrete, windowless cells. They are denied telephone calls, contact visits, any kind of constructive programs, adequate food and, often, medical care. Many have been in these conditions for years or decades. The results include profound psychological and physical suffering. The practice is widely considered torture.
Click here to demand an end to long-term extreme isolation.
Prisoners are demanding an end to group punishments, the provision of adequate and nutritious food, and the creation and expansion of constructive programs.
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights says: “All persons deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person. . . . The penitentiary system shall comprise treatment of prisoners the essential aim of which shall be their reformation and social rehabilitation.”
California’s prison system is not meeting this requirement. California’s prisoners have organized a nonviolent movement of resistance that should inspire those of us more fortunate. The least we can do is to add our voices by clicking here.
Please forward this email far and wide.
— The RootsAction.org team
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