Feb 12, 2015: Important Hearing in SHU Lawsuit

From prisonabolition.org

From prisonabolition.org

From Hunger Strike Solidarity

In Ashker v. Brown, we will prove that ten years in solitary confinement in the Pelican Bay SHU is cruel and unusual punishment (violating the 8th Amendment).

In an end-run around our lawsuit, CDCR has been transferring hundreds of prisoners out of that SHU.  This is good news for some, but many prisoners are simply being transferred to other SHUs, most notably to Tehachapi.  Four of our ten named plaintiffs have been moved there.  Because the judge previously defined our 8th Amendment class as prisoners presently at Pelican Bay SHU for ten years or more, these plaintiffs and others are no longer considered part of the class.

In response, we recently filed a motion to expand the reach of the solitary confinement lawsuit to include prisoners who have spent 10 years or more at Pelican Bay SHU but have recently been transferred to other California SHUs.
As we wrote:

“the cruel and unusual treatment they experienced, and its debilitating effects, have not abated, but instead continue under a different name in a different prison.”

CDCR should not be able to thwart our 8th Amendment claim by transferring these long-suffering prisoners to a different SHU.  These prisoners should be released from SHU, not moved to a different SHU.  Granting our motion will give the court jurisdiction over these prisoners so that, when we succeed at trial, they will be included in the relief that the court orders.

Please attend the hearing on Plaintiffs’ (Prisoners’) Motion to Amend the Complaint.  Your presence in the courtroom shows the judge that we care and are paying attention to decisions made about the torture in the SHU.

DATE: Thursday,  Feb. 12, 2015
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
ADDRESS: U.S. District Court in Oakland, 1301 Clay Street(federal courthouse)
COURTROOM: Dept. #2,  4th Floor, Hon. Claudia Wilken, presiding

Note:  The judge could take the hearing off calendar or postpone it.  We will post any changes on this site immediately.

Information explaining the motion came from Carol Strickman,Staff Attorney, Legal Services for Prisoners With Children and Co-Counsel for Plaintiffs in Ashker v. Brown

CDCR: Political Retaliation Post-Hunger Strike: A Community Forum

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CDCR: Political Retaliation Post-Hunger Strike: A Community Forum
Saturday, 14 June 2014 at 2PM
Alan Blueford Center for Justice
2434 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

After the extensive successful organizing of the hunger strike in the summer of 2013, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has used many tactics to suppress prisoner organizing. Many organizers have been moved, refused food and written-up as retaliation for their leadership and participation.

Most recently CDCr has issued proposed regulations to censor “obscene materials,” which includes “publications that indicate an association with groups that are oppositional to authority and society.”

We invite you to a discussion about the implications of these new proposed regulations on inside-outside organizing, correspondence and the fight to abolish solitary confinement.

Check for updates here (Facebook event page) or here to find more details and how you can support prisoners resisting these policies.

Make a Quick Phone Call to Support California Prisoner Hunger Strikers

From Prison Hunger Strike Solidarity

In this fourth week of the hunger strike, even people with strong bodies and strong spirits will be in need of immediate medical monitoring. We do not want anyone else to die!

Please send this message to the prison officials (listed below):

1. To Warden Connie Gipson at Corcoran Prison:
phone: 559-992-8800 ext. 5008
email: Connie.Gipson@cdcr.ca.gov

2. To Warden Kevin Chappell at San Quentin Prison:
phone: 415-455-5000
email: Kevin.Chappell@cdcr.ca.gov

3. To CDCR Secretary Jeffrey Beard:
phone: 916-323-6001
fax: 916-442-2637

To keep up to date on the hunger strike, sign up for the daily list serve by “following” the Coalition blog at www.prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com.

Send your love, solidarity and some postage stamps to a hunger striker:
Mr. Carlos Argueta F-63367; Ca. State Prison – San Quentin 3AC – 15- N;
San Quentin, CA 94974

See updates on the California Prison Hunger Strike here and updates from prison rebellions and hunger strikes around the world here.

Action: Solidarity with CA Hunger Strikers


In 2011, over 12,000 prisoners, their family and other community members participated in statewide hunger strikes protesting the inhumane conditions in California’s Security Housing Units (SHU or solitary confinement). [See Amnesty International’s investigative report. [PDF]] California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation promised meaningful reform as a result of those protests, but nothing meaningful has reached the people living in these cages. Prisoners have announced another hunger strike will begin July 8th because of CDCR’s failure to fulfill that promise.

On July 8, prisoners living in the SHUs at Pelican Bay and other prisons will resume their hunger strike and work stoppages if decisive action is not taken by the State before then.

On July 13, we will mobilize from around California to Corcoran State Prison—which isolates over 1,600 people in solitary confinement—to stand in solidarity with striking prisoners across the state. We must take this movement to the prison gates and show the Governor and the Department of Corrections that we support the prisoners and demand that the Governor meet with prisoner representatives immediately to negotiate their demands!

California currently holds nearly 12,000 people in extreme isolation. The state spends over $60 million per year on maintaining prisoners in isolation.

Demand the State of California stop the torture!

Show your support for the hunger strikers!

Organize to help win their demands!

Rally at Corcoran State Prison on July 13th!

Join the event and find more information on the Facebook event page here.


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