*What: Rallies against solitary confinement and “welfare checks”
Following the historic gains made against solitary confinement in August, prisoners in Pelican Bay State Prison’s SHU report the use of “welfare” or “suicide” checks occurring every thirty minutes, 48 times a day.
The checks are being conducted in an aggressive way and prevent people from sleeping for over thirty minutes at a time. Loud stomping, the slamming of doors, the striking of electronic wands against buttons installed by cell doors, and the shining of lights into prisoners’ faces are routine.
Deprivation of sleep is widely seen as a form of torture. Additionally, a national effort “Together to End Solitary,” will be launching its website tomorrow in coordination with the monthly actions on the 23rd, www.togethertoendsolitary.org.
Who: Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (PHSS)
PHSS is a statewide coalition that includes California Families Against Solitary Confinement, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Critical Resistance, California Prison Focus, American Friends Service Committee, and many other organizations and individuals who work against imprisonment and solitary confinement.
Where +When: Tomorrow, Fri, Oct 23 at locations throughout California and across the country, including: 12:30pm Across from Pelican Bay State Prison 5905 Lake Earl Dr, Crescent City, CA 95532
For a full list of the actions, please visit https://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition