Solidarity with the Prisoner Hunger Strike for Human Rights! [link]
Veterans for Peace Write Governor Brown In Support Of Courageous
Prisoner Hunger Strike For Five Human Rights Demands;
"We are... opposed
to torture being employed in the form of long-term solitary
confinement in CDCR Security Housing Units and other isolation units."
2013-07-22 from "Veterans for Peace", Humboldt Bay Chapter 56:
Amnesty International has also issued a press release "USA: End
inhumane treatment of California prison hunger strikers" [http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/usa-california-hunger-strikers-2013-07-18]
regarding the retaliation by California Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation (CDCR) against prisoners participating in the peaceful
hunger strike. Veterans for Peace in their letter specifically asked
for a guarantee that "reprisals against peaceful hunger strikers not be
taken," but the CDCR continues to withhold medications, freeze
prisoners in their cells, hold prisoners' confidential legal papers,
forbid exercise time, and take official disciplinary action against
Local Veterans for Peace participated in demonstrations in
Eureka CA during the 2011 Prisoner Hunger Strike, recently demonstrated
outside Pelican Bay on July 8, 2013, when the strike resumed, in
solidarity with over 30,000 prisoners taking part, and have helped with
informational demonstrations on the Arcata Plaza which occur every
Thursday (since early June), "5PM For the 5 Demands."
Please see July 19, 2013 letter below.
Veterans for Peace, Humboldt Bay Chapter 56
July 19, 2013
Dear Governor Brown:
a unanimous vote of the members present at our monthly membership
meeting of Veterans for Peace, Chapter 56, Humboldt Bay, we support the
hunger strike currently underway throughout the California State Prison
We endorse the prisoners' 5 demands:
1. End group punishment and administrative abuse.
2. Abolish the debriefing policy, and modify active gang status criteria.
Comply with the U.S. Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's
Prisons 2006 recommendations regarding long-term solitary confinement.
4. Provide adequate and nutritious food.
5. Expand and provide constructive programs and privileges for individual SHU inmates.
for Peace is a global organization of military veterans and allies
whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our
experiences and lifting our voices. A culture of peace is at least as
important at home as overseas and we call for the immediate end of the
inhumane practices currently in use in CDCR Security Housing Units and
isolation units. We request guarantees that reprisals against peaceful hunger strikers not be taken.
have 90 members in Chapter 56, Humboldt Bay, and 280 chapters
throughout the U.S. The VFP is on record in opposition to torture as a
tool at institutions from Guantanamo Bay to Abu Ghraib. We are equally
opposed to torture being employed in the form of long-term solitary
confinement in CDCR Security Housing Units and other isolation units.
Sincerely, [signed] Don Swall
* Assembly Member Wes Chesbro
* Senator Noreen Evans
* Senator Leland Yee