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#CAHungerStrike: 24 Hours of Actions for the 5 Demands!

Posted 12 months ago on July 27, 2013, 9:09 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: prisoners, #CAhungerstrike, california hunger strike, solidarity, prison abolition, call to action, prison industrial complex

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image from Prison Art Project broadsheet on California hunger strike

via prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com:

INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR SOLIDARITY ACTIONS

24 Hours for the 5 Demands!
Starts 5PM Tuesday July 30th to stand with the California prison hunger strikers against torture

HOW:

Make a highly visible and non-violent action in solidarity anytime 5pm July 30th – 5pm July 31st.

Let the world and politicians know you support the California prison hunger striker’s Five Core Demands against torturous treatment. Post your events to the Upcoming Events Calendar. Don’t forget Facebook and Twitter (tweet #CAHungerstrike #PBHungerstrike and follow @CAHungerStrike)! Afterward, send in your photos and stories of solidarity action to inspire others! Outreach materials are available online.

Join a solidarity fast wherever you are to show your support.

WHY NOW:

Hunger striking prisoners are enduring retaliation on top of starvation! You can help stop their suffering now.

California Governor Jerry Brown is ignoring their demands! He must be forced to account for his inaction.

CA Department of Corrections is hiding their inhumane treatment from the press and public. They must be stopped and held up to the Five Core Demands.

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[-] 2 points by Toynbee (656) from Savannah, GA 12 months ago
  • Voter suppression comes in many forms.

  • If the intent of the GOP is to keep poor folk and minorities from voting -- because they tend to vote Democratic -- then the strategy is crystal clear.

  • Keep shrinking the middle class by cutting benefits and not allowing wages to keep up with inflation.

  • Expand the ranks of the poor by paying less than someone needs to put a roof over their heads, food on the table, and other basic necessities.

  • Increase the criminal penalties for crimes that are concentrated in poor communities.

  • Rig the justice system to make it easy to put them in prison

  • Ta Daaa! Those poor folk can't vote because they now have a prison record.

  • Evil Genius.

[-] 1 points by Toynbee (656) from Savannah, GA 12 months ago
  • VOTER SUPPRESSION *

~ That's what America's justice system is really used for.

~ We create a cruel system of poverty.

~ We cut back on our educational opportunities for the poor.

~ We rig the justice system (Read Harvard Law Professor William Stuntz's book "The Collapse of America's Criminal Justice System." -- http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674051751

  • We monitize the prisons and prisoners so they become "customers" for the prison guards and for-profit prisons

~ We create the climate for petty crime.

~ And once convicted these folks, who tend to vote for Democrats, can no longer vote.

~ End of Story. No need to engage in election-eve ballot suppression

~ We already rig the game to suppress poor people, mostly minorities.

~ Meanwhile, there is no prosecution or justice against the Wall Street insiders. No justice against corporate miscreants.

[-] 1 points by summerbummer (-33) 12 months ago

the wall st insiders and many corp miscreants are dem voters, too

[-] 1 points by Toynbee (656) from Savannah, GA 12 months ago

~ What's your point?

~ They all should go to jail if they are systemically harming people, even if the laws are rigged to allow such harm.

  • End this revolving door of financial slaps on the wrist for repeated offenses, while the poor slob may get life or long term jail for a "Third Strike.."

~ But, SummerBummer, you miss my larger point: Namely, that the laws and justice system have failed most Americans. And there is a systemic effort to suppress the vote of poor people, who are mostly minorities, by prosecuting them, jailing them, and then banning them from voting because they are ex-cons.

~ Do you know that about 95% of the people in America's prisons never got a trial by a jury, let alone a jury of their peers?

~ Do you know that Plea Bargain has become the substitute for real justice?

~ Read Stuntz's book. Read other literature on the shocking state of our justice system and our prison system.

` Do you know that America has vastly more people in prison - both in raw total numbers and as a percent of our total population -- than any other country?

[-] -1 points by summerbummer (-33) 12 months ago

TB, I agree with much of what you say. My point was this is not some dem voter suppression effort as you implied above.

[-] -3 points by shooz (17842) 12 months ago

YEP.

It is.

That is precisely what voter suppression is intended to accomplish.

There's even those that have openly admitted it, all the way back to Paul Weyrich.

Where did you gather your false belief?

[-] 1 points by summerbummer (-33) 12 months ago

It'd be a hell of lot easier, cheaper and best for the country if we just revoked the voting rights of any idiot that voted for Obama in 2012. To charge them with treason would be another good option, though logistically it wouldn;t work.

[-] -2 points by shooz (17842) 12 months ago

Oh, so voter suppression is first and foremost on you list of things to do, even as you pretend that that isn't what voter repression is all about.?

