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Demand the State of California Stop the Torture

In 2011, prisoners locked in the Security Housing Units (SHUs) at Pelican Bay and other California prisons went on hunger strike to protest the torturous conditions of solitary confinement.  During two different waves of hunger strikes at least 12,000 prisoners participated in the strike.  The strike received widespread support from outside prisons, and daily national and international media coverage.

Two years later, the brave actions of the hunger strikers and public pressure has helped ignite awareness about torture and solitary confinement inside prisons, and compelled the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to promise meaningful reforms. But  the CDCR has failed to make good on its promises. New regulations potentially empower prison officials to use even broader guidelines for locking people in the SHU—possibly resulting inmore prisoners being condemned to horrors of solitary confinement. There is still nothing to prevent CDCR from keeping a person locked in solitary indefinitely.

On July 8, Prisoners at Pelican Bay and other prisons will resume their hunger strike (this time their protests will include work stoppages as well) unless the California Governor Jerry Brown and the CDCR take decisive action to meet their demands. We must pressure the state of California to address the strikers’ demands, and to stop its practice of long-term solitary confinement!

 The Pelican Bay Five Core Demands:
1. Eliminate group punishments and administrative abuse.  
2. Abolish the debriefing policy and modify active/inactive gang status criteria. 
3. Comply with the recommendations of the US Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons recommendations and end long-term solitary confinement.  
4. Provide adequate and nutritious food.  
5. Create and expand constructive programming.


This petition has a goal of 12000 signatures
1-25 of 7448 signatures
Number Date Name Location
7448 1 day ago Suzanne Ortiz Yerington, NV
7447 1 week ago Jennifer Brown Arcata, CA
7446 2 weeks ago maria Garcia lakin, KS
7445 2 weeks ago Thomas Harkins Arcata, CA
7444 3 weeks ago Robin Jacobs New York, NJ
7443 4 weeks ago Charlotte Lee Seaside, CA
7442 1 month ago Shane Boehlert Arcata, CA
7441 1 month ago Anonymous KY
7440 1 month ago Anonymous zanesville, OH
7439 1 month ago alma agabo ogden, UT
7438 1 month ago Martha Esquivel San Diego , CA
7437 2 months ago Jessica Daken Sweet Home, OR
7436 2 months ago Marlina Patrowski Buffalo, NY
7435 2 months ago Sergio Fierro CA
7434 2 months ago cecelia delapena Vista, CA
7433 2 months ago Jessica Delgado SAN JOSE, CA
7432 2 months ago Jessica Carter SAN JOSE, CA
7431 3 months ago BARBARA BUCKINGHAM AVON LAKE, OH
7430 3 months ago sherrell org lasvegas, NV
7429 3 months ago Wendy Wilhelm Acme, WA
7428 3 months ago Elvia delacruz lancaster, CA
7427 4 months ago Ignacio Herrera Stanton, CA
7426 4 months ago Jeanette Heygood La Crescenta, CA
7425 4 months ago Sara Martinez Stanton, CA
7424 4 months ago Monica Gabino Anaheim, CA
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