California Prisoner Hunger Strike for Human Rights [link]
"California Prison Authorities Censor Revolution Newspaper"
Student Name: Brenda Montanez (Sonoma State University)
Faculty Evaluator: Peter Phillips (Sonoma State University)
newspaper reported last May that Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) was
barring the May 1, 2013 issue (#302) of its paper from a number of
subscribers at PBSP. This was reported by prisoners to the Prisoners
Revolutionary Literature Fund (PRLF), which raises the funds to provide
prisoners with subscriptions to Revolution newspaper.
violated California prison rules by not informing the publisher within
15 days of this act of censorship. Now, three months later, in what
appears to be a response to a letter from the PRLF’s lawyers demanding
that PBSP stop its censorship of Revolution newspaper, the authorities
finally sent the required official notification. The notice includes the
following reason for censoring issue #302: “Allowing inmates to retain
materials inciting participation in a mass disturbance is a serious
threat to the safety and security of this institution.”
newspaper was covering, and continues to cover the courageous and
inspiring stand prisoners in solitary confinement in California are
taking in calling for a hunger strike to end the inhumane conditions
they face. Moreover, it does so from the larger context of exposing a
whole system of exploitation and oppression.
These official letters
about the censorship of Revolution from PBSP authorities are further
evidence that this censorship is an effort to isolate, demoralize and
further torture inmates by denying them revolutionary sustenance,
including news of growing support beyond the prison walls for their
efforts to oppose the state prison’s policy of long-term solitary
Source: Bob Avakian, “California Prison Authorities
Issue Bogus Justification for Censorship of Revolution Newspaper,”
Revolution Newspaper, August 18, 2013, [http://www.revcom.us/a/313/california-prison-authorities-issue-bogus-justification-for-censorship-of-Revolution-newspaper-en.html].