After sixty days of hunger striking, torture, and coercion, the leaders of California’s Prison Hunger Strike have voted to suspend their strike. The prisoners released a statement at a press conference this morning, and were followed by a statement from their family members and the hunger strike coalition mediation team.
The statements are posted below, followed by a call to action, because the fight isn’t completely over yet.
Statement from the Prisoners
Greetings of Solidarity and Respect!
The PBSP-SHU, Short Corridor Collective Representatives hereby serve notice upon all concerned parties of interest that after nine weeks we have collectively decided to suspend our third hunger strike action on September 5, 2013.
To be clear, our Peaceful Protest of Resistance to our continuous subjection to decades of systemic state sanctioned torture via the system’s solitary confinement units is far from over. Our decision to suspend our third hunger strike in two years does not come lightly. This decision is especially difficult considering that most of our demands have not been met (despite nearly universal agreement that they are reasonable). The core group of prisoners has been, and remains 100% committed to seeing this protracted struggle for real reform through to a complete victory, even if it requires us to make the ultimate sacrifice. With that said, we clarify this point by stating prisoner deaths are not the objective, we recognize such sacrifice is at times the only means to an end of fascist oppression.
See the entire statement on this morning’s post.
Statement from California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement, the Hunger Strike Mediation Team and the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition
As family members and leaders of the California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement (CFASC) organization, the Hunger Strike Mediation Team and the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition, we feel that the almost 60 day hunger strike was a huge sacrifice on the part of the prisoners. We can’t imagine what their bodies have endured these past 60 days and we are very glad that it’s over and that there were no lives lost.
At the same time, we know and are prepared for the greater challenges that lie ahead. To ensure that the prisoners, our loved ones, never need endure such suffering again we will continue in our work to bring an end to such inhumane conditions. As members of CFASC, ourselves and many family members are ready to continue and remain in the forefront to bring an end to the use of long term solitary confinement.
We are very proud of our family members and loved ones that were willing to make such a sacrifice which has gained international attention and we are honored to be part of such a historical movement.
Irene Huerta, CFASC, wife of Gabriel Huerta, PB Short Corridor Representative
Dolores Canales,CFASC mother of PB SHU prisoner
60-Hr Solidarity Fast in Front of Governor Brown’s Oakland Condo To End Solitary Confinement
60-hour solidarity fast to end long term solitary confinement
Jerry Brown’s Condo, 27th and Telegraph
Thursday, September 5th Noon, to Saturday September 7 at midnight
In honor, respect, and support of the California Prison Hunger Strikers who suspended their hunger strike after 60 days, hunger strike, solidarity activists will publicly fast in front of Governor Brown’s condo for 60 hours, shining a light on his gross disregard for life and blatant profiteering off of human suffering. We invite everyone to claim space with us, whether fasting or not.
POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!
Come by during First Friday, noise demo on Friday September 6, 9pm.