Support the Hunger Strikers, Sign the Petition!

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 7421 signatures
Number Date Name Location
7421 1 week ago Gayle DeMeo San Bernardino, CA
7420 3 weeks ago Nancy Leys Milwaukee, WI
7419 3 weeks ago meredith drennan TAOS, NM
7418 4 weeks ago Yolanda Verdin San Bernardino, CA
7417 1 month ago Victoria Felice San Diego, CA
7416 1 month ago Anonymous Santa Cruz, CA
7415 1 month ago Bella Tran HB, CA
7414 1 month ago Grant Palmer Los Angeles, CA
7413 1 month ago Natalie Yang Santa Cruz, CA
7412 1 month ago Vasiliki Argyris Santa Cruz, CA
7411 1 month ago Anonymous San Jose, CA
7410 1 month ago Anonymous Woodland Hills, CA
7409 1 month ago Jack Derham CA
7408 1 month ago Sophia Zaklikowski CA
7407 1 month ago Tovah jackson Sunset Beach, CA
7406 1 month ago Anonymous CA
7405 1 month ago Anonymous Mill Valley, CA
7404 1 month ago Anonymous CA
7403 1 month ago Samantha Dietrich Long Beach, CA
7402 1 month ago Ryan Willett CA
7401 1 month ago Anonymous CA
7400 1 month ago Anonymous la, CA
7399 1 month ago Christin Haines Arlington, TX
7398 1 month ago sheri cisneros Eureka, CA
7397 1 month ago Cathy Finnie Salisbury, NC
Next ->