Solitary Confinement in California Prisons: What Pelican Bay Prisoners Weren’t Allowed to Say to Legislators

By: Friday February 14, 2014 4:04 pm

California permits long-term solitary confinement of prisoners. It is one of at least eight states with prison systems where a practice that is known to cause significant psychological and physical effects is acceptable. There has been an ongoing push to end solitary confinement in the state, especially because prisoners at the Pelican Bay State Prison [...]

California Prison Officials Demonize Prisoners by Claiming Hunger Strike a Part of Gang Conspiracy

By: Tuesday July 23, 2013 12:19 pm

“We’re learning more about the large hunger strike going on behind bars of several California prisons,” a local radio station in Fresno, California reported yesterday. “State prison officials say the whole thing was orchestrated by prison gangs in order to sell drugs and make money.” KMJ News also highlighted the Los Angeles Times, which apparently reported [...]

Day of Action for the Pelican Bay Prison Hunger Strikers

By: Monday August 1, 2011 5:23 pm

The Pelican Bay prisoner hunger strike may have concluded, but those who organized in solidarity with the prisoners and in support of their demands are not finished with the strike. A number of activists and concerned citizens from groups like the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity (PHSS) Coalition and World Can’t Wait are conscious of the [...]

Notes on Civil Liberties for July 25

By: Monday July 25, 2011 7:05 pm

Here’s today’s blog for the latest news and updates on civil liberties and digital freedom issues. If you have any news tips and would like to contact me, email kevin.gosztola@firedoglake.com. Friend of The Dissenter, Truthout’s Jason Leopold, writes on the Australia government going after David Hicks’ royalty payments from his memoir. The former Guantanamo detainee, according [...]

Pelican Bay Prison Hunger Strike Ends: Prison Strike Leaders Declare It a ‘Success’

By: Friday July 22, 2011 10:44 am

(update below) More than three weeks later and after building up great support from activists, academics, celebrities and others in the US and around the world, the leaders of the prison hunger strike in  the Pelican Bay supermax prison have brought an end to their strike and have begun to eat again. They emphasize that [...]

Notes on Civil Liberties for July 21

By: Thursday July 21, 2011 4:07 pm

Here’s today’s blog for the latest news and updates on civil liberties and digital freedom issues. If you have any news tips and would like to contact me, email kevin.gosztola@firedoglake.com. LulzSec hackers hold back on dumping News Corp emails and decide to be a bit more like WikiLeaks. They now claim they are working with [...]

In Support of the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 1:10 pm

Those organizing in support of the Pelican Bay hunger strikers, who are engaging in resistance to call attention to solitary confinement and other prison conditions, have been collecting statements of solidarity from academics, artists, celebrities, political leaders and well-known activists. The activist group World Can’t Wait has posted what they’ve been sent so far. Actress [...]

Pelican Bay Prisoner Hunger Strike: Prison Staff Not Following Medical Protocol

By: Tuesday July 19, 2011 11:33 am

(photo: Image by Rashid Johnson (Red Onion Prison in Virginia) in support of CA hunger strikers) Prisoners engaged in a hunger strike at Pelican Bay supermax prison have been on strike for more than fifteen days now.  With a growing group of supporters on the outside, the strike against solitary confinement and other conditions in [...]

Pelican Bay Hunger Strike Continues as Prisoners Reject Proposal

By: Saturday July 16, 2011 1:15 pm

There will be much more to report on this on Monday, but here is some news on the prisoner hunger strike at Pelican Bay. The Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity (PHSS) coalition reports: This afternoon leaders of the Pelican Bay hunger strike unanimously rejected a proposal from the [California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation] to end [...]

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