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San Quentin hunger striker’s kidneys shut down, as warden meets one demand

August 17, 2013

by an unnamed pen pal at San Quentin

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 and a little blue-ish purple.

List of Death Row hunger strikers San Quentin Adjustment Center 0313 by
Guards kept a list of Death Row hunger strikers in March 2013, when several prisoners protested their indefinite solitary confinement. – Photo:
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 dropped 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. Hypothermia? 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 four 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 meeting Friday evening where they’re still talking STG [Security Threat Group, the new term for “gang”] 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.

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2 thoughts on “San Quentin hunger striker’s kidneys shut down, as warden meets one demand

  1. sherry sanders

    I don"t understand why it"s so hard for cdrc to treat the men an lady"s with respect yes the are in shu an are considered dangerous but that gives no one the right to treat them bad how many people are going to have to die before you sit down and an agree to the few things that these brave men are starving for why do people all ways have to die before anything is ever done who"S being the bully now?

    1. Ann_Garrison

      Those in SHU are not necessarily there because they're dangerous to other prisoners or because of anythign they did inside or outside prison walls. They may be there simply because a gang investigator has arbitrarily identified them as a gang member, because they possess, for example, a book by George Jackson, or some Aztec drawings, or because they speak a few words of an African or Native American language.


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