Urgent letter from San Quentin hunger striker in medical emergency - one protest demand met by authorities says striker
Hunger strikes are challenging the prison-industrial complex and this particular letter posted hours ago gave me chills.
Via a colleague: "Urgent. From a penpal at San Quentin. The main line is (415) 454-1460."
I hope this letter finds you doing well. This is just a small note to let you know I’m still alive. But on Friday morning at around 12:30 a.m., they found me on the floor unresponsive & a little blue-ish purple. From what the guys here say, the guards opened the door, I fell out and they jumped on me with a shield, cuffed me and took me out. Then drop’d me at the first tier cause their hands slipped, from what they told me. What happened!? Well I remember waking up with a start, shivering, my heart racing and like someone was squeezing my back and that’s it.
The nurses said kidney failure. That I was so dehydrated that my kidneys shut down and I was blue-ish purple cause I almost froze to death. Hyperthermia? Is that how you spell it? Either way, the lack of food caught up to me and so did the water. They put me on IV and warmed up my body with blankets and sent me on my way back to my cell. By 4 a.m. I was back. Only at S.Q. That same day 4 more guys fell out. The nurses said more will follow and they’ll see me again soon too if I don’t start eating. Which I won’t. I’m still sore from the awkward position I was in for hours, still recovering and pissing out this IV shit. The nurses said I was half dead but looked better today. I’ve slept all day and just taking it easy.
There was a negotiation meetin Friday evening where they’re still talking S.T.G. shit and still making promises. But we’re not seeing anything on paper. Oh just one thing was put on paper. They changed the policy for searching us at yard now. When it’s raining they’ll bring us into the building and search us, instead of making us do that on the yard. That was one of our requests. But we said, if they can put that on paper, why not the rest? That’s where we’re at now though.
"Keep calling the Governor's office, for sure, with an extra call to SQ if you can.... Other contacts. Polite but firm, so forth. These folks need hospitalization and decent medical care, immediately."
Warden Kevin Chappell at San Quentin Prison:
Jean Weiss - Ombudsman
CDCR Secretary Jeffrey Beard:
More info on the California Hunger Strike: See CA Hunger Strike (CAHungerStrike) on Twitter && Solitary Watch @solitarywatch. General blog: Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity | amplifying the voices of CA prisoners on hunger strike
Prisons.org - California Prison Focus
UPDATE: August 16, 2013.
Today well over one hundred men have passed to the 40 day mark.
Over 175 visits to the emergency triage centers at the prisons or visits to nearby hospitals have been reported.
CDCR will not budge--will not negotiate with the prisoners.
Continue to demand humane treatment in California prisons. Call the Governor today!
SPECIAL REPORT: The California Prison Hunger Strike Demands Our Attention - Aug 11. I think based on the letter these are not all the demands at every location, however they seem broadly held as far as one can tell with the State mediating this particular communication situation - indeed one whole point of the State here is to prevent them from communicating, with all the psychological damage that entails.
The prisoners' demands are:
End group punishment and administrative abuse
Abolish the debriefing policy, and modify active/inactive gang status criteria
Comply with the U.S. Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons 2006 recommendations regarding an end to long-term solitary confinement
Provide adequate and nutritious food
Expand and provide constructive programming and privileges for indefinite SHU status inmates
What Is Actually Revealed in the California Prisoners Hunger Strike: Responding to Jeffrey Beard's Los Angeles Times Op-ed - by Revolutionary Communist Party (source)
San Francisco Bay View » Corcoran SHU hunger strike: The riot team was ready for full-scale war - July 27 2013 letter from inmate Jabari Scott at Corcoran State Prison
No matter what one has done in life, it is never too late to make a statement about human decency & inhuman treatment. Good luck to them and may the walls come tumbling down.