California prisoners started a hunger strike and work actions today for basic human rights. Support their demands – join us for a demonstration at Corcoran Saturday – July 13th! Check out this new video!
Edited by Lucas Guilkey & Nicole Deane
Music: Fatgums ‘Kill the Vultures” & The Coup ‘My Favorite Mutiny’ Published on Jul 8, 2013
JULY 13TH RALLY AT CORCORAN
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In 2011, over 12,000 prisoners and their family and community members participated in statewide hunger strikes protesting the inhumane conditions in California’s Security Housing Units (SHU or solitary confinement). California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation promised meaningful reform as a result of those protests, but nothing meaningful has reached the people living in these cages. Prisoners have announced another hunger strike will begin July 8th because of CDCR’s failure to fulfill that promise. Continue reading →
By Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times, July 8, 2013
California officials Monday said 30,000 inmates refused meals at the start of what could be the largest prison protest in state history.
Inmates in two-thirds of the state’s 33 prisons, and at all four out-of-state private prisons, refused both breakfast and lunch on Monday, said corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton. In addition, 2,300 prisoners failed to go to work or attend their prison classes, either refusing or in some cases saying they were sick.
The corrections department will not acknowledge a hunger strike until inmates have missed nine consecutive meals. Even so, Thornton said, Monday’s numbers are far larger than those California saw two years earlier during a series of hunger strikes that drew international attention.
[Internationalist solidarity and action has not often been expressed by labor unions. During the worldwide struggle against South African apartheid, important boycotts led to direct action by a number of working class activists and labor unions in many countries. As global outrage erupted over the recent Israeli murderous assault on the humanitarian aid flotilla, dockworkers internationally drew on the experience of the anti-apartheid struggle, and organized work stoppages of Israeli ships, inspiring many to look for more direct actions in the period ahead. A wide range of forces and political perspectives contributed to these actions, which have had an important impact.-ed.]
July 13, 2010
By GREG DROPKIN
Three weeks after the massacre on the Freedom Flotilla, ILWU dockworkers in the San Francisco Bay area delayed an Israeli Zim Lines ship for 24 hours, the Swedish Dockworkers Union began a week-long blockade of Israeli ships and containers, dockers in the Port of Cochin, India, refused to handle Israeli cargo, and the Turkish dockworkers union Liman-Is announced their members would refuse to service any Israeli shipping. In South Africa, Durban dockers had already boycotted a Zim Lines ship in response to the invasion of Gaza last year. On the 5th Anniversary of the United Palestinian Call for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions, Israel faces the prospect of targetted industrial action to implement boycotts. How did it happen, what does it mean, and how can the solidarity movement respond to the new opening? Continue reading →