Thursday, September 29, 2011

Hungerstrike Is On Again !

Hungerstrike News
September 29, 2011 - Day Four Vol. 2, No. 2

Round 2, Day 4: Strike Expands & Exposes ‘Perfect Storm’ in CA

Image by Pete Collins, imprisoned at Bath Prison, Ontario, Canada
As released yesterday, Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity has confirmed that at least 6,000 California prisoners in jails, General Population, Administrative Segregation (Ad-Seg/ASU) and Security Housing Units (SHUs) are hunger striking for the human rights of California’s SHU-status prisoners. We have confirmed prisoners are striking at Pelican Bay, Calipatria, CCI Tehachapi, Centinela, Corcoran, Chuckawalla Valley State Prison, and West Valley Detention Center.
The California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) has not released the total number of prisons, or which prisons prisoners are striking at. The CDCR withheld accurate numbers for several days after the first round of the strike in July until we pressured reporters to investigate and force the CDCR to release information. We know the CDCR is not releasing accurate numbers, and that many more prisoners are participating and supporting the strike in various ways.
The CDCR has also upped retaliation on the strike by deeming the entire strike a prison “disturbance” under Title 15. The CDCR has delivered memos to prisoners at each state prison threatening that any participation or support for the hunger strike will result in disciplinary actions, such as placement in Ad-Seg/ASU or SHUs (for prisoners currently in General Population), increased destructive cell searches, removal of canteen items, and worse.  We know that a number of prisoners lost their jobs as added punishment for supporting the strike in July.
The spreading strike and overwhelming international support for it demonstrate the seriousness of torture throughout the prison industrial complex. It is no coincidence that the first round of the hunger strike followed the US Supreme Court’s finding that CA’s prison system is in violation of the 8th Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. Not surprisingly, the CDCR is criminalizing the strike and insisting that the hunger strikers are violent gang members that deserve to be tortured. Meanwhile, we face similar struggles against criminalization outside prison, as cities across CA are stepping up suppression policing tactics, such as gang injunctions, youth curfews and loitering ordinances, inevitably sweeping more people from working class communities of color into prison.
On top of all of that, the state’s realignment plan gives us a huge opportunity to get people out of prison but also adds the threat of unprecedented jail construction to this landscape.
Given this “perfect storm,” we can and must connect our struggles and continue to vigorously defend our communities and unleash our will to resist and organize.


Strike Spreads Rapidly, At least 6,000 prisoners resume strike

September 28: Today (9/28/11) lawyers & mediators of Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity’s mediation team confirm that at least 6,000 prisoners throughout CA are resuming the hunger strike that originally began in July. The CDCR refuses to release where prisoners are striking exactly, and how many prisoners are striking at each prison.
We know that hundreds of prisoners in the General Population at Calipatria are joining the hunger strike for one week in solidarity with 200 hunger strikers in Calipatria’s two Administrative Segregation Units (Ad-Seg & ASU), bringing Calipatria’s numbers up to 500-1,000 hunger strikers.
Family members have also reported prisoners are striking at CCI Tehachapi’s Security Housing Unit (SHU), demanding that the five core demands written by hunger strikers at Pelican Bay be implemented for all SHU-status prisoners in CA. Prisoners at Centinela have also joined the hunger strike again in solidarity with SHU-status prisoners across the state.
Prisoners at West Valley Detention Center are refusing state-issued food in solidarity with SHU-Status hunger strikers across the state as well. (West Valley prides itself as being one of the largest county jails in CA. The majority of people locked up at West Valley are pre-trial prisoners.)
From Security Housing Units to County Jails, conditions of imprisonment in California are horrendous, ridden with medical neglect & overcrowding as condemned by the US Supreme Court in the May ruling that found the CDCR to be in violation of the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition cruel and unusual punishment. The expansion of the strike demonstrates that CDCR’s atrocious practices and brutal conditions are in fact a system-wide issue and endemic of the CDCR.

