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{ California Prison Hunger Strikes to Renew | Black Agenda Report }

ziatroyano:

Inmates at the infamous Security Housing Unit of California’s Pelican Bay state prison say they will go back on hunger strike on September 26, convinced that prison officials have no intention of making a meaningful response to their five core demands. Pelican Bay was the nexus of 21 days of protest in July that, at one point, involved 6,500 inmates at 13 prisons. The protest draw national attention to the routine practice of torture behind prison walls in California and throughout the vast American Prison Gulag.

On July 20, inmate representatives voted to temporarily suspend their strike in order to give prison officials “a couple of weeks” to make good on their promise to give serious attention to the inmates five “core demands,” including clean, adequate and wholesome food, an end to group punishment, and a chance to get out of long-term isolation from human contact, in which inmates are held in solitary for 23 hours a day. But the weeks went by, and inmates finally concluded that prison officials were not about to meet any of the core demands. On September 1, Pelican Bay inmate representative Mutope Duguma told the San Francisco Bay View newspaper that the hunger strike would resume. There are indications that inmates at Calipatria State Prison will also be involved.

Supporters on the outside caution that this round of protest will be different than the first, both because many of the Pelican Bay inmates are in a weakened state of health, and because California authorities are anxious to keep the lid on the protest and avoid embarrassment for the state. On some levels, the authorities have gone on the offensive, claiming their practices are not torture, but meet constitutional standards, and that it is necessary to use the harshest methods to control what they claim are 3,000 gang “generals” – not captains or majors, but “generals” – who would otherwise kill guards and other prisoners on sight.

via blackagendareport.com

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hermanaresist:

the time is now. alternative media.
(via http://www.hermanaresist.com/2011/09/21/preventing-metamorphosis/)
submit to Zine anthology titled: dismantle: preventing metamorphosis on the lives of our Latino/Chicano, Black & Indigenous  brothers in the prison industrial complex
as well as from the perspective of being the mother/sister of hermanos in the prison complex
and navigating mamihood
with the reality that  high incarceration rates target our
babies and boys and brothers and sons and nenes
“disadvantaged” youth and raza
for being poor and brown-and that our young boys & chicanos have a 1 in 6 chance of going to prison in their  lifetime.

hermanaresist:

the time is now. alternative media.

(via http://www.hermanaresist.com/2011/09/21/preventing-metamorphosis/)

submit to Zine anthology titled: dismantle: preventing metamorphosis on the lives of our Latino/Chicano, Black & Indigenous  brothers in the prison industrial complex

as well as from the perspective of being the mother/sister of hermanos in the prison complex

and navigating mamihood

with the reality that  high incarceration rates target our

babies and boys and brothers and sons and nenes

“disadvantaged” youth and raza

for being poor and brown-and that our young boys & chicanos have a 1 in 6 chance of going to prison in their  lifetime.

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{ LINK: Updates on CeCe’s case (we need help making bail!) }

Hi everyone, here are a few updates on the progress of CeCe’s case, and how you can support her!

1. Court/legal update
2. Bail money and collateral needed!
3. Upcoming meetings and community events
————————————

1. **Court/legal update**
This morning in court, CeCe’s bail was reduced to $75,000 with the following conditions: electronic home monitoring; no contact with witnesses; no drug and alcohol use; and remain law abiding. Her trial date was set for January 9th.

2. **Bail money and collateral needed!**
Now that CeCe’s bail has been reduced, we want to move as quickly as possible to get her out of jail! We need to raise $7,500 immediately to cover the costs of her bond. WE ARE ALSO SEEKING COLLATERAL, which is necessary in order to be able to bond her out. Collateral would be a house or other asset of similar value; if you have something like that and you’d consider putting it up to make it possible for CeCe to be out of jail pending trial, please let us know! Contact mpls4cece@gmail.com or call Katie at 612-363-7574. (Funds are also needed for commissary and other related incarceration costs.) Find info about making donations here: http://supportcece.wordpress.com/donate

3. **Upcoming meetings and community events**

*September 30: Purple House Open House Fundraiser for CeCe and Movie Showing. The Purple House will be screening Meu Brazil (My Brazil), a documentary film by Daniela Broitman about community leaders from the slums of Rio De Janeiro who travel to the Fifth World Social Forum.
8 pm at 3155 14th Ave S., Mpls.

*October 15: Fundraising dinner for CeCe and Carlos Montes. Details TBA.

