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On July 1, 2011, between 50 and 100 prisoners in California's Pelican Bay State Prison, in the Security Housing Unit (SHU), D Corridor, are going on an indefinite hunger strike. The D corridor (also known as the "short" corridor) has the highest level of restricted incarceration in the state, and among the most severe conditions in the United States. The conditions of their confinement are extremely harsh in order to force them to offer up information about criminal or gang activity of other prisoners. These prisoners will be joined in their hunger strike by other prisoners across the state.
SHU's are designed to destroy human beings, along with their capacity to resist the constraints of the imprisonment by which they are tortured. By going on an indefinite hunger strike, these 50-100 prisoners are striking back at the conditions of their incarceration - so compelling is the need to act on one's own life no matter the cost.
It's with this desire to resist that we invite you to participate in a noise demonstration at Montreal-area prisons in solidarity with the hunger strikers: because the cages in California are no different from the cages in Quebec, home to Canada's own SHU.