Hunger Strike – Day 24: Call Governor, Rally and 24-Hour Fast in Support of Strikers

NOTE BY NORSE:  The hunger strike by prisoners state-wide has reportedly been joined by our local jail internees.  We don’t have stats on how many in jail are being held under anti-homeless laws (or failure to appear for anti-homeless harassment charges) nor for the drug war.  But I suspect the number is sizable.  It is clear that 5 prisoners have died in custody in the last year, with the medical “services” privatized last year.  I encourage folks to support this action however they can–by phone, by e-mail, by flyering (at the Farmer’s Market in Santa Cruz today 2 PM-5 PM) and direct protest and vigilling (6:30  PM at the Town Clock in Santa Cruz).   There’s also more interest on the issue–nationally symbolized by Trayvon Martin–at .
A formerly homeless local man, Warren West, will be on Free Radio Santa Cruz speaking on his experiences in jail locally  (the stream only at as we’re still not broadcasting, archived at )

Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:34:59 -0700
Subject: Hunger Strike – Day 24: Call Governor, Rally and 24-Hour Fast in Support of Strikers

I called the Gov. You can, too! Two minutes of your time. Not much to ask to oppose torture.

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Date: Jul 31, 2013 11:14 AM
Subject: Hunger Strike – Day 24: Call Governor, Rally and 24-Hour Fast in Support of Strikers
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For banner:
Today is Day 24 of the hunger strike, and CDCR continues to retaliate against people participating in this peaceful protest while refusing to negotiate. It is important that we continue to show our support & keep the pressure on Gov. Brown and the CDCR!

On July 22, Billy “Guero” Sell, a prisoner held in solitary confinement at Corcoran  State Prison and a participant in the 3-week-long hunger strike that has  shaken the California prison system, passed
away. Sell’s death is being ruled a  suicide by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). 
Other people locked up on Sell’s unit reported that Sell had been requesting medical  attention for several days prior to his death. Attorneys received  numerous reports of medical neglect of the health needs of the strikers,  and these reports have generated an outcry from the medical community.  Over 100 health care providers have signed onto a letter denouncing the  CDCR’s failure to provide appropriate medical care to the strikers.
At least 600 strikers are still committed to continuing the action until California Governor Jerry Brown and the California Department of Corrections take decisive 
action to meet their demands.
Over 5,000 people have signed the petition to Governor Brown. Now we need CALLS to push Governor Brown to act on the strikers’ behalf.


1) Call Governor Jerry Brown
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Suggested  script: I’m calling in support of the prison hunger strikers. The  governor has the power to
stop the torture of solitary confinement. I  urge the governor to compel the CDCR to enter into negotiations to end  the strike. 
2) Support the Day Long Hunger Strike – today (Wednesday, July 31st) 
“Hunger for Justice” will have convenings throughout California. Fast in solidarity  with the demands of the hunger strikers. And we fast  to get justice for  Trayvon and for people of every gender, race, 
and  religion who have been  killed by state and vigilante violence. 

Wednesday, July 31st at 11am 
Oscar Grant Plaza :14th and
Broadway, Oakland, CA
Wednesday, July 31st at 12pm
Downtown Los Angeles Federal Building, 300 N. Los Angeles St, LA 90012

Wednesday, July 31st All Day
Community Education 
Pick up Materials at SubRosa Community Space & Cafe: 703 Pacific Ave 
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
and Mobilization at 6:30pm
Santa Cruz Downtown Clocktower on Ocean st. & Pacific St.

HAVE YOU ENDORSED THE LA FOR YOUTH CAMPAIGN YET?  Click HERE – it’ll take just a minute!Youth Justice Coalition
@ Chuco’s Justice Center
On the border between South Central L.A. and Inglewood
one light west of Florence and Crenshaw
1137 E. Redondo Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90302
323-235-4243 * Fax: 323-846-9472

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