Saturday, July 23, 2011

Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers Eat

“Our message to youth is our example: unity. Then go after the real enemies.”
-California Prison Hunger Strikers

The 11 hunger striking prisoners in the Pelican Bay Security Housing Unit (SHU) have agreed to end their strike after four weeks. The "shrunken" prisoners agreed to eat in echange for "cold-weather caps, wall calendars and some educational opportunities." Advocates believe the campaign to have been a success based on the amount of support generated over the past 4 weeks, and are gearing up for further campaigns.
Officially, 500 other inmates continue hunger strikes throughout the state, possibly because prison officials have lied to them several times previously by claiming that the original strike in Pelican Bay had ended.
California prison torture, dangerous snitching policy and poor sanitary conditions prompted the well planned hunger strike that continues spiraling throughout the California prison system and now across America where protests have been held and a national day of solidarity is developing.
-SF Bay View