Prison Strike Solidarity Coalition
In response to a call from the SHU prisoners involved in the prisoner hunger strikes for the Five Core Demands, the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (PHSS) has helped launch Statewide Coordinated Actions to End Solitary Confinement (SCATESC) on the 23rd of each month, which started Monday, March 23, 2015.
This date emphasizes the 23 or more hours every day that people are kept in solitary confinement. Statewide Coordinated Actions every month respond to the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers’ Proposals (November, 2013). They stated:
“We want to consider the idea of designating a certain date each month as Prisoner Rights Day. On that date each month prisoners across the state would engage in peaceful activities to call attention to prison conditions. At the same time our supporters would gather in locations throughout California to expose CDCR’s [CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation] actions and rally support efforts to secure our rights. We can see this action growing from month to month as more people inside and out become aware of it and join our struggle.”
These coordinated actions will acknowledge the importance of organized, community-based pressure as a core strategy (along with courts and legislators) of our work outside the walls to end solitary confinement.
Actions are planned in CA from San Diego to Arcata (including San Diego, Los Angeles, San Jose, Oakland, Santa Cruz, Arcata); also, nationwide and internationally. Information can be found at the PHSS Facebook Event Page and on the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity website.