Come Out Help Publicize The Biggest Prison Strike in North American History!
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What : Handing out flyers to inform the public about the issues around the prisoner strikes in the United States
When: 1pm – 3pm, Saturday July 13th
Where: In front of Christ Church Cathedral (635 Sainte-Catherine West, metro McGill)
Since July 8th, over 30,000 prisoners in California, as well as others in Oregon and Washington, have been on hunger strike to protest against the conditions of solitary confinement that many of them are subject to.
In isolation units, prisoners are held in their cells, alone, 22½-24 hours per day, they are served unsanitary and unwholesome food, punished collectively for the actions of individuals, and routinely - and without reason - denied access to programs and amenities which are considered standard in other prisons.
Solitary confinement has been shown to have serious effects of one’s physical and psychological health after even a small period of time – there are hundreds of prisoners who have spent decades enduring such conditions.
The prisoners’ demands are modest ones:
1. Eliminate group punishments.
2. Abolish the debriefing policy and modify active/inactive gang status criteria.
3. Comply with the recommendations of the US Commission on Safety and Abuse in Prisons (2006) regarding an end to longterm solitary confinement.
4. Provide adequate food.
5. Expand and provide constructive programs and privileges for indefinite SHU inmates.
To find out more, get in touch:
Web: contrelesprisons.blogspot.com and http://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/