South Carolina freedom fighters call for National Prisoners Strike Aug. 21-Sept. 9, 2018

Introduction: On April 15, a rebellion erupted at South Carolina’s Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison, where 44 officers were guarding 1,583 prisoners. A quarter of all prison jobs in the state are unfilled. Seven prisoners died – Eddie Casey Jay Gaskins, Joshua Svwin Jenkins, Michael Milledge, Cornelius Quantral McClary, Damonte Marquez Rivera, Raymond […]

California – Demand CDCr Release Drafters of Historic Agreement to End Hostilities from Solitary Confinement!

Emergency Action Alert: RELEASE DRAFTERS OF THE AGREEMENT TO END HOSTILITIES FROM SOLITARY CONFINEMENT In October, 2017, the 2 year court monitoring period of the Ashker v. Governorsettlement to limit solitary confinement in California expired. Since then, the four drafters of the Agreement to End Hostilities and lead hunger strike negotiators – Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, Arturo Castellanos, George […]

‘We have people that are only getting out of cell twice a month’

by Lucas Guilkey In mid-October, 125 prisoners at the Glenn Dyer Detention Facility in downtown Oakland – over 30 percent of the prisoners housed there – participated in a five-day hunger strike to protest what they say are abusive conditions of isolation and poor healthcare in Alameda County jails. “I am on hunger strike, as well […]

Don’t let CDCR reverse our hunger strike-won legal victory: Statement of prisoner representatives on second anniversary of Ashker v. Brown settlement

by Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa (Ronnie Dewberry), Arturo Castellanos, Todd Ashker and George Franco Oct. 14, 2017, marks the two-year anniversary of the approval of the Ashker settlement. We celebrate our victory in the Ashker case, in which virtually all of the over 1,600 prisoners then languishing in indeterminate SHU were released to General Population. This […]

Support demands of Prisoners United on hunger strike in Alameda and Santa Clara Counties

by Prisoners United via Silicon Valley De-Bug and Prisoners Hunger Strike Solidarity (PHSS) On Oct. 15, 2017, Prisoners United in Glenn Dyer Detention Center courageously led the way in a hunger strike that will span across two counties and four jails. Santa Rita Jail, Santa Clara County Main Jail and Elmwood D.O.C. will continue the […]

Strike Against Arbitrary Group Punishment at MDF

by a California prisoner August 2017         permalink Contra Costa County Martinez Detention Facility (A) module is a General Population (GP) setting that houses northern Hispanics and African American prisoners. The prejudiced treatment of hispanics who are classified on (A) is a continuous issue and the rules seem to bend for us. As […]

Folsom ASU protesters, dispersed and persecuted, suspend hunger strike, appeal for support inside and out

A swift salute to all of the supporters and those concerned with the ongoing fight to reform CDCR’s ASUs by Anthony Joel Estrada On May 28, 2017, I was “special” transferred under a warden-to-warden agreement to DVI’s ASU (Administrative Segregation Unit). This was done in retaliation for alerting the public to the conditions of confinement […]

Honoring Struggles – Four Years Since the CA Hunger Strikes

Tomorrow, July 8, marks the four-year anniversary of prisoners in Pelican Bay’s solitary confinement units initiating what became the largest hunger strike in California’s history. Over 30,000 prisoners refused meals to protest against the use of solitary, rallying behind the strike’s imprisoned leadership, known as the Short Corridor Collective, to achieve five core demands. The […]

Activist Goes on Hunger Strike Outside the Northwest Detention Center

Activist Goes on Hunger Strike Outside the Northwest Detention Center Maru Mora Villalpando Joins the Tacoma 12 and Adelanto 9 in Calling for an End to Human Rights Abuses in Immigrant Detention Tacoma, WA – On Monday, June 19th, Maru Mora Villalpando, member of the NWDC Resistance, will begin  a hunger strike to call attention […]

Palestinian prisoners support network stands in solidarity with U.S. prisoners on hunger strike in Folsom State Prison, while celebrating Palestinian hunger strikers’ victory

June 11, 2017 Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network expresses our solidarity with the hunger strike taking place in the Folsom State Prison B4 Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU) in California in the United States. Isolated prisoners launched their strike on 25 May to protest the inhumane conditions in which they are held in solitary confinement. The […]