*October 16: Black, Brown, and Queer All Over, at The Exchange (3405 Chicago Ave S, Mpls)! This event is a queer and trans hip hop concert for The Exchange and CeCe. Featuring Kevin “Kaoz” Moore, Heidi Barton Stink, ZaVawn Carre, Chey Bryant, House of Bordeaux, and more!

*There are media/outreach meetings at 6 pm at the Exchange (3405 Chicago Ave S, Mpls) every other Thursday at 6 pm. The next one is October 6th.

*and…the next general CeCe Support Committee Meeting is Wednesday, October 5th at 6 pm, and the first Wednesday of every month thereafter. Also at the Exchange (3405 Chicago Ave S, Mpls)

details on what she’s been through/going through are here (link) [WARNINGS: systemic & personal violence against a black trans woman — assault/cissexism/racism/misogyny/racist slurs/misgendering/victim-blaming/abuse in prison]

(Source: numol)

{ LINK: Updates on CeCe’s case (we need help making bail!) }

lucypaw:

numol:

Hi everyone, here are a few updates on the progress of CeCe’s case, and how you can support her!

1. Court/legal update
2. Bail money and collateral needed!
3. Upcoming meetings and community events
————————————

1. **Court/legal update**
This morning in court, CeCe’s bail was reduced to $75,000 with the following conditions: electronic home monitoring; no contact with witnesses; no drug and alcohol use; and remain law abiding. Her trial date was set for January 9th.

2. **Bail money and collateral needed!**
Now that CeCe’s bail has been reduced, we want to move as quickly as possible to get her out of jail! We need to raise $7,500 immediately to cover the costs of her bond. WE ARE ALSO SEEKING COLLATERAL, which is necessary in order to be able to bond her out. Collateral would be a house or other asset of similar value; if you have something like that and you’d consider putting it up to make it possible for CeCe to be out of jail pending trial, please let us know! Contact mpls4cece@gmail.com or call Katie at 612-363-7574. (Funds are also needed for commissary and other related incarceration costs.) Find info about making donations here: http://supportcece.wordpress.com/donate

3. **Upcoming meetings and community events**

*September 30: Purple House Open House Fundraiser for CeCe and Movie Showing. The Purple House will be screening Meu Brazil (My Brazil), a documentary film by Daniela Broitman about community leaders from the slums of Rio De Janeiro who travel to the Fifth World Social Forum.
8 pm at 3155 14th Ave S., Mpls.

*October 15: Fundraising dinner for CeCe and Carlos Montes. Details TBA.

*October 16: Black, Brown, and Queer All Over, at The Exchange (3405 Chicago Ave S, Mpls)! This event is a queer and trans hip hop concert for The Exchange and CeCe. Featuring Kevin “Kaoz” Moore, Heidi Barton Stink, ZaVawn Carre, Chey Bryant, House of Bordeaux, and more!

*There are media/outreach meetings at 6 pm at the Exchange (3405 Chicago Ave S, Mpls) every other Thursday at 6 pm. The next one is October 6th.

*and…the next general CeCe Support Committee Meeting is Wednesday, October 5th at 6 pm, and the first Wednesday of every month thereafter. Also at the Exchange (3405 Chicago Ave S, Mpls)

details on what she’s been through/going through are here (link) [WARNINGS: systemic & personal violence against a black trans woman — assault/cissexism/racism/misogyny/racist slurs/misgendering/victim-blaming/abuse in prison]

Reblogging in case anyone missed it.

and again.

{ LINK: Updates on CeCe’s case (we need help making bail!) }

lucypaw:

numol:

Hi everyone, here are a few updates on the progress of CeCe’s case, and how you can support her!

1. Court/legal update
2. Bail money and collateral needed!
3. Upcoming meetings and community events
————————————

1. **Court/legal update**
This morning in court, CeCe’s bail was reduced to $75,000 with the following conditions: electronic home monitoring; no contact with witnesses; no drug and alcohol use; and remain law abiding. Her trial date was set for January 9th.

2. **Bail money and collateral needed!**
Now that CeCe’s bail has been reduced, we want to move as quickly as possible to get her out of jail! We need to raise $7,500 immediately to cover the costs of her bond. WE ARE ALSO SEEKING COLLATERAL, which is necessary in order to be able to bond her out. Collateral would be a house or other asset of similar value; if you have something like that and you’d consider putting it up to make it possible for CeCe to be out of jail pending trial, please let us know! Contact mpls4cece@gmail.com or call Katie at 612-363-7574. (Funds are also needed for commissary and other related incarceration costs.) Find info about making donations here: http://supportcece.wordpress.com/donate

3. **Upcoming meetings and community events**

*September 30: Purple House Open House Fundraiser for CeCe and Movie Showing. The Purple House will be screening Meu Brazil (My Brazil), a documentary film by Daniela Broitman about community leaders from the slums of Rio De Janeiro who travel to the Fifth World Social Forum.
8 pm at 3155 14th Ave S., Mpls.

