Hugo (Yogi Bear) Pinell – denied Parole on May 2nd

  by 4struggle In 1964 Yogi Bear was sentenced to 3 years to life, and quickly became politicized upon his entry into the California Department of Corrections. Being fluent in both English and Spanish he was able to help bring together and organize prisoners in the various prisons he was at in the CDC. After […]

Solitary confinement, CDCR get slammed at legislative hearingz; Ammiano files bill to limit solitary to 36 monthz

by Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Sacramento, Feb. 11 – Hundreds of people from across the state packed two hearing rooms of both public safety committees of the state legislature today to represent the interests of California state prisoners. Despite attempts by the California Department of Corrections to insure the public that they are acting with […]

Seven Monthz After Historic Prison Hunger Strike, Opponentz of Solitary Confinement in California Prepare for a Hearing and Gauge the Pace of Change

By Victoria Law http://solitarywatch.com/2014/02/10/seven-months-historic-prison-hunger-strike-opponents-solitary-confinement-california-prepare-hearing-gauge-pace-change/ Tomorrow, California lawmakers will hold a hearing about the use of solitary confinement inside its state prison system. February marks seven months since people incarcerated throughout California embarked on the mass hunger strike that drawn legislative attention to prison conditions. Just under two weeks ago, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) released […]

California Shipz Prisonerz Out of State to “Reduce” Itz Prison Population

By Victoria Law http://truth-out.org/news/item/20405-california-ships-prisoners-out-of-state-to-reduce-its-prison-population Danielle Rigney’s son was arrested and sentenced to six years in prison when he was 19. He spent two years imprisoned in California. Each weekend, family members or friends drove four hours to visit him. “He got to see his sisters growing up; he got to keep up with their lives,” […]

Building prisonerz’ political power

by Gabriel Huerta On Aug. 23, 2013, 50 hunger strikers from the Ad Seg unit in PBSP were sent out on a special transport to a temporary Ad Seg unit in New Folsom. Many of us were already on our 47th day of fasting, not an ideal time for anyone to be traveling, let alone all […]

USA: California prison authorities ‘toying with the lives’ of inmates on hunger strike

  More than 30,000 prisoners joined a hunger strike last July over inhumane detention conditions in California’s security housing units (SHUs). © Rina Palta/KALW   “ It’s nothing short of appalling that instead of dealing with the complaints, California’s prison authorities have chosen to threaten inmates with force-feeding and disciplinary measures, and have moved some […]

Why did five Pelican Bay guards beat two elderly Black prisoners on Aug. 6?

by Mutope Duguma Written Aug. 6, 2013 – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation believes it is necessary to change the course of our peaceful struggle to one of violence, which does not serve prisoners’ interests but actually gives power to the state to impose strict violent measures and actions that will subdue us as a […]

We need a Emergency Hearing to address the Hunger Strike

Dear friendz and komradez This week we were outraged that a federal judge signed an order allowing strikers to be force fed, disregarding international human rights principles. Instead of reasonably negotiating with prisoners to improve the health of those on hunger strike, CDCR (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) insists on maintaining its narrow and violent path. […]

Hunger Strike Reaches 40 Days, Health Concerns Critical, Prisoners Hospitalized, Medical Professionals Continue to Speak Out

Today marks the 40th day of California’s historic Prisoner hunger strike. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation are claiming more than 220 prisoners remain on strike in at least 7 California prisons, though advocates claim actual numbers are much higher with recent reports stating more than 100 are on strike at Corcoran State Prison alone.  Strike […]

California prisoners challenge solitary confinement with largest hunger strike in state history

http://dncdn.dvlabs.com/ipod/dn2013-0717.mp4 by Democracy Now! July 17, 2013 – Prisoners in California have entered their 10th day of a statewide hunger strike to fight back against what they call inhumane conditions. The prisoners’ demands include a call for adequate and nutritious food, an end to group punishment, and stopping long-term solitary confinement in high-security “security housing […]