July 19 2011 Organizing Update

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Updates in this Circular:

Solidarity with Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers! CEDP Statement.

Campaign to End the Death Penalty

Please visit the Prison Hunger Strike Solidarity blog for information on actions you can take to help striking prisoners.

The Campaign to End the Death Penalty (CEDP) stands in solidarity with the prisoners of Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) who have been engaged in a hunger strike since July 1 in protest of their deplorable conditions.

Declaring a Victory & Ongoing Struggle

Statement from Pelican Bay prisoners

 This July, California prisoners made history. Like the prisoner strikes in Georgia and Ohio this winter, prisoners in California took a stand against their horrific conditions and showed that they will not be ignored.  Their four week hunger strike involved thousands of prisoners and included over a dozen prisons. The hunger strikers declared victory and began eating again after prison officials conceded to some of their demands. Officials set up a legislative hearing to discuss issues at Pelican Bay on August 23. These negotiations are extremely significant.