Sunday, June 19, 2011

Pelican Bay Hunger Strike

Hi Everyone !
This new piece of art by Rashid Johnson is in support of the Hunger Strike, scheduled to start on July 1st at Pelican Bay State Prison in California.
Amazingly, the prisoners have put aside their differences, and united - ACROSS RACIAL LINES (this is incredible - for anyone who's been in prison knows that unity does not exist and races are pitted against each other by the prison authorities and "convict culture") to protest the horrific conditions of Pelican Bay
(a prison for the "worst of the worst", supposedly).
I'll grab all the related websites, and post 'em here later.
For now, enjoy Rashid's new piece. I'll keep you updated.


  1. Wow, that is interesting. I know how rare it is for prisoners to cooperate across races. The conditions must be horrible.

  2. Nightmarish. Basically, confined 23-7 in a tiny, filthy concrete and steel box, with the absolute minimum essentials (threadbare towel; worn blanket; stub of a toothbrush and cheap Chinese toothpaste,a bit of harsh soap,maybe a comb, if you're lucky). Keeping pen and paper is a struggle.
    The food is worse than slop, no medical care, tortured by guards physically and mentally, and here's the kicker - almost all of 'em are there - FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES.
    Think on that one for a minute.
    Now, many of these men have done pretty fucked up things, no question. But there is such a thing as basic human rights, and there's no arguing the fact that those rights are being grossly violated by the California State prison authorities.
    So I support the hunger strikers, and wish them well.

  3. sounds rough, but that's great that they decided to put aside their differences.