Saturday, 20 July 2013

Retaliation against Prisoner Representatives of the Pelican Bay Hunger Strike - take action plz! New photo of Paul

Prisoner Hunger Strike Representatives in Pelican Bay State Prison, of which Paul is one, were retaliated against harshly. Read below what you can do to support Paul and his brothers. We need massive support for them all. Here is also the latest picture of Paul, taken on June 14th 2013.

Thank you for your support of the hunger strikers. As you may have heard, the hunger strike began on July 8 with California 30,000 imprisoned people refusing to eat. Hundreds of media outlets have been covering this historic event.

The California Department of Corrections and ‘Rehabilitation’ (CDCr) has begun to retaliate against the vocal spokespeople for the hunger strikers, who are located in Pelican Bay and Corcoran State Prisons. Our Pledge of Resistance Alert today will focus on the extreme brutality of prison authorities against the Representatives of the hunger strikers, who are in Pelican Bay State Prison.

The CDCr is also trying to undermine legal and community support of the hunger strikers. They have just issued ‘banning’ orders to Marilyn McMahon, an attorney for many of the Reps in Pelican Bay, denying her access to her clients.

Most likely, prison officials will not be thrilled to get your phone calls and emails, so please be determined and polite in trying to send your phone and email messages. Whether you get a voice or a voice mail, they will know you are watching them, and want them to Stop the Torture.

RETALIATION AGAINST PELICAN BAY PRISONER REPRESENTATIVES:

On July 11, PBSP prison authorities removed 14 prisoner Representatives from their solitary confinement (SHU) cells and placed them in Administrative Segregation (Ad Seg) cells which are even worse than the SHU. The hunger strikers, many of whom are elder men and have severe chronic illnesses, are dressed in summer clothing, but the CDC has turned on air conditioning full blast, leaving some of the men sick and freezing.

Meanwhile, the prison officials have raided their SHU cells and confiscated their legal materials, including attorney-client protected documents pertaining to their highly publicized federal class action lawsuit against the state of California (Ruiz v. Brown).

RESPONSE OF THE HUNGER STRIKE REPRESENTATIVES:

“On July 11, 2013, we were placed in Administrative Segregation (Ad-Seg), where we are subjected to more tortuous conditions than in the SHU. Despite this diabolical act on the part of CDCR intended to break our resolve and hasten our deaths, we remain strong and united! We are 100% committed to our cause and will end our peaceful action when the CDCR signs a legally binding agreement meeting our demands.”

NON-ACTION OF GOVERNOR BROWN

Governor Brown has been completely silent on the hunger strike while it has gained
international news attention. He is now taking a vacation in Europe, visiting, among
other places, Dachau concentration camp in Germany, and promoting California’s environmental advancements to selected European audiences.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP STOP THE TORTURE:

Tell the PBSP prison authorities to return the 14 prisoner Representatives to their cells. See below for their names.

  • Return all their property, especially the legal documents guards have confiscated.

  • Lift the ban on their attorney, Marilyn McMahon, so that she can again access her clients.

  • Medically monitor the men to ensure that the prison has not destroyed their health!

1. Contact Pelican Bay Warden Gregory Lewis:
phone: 707-465-1000 x5001
email: Gregory.Lewis@cdcr.ca.gov

2. Copy to Dr. Jeffrey Beard, Secretary of CDCR
phone: 916-323-6001 (alternatively 916-445-5073)
fax: 916-442-2637
letter: Dr. Jeffrey Beard, Secretary CDCR, 1515 S Street, 5th Floor; Sacramento, California 94283

3. Copy to Assistant Warden at Pelican Bay, Rawland Swift
phone: 465-1000 x6254
email: RSwift@cdcr.ca.gov

4. Back up: Public Information Officer at PBSP Christopher Acosta
office phone: 707-465-9040
cell phone: 707-951-0350

THE 14 PRISONER REPRESENTATIVES:

1. Todd Ashker C58191 2. Arturo Castellanos C17275
3. Sitawa/ R.N Dewberry C35671 4. Antonio Guillen P81948
5. Danny Troxell B76578 6. George Franco D46556
7. Ronnie Yandell V27927 8. Paul Redd, Jr. B72683
9. James Baridi Williamson D34288 10. Alfred Sandoval D61000
11. Louis Powell B59864 12. Alex Yrigollen H32421
13. Gabriel Huerta C80766 14. Frank Clement D07919

Please write to the Reps.
Include one sheet of paper, one envelope and one loose stamp so they can write someone outside the walls. You can address your letter with the person’s name & prison number; Pelican Bay State Prison/SHU;
PO Box 7500. Crescent City, 95532.

Mr. Arturo Castellanos may not be able to receive your letter. He’s on ‘restricted mail,’ by the prison authorities.

Thank you so much for your solidarity,

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition: Pledge of Resistance work group
(for more info, www.prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com)

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Pelican Bay Prison Hunger-Strikers: Paul Redd

From: Truth-Out, July 13th 2013

By Paul Redd, Truthout | Op-Ed 

Prisoners in Pelican Bay State Prison's Security Housing Unit (SHU) are isolated for at least twenty-two and a half hours a day in cramped, concrete, windowless cells. They are denied telephone calls, contact visits, any kind of programming, adequate food and, often, medical care. Nearly 750 of these men have been held under these conditions for more than a decade, dozens for over 20 years. This treatment has inflicted profound psychological suffering and caused or exacerbated debilitating physical ailments. 
 
Ostensibly, these men are in the SHU because they associate with gang members and isolating them is necessary to prevent gang activity and racially motivated violence. But in the summer and fall of 2011, these men, joined by other SHU prisoners throughout California, showed this claim to be the lie that it is. Organizing across racial lines, more than 6,000 SHU prisoners went on hunger strike for several weeks to protest their conditions. That's right - men who have been isolated for over a decade and deprived of basic human rights because they are allegedly connected to racially divided gangs worked together to demand basic rights and constitutional protections for themselves and one another. Now they have resumed their hunger strike, demanding that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation meet their demands.
Here is the sixth in our series of their stories and those of their families.

Paul Redd, plaintiff in the Center for Constitutional Rights lawsuit challenging long-term solitary confinement

In 1980, [I] was part of a major lawsuit to improve prison conditions. I rallied to get other prisoners involved so Folsom Prison could be added to the lawsuit. I helped to bring blacks and Mexicans together to talk, ending years of racial violence. I attempted to help black correctional officers form a black union. I provided legal assistance to all races, challenging everything from their convictions and sentences to losses of good time, lack of medical care and other matters. For that, I am called the worst of the worst.
Hunger Strikers.Drawing by Kevin "Rashid" Johnson. Johnson is currently incarcerated in Texas.When we arrived here, late, on the prison bus, pulling through the many prison gates, a guard stepped aboard to give us his speech: "This is your new home, Pelican Bay State Prison. Look to your right, left and behind you. See them trees in the hills? This will be the last time you'll see a tree. Look at the ground. See the dirt? This will be the last time you see dirt of this earth."


Read the rest here:

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/17527-pelican-bay-profiles-paul-redd