On July 1st, 2013, California inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison ignited a hunger strike to call attention to the inhumane conditions in the state’s Security Housing Units (SHUs). At the height of the hunger strike, July 8th 2013, two-thirds of the state’s 33 prisons and 4 out-of-state prisons participated: 30,000 inmates refused meals; 2,300…

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… With good fortune the Hunger Strike will produce favorable outcomes. People shouldn’t have to starve themselves in America to be treated with some civility and humanely. Psychological torture mustn’t be a principle the United States holds on to just because the targeted are prisoners.

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Oh, new program, they’re walking through the pods checking us every 30 minutes. So far it’s really slowed the shower and yard program down. I’m really not looking forward to being woken up every half-hour when they unchain the pod doors, stomp up and down the stairs and shine a flashlight in my face. And…

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Time: 5:34 am It’s the third day of the hunger strike and last night I couldn’t sleep. This is the hump day once I get past today I should have more energy and not feel so sluggish. Every morning I do 150 push-ups to keep my muscles from getting lazy and get my heart rate…

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5/27/13 Latest I’ve heard is during the strike that is supposedly going to take place we’re going to be refused any type of medical care until we collapse then we’ll be force fed. So that’s something to look forward to. They’ve stepped up the pod raids too, they’ve hit two pods in the block in…

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Time: 6:10am It’s day two of our hunger strike and once again we are being “cell fed” (for those of us accepting meals). Most of the building is still refusing their meals and I just seen on the news that 30,000 inmates are participating in this hunger strike. That’s more than I expected and probably…

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Today is day one of the hunger strike and it is also my fifth day in Centinela State Prison. I’ve just been transferred from Calipatria’s level-4 prison to Centinela’s level- 3 prison, after spending almost five long years housed in Calipatria’s Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU), also known as “the hole.” I’ve been in prison for…

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