Petition Gov. Brown for Adequate Medical Care for Hunger Striking Prisoners

Jerry Brown, Jeffrey Beard, California Medical Board: Hunger Strikers in CA Prisons must receive appropriate Medical Care

  • Petitioning The Governor of CA

This petition will be delivered to:

The Governor of CA
The CA State Senate
The CA State House
Governor of California
The Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Secretary of CDCR
Jeffrey Beard
Receiver, California Correctional Health Care Services
J. Clark Kelso

Jerry Brown, Jeffrey Beard, California Medical Board: Hunger Strikers in CA Prisons must receive appropriate Medical Care

http://www.change.org/petitions/jerry-brown-jeffrey-beard-california-medical-board-hunger-strikers-in-ca-prisons-must-receive-appropriate-medical-care

    1. Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition
    2. Petition byPrisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition

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As healthcare providers, we are issuing this statement to register our concern with reports that the hunger strikers are being denied appropriate medical care. While there has been a concerted attempt by the authorities to censor the strikers, and to keep the strike out of the news, dozens of letters from affected strikers at prisons across the state have reached supporters on the outside.

Such acts of deliberate indifference to a patient’s serious medical needs constitute a violation under the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment.

To: The Governor of CA The CA State Senate The CA State House The Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Governor of California Jeffrey Beard, Secretary of CDCR J. Clark Kelso, Receiver, California Correctional Health Care Services
Hunger Strikers in CA Prisons must receive appropriate Medical Care.
The people who signed this petition, endorse the following statement made by 100 Health Care Workers (see a list of their names below):
For the third time in three years, thousands of people incarcerated in California are on hunger strike, protesting the widespread use of punitive long-term solitary confinement—”long-term”…
Hunger Strikers in CA Prisons must receive appropriate Medical Care.
The people who signed this petition, endorse the following statement made by 100 Health Care Workers (see a list of their names below):
For the third time in three years, thousands of people incarcerated in California are on hunger strike, protesting the widespread use of punitive long-term solitary confinement—”long-term” meaning up to thirty continuous years or more—in the so-called Security Housing Units (SHUs).
The current strike began on July 8.  As of this date (August 14), a minimum of 200 strikers have fasted for the duration and risk permanent bodily damage or death. Over 30,000 have abstained from eating for shorter periods.
Two years ago, when the 2011 California prison hunger strikes mobilized over 12,000 people at their peak, the state agreed to make significant improvements in prison conditions.  However, the state has not carried through on most promised changes, particularly regarding use of long term and indefinite isolation.
As healthcare providers, we are issuing this statement to register our concern with reports that the hunger strikers are being denied appropriate medical care.
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