California Prisons Hunger Strike

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Solidarity in Solitary Confinement

Monday, November 11, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Jules Lobel, Pitt Law Professor and Center for Constitutional Rights lawyer for Pelican Bay prisoners, will relate the inspiring story of inmates overcoming gang violence and racism as they fight for their human rights. Their struggle has included a hunger strike against California’s arbitrary system of solitary confinement, which frequently locks down prisoners in isolation for decades.

California prisoners suspend hunger strike

Barbara Becnel in Oakland

Surrounded by family members, mediation team member Barbara Becnel reads the statement announcing the suspension of the prisoners' hunger strike. 

Twenty prisoner representatives of all the ethnic groups involved in the California prisoners’ hunger strike have decided to suspend the strike on the 60th day.

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Sitwa Nantambu Jamaa CA Prisons Hunger Strike

Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, in pictures taken in 2012 and 1988.  Photo: Adithya Sambamurthy

Editor's note: The California prisoners suspended the hunger strike on Sept. 5, 2013. Please visit http://afsc.org/program/bay-area-healing-justice for the latest information.

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