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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."

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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:

phone: 415-455-5000

email: Kevin.Chappell@cdcr.ca.gov

Jean Weiss - Ombudsman

Jean.Weiss@cdcr.ca.gov

(916) 324-5458

CDCR Secretary Jeffrey Beard:

phone: 916-323-6001

fax: 916-442-2637

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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

Tom Hayden on how to end California's prison hunger strike - latimes.com

California's Prison Hunger Strike: Where's the Truth? | Politics News | Rolling Stone - Aug 13

A Lesson of the Irish Hunger Strike | Tom Hayden - Aug 15

California prisoners continue hunger strikes - Features - Al Jazeera English - Aug 9

Amnesty International weighs in on California prisons hunger strike | Reuters - July 30

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)

Day 36 of California Hunger Strike: Hundreds Still Protesting Isolation Policies - Solitary Watch

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

Hunger-striking California inmate on 27 years in solitary: ‘Every minute has been torturous to my mind and body’ | The Raw Story - August 9th (source Guardian)

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.

Massive Minnesota Tar Sands Enbridge Line 67 called out by Rep. Hornstein for invalid Certificate of Need at MN Public Utilities Commission; Utah make total win; Felix & Michigan Cats win vs Enbridge Line 6B today!

Set yr hashtags for #fearlessSummer #summerheat cause it's on! Enbridge is a Canadian corporation trying to nail down a disastrous and indeed genocidal tar sands pipeline from Alberta Canada. This would be bigger than the infamous Keystone XL.

Great starting article based on latest events: Climate activists to fossil fuel industry: ‘If you build it, we will come’ by Camila Ibanez.

On the Minnesota front first: It's a bit of a complicated regulatory story - for a rundown and action items start here: http://tc.indymedia.org/2013/jul/dont-keystone-take-action-stop-enbridge...

Posted just now on OccupyMN.org about this with more detailz, plz check it out - http://www.occupymn.org/as-the-enbridgeresistance-grows-a-minnesota-repr...

See earlier: http://www.ienearth.org/oil-in-your-backyard/ (July 18)

Related lines (but not Line 67) are blockaded outside Leonard MN and the camp is awesome. Follow on fedbook: https://www.facebook.com/EnbridgeBlockade - Background story: http://earthfirstnews.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/red-lake-encampment-battl...

http://www.startribune.com/business/215881221.html

http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/content/state-oks-pipeline-change-over-protests

Fortunately just found out today, State Rep. Frank Hornstein has at least gone on record that the Certificate of Need is total BS. He's a pretty good guy.

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Here is a backgrounder on the tar sands world market mechanisms from Al Monaco CEO of Enbridge: http://www.northerngateway.ca/news-and-media/northern-gateway-blogs/trad... indicating Hornstein is indeed correct and Enbridge is lying in the MN Certificate of Need.

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In related developments in Utah: Efforts to scatter investors from the potential first US tar sands mine have gotten tons of traction and lots of nifty direct action! http://canyoncountryactioncamp.org/ and on twitter @Peace_Up_ and https://twitter.com/CCRisingTide also https://twitter.com/tarsandsRESIST . Here is the full reportback from @uneditedcamera http://uneditedmedia.com/utah-canyon-country-action-camp/ - please read it!

Just a fantastic video from our dear colleagues! Please pass it on, best direct action in Utah video evar?!

Lol direct action zaps already almost worthless 'penny stock' - take that Capitalist herd navigating betwixt fears & greeds! http://earthfirstnews.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/tar-sands-stock-tanks-after-direct-action-in-utah/ .

TICKER: http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/q?s=USO.V and great headline: http://www.kcsg.com/view/full_story/23284210/article-US-Oil-Sands-stock-drops-13--day-nonviolent-direct-action-shuts-down-mine?instance=eeo_report1 "US Oil Sands stock drops 13% day nonviolent direct action shuts down mine".

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In Michigan today something's been going on all day with Michigan Cats! These Lolcats just got the goods with Non Violent Direct Action! On FedBook: https://www.facebook.com/michigancats

main post / live blog: http://www.michigancats.org/daring-aerial-blockade/. on tweeter: https://twitter.com/MichiganCat

This morning, MICATS is taking direct action in the Crane Pond State Game Area to halt expansion of Canadian corporation Enbridge Energy’s tar sands pipeline 6B with an aerial blockade.

LIKE and SHARE if you stand in solidarity with impacted communities, ‪#‎MICATS‬, and all those resisting tar sands infrastructure.

Check out our LIVE updates on our blog! http://www.michigancats.org/

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California Wut? Also via @revfredsmall "Fantastic 7-min interview w/ my 90yr-old mom arrested at #SummerHeat Richmond Chevron @KALW #CrossCurrents (:59-8:00) http://bit.ly/174YUo9 " - San Fran Chronicle Ecuador communities speak out : http://t.co/99cyAfqdPS . via @carriem213: sit in to get arrested vs fossil fuels . DNow snippet about 200 arrested: http://m.democracynow.org/headlines/2013/8/5/35340

Well it is just great to see things firing on so many cylinders on this issue. Good luck everyone!!!

UPDATE: left out a few things. Oglala Lakota president Brewer arrested in human blockade at White Clay Nebraska - http://youtu.be/08qOoZNohSw .

IDAHO: About 100 in Nez Perce Tribe maintain 2.5 hour rolling roadblock despite 40-50 police officers. Moar here: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/08/photos-nez-perce-rolling-roadblock... . some more updates here: https://www.facebook.com/bigcountrynewsconnection?hc_location=stream

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