*October 15: Fundraising dinner for CeCe and Carlos Montes. Details TBA.

*October 16: Black, Brown, and Queer All Over, at The Exchange (3405 Chicago Ave S, Mpls)! This event is a queer and trans hip hop concert for The Exchange and CeCe. Featuring Kevin “Kaoz” Moore, Heidi Barton Stink, ZaVawn Carre, Chey Bryant, House of Bordeaux, and more!

*There are media/outreach meetings at 6 pm at the Exchange (3405 Chicago Ave S, Mpls) every other Thursday at 6 pm. The next one is October 6th.

*and…the next general CeCe Support Committee Meeting is Wednesday, October 5th at 6 pm, and the first Wednesday of every month thereafter. Also at the Exchange (3405 Chicago Ave S, Mpls)

details on what she’s been through/going through are here (link) [WARNINGS: systemic & personal violence against a black trans woman — assault/cissexism/racism/misogyny/racist slurs/misgendering/victim-blaming/abuse in prison]

Reblogging in case anyone missed it.

{ LINK: Mad Rad Beyond the Thunderdome: dumbthingswhitepplsay: liquornspice: Updates on CeCe’s case (we need... }

dumbthingswhitepplsay:

dumbthingswhitepplsay:

liquornspice:

Updates on CeCe’s case (we need help making bail!)

lucypaw:

numol:

Hi everyone, here are a few updates on the progress of CeCe’s case, and how you can support her!

1. Court/legal update
2. Bail money and collateral needed!
3….

Bail is $75,000. However, you only need a 10% down-payment with a bondsman to get the person out of prison.

reblogging for added info.

(via the-original-dtwps)

{ LINK: Updates on CeCe’s case (we need help making bail!) }

liquornspice:

lucypaw:

numol:

Hi everyone, here are a few updates on the progress of CeCe’s case, and how you can support her!

1. Court/legal update
2. Bail money and collateral needed!
3. Upcoming meetings and community events
————————————

1. **Court/legal update**
This morning in court, CeCe’s bail was reduced to $75,000 with the following conditions: electronic home monitoring; no contact with witnesses; no drug and alcohol use; and remain law abiding. Her trial date was set for January 9th.

2. **Bail money and collateral needed!**
Now that CeCe’s bail has been reduced, we want to move as quickly as possible to get her out of jail! We need to raise $7,500 immediately to cover the costs of her bond. WE ARE ALSO SEEKING COLLATERAL, which is necessary in order to be able to bond her out. Collateral would be a house or other asset of similar value; if you have something like that and you’d consider putting it up to make it possible for CeCe to be out of jail pending trial, please let us know! Contact mpls4cece@gmail.com or call Katie at 612-363-7574. (Funds are also needed for commissary and other related incarceration costs.) Find info about making donations here: http://supportcece.wordpress.com/donate

3. **Upcoming meetings and community events**

*September 30: Purple House Open House Fundraiser for CeCe and Movie Showing. The Purple House will be screening Meu Brazil (My Brazil), a documentary film by Daniela Broitman about community leaders from the slums of Rio De Janeiro who travel to the Fifth World Social Forum.
8 pm at 3155 14th Ave S., Mpls.

*October 15: Fundraising dinner for CeCe and Carlos Montes. Details TBA.

*October 16: Black, Brown, and Queer All Over, at The Exchange (3405 Chicago Ave S, Mpls)! This event is a queer and trans hip hop concert for The Exchange and CeCe. Featuring Kevin “Kaoz” Moore, Heidi Barton Stink, ZaVawn Carre, Chey Bryant, House of Bordeaux, and more!

*There are media/outreach meetings at 6 pm at the Exchange (3405 Chicago Ave S, Mpls) every other Thursday at 6 pm. The next one is October 6th.

*and…the next general CeCe Support Committee Meeting is Wednesday, October 5th at 6 pm, and the first Wednesday of every month thereafter. Also at the Exchange (3405 Chicago Ave S, Mpls)

details on what she’s been through/going through are here (link) [WARNINGS: systemic & personal violence against a black trans woman — assault/cissexism/racism/misogyny/racist slurs/misgendering/victim-blaming/abuse in prison]

Reblogging in case anyone missed it.

SUPER important! Help if you can!

