Black People : Solitary Confinement for having Black literature/ Cali Pen. Hunger Strike

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  1. Alarm Clock

    Alarm Clock Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    30,000 California Prisoners Hunger Strike Against Long-Term Solitary Confinement

    By Nicole Flatow on Jul 9, 2013 at 10:30 am
    An estimated 30,000 California inmates refused all three meals yesterday, in an announced hunger strike to protest prolonged solitary confinement that can last upwards of a decade. The strike focuses on practices at Pelican Bay, an infamous facility that one of the American hikers held hostage in Iran called as bad or worse than the treatment he experienced in Iran.
    A lawsuit last year alleged that more than 500 inmates have been held in solitary confinement for 10 to 28 year, and that 78 prisoners have been held in solitary for more than 20 years. Overall, recent estimates suggest some 80,000 inmates have been placed in solitary confinement, for as long as 42 years. Since then, corrections officials have begun reviewing isolation determinations and released nearly half of the 400 prisoners reviewed, according to the LA Times. Confinement typically involves isolation for 23 hours a day in a small, often windowless room with a steel door. When prisoners are let out of the cell for showers at least 3 times a week, they are taken to another small, isolated space where they are sometimes locked for extended periods of time.
    In an in-depth exposé for Mother Jones, formerly imprisoned hiker Shane Bauer subjected himself to solitary confinement at Pelican Bay last year, revealing the arbitrary, secret, and virtually irreversible manner in which individuals are placed in solitary confinement by an institutional gang investigator. A common justification is to isolate those thought to be “associates” in prison gangs, and the types of evidence deemed to prove that fact have included possession of black literature, left-wing materials and writing about prisoner rights as evidence. What’s more, a California court ruled in January that Pelican Bay has been improperly using race as a proxy for gang membership, and subjected different races to varying treatments.
    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/20...trike-against-long-term-solitary-confinement/
     
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    I posted this after listening to Democracynow, and heard this from a White guy, the White guy incarcerated for hiking in wrong areas in Iran, but after getting various Black newslinks and Black groups and pages, as newsfeeds on FB, why ha there been no Black California organizations, making us in the other 49 states about this evil?
     
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    Unity can take on varying forms and be observed in some of the most unpredictable places.

    Prisoners and their struggle for justice while on the modern plantation.

    Non-violent protest against unjust treatment and oppression.

    What do they stand to lose and what can they gain by protesting against inhumane treatment?
     
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    Alarm Clock Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    :bowdown::bowdown::bowdown::bowdown:
     
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    I read that and thought: When will it end? How many DIFFERENT fights do we have to fight, can we fight, all at the same time?

    I'm not calling for any "national organizations"..... simply because it ain't happ'nin' - at least not any time soon. But while we may not be able to mobilize the masses, we could at least look into our mindsets, determine if the white man got such a firm hold on them that we're acting contrary to our interests? After all, to keep offering oneself and one's people up as the body upon which the world's vampires feed, i.e., "our EVERYBODY BUT BLACK brothers" rhetoric, is to go counter to our own interests.

    Whateva. :news:
     
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    My question is why no news from any Black California organizations about this? I got this form a basically White source!
    From an interview from a White guy not even from California!
     
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