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California Prison Hunger Strike

Big Prison Hunger Strike Ends

AP | DON THOMPSON and PAUL ELIAS | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California inmates on Thursday ended a 60-day hunger strike after lawmakers said they would review solitary confinement pol...

California Prisoner Hunger Strike, Force Feeding, the UN, Catholic Bishops and Jerry Brown

Carole Travis | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Carole Travis

The demands of the hunger strikers are reasonable: an end to long-term indefinite solitary confinement, a telephone call now and then, some sunshine, a look at a tree, a bird, classes, the chance to hug their children, grandchildren, wife, mother, friend, group interaction.

An End In Sight For Prison Hunger Strike?

AP | LAURA OLSON | Posted 10.02.2013 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Advocates for inmates on a hunger strike to protest California's solitary confinement program met with the state prisons ch...


AP | Posted 09.29.2013 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Celebrities including Jay Leno and Gloria Steinem have condemned the isolation of inmates to control gang violence at Calif...

California Prisoners Starve Themselves to Show Us the Emaciation of Our National Character

Eugene Jarecki | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Eugene Jarecki

Today, we must poignantly modify Eugene Debs' refrain, "while there is a soul in prison who would sooner take his life than cave to the harrowing oppression of a predatory system, I am a participating in that system with my silence and with my next meal eaten as a free man."

An Open Letter to Jerry Brown: Stop the Torture of Solitary Confinement

Carole Travis | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Carole Travis

Today marks the first day of the 4th week of the California Prison Hunger Strike. On July 8 when the prisoners began their hunger strike to call attention to this torture, 30,000 inmates across California stopped eating.

To Those of You on Hunger Strike

Hector Villagra | Posted 09.11.2013 | Crime
Hector Villagra

For five days, 29,000 inmates in California's state prisons have refused all meals in the largest hunger strike and prison protest in state history. Your actions speak loudly. We can hear you. We know things must change.

Prison Chief: Hunger Strike Accomplishes Nothing

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 07.11.2013 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Inmates who are refusing meals to protest the state's solitary confinement program for gang leaders are harming their own cause,...

Robin Wilkey

'My Brother Has Seen The Sunlight Four Times In 28 Years' | Robin Wilkey | Posted 07.11.2013 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO -- Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa Dewberry has seen real sunlight only four times in the last 28 years. Dewberry, an inmate at Pelican Bay Sta...

MASSIVE Prison Hunger Strike

Posted 07.10.2013 | Los Angeles

An estimated 30,000 California prison inmates have begun to refuse meals in what could be the largest prison protest in state history. Inmates in t...

California Prisoners Prolong Hunger Strike -- By Eating

Carly Schwartz | Posted 12.03.2011 | San Francisco

When conjuring strategies for surviving a hunger strike, "eating" isn't usually the first thing that comes to mind. But eating is exactly how the t...

Prison Hunger Strikers Now Number 12,000, Advocates Say

L.A. Times | Posted 12.03.2011 | Crime

Advocates for California prison inmates conducting a hunger strike said the number of participants has swelled to 12,000, making it possibly the large...

'I'm Very Concerned That Prisoners May Die Or Be Seriously Injured'

| Posted 11.29.2011 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Michael Montgomery State corrections officials today threatened to discipline thousand...

ANOTHER Prison Hunger Strike?

| Posted 11.23.2011 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Michael Montgomery Corrections officials are taking security precautions and gearing u...

California Prison Hunger Strike Ends

Carly Schwartz | Posted 09.20.2011 | San Francisco

Prison officials announced Thursday that California inmates have ended a statewide hunger strike that began three weeks ago at Pelican Bay State Priso...

John Rudolf

California Prisoners Join Hunger Strike to Protest Solitary Conditions | John Rudolf | Posted 12.01.2011 | Politics

Nearly 1,500 inmates at six California prisons have joined a hunger strike by prisoners confined in one of the state's harshest isolation units, priso...