(via etherealxxeyes-deactivated20140)

{ LINK: Updates on CeCe’s case (we need help making bail!) }

ALSO: “Come to CeCe’s next hearing, October 6!

We got word today that CeCe has a new hearing scheduled. Come to court so she sees how much support she has when she makes her appearance!
When: Thursday, Oct 6; Gather at noon, hearing at 12:30 pm
Where: Hennepin County Government Center ( 300 S. 6th St., Mpls)

liquornspice:

lucypaw:

numol:

Hi everyone, here are a few updates on the progress of CeCe’s case, and how you can support her!

1. Court/legal update
2. Bail money and collateral needed!
3. Upcoming meetings and community events
————————————

1. **Court/legal update**
This morning in court, CeCe’s bail was reduced to $75,000 with the following conditions: electronic home monitoring; no contact with witnesses; no drug and alcohol use; and remain law abiding. Her trial date was set for January 9th.

2. **Bail money and collateral needed!**
Now that CeCe’s bail has been reduced, we want to move as quickly as possible to get her out of jail! We need to raise $7,500 immediately to cover the costs of her bond. WE ARE ALSO SEEKING COLLATERAL, which is necessary in order to be able to bond her out. Collateral would be a house or other asset of similar value; if you have something like that and you’d consider putting it up to make it possible for CeCe to be out of jail pending trial, please let us know! Contact mpls4cece@gmail.com or call Katie at 612-363-7574. (Funds are also needed for commissary and other related incarceration costs.) Find info about making donations here: http://supportcece.wordpress.com/donate

3. **Upcoming meetings and community events**

*September 30: Purple House Open House Fundraiser for CeCe and Movie Showing. The Purple House will be screening Meu Brazil (My Brazil), a documentary film by Daniela Broitman about community leaders from the slums of Rio De Janeiro who travel to the Fifth World Social Forum.
8 pm at 3155 14th Ave S., Mpls.

*October 15: Fundraising dinner for CeCe and Carlos Montes. Details TBA.

*October 16: Black, Brown, and Queer All Over, at The Exchange (3405 Chicago Ave S, Mpls)! This event is a queer and trans hip hop concert for The Exchange and CeCe. Featuring Kevin “Kaoz” Moore, Heidi Barton Stink, ZaVawn Carre, Chey Bryant, House of Bordeaux, and more!

*There are media/outreach meetings at 6 pm at the Exchange (3405 Chicago Ave S, Mpls) every other Thursday at 6 pm. The next one is October 6th.

*and…the next general CeCe Support Committee Meeting is Wednesday, October 5th at 6 pm, and the first Wednesday of every month thereafter. Also at the Exchange (3405 Chicago Ave S, Mpls)

details on what she’s been through/going through are here (link) [WARNINGS: systemic & personal violence against a black trans woman — assault/cissexism/racism/misogyny/racist slurs/misgendering/victim-blaming/abuse in prison]

Reblogging in case anyone missed it.

SUPER important! Help if you can!

(via blackraincloud)

adventuresinlearning:

Share Photos, POC Meeting Agenda, Upcoming Events - People of Color Working Group | Google Groups

Hello Brothers and Sisters,

This is Larry Hales.  I am trying to work out my schedule to make the
meeting today, but it is difficult because I had already made plans before
the next meeting was switched to Thursday, which makes sense that it was
because of the massive march yesterday.

I wanted to submit this proposal in case I can’t physically be at the next
meeting and I apologize for doing it late.

I believe that we should send a message of solidarity out to the prisoners
who are on hunger strike in the corrections system in California and I have
written a short message below.  We should also try and get the GA to adopt
it, though that might be difficult.

Larry Hales

The People of Color Working Group of Occupy Wall Street extends its
solidarity to the thousands of brave prisoners on who are locked within the
California State Prison System and who have resumed their hunger strike that
initially began in early summer 2011.  The resumption of the hunger strike
was initiated after the prisoners decided that prison officials were in
violation of an agreement that the cruel, unjust and torturous conditions of
the prison were not being adequately addressed.

The prison system in California, the largest in the country that houses more
than 2.2 million prisoners, the majority Black, Latino and Indigenous, is
also one of the largest in the world.  It is well over capacity, housing
more than 140,000 prisoners, with a stated capacity of 111,000.  And,
similar to other states a large percentage of the prisoners are in for non
violent offenses.  All told, more than 1 million prisoners in the U.S. are
nonviolent.

We stand with the prisoners in California and support all their demands, a
few of which address the conditions of isolation in Security Housing Units
and group punishment.

