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Hunger strikers: Our resolve remains strong

October 26, 2013

by Mutope Duguma, Lorenzo Dadisi Benton, Sondai K. Dumisani and Michael Mutawally Cooperwood

Pelican Bay prisoner support rally at gate 100111
Supporters rallied at the Pelican Bay State Prison gate on Oct. 1, 2011, during the second hunger strike in the current series led by 20 prisoner representatives and others who work closely with them.
Our resolve remains as strong as ever, and we continue to press forward despite our torture being taken up a notch. We send a clenched fist salute to everyone who has been supportive of our on-going struggle to be liberated from these man-made gulags called Security Housing Units (SHUs) and Administrative Segregation Units (ASU).

The 30,000 prisoners who spoke out against the dismal reality in which prisoners are being held should be a clear message to CDCr [California Department of Corrections and rehabilitation – prisoners often write the “R” in lower case because rehabilitation is denied them] officials that the dire, desperate conditions that we continue to endure are unacceptable!

No one should receive a sentence from a court and then have those responsible for carrying out that sentence exact revenge and arbitrary punishments at their whim. This is the reality that 30,000 men and women lent their collective voice to opposing.

No one should receive a sentence from a court and then have those responsible for carrying out that sentence exact revenge and arbitrary punishments at their whim. This is the reality that 30,000 men and women lent their collective voice to opposing.

The “crying gang” game is all cried out. It’s time to treat human beings like humans. A third of the prison population has clearly said that the inhumane conditions of long term solitary confinement and prison oppression must end.

The exploitation of prisoners must end. The exploitation of California taxpayers must end. There is no justifiable reason why a man or woman imprisoned in the 1960s or 1970s or even 1980s should still be languishing in prison.

We stand in solidarity, continuing to press forward with our protracted struggle to end these inhumane conditions.

Against all odds

Within Pelican Bay SHU, within our struggle to shed light on the inhumanities of prison conditions and state sanctioned acts of aggression and torture, we would like to extend our prayers and thanks to the 16 hunger strike representatives who were kidnapped from Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) Short Corridor on July 11, 2013, and unjustly placed on “hell row” in the Ad Seg torture chambers. New Afrikan Abdul Olugbala Shakur was unceremoniously kidnapped from the Short Corridor as well, on July 24, 2013, and subjected to the same atrocities. We stand with you.

Lockdown: Pelican Bay State Prison
This is the notorious Pelican Bay Institutional Gang Investigation Unit, which “validates” prisoners – mostly “troublemakers” like jailhouse lawyers, teachers, organizers and those with strong political and cultural views – punishing their activism with perpetual solitary confinement in the Pelican Bay State Prison SHU. – Photo: National Geographic
With the addition of Abdul Shakur, one should take notice that he is not a rep, but instead is a critical New Afrikan thinker, who is a strong adherent to New Afrikan politics and an accomplished jailhouse lawyer. He has five pending lawsuits against the state tools of repression, CDCr and PBSP, for the injustices and inhumane conditions and treatment in blatant disregard of prisoners’ First Amendment rights that are continuously inflicted upon kaptives.

It’s a clear fact that Abdul was targeted by prison officials for removal and containment with the 16 reps in order to subject him to the pain and suffering handed down to all our reps, for his and their unwavering stances against prison injustice.

As a result of this system’s propensity for corrupt practices and the constitutional violations of prisoners’ rights, we contend the following prison officials conspired against Abdul Shakur and all 16 hunger strike reps to place them in Ad-Seg torture chambers [the first three with the CDCr’s Division of Adult Institutions and the second three at Pelican Bay State Prison]: Chief Deputy Administrator for Special Projects Susan Hubbard, Chief Administrator for Special Projects George Guirbino, Director of Adult Institutions Michael Stainer, Pelican Bay Warden G.D. Lewis, Investigative Service Unit (ISU) Capt. G. Barnenburg, and Institutional Gang Investigator (IGI) Lt. J. Frisk.

It’s a clear fact that Abdul was targeted by prison officials for removal and containment with the 16 reps in order to subject him to the pain and suffering handed down to all our reps, for his and their unwavering stances against prison injustice.

These acts against Abdul and the reps were purely retaliatory by CDCr officials, who utilized a peaceful protest as a pretext to justify subjecting each and every one of us to a more intense and discriminatory torture.

We will not be broken by vicious systematic attacks carried out by the CDCr hierarchy.

Send our brothers some love and light:

  • Mutope Duguma, s/n James Crawford, D-05996, PBSP SHU D2-107U, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City CA 95532
  • Lorenzo Dadisi Benton, B-85066, PBSP SHU D1-101, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City CA 95532
  • Sondai K. Dumisani, s/n Randall Ellis, C-68764, PBSP SHU C2-222, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City CA 95532
  • Michael Mutawally Cooperwood, C-46411, PBSP SHU D1-214, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City CA 95532

 

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