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The Agreement to End Hostilities must be re-implemented in all California prison and jail facilities

October 9, 2014

by Raymond “Chavo” Perez and Kendra Castaneda-Perez

“Stronger Together: Black Brown Unity in Prison” – Art: Jose Villarreal, H-84098, SHU C11-106, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City CA 95532

“Stronger Together: Black Brown Unity in Prison” – Art: Jose Villarreal, H-84098, SHU C11-106, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City CA 95532

It has been two years since our Agreement to End Hostilities was released in October 2012, and we continue to stand united. While there have been a few conflicts here and there, we need to commit to ceasing all racial hostilities towards one another and remain peacefully united throughout all prison facilities.

By re-reading and re-committing ourselves to the Agreement to End Hostilities, we are taking back control of our own lives and our own futures. As we wrote in the Agreement, “We can no longer allow CDCR to use us against each other for their benefit!”

We ask every prisoner in every California prison and jail to read the Agreement to End Hostilities (below) over and over again until you thoroughly understand it and live it every day. Then we will demonstrate our strength not by fighting – dividing and conquering ourselves – but by ceasing all hostilities between racial groups and individuals and within our own race and learning to work together, unified for one cause, programming peacefully to rehabilitate ourselves and protect our human rights from this point forward.

Agreement to End Hostilities, originally published in October 2012

To whom it may concern and all California prisoners:

Greetings from the entire PBSP-SHU Short Corridor Hunger Strike Representatives. We are hereby presenting this mutual agreement on behalf of all racial groups here in the PBSP-SHU Corridor. Wherein, we have arrived at a mutual agreement concerning the following points:

If we really want to bring about substantive meaningful changes to the CDCR system in a manner beneficial to all solid individuals who have never broken by CDCR’s torture tactics intended to coerce one to become a state informant via debriefing, that now is the time for us to collectively seize this moment in time and put an end to more than 20-30 years of hostilities between our racial groups.

Therefore, beginning on Oct. 10, 2012, all hostilities between our racial groups in SHU, Ad-Seg, General Population and County Jails will officially cease. This means that from this date on, all racial group hostilities need to be at an end. And if personal issues arise between individuals, people need to do all they can to exhaust all diplomatic means to settle such disputes; do not allow personal, individual issues to escalate into racial group issues!

We also want to warn those in the general population that IGI (Institutional Gang Investigators) will continue to plant undercover Sensitive Needs Yard (SNY) debriefer “inmates” amongst the solid GP prisoners with orders from IGI to be informers, snitches, rats and obstructionists, in order to attempt to disrupt and undermine our collective groups’ mutual understanding on issues intended for our mutual causes. People need to be aware and vigilant to such tactics and refuse to allow such IGI inmate snitches to create chaos and reignite hostilities amongst our racial groups. We can no longer play into IGI, ISU, (Investigative Service Unit), OCS (Office of Correctional Safety) and SSU’s (Service Security Unit’s) old manipulative divide and conquer tactics!

Beginning on Oct. 10, 2012, all hostilities between our racial groups in SHU, Ad-Seg, General Population and County Jails will officially cease. This means that from this date on, all racial group hostilities need to be at an end.

In conclusion, we must all hold strong to our mutual agreement from this point on and focus our time, attention and energy on mutual causes beneficial to all of us (i.e., prisoners) and our best interests. We can no longer allow CDCR to use us against each other for their benefit!

Because the reality is that collectively, we are an empowered, mighty force that can positively change this entire corrupt system into a system that actually benefits prisoners and thereby the public as a whole, and we simply cannot allow CDCR and CCPOA, the prison guards’ union, IGI, ISU, OCS and SSU to continue to get away with their constant form of progressive oppression and warehousing of tens of thousands of prisoners, including the 14,000-plus prisoners held in solitary confinement torture chambers – SHU and Ad-Seg Units – for decades!

We send our love and respect to all those of like mind and heart. Onward in struggle and solidarity!

Presented by the PBSP-SHU Short Corridor Collective: Todd Ashker, Arturo Castellanos, Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa (Dewberry), Antonio Guillen

And the Representatives Body: Danny Troxell, George Franco, Ronnie Yandell, Paul Redd, James Baridi Williamson, Alfred Sandoval, Louis Powell, Alex Yrigollen, Gabriel Huerta, Frank Clement, Raymond “Chavo” Perez, James Mario Perez

We want to commend the four main reps for continuing to work together equally in unity for the last few years even with recent changes: One of the main reps, Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa (Dewberry), has been transferred to CCI Tehachapi SHU and George Franco has taken the position again as a main rep for the Northern Mexicans.

By re-reading and re-committing ourselves to the Agreement to End Hostilities, we are taking back control of our own lives and our own futures. As we wrote in the Agreement, “We can no longer allow CDCR to use us against each other for their benefit!”