Strange logic, that.

Where did you gather this strange belief?

[-] 0 points by summerbummer (-33) 12 months ago

My strange beliefs were developed after 51% of the voters in this country reelected President Clueless.

[-] 1 points by gameon (-51) 12 months ago

he wasnt re-elected, voter fraud got him back into office.

[-] -2 points by shooz (17842) 12 months ago

You shouldn't talk about the great and untouchable Bush like that.

He stole two elections in a row........................:)

[-] -1 points by summerbummer (-33) 12 months ago

Heh,heh..you're right. I should have said Clueless II

[-] -2 points by shooz (17842) 12 months ago

You shouldn't talk about the great and very holy Reagan like that.

You're going to get in trouble.

[-] -2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 12 months ago

http://www.counterpunch.org/1998/01/15/how-jimmy-carter-and-i-started-the-mujahideen/

From back when I had a hellalotof respect for Counterpunch.

[-] 0 points by shooz (17842) 12 months ago

If you look back even farther, you will find that some of that was started as far back as Eisenhower. perhaps even Roosevelt and Truman during WWll.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 12 months ago

I hold Brzezinski responsible for putting into motion the Arc of Crisis theory. The US matched the Saudi's dollar for dollar to intentionally create a jihad via the University of Kabul to destroy the then Soviet Union.

The great Peshawar Seven http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_Unity_of_Afghanistan_Mujahideen

Not to mention this:

http://supportdanielboyd.wordpress.com/usa-printed-textbooks-support-jihad-in-afghanistan-and-pakistan/

I have no idea who this guy is but, the articles were all conveniently located in the above.

I agree we could go back to Roosevelt's Big Stick, the Truman Doctrine etc.

But, it is during the time period with Mr. B that we see the current issues in the Middle East are a direct result.

[-] 1 points by shooz (17842) 12 months ago

The rest of the world knows this too.

Probably more than just this.

"Brzezinski: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?"

This remains to be seen and the cold war merely evolved.

Dumber words were never spoken..

[-] -1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 12 months ago

[-] 1 points by shooz (20889) 15 hours ago

The rest of the world knows this too.

Probably more than just this.

"Brzezinski: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?"

This remains to be seen and the cold war merely evolved.

Dumber words were never spoken.. ↥twinkle ↧stinkle permalink


Yep, they sure do know. Mr. B did call it, he knew they have nothing in common.

The cold war was more propaganda on ideology but was actually The Great Game Part Deux. The US had already bombed the hell out of Japan-unnecessarily- simply to prove who had the bigger dick to the Soviets. That right there should have been the end.

The US didn't break up the Soviet Union. Gorbachev was enacting reforms independently and dissolved the Soviet Union. So, the games go on. Now that the military industrial complex will have run it's course externally the focus is internal.

[-] -1 points by shooz (17842) 12 months ago

Wars of any sort, are ultimately about ideology.

We "enhanced" an indigenous, religious ideology, to fight a secular one.

In effect, melding church and state to create an ideology that did not exist at this level before.

Now the world is paying the price.

[-] -1 points by shooz (17842) 12 months ago

It's been just this side of Alex Jones for a while now.

Sad, but true.

[-] -2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 12 months ago

Ya, it is sad. I don't bother to read 'em anymore.

[-] 0 points by shooz (17842) 12 months ago

Me neither. there's enough wack'a' doodles in here these days.

[-] 0 points by PortugueseExplorer (10) 12 months ago

Well obviously if they were all to agree to vote republican we'd let them all out, right? We'd let the crackheads mug old ladies, right?

[-] 2 points by Toynbee (656) from Savannah, GA 11 months ago
  • which came first, the chicken or the egg?
[-] 0 points by PortugueseExplorer (10) 11 months ago

If you really want to learn about prison culture, go spend some time there. It's not what you envision. There are some people who believe that the sociopath who victimizes is a fine upstanding Democrat. They are worlds apart from reality.

[-] 2 points by Toynbee (656) from Savannah, GA 11 months ago
  • Keep drinking the Kool Aid cupcake.

  • You seem to think that the rich are somehow genetically not as predisposed to becoming a "sociopath."

  • Guess what, it is not genetics. It is poverty, despair, lack of hope.

[-] 1 points by shooz (17842) 11 months ago

They let Rick Scott do it!!

To the tune of billion$.

Then they "elected" him governor.

'Splian that to me oh great guru of all that is right.

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[-] 0 points by Avalona22 (1) 11 months ago

I live in Arizona and see countless of people get stopped, questioned on the check-points... our nation as a whole, and our world as a whole needs to come to a place of radical unity in which we relate to the sufferings of others as if they were our own. Check out Gabriel of Urantia's teachings on this matter: http://gabrielofurantia.org/