"No one has to die, start negotiations now!"
From the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity website:
The health of at least 200 hunger strikers in the SHU is rapidly worsening. A source with access to the current medical conditions who prefers to be unnamed reported:
“The prisoners are progressing rapidly to the organ damaging consequences of dehydration. They are not drinking water and have decompensated rapidly. A few have tried to sip water but are so sick that they are vomiting it back up. Some are in renal failure and have been unable to make urine for 3 days. Some are having measured blood sugars in the 30 range, which can be fatal if not treated.“
The hunger strikers are well into their 13th day without food. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation refuses to negotiate. The situation has become increasingly dire and there is a real possibility it may get even worse. That the State of California and the CDCR seem content to let these prisoners die rather than even talk to them is inexcusable and demands immediate and increased action. No one should have to risk his or her life just to see a bit of sunlight - yet Governor Brown and CDCR Secretary Cate are forcing these individuals to do just that.
Secretary Matthew Cate
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
1515 S Street
Phone: (916) 323-6001
CDCR Public Affairs Office: (916)445-4950
CDCR on Twitter
Other CDCR emails:
Public Safety Committee Chair Senator Loni Hancock
State Capitol, Room 2082
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4009
Email at her website
Sample Script for Phone Calls:
“Hi my name is _________ . I’m calling about the statewide prisoner hunger strike that began at Pelican Bay. I support the prisoners & their reasonable “five core demands.” I am alarmed by the rapidly deteriorating medical conditions of the hunger strikers & the inaction of the CDCR. I urge you to make sure the CDCR negotiates with the prisoners and the outside mediation team the prisoners have approved, immediately & in good faith, before prisoners are force-fed or even die. Thank you.”
If you are a California resident, also contact your state senator and legislator. Their contact information can be found by entering your ZIP code here.
And if you haven't yet, sign the online petition in support of the hunger strikers here.