Green Party Secretary of State candidate David Curtis calls on Gov. Brown to negotiate with prison hunger strikers

As a Green Party candidate for Secretary of State and a human being, I urge Gov. Brown to take immediate action to save the lives of hunger  strikers in California’s state prisons:

Green Party candidate for California Secretary of State 2014 David Curtis speaks at his campaign kick-off  LA 0713

Green Party candidate for California Secretary of State 2014 David Curtis speaks at his campaign kick-off in Los Angeles in July 2013.

The Brown administration and its negotiators must immediately address the following issues itemized by former California Assemblyman Tom Hayden, writing in the L.A. Times Friday:

Suspend indefinite solitary confinement. Fix prison air conditioning  systems. Provide inmates with fresh food and water. Give inmates access  to a weekly phone call. Reopen the Pelican Bay visitors’ center and  allow visits of four to six hours on weekends and holidays for family  members. Allow inmates to take one photograph per year, to purchase more art supplies from the canteen, to sell or give away artwork and to have more access to educational courses and current books.

I also call on Gov. Brown to end the practice of solitary  confinement, a form of torture with crippling psychic consequence. The  prison system should be more than a holding facility. It should be a  means to rehabilitation so that inmates can someday rejoin family and  society. Human beings must have paths towards improving their lives.

David Curtis can be reached at davidscurtis@earthlink.net.

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60 something ya. Libertarian Socialist, community activist, writer and troubador.
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