Statement from the Pelikan Bay Human Rights Movement First Amendment Campaign by Abdul Olugbala Shakur, Sondai Kamdibe Dumisani, Abasi Ganda, Ifoma Modibo Kambon, Dadisi Yero, Askari Joka, Mutope Duguma, Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, Baridi Yero, Kijana Tashiri Askari, Yafeu I-Yapo Preamble: Fascist repression can only flourish when the voices of its victims have been brutally silenced and isolated within the concrete confines of a man-made construct where the scrutiny […]
by Arturo Castellanos Greetings to all those men and women of like minds and spirits who are going to volunteer and stand with us in solidarity in the upcoming peaceful struggle to force positive changes to CDCR that will benefit all prisoners and all our outside families and friends. California prisoners who backed up their […]
Prisoners should expect CDCR officials to employ tactics such as possibly cutting power to televisions to prevent us from watching news, stopping and delaying mail delivery and sudden transfers.
Just be prepared in the short term for CDCR response tactics. They’ll be desperately trying to save their sinking ship. But remember this: If the crew of the ship – prisoners – refuse to eat, work and double cell, the officers (CDCR) will be left with a floating ship lost at sea. Eventually nothing will stop the ship from sinking.
by the Pelikan Bay First Amendment Rights Campaign: Abdul Shakur, Ifoma Modibo Kambon, Dadisi Yero Kambon, Raridi Yero, Abasi Ganda, Kijana Tashiri Askari, Yafeu I-Yapo Many within society, and rightfully so, may find what I am about to allege very incredible and absurd, beyond the capacity of their comprehension, but the truth must be told if justice is truly to be served. “Lessons from […]
April 8, 2013 By Sal Rodriguez California Security Housing Unit Cell California Governor Jerry Brown’s bid to end federal control over the state prison system’s mental health system was denied in federal court on Friday, April 5, in a sharply worded ruling by U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton. In the 68-page ruling, Judge Karlton […]
by Gabriel A. Huerta You, Gov. Brown, not the Legislature, recently received a document from prisoners currently confined in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) entitled “Peaceful Protest to Resume July 8, 2013.” The additional grievances in this current communication build on the Jan. 27, 2013, document as these grievances are also […]
23 years of solitary: Beyond ‘cruel and unusual’ April 3, 2013 by Marie Levin I have not hugged my brother in over two decades. His name is Ronnie Dewberry and he goes by Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa. He has been in solitary confinement in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison since 1990. Ronnie could have been home […]
by Mutope Duguma, Sitawa N. Jamaa, Abdul O. Shakur and Sondai K. Dumisani Gov. Brown has declared that the prison crisis that allowed prisoners to die is over and that prisoners are receiving good care. His words, not ours. It is obvious that the governor has not produced any data that supports his claim. Furthermore, the governor is deliberately […]
by Nancy Arvold This is just a brief personal comment on the California Assembly Public Safety Committee hearing on solitary confinement last Monday that I attended in Sacramento. Banners blared the message to passersby and to the prisoners’ supporters at the rally that led up to the historic hearing on solitary confinement at the Capitol in […]
by Denise Mewbourne Almost two years later, the ripple effect of the 2011 hunger strike organized by the Short Corridor Collective in Pelican Bay prison continues to reverberate throughout California. In protest of solitary confinement torture in California’s Security Housing Units (SHUs), 12,000 people in prisons throughout the state participated in the hunger strike. At […]