We also note that the riots and racial hostilities at Calipatria State Prison that happened a few months ago between the Mexicans and African Americans have ended. We want to thank all of those individuals who made this peaceful union occur.

We commend all who have worked hard to keep the peace and continue to peacefully unite with one another.

Starting Oct. 10, 2014, the Agreement to End Hostilities for all races is to be re-implemented in all California prison facilities and California jails.

UNITED WE STAND!

Raymond “Chavo” Perez, K-12922, is one of the 12-man Representatives Body responsible for the historic Agreement to End Hostilities. He survived 18 years in the Pelican Bay SHU Short Corridor until January 2014, when he was transferred to General Population in California State Prison (CSP) Sacramento (New Folsom) on Step 5 of the Step Down Program. Raymond’s significant other, Kendra Castaneda-Perez, is a prisoner human rights activist and writer. She can be reached at kendrachavoperez@gmail.com.

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5 thoughts on “The Agreement to End Hostilities must be re-implemented in all California prison and jail facilities

  1. Circus

    What a bunch of clowns! These clowns are talking about ending hostilities but at the same time, they are segregating themselves by labeling themselves as who they represent: northern Mexican, southern Mexican, Bgf, and AB. How can there be one when there is four? How can there be unity when there is separatist? You noticed these inmates are in Pelican bay and calling the shots. they are the mastermind of all the murders in CA prisons and on the streets that’s why they need to be house in solitary confinement. Like they said you chop the head, and the body don’t work. You talk about ending hostilities but what about ending hostilities to the SNY. Oh, I forgot bc SNY are rats and snitches. Might as well all these inmates listed in this article and this site be rats and snitches and label themselves SNY!

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  2. beautiful

    circus, are you saying there can be no change in the prison system for the better? it reads it is about unity, peace to rehabilitate. isn’t that what cdcr wants? non-violence so why are you so angry that they are uniting peacefully to stop the violence. and you quote “they are the mastermind of all the murders in CA prisons and on the streets that’s why they need to be house in solitary confinement.” then why is cdcr releasing them to General Population or why are these inmates from Pelican Bay SHU and other SHU’s and other prisons being released by the Criminal Court’s back into society under the new prop 36, 3rd strike re-sentencing hearings or the Criminal Court’s paroling these inmates to the streets. If they were such a danger as you say then you should probably direct your anger towards the Justice System or CDCR for releasing them. Seems to be a positive thing what they are doing, this article and many other articles I have read these prisoners and others are doing, changing things for the positive, the better.

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  3. Truth hurts

    Beautiful, might as well call you ugly bc there’s no beautiful to this. I applauded that they want to end gang hostilities. I wish it was true as they said. Trust me if prison was like that, there wouldn’t be any jobs for correction officers. Prison would run by itself and we would save a lot of tax money. It’s just the image they want us to believe to achieve one common goal. This is what happens when idiot people like you read too much into these kind of stupid articles. Well these clowns won one idiot’s heart. These so call representative (prison gang shot callers) in pelican bay wants to cease all hostilities to benefit their agenda. Ask why they don’t want to unite with the SNY? If they want change and make prison a better place, why can’t they live with the molesters, and gang drop outs? They got no interest of rehabilitation. Basically their demands are to use taxpayers money to get what they want in Prison instead of what they need and other BS so they can run their criminal activity. Once they get what they want, they will go back to their old way of killing each other. Why do you think the state is not giving a shit about their demands!

    There is no results in the prison system bc idiots like you cry foul on how CDCR conduct their job. Common sense why they are out; bc they served their time and bc the law said so.

    Go watch prison gangs on YouTube and maybe you might learn something.

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  4. beautiful

    so you are saying that cdcr wants the violence so they can secure jobs for their correctional officers? and that if the violence decreased like the prisoners want (peace) then cdcr would save a lot of taxpayers money? I am a taxpayer and I would rather want peace and calmness instead of a place where officers insight violence to keep their jobs. I do not want to pay for that.

    I also thought that under the new prop 36 law, it is up to the Judge to determine if an inmate is a danger to society. I have learned that there have been numerous inmates labeled a severe threat by california department of corrections and rehabilitation for being a supposed gang leader and kept in the SHU so why are numerous Judges in the California Criminal System finding that not to be true (danger to society) and releasing them back into society with no parole and no conditions under the 3rd strike resentencing hearings? If a Judge releases them, then they are safe to be in society but not in prison? You say prison gang representatives are all from Pelican Bay, as you call them “prison gang shot callers” well haven’t many of them been transferred to different institutions and isn’t one of them listed above been in General Population since January 2014? So why would that be? Can I find all this on youtube, i’ll go check it out then. Truth hurts, You may want to try not to be so hateful, you might learn something from what the prisoners are trying to do, unite peacefully and end hostilities.

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