Sketchy Thoughts: Anti-Prison Dinner and Presentation on the Pelican Bay Hunger Strike (Mtl, March 28)

Thursday March 28 @7pmLa Belle Epoque1984 Wellington An informal dinner and letter-writing evening with an anti-prison focus – a space to meet and discuss, as well as to share updates on the situations of different prisoners. This month features a short presentation on the 2011 Pelican Bay hunger strike and the solidarity organizing around it. ...

Sketchy Thoughts: Video Interview with Sanyika Shakur

In this interview, New Afrikan Communist Sanyika Shakur discusses his personal social development, his time in Pelican Bay-SHU, the 2011 California prisoners’ hunger strikes, the effects of long-term isolation torture, New Afrikan nationalism, communism, and the struggle against gender oppression. In a biographical note written while in PB-SHU, Shakur explained: i was born Nov 13, ...

Sketchy Thoughts: Rock Vol.2 #2

The latest issue of Rock is out; this is a newsletter produced by former political prisoner Ed Mead with content for and by prisoners at Pelican Bay. Pelican Bay’s SHU is an isolation torture unit where people spend years and even decades in solitary confinement, deprived of all human contact. A couple of years ago ...

Sketchy Thoughts: September 26, the strike’s back on – Tortured SHU Prisoners Speak Out: “The Struggle Continues”

For the past 10-40 years thousands of California prisoners have been confined in CDC-SHU units indefinitely based on status [E.G., a gang label – active gang classification, based on innocuous association activity, and allegations from confidential inmate informants] – wherein, they have been demonized as the worst-of-the-worst, in order to justify decades of human rights ...

Sketchy Thoughts: An Appeal from Ed Mead and California Prison Focus

The California Prison Focus newspaper was in good part responsible for carrying word of the now historic July hunger strike to SHU prisoners across the state. A hunger strike that CDCR admitted to 6,600 participants in 13 prisons. The SHU prisoners suspended their strike for a few weeks in order to give CDCR time to ...

Sketchy Thoughts: Hungerstrike Recap: California Prisoners Showed the Way!

This spring, the news started going around that a hunger strike was being planned in the Security Housing Unit at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP). Prisoners at the SHU had apparently united across “racial” lines, and promised to hungerstrike to the death if need be, starting on July 1. Initially most of the attention ...

Sketchy Thoughts: Support the California Prisoners’ Hunger Strike!

In the months before summer 2011, news spread that between 50 and 100 prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison in the Security Housing Unit (SHU), Corridor D, were going on an indefinite hunger strike, starting July 1. What was initially expected to involve scores of men laying their lives on the line quickly exceeded all ...

Sketchy Thoughts: Hugo Pinell Participating in the California Hungerstrike

Excerpted from a letter to Kiilu Nyasha: A hunger strike has been in effect since July 1 and I’ve been with it, altho is very hard to know what’s going on? On July 1, one station up here announced the hunger strike, but nothing since and I don’t know if prisoners have gotten with staff ...

Sketchy Thoughts: Revolutionary Prisoner C. Landrum On His Decision to Hunger Strike Indefinitely

It’s been a difficult and uphill battle, a lot of brow-beating and direct debate, but as it stands all are participating on a limited basis. Some, including myself, are going “indefinitely”… victory or death! I ask that you and those necessary are aware of our participation. Geographically we are isolated from the main SHU facility ...

Sketchy Thoughts: Eddie Griffin’s Statement of Support for Prisoner Hunger Strike at Pelican Bay

Eddie Griffin, one of the surviving Marion Brothers who went on hunger strike in 1976, writes here of his support for the Pelican Bay strike, and his own experiences thirty five years ago. In solidarity with the California hunger strikers, Griffin has himself been on hunger strike since July 1. Our prayers and support go ...

Sketchy Thoughts: Life in Pelican Bay SHU

From IF THE SHU FITS: CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT AT CALIFORNIA’SPELICAN BAY STATE PRISON: B. General Conditions Within the SHU From the outside, the SHU resembles a “massive concrete bunker.”[65] From the inside, it is a “windowless labyrinth of cells and halls, sealed off from the outside world by walls, gates, and guards.”[66] The overall ...

Sketchy Thoughts: Letter from Bomani Shakur of the Lucasville 5

The Lucasville 5 are five prisoners who were framed for the murder of snitches and guards in the 1993 Lucasville prison riot. The 1993 riot and hostage taking was one of the longest in u.s. prison history, and yet it ended relatively peacefully. It was the 5 who negotiated a nonviolent resolution to the hostage ...

Sketchy Thoughts: Sanyika Shakur, August Third Collective, On July 1 Hunger Strike

Due to the recent strike, i only received this letter dated June 13 a few days ago: i was given an indeterminate SHU term in 1989, for being a threat to the institutional security. The CDC cited writings i had from Comrade-Brotha George, exercising in military fashion with known revolutionaries & conducting joint military manoeuvres ...

Sketchy Thoughts: Video to Support the Pelican Bay Hunger Strike!

Sketchy Thoughts: Pelican Bay Prisoners Go On Hunger Strike to Protest Grave Conditions: Lawyers, Advocates, Organizations Hold Press Conference, Voice Prisoner Demands

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—June 29, 2011 Press Contact: Isaac OntiverosCommunications Director, Critical ResistanceOffice: 510 444 0484Cell: 510 517 6612 What: Press ConferenceWhen: Thursday, June 30, 2011, 11:00amWhere: Elihu M. Harris State of California Office Building, 1515 Clay St., Oakland, CA Oakland—Prisoners at the notorious Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, CA will initiate an indefinite hunger strike on July 1st, 2011 to protest condition in the prison’s Security Housing ...

Sketchy Thoughts: Unlock the Box at the Maison Norman Bethune, July 1

This Friday July 1 in Montreal the comrades from the Maison Norman Bethune (the PCR/RCP’s bookstore) will be hosting a film screening of Unlock the Box, a documentary about isolation torture and control units in the united states. The film is in english, though there will be whisper translation into French, followed by a discussion ...