*What: Rallies against solitary confinement and “welfare checks”
Following the historic gains made against solitary confinement last month, prisoners in Pelican Bay State Prison’s SHU report the use of “welfare” or “suicide” checks occurring every thirty minutes, 48 times a day.
The checks are being conducted in an aggressive way and prevent people from sleeping for over thirty minutes at a time. Loud stomping, the slamming of doors, the striking of electronic wands against buttons installed by cell doors, and the shining of lights into prisoners’ faces are routine. Deprivation of sleep is widely seen as a form of torture.
Who: Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (PHSS)
PHSS is a statewide coalition that includes California Families Against Solitary Confinement, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Critical Resistance, California Prison Focus, American Friends Service Committee, and many other organizations and individuals who work against imprisonment and solitary confinement.
Where + When: Today, Wed, Sept. 23 (2015) at locations throughout California and across the country, including:
Across from Pelican Bay State Prison
5905 Lake Earl Dr, Crescent City, CA 95532
Elihu M Harris State Building
1515 Clay St, Oakland, CA 94612
For a full list of the actions, please visit https://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/
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Communities rally across country against solitary confinement today was originally published on newpittsburghcourieronline.com