Category Archives: Hunger Strike

Opening the Box: Sarah Shourd on Herman Wallace, California Hunger Strikers and the Horror of Solitary Confinement

Last month, we were devastated to learn that the Angola 3’s Herman Wallace had been diagnosed with liver cancer, and that he was continuing to be held in isolation in a locked room at Hunt Correctional Center’s prison infirmary. Reflecting on … Continue reading

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The Horrible Psychology of Solitary Confinement

“You can’t starve people. You can’t put them into a hotbox or maim them,” she continued. “If you could do brain scans to show that people suffer permanent damage, that could make solitary look less like some form of distress, … Continue reading

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California Prisoners Launch New Hunger Strike to Protest Solitary Confinement

Solitary Watch – “Hundreds of people held in California prisons are expected to launch their third large-scale hunger strike in two years today. The current strike, announced by leaders at Pelican Bay State Prison on February 14th, is seen as a resumption … Continue reading

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Mos Def Force-fed Under Guantánamo Procedure; Urges Obama to Halt Ramadan Plan

If they bite the tube, the guards hold their head still for “as long as necessary for the detainee to relax his jaw”. The Raw Story – “Islamic community leaders are calling on the Obama administration to rethink its policy … Continue reading

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National advocates for ending torture in U.S. prisons available for interview

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 3, 2013 CONTACT: Samantha Friedman, Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications Office: (202) 265-3000; Cell: (202) 215-9260; samantha@rabinowitz-dorf.com  WASHINGTON, D.C. – In advance of the third prisoner hunger strike in California’s Pelican Bay, Corcoran and Tehachapi Security Housing Units, scheduled to begin Monday, July 8, Director … Continue reading

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Guantanamo Steps Up Force-feeding Of Prisoners

via RT – “The brutality of tactics used to force-feed inmates at the Guantanamo Bay prison is escalating, according to the last British citizen being held at the camp. He says that metal-tipped feeding tubes are causing already-starving inmates to … Continue reading

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The Horrifying Existence Of Solitary Confinement

“If we believe in basic human rights and dignity for all human beings, then we surely must object to solitary confinement.” Excerpts, SFBay View – “Imagine being locked in a cage alone for 22 ½ hours a day, sometimes for … Continue reading

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