Friday, July 15, 2011

Rush Hour Protest Today to Back Hunger Strikers at Pelican Bay

By Rachel Swan
Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 2:09 PM

More than 500 inmates at five state prisons are currently refusing food to protest living conditions, particularly the presence of a solitary housing unit at Pelican Bay, which is used to confine inmates for up to 22 hours at a time. The hunger strike was a topic of discussion on today's KQED Forum, and it's elicited a strong response from activists in the Bay Area. The organizations Communities for Peace and Justice, Poor magazine, the Revolution Club, World Can't Wait, and Youth Defending Youth organized a rush hour march through downtown San Francisco, set to begin at 5 p.m. at UN Plaza. Commuters, be advised.

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