September 9 Builds Peace and Solidarity

by MIM(Prisons) October 2018   permalink Reports from the September 9 Day of Peace and Solidarity are starting to come in. Comrades in prisons across the country commemorated the anniversary of the Attica uprising, building the movement and taking a stand against the criminal injustice system. This day of action was initiated in 2012 by a prisoner-led organization […]

Corcoran SHU prisonerz start hunger strike for decent healthcare; support needed now

by Annabelle Parker On Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, three men locked inside unit 4B-1L of the Secure Housing Unit (SHU) of California State Prison-Corcoran started a hunger strike: Heshima Denham (J-38283), followed on Sept. 27 by Michael Zaharibu Dorrough (D-83611), and Kambui Robinson (C-82830) will join them the following day for a few days or […]

Important Alert: Fight new prison censorship rulez

    “They want to be free to pursue the maintenance of the SHU torture units and the expansion of the prison industrial complex (and the ever-growing portion of the public’s tax dollars) without the prospect of legitimate criticism and the voice of opposition.” –Prisoner in Corcoran State Prison SHU     We need your […]

Open letter to Assemblyman Tom Ammiano from prisonerz in solitary confinement in Corcoran State Prison

  by Michael R. Dorrough, J. Heshima Denham, Kambui Robinson and Jabari Scott Dear Assemblyman Ammiano, We write out of concern for the manner in which certain aspects of CDCR’s Step-Down Program (SDP) are being implemented. The specific area of concern has to do with the self-directed journals and cognitive behavior therapy, which are two components […]

We’re not all snitches

by Tony White This letter is written in response to a letter Zaharibu Michael Dorrough wrote to a friend that was published in the August Bay View. Zharibu wrote, on July 11, three days into the 2013 hunger strike: “We are now housed in 4A-3R, and three of the guys have been housed in 4A-3L. These blocks […]

Hard time or inhumane punishment? Inside the Corcoran prison SHU – Security Housing Units (Photos)

Grant Slater/KPCC Officer Vickjord walks the floor of the 4B SHU at Corcoran State Prison. The prison started accepting inmates in 1988. Grant Slater/KPCC Edward Frias has been in a Security Housing Unit for eight years. Grant Slater/KPCC Mailboxes hang on the wall for prisoner appeals outside the main holding area in Corcoran State Prison’s 4B SHU. […]

Corcoran hunger strike negotiations: an extreme form of political discourse

by the NARN Collective Think Tank (NCTT), Corcoran SHU Greetings, sisters and brothers. To those of you familiar with the domestic torture program of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the ongoing protracted struggle to realize the five core demands, the state’s loose relationship with the truth comes as no surprise. For those of […]

“If You Note Me Drifting or Grammatical Errors…I’ve Not Eaten in 35 Days”

A hunger striker’s letters from California’s Corcoran prison.   By Josh Harkinson | Thu Aug. 29, 2013 3:00 AM PDT     On July 8, 30,000 California prisoners went on a hunger strike to protest the treatment of those who are kept in extended solitary confinement. Even the slightest evidence of gang affiliation—such as […]

News from CA hunger strikers Mutope, Abdul and Zaharibu

We got a letter from Mutope Duguma (James Crawford), Sitawa’s (Dewberry’s) cellmate, yesterday dated July 28, saying he’s lost over 40 pounds “and getting smaller by the day” — all fat gone, body eating muscle now. “There are several who already fell out from effects of the HS and we have some who have been […]

Pelican Bay to Palestine (Nidal El-Khairy) In Pelican Bay and other prisons throughout California, approximately 30,000 inmates are nearing their second month of the largest prison hunger strike in US history. Committed to maintaining the strike indefinitely, they are demanding an end to a vast range of abuses, including solitary confinement, long-term isolation, denial of family contact, and […]