We also call attention to the fact that not only do people of color make up
the majority of people in prisons and jails but also the largest percentage
of people on parole and probation and in juvenile detention facilities.

The prison system in this country warehouses the poor and people of color
and uses more than 200,00 prisoners as virtual slave labor, paying on
average $.30 an hour and then charging exorbitant fees for telephone usage
and for necessities such as toiletries, and upon release prisoners are
saddled with fees for parole mandated classes, housing, monitoring and
urinalysis tests.

A deep analysis of the prison system  cannot be done without looking at the
overall conditions of the most dispossessed and disenfranchised in the U.S.,
disproportionately people of color.  It is as it was in the late 60s,
perhaps even more so, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Of the good
things in life, the Negro has approximately one half those of whites. Of the
bad things of life, he has twice those of whites. Thus half of all Negroes
live in substandard housing. And Negroes have half the income of whites.
When we view the negative experiences of life, the Negro has a double share.
There are twice as many unemployed. The rate of infant mortality among
Negroes is double that of whites and there are twice as many Negroes dying
in Vietnam as whites in proportion to their size in the population.”

Substitute  Iraq and Afghanistan for Vietnam or any other adventure the US
has or  will choose to enter to rob other people of color around the world
for their resources.

Conditions of poverty, unemployment, homelessness have grown tremendously in
the communities of people of color and are depression like and these
conditions, along with the pervasive police presence, a virtual occupation,
in communities of color feed the prison system.  Thus, the system is unjust
and must be dismantled from within and without.

If we march against injustice, we must not leave any out and so we support
the prisoners in California, their demands and all prisoners around the
country.

Support the California State Prison Hunger Strikers!

Tear Down the Prison Industrial Complex!

Hunger Strike Demands:

*1. Eliminate group punishments. * Instead, practice individual
accountability. When an individual prisoner breaks a rule, the prison often
punishes a whole group of prisoners of the same race.  This policy has been
applied to keep prisoners in the SHU indefinitely and to make conditions
increasingly harsh.

*2. Abolish the debriefing policy and modify active/inactive gang status
criteria.* Prisoners are accused of being active or inactive participants of
prison gangs using false or highly dubious evidence, and are then sent to
longterm isolation (SHU). They can escape these tortuous conditions only if
they “debrief,” that is, provide information on gang activity. Debriefing
produces false information (wrongly landing other prisoners in SHU, in an
endless cycle) and can endanger the lives of debriefing prisoners and their
families.

*3. Comply with the recommendations of the US Commission on Safety and Abuse
in Prisons (2006) regarding an end to longterm solitary confinement. * This
bipartisan commission specifically recommended to “make segregation a last
resort” and “end conditions of isolation.”  Yet as of May 18, 2011,
California kept 3,259 prisoners in SHUs and hundreds more in Administrative
Segregation waiting for a SHU cell to open up.  *Some prisoners have been
kept in isolation for more than thirty years.  *

*4. Provide adequate food. * Prisoners report unsanitary conditions and
small quantities of food that do not conform to prison regulations.  There
is no accountability or independent quality control of meals.

*5. Expand and provide constructive programs and privileges for indefinite
SHU inmates. * The hunger strikers are pressing for opportunities “to engage
in self-help treatment, education, religious and other productive
activities…”  Currently these opportunities are routinely denied, even if
the prisoners want to pay for correspondence courses themselves.  Examples
of privileges the prisoners want are: one phone call per week, and
permission to have sweatsuits and watch caps. (Often warm clothing is
denied, though the cells and exercise cage can be bitterly cold.)  All of
the privileges mentioned in the demands are already allowed at other
SuperMax prisons (in the federal prison system and other states).
http://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/

sorry, i should’ve reblogged this way earlier.

(via squeetothegee-deactivated201111)

{ LINK: Update on CeCe’s trial schedule }

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

numol:

Hey friends and supporters! Despite the prosecution’s attempt to bump CeCe’s trial up a month in order to limit the time her defense team has to prepare, it was established today that the trial will begin as previously scheduled, on January 9, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. She also has a motions hearing scheduled for December 5th at 9:00 a.m. So plan on helping us pack the courtroom both days, and watch for updates on rallies and other related support actions!

details on what she’s been through/going through are all here (link) [WARNINGS: systemic & personal violence against a black trans woman — assault/cissexism/racism/misogyny/misgendering/victim-blaming/abuse in prison/racist cissexist & gay-bashing slurs]

Support transgender people targeted by the prison-industrial complex

…and again [also tweaked warnings a bit].