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Readers’ Views, March-April 2014, Part 2

Readers’ Views from the March-April 2014 issue of News & Letters, part 2. Continue reading

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California legislators ignore hunger strikers’ voices

Sacramento, Calif.–At the Legislative Hearings on Feb. 11, experts presented their analyses, which showed that even the very small changes California Department of Corrections (CDC) said they were implementing, in fact they are not. No policies are being changed to address the problems brought out by prisoners and their families. One family member was taking the legislators to task, saying that the promises of reform the legislators vow to make now, they made 10 years ago. Nothing changed. Things got worse. Continue reading

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Readers’ Views, Jan.-Feb. 2014, Part 2

From the January-February 2014 issue of News & Letters: Readers’ Views, Part 2 ENVIRONMENT UNDER THREAT Recently I attended a talk near Berkeley, Calif., by a retired professor about the effect of environmental damage on political instability in the Middle … Continue reading

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Maroon the Implacable

Faruq, a prisoner at Pelican Bay State Prison in California, reviews “Maroon the Implacable: The Collected Writings of Russell Maroon Shoatz” (PM Press, 2013), written by a revolutionary theorist forced to endure the psychological and physical torture of solitary confinement for the past 40 years. Continue reading

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Support prison truce

Alex Sanchez, co-founder of Homies Unidos in Los Angeles, spoke in support of prisoners’ call to cease hostilities, backing the solutions arrived at by those who used to be part of the problem. Continue reading

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Pelican Bay prisoners suspend their hunger strike

The PBSP-SHU, Short Corridor Collective Representatives hereby serve notice upon all concerned parties that after nine weeks we have collectively decided to suspend our third hunger strike action on Sept. 5, 2013. To be clear, our Peaceful Protest of Resistance to our continuous subjection to decades of systemic state-sanctioned torture via the system’s solitary confinement units is far from over. Our decision to suspend our third hunger strike in two years does not come lightly. This decision is especially difficult considering that most of our demands have not been met (despite nearly universal agreement that they are reasonable). Continue reading

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Families stand up for prisoners’ rights

From the new September-October 2013 issue of News & Letters: Families stand up for prisoners’ rights Editor’s note: Marie Levin spoke at many of the demonstrations. This statement is from July 31. Oakland, Calif.—My name is Marie Levin. My brother, … Continue reading

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