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Today on Your Call: What are the conditions inside California's prisons?

On today's Your Call, we’ll talk about the hunger strike that California inmates began on Monday to protest solitary confinement and torture. And according to The Center for Investigative Reporting, California prisons sterilized nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without state approvals.  What else do we need to know about the conditions in California’s prisons?  Join us at 10am Pacific or post a comment here.  How effective has the hunger strike been so far?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar and You.


Nancy Mullane, author of Life After Murder:  Five Men in Search of Redemption and a regular reporter on the prison system for KALW news 

Isaac Ontiveros, communications director for Critical Resistance and the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition

Terry Thornton, Deputy Press Secretary for the California Department of Corrections

California Prisoner Hunger Strike Begins

Posted on July 8, 2013

Who:  Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition

What:  California Prisoners Begin 3rd Peaceful Hunger Strike and Work Actions

When: Monday, July 8, 2013, 11am

Where: Elihu Harris CA State Office Building, 1515 Clay St, Oakland, CA

Oakland—Family members, advocates, and lawyers will announce their support for the peaceful hunger strike and job actions beginning today throughout the California prisons starting on Monday July 8.   Prisoners have been clear since January that they are willing to starve themselves unless the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) agrees to negotiate honestly about their demands.  

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

LA Times: California's prison hunger strike and shadow of Guantanamo

LA Times: Hunger strike inmate demands

RT: 30,000 California prisoners launch largest hunger strike in state history

Colorlines: 30K Calif. Prisoners on Hunger Strike

U.S.News: Almost 30,000 California inmates in second day of hunger strike

Alternet: The Extreme Suffering of Solitary Confinement Has Propelled 30,000 Prisoners to Go on Hunger Strike

KALW News:The Adjustment Center: Where no one wants to go

CIR: Female inmates sterilized in California prisons without approval

Think Progress:Mos Def Gets Force Fed through a Tube: I Got this ‘Unbearable’ Burning

ACLU:I'm Still in That Box: 23 years in Colitary Confinement