In July 2011, thousands of prisoners in California took part in a 23-day long hunger strike to protest the extreme conditions of their incarceration, especially the conditions in the security housing units. It was reported that at one point, there were up to 6600 prisoners participating in the strike in California. The strike catalyzed a wave of solidarity ...actions. Across North America, banner drops, noise demos, and actions against local prison-industrial profiteers showed how widespread the feelings of discontent with the prison system really were.
The strike was called off after negotiations with
the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
seemed to net results that met some of the prisoners' five demands.
However, in the past two months, the CDCR has shown no signs of
following through on the agreement they reached with the prisoner
negotiation team. In response, another call for a strike was issued for
Come out on the evening of September 26th to
find out more about the hunger strike and the condition in California
prisons, as well as a discussion on prisoner resistance and changes in
Correctional Services in Canada.
@ DIRA, 2035 boulevard
Saint-Laurent, metro St. Laurent (Montreal)