On September 5, the historic California prisoner hunger strike was suspended, after Senator Loni Hancock and Assemblymember Tom Ammiano agreed to hold legislative hearings to address conditions in the SHU. These hearings would not be happening if it were not for the pressure put on the legislature and media by people like you.
Although the third hunger strike is suspended, major demands remain unmet. Please join us for a rally and the joint Public Safety Committee hearing on the conditions in California prisons. Former prisoners, loved ones, lawyers, experts and advocates will testify before the legislature and rally with the people.
Where: Sacramento, CA Capitol Building
When: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
11:30 am Opening Rally
1-3:30pm Hearings (on the fourth floor of the Capitol Building)
4 pm Closing Rally
The Public Safety hearings provide an opportunity for us to amplify our own expert knowledge about the impacts of long-term solitary confinement, and are part of the strategy being pursued to win the 5 demands of the prisoner hungers strikes. Rally, mobilize and continue the Hunger Strikers’ campaign!
Bring signs and art to make the rallies visually stunning! Self-care and community-care: Bring a lawn chair if you want to rest at the rally and some water/snacks to stay healthy.
CARPOOL EAST BAY: Please RSVP to Tynan@curbprisonspending.org by Monday, October 7. Carpools will leave from MacArthur BART in Oakland at 9:30am on Wednesday.
CENTRAL VALLEY AND BEYOND: Email Tynan@curbprisonspending.org if you are traveling from the Central Valley or elsewhere in CA and want to build a carpool.
“We will be with the prisoners here in the courts, in the legislature, or out in the community. We will use every venue available to us, until the torture is ended.” – Marie Levin of Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition, sister of Hunger Striker Sitawa Jaama.