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):
*** I URGE YOU TO MEET WITH THE HUNGER STRIKERS NOW and ADDRESS THEIR JUST DEMANDS.
*** I DEMAND IMMEDIATE MEDICAL MONITORING FOR ALL HUNGER STRIKERS.
*** I DO NOT WANT ANY MORE HUNGER STRIKERS TO DIE!

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.

How the CDCR is Coercing Hunger Strikers

from Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

from Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

California

Today is the twenty-fifth day of the California prisoners’ hunger strike. Already one striker, who spent the last five years in solitary confinement, has died. The state said Billy “Guero” Sell’s death was a suicide. Prisoners say he was refusing food since 11 July (3 days after the strike began). Whether a person in solitary confinement allows his body to grow weak by refusing food or takes his life abruptly, either of these acts of resistance point to a horrific existence plagued with tortorous conditions. By hunger strike or by hanging, death in the context of solitary confinement cannot be de-politicized. (Suicides in California prisons disproportionately happen in solitary confinement compared to general population.) It took days for strike supporters on the outside to hear about Guero’s death inside Corcoran State Prison Secure Housing Unit (the SHU). One thing is known: Guero had been requesting medical attention for several days before his death, and did not receive it. Continue reading

Black Rider Liberation Party: Building the Intercommunal Solidarity Committee

Oakland, California

Building the Intercommunal Solidarity Committee

Shango AbiolaShango_Abiola
BRLP Oakland

Author’s note: The Black Riders Liberation Party (BRLP) launched the Inter-Communal Solidarity Committee in Los Angeles, CA with a gathering at the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research on Saturday, November 10, 2012. At this event, numerous activist and community members from different races, philosophies and ideological lines came together to form the Inter-Communal Solidarity Committee. The idea to form this committee comes from our study of the Black Panther Party’s (BPP) forming the National Committee to Combat Fascism (NCCF), which would later become the Inter-communal Committee to Combat Fascism (ICCF). This paper is a historical analysis of our theoretical framework for this development.

“Unitary Conduct implies a ‘search’ for those elements in our present situation which can become the basis for joint action. It involves a conscious reaching for the relevant, the entente, and especially, in our case the reconcilable. Throughout the centralizing authoritarian process of Amerikan history, the ruling classes have found it necessary to discourage and punish any genuine opposition to hierarchy. But there have always been individuals and groups who rejected the ideal of two unequal societies, existing one on top of the other.”

George Jackson, Blood in My Eye   Continue reading

Hunger Strike Declaration by Kostas Sakkas

Art by http://www.toonpool.com/cartoons/Palestinian%20prisoners_132448

Art by Sabaaneh on ToonPool.com

Koridallos prison, Greece. 

29 May 2013

On the 4th of December 2010 I was captured along with the comrade
Alexandros Mitroussias in the district of Nea Smyrni, Athens, while I
was leaving a rented warehouse where arms were being stored.

Since the beginning, I have admitted my connection with this place as
well as the weapons found there. I have stated, since the first moment,
that I am an anarchist and that my presence in this specific place was
related to my political identity and the choices I make as a consequence
of this.

On the 7th of December 2010 they brought me before the head
investigator and I got in pretrial detention on charges of participation
in an unknown terrorist organization as well as aggravated possession
of weapons.

On the 12th of April 2011, when I had already been in the prison of
Nafplion for more than four months, I was called upon again by the
investigators Baltas and Mokkas, and without any new evidence, nor even
any new developments on the investigation, I was remanded for
participating in the R.O. CCF. It was obvious that this was because the
principal investigators realized that a case against an unknown
organization that hasn’t any registered actions, doesn’t have any bombs,
nor communiqués, that has not used guns, an organization without a
name, couldn’t stand up in a courtroom. Continue reading

The Incomprehensible Black Anarchist Position

bay intifada oscar [BAI NOTE:Last night our brother in struggle Hannibal Abdul Shakur was arrested by the Oakland Police Dept in the middle of street rebellions which started Saturday night after the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the murderer of Trayvon Martin.

Today is Assata Shakurs birthday. It is also the anniversary of the SFPD murder of Kenneth Harding.

It is also going to be another night of rebellion in Oakland as the people have made calls for a gathering at 9pm at Oscar Grant Plaza.

In an instant everything has become connected.

We are asking those who know him and those who don’t to dig deep and donate to his case and help avoid  complications in his battle against Cancer. The following is a piece written by Hannibal Abdul Shakur. Raw and unapologetic the piece speaks to the anger we’ve see in the streets over the past few days and nights.

PLEASE DONATE TO THE TRAYVON 2: GO FUND ME]

Oakland, CA: reposted from Unflinching Antagonisms:

“Black brothers, Black sisters, i want you to know that i love you and i hope that somewhere in your hearts you have love for me. My name is Assata Shakur (slave name joanne chesimard), and i am a revolutionary. A Black revolutionary. By that i mean that i have declared war on all forces that have raped our women, castrated our men, and kept our babies empty-bellied.  I have declared war on the rich who prosper on our poverty, the politicians who lie to us with smiling faces, and all the mindless, heart-less robots that protect them and their property.” –Assata Shakur

“I was born into the flames of slave insurrection.  My first recorded ancestor was a runaway slave named Felix.  In between him and me have been several butchered half lives.  My grandfather, the oldest ancestor I’ve had the pleasure and privilege to interact with, was, as a young man, captured and tortured with “electro-shock therapy” for months on end as a consequence of his very material defiance and resistance to this “constitutional violence” that Wilderson describes in “the vengeance of vertigo”.  As a result he was introduced to this “performative contingent violence” forever carving into our family tree the scars of his/our subjugation.  In the same way that many families pass down the stories of how grandparents met and the idiosyncrasies of ancestors long past, I was passed a narrative, a framework for my own identity, of pure unflinching antagonism.  I can only imagine this is part and parcel of the reason Michigan pigs pumped 40 bullets into my cousin’s chest a few months ago or why my other cousin is serving a life sentence.  It’s difficult to make distinctions between Oakland and Monroe, between prison and plantation when past and present meet in these spaces and moments.  What joins us, stronger than our own blood even, are the subjective and objective vertigos.

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