The National Lawyers Guild affirms its strongest support for hunger striking prisoners in California, Colombia, Guantánamo Bay and Palestine, and urges members and supporters to participate in and defend actions of solidarity with these imprisoned people.
“From Pelican Bay to Palestine, imprisoned men and women are standing up and challenging the inhumanity of the mass incarceration system. We must support them in their struggle for dignity,” said Azadeh Shahshahani, President of the NLG.
The public can support hunger strikers in a number of ways:
The Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Committee has called upon people to take actions such as calling California prison officials and demanding an end to retaliation against strike organizers; calling Governor Jerry Brown to support the strikers' demands; and signing onto the petition posted by family members with close to 84,000 signatures at the time of this statement. For information about the strike and the actions please visit: http://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com
The men imprisoned at the Doña Juana prison located in La Dorada, Caldas, Colombia have engaged in a civil disobedience campaign and hunger strike since July 8, 2013 to protest the lack of adequate health care and sanitation, overcrowding, beatings, and torture in this prison. The Alliance for Global Justice has updates and action alerts on Colombian prisoner rights here:
The Center for Constitutional Rights has laid out a series of actions to take in support of the men at Guantánamo: http://ccrjustice.org/closegitmo/solidarity
In April 2012, thousands of Palestinian prisoners engaged in a mass hunger strike demanding an end to isolation and solitary confinement, among other demands. Several imprisoned men are currently on hunger strike. Addameer, a Palestinian organization that defends prisoners' human rights, has issued an appeal for action: http://addameer.org/etemplate.php?id=621 and Samidoun Palestinian prisoner Solidarity Network has provided action points: http://samidoun.ca/2013/07/take-action-75-days-of-strike-abdullah-barghouthi-in-health-crisis-implement-the-demands-of-jordanian-hunger-strikers/
To learn more about prisoner struggles, visit the NLG blog at http://www.nlg.org/news/blog.