Recent Media Coverage

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Upcoming Events

In the US:


Wednesday, October 5th, 12pm-2pm: Rally! at CDCR, 1515 S St, Sacramento.
San Francisco
Thursday, October 6, 5-7 p.m.: Vigil at UN Plaza, SF.
Saturday October 8th from 12:00 to 3:30 p.m: social gathering and potlock with Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition members, local activists, friends and family members of incarcerated loved ones in California prisons, to meet and socialized. Come and join us and share your favorite treat with us. Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster Street, Oakland, CA.
Thursday, October 13, 5-7 p.m.: Vigil at 24th  & Mission, SF.
Thursday, October 20, 5-7 p.m.: Vigil at Fruitvale BART, Oakland.

In Canada:
Friday, September 30 12-1:30pm: Picket at the American Consulate. 1155, rue Saint-Alexandre, corner Rene Levesque, metro Place des Arts. For more info, contact:
This list is of upcoming events we know of. If you are organizing an event in your area, let us know!

Hungerstrike News can be reached at

Throughout the month of July, 2011, thousands of prisoners across California participated in a hunger strike against torturous conditions at Pelican Bay State Prison's Security Housing Unit.
Hungerstrike News documented their struggle and the actions of those who stood in solidarity with them.
As we enter this new period, Hungerstrike News will continue to support the prisoners and report on their struggle.

Has Your Mail to Someone in Prison Been Refused?

From Julie Tackett:
Having your mail rejected is one of the most upsetting things to have happen when you have a loved one in prison. Whether is just a mistake on your part, a concerted effort cut family bonds or blatant retaliation for things like the Hunger Strike, it will help to keep track of trends. I have a spread sheet to record mail rejected by CDCR. I will watch for trends of increased rejections by facility, type of rejections, reasons for rejections, and otherwise keep an eye on things.

If you ever have a piece of mail rejected by CDCR for any reason, just message me, email me at or call 206-214-8208.

Thanks, Julie

Palestinian Prisoners on Hungerstrike in Israeli Prisons

Isolation torture is a worlwide scourge, often directed at political prisoners and others who resist oppression. In some contexts these people are accused of being "gang members", in others they are accused of being "terrorists". In all cases, this dehumanization is used as a justification for the unjustifiable: the purposeful attempt to scientifically drive a human being insane.
As of September 27, Palestinian prisoners have begun a hunger strike against the abusive conditions they are made to suffer. Their demands are:
"1. End the solitary confinement and isolation of our comrade, General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and the PLO Central Council, Ahmad Sa'adat, Abu Ghassan.

2. End the policy of isolation for all prisoners;
3. End the policy of systematic humiliation by the occupation army against the Palestinian people at checkpoints and crossings, particularly targeting visitors to prisons, and end the arbitrary denial of visits to the prisoners, especially the prisoners from the Gaza Strip. End the humiliation and abuse of prisoners during transfer."
For more information on this struggle:

Secretary Matthew Cate
1515 S Street
TEL: (916) 323-6001
Governor Jerry Brown
State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
CDCR Public Affairs Office: (916)445-4950

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Really, Truly, Honestly, Finished With NoR !

Yesterday my book Nature of religion went off to the printers.
All the corrections are done; the cover art was finished, the pdf cleaned up, etc etc.
It's finally done.
Of course, there's still the matter of making an e-book out of it, but that's not a big deal - just have to hire people to do it.
And so - something I've worked towards for over 6 years has come to pass.
Sorry about those whiny posts earlier - I've had tremendous luck over the last few months, but I've also been on a kind of emotional rollercoaster, as any regular reader of this blog knows, I'm sure.
That's why I chose Oasis for the accompanying music to this post. Wonderwall is a painful, wistful song. And though it marked the peak of success for Oasis, that success was bittersweet. I can relate.
Like the song says, "...and all the roads that lead you there are winding. And all the lights that light the way are blinding. There are many things that I would like to say to you, but I don't know how..."
I guess it's just that people are so fucking rotten to each other so often, ya' know? And there's not much anyone can do to change that sad, simple fact.
But I have no room to complain. Things are going my way, and i have a huge amount to be thankful for.
Thanks for visiting. I'll be putting up a pdf copy of the book for people to read on the website next week. I'll post one of those one-click links when it's up.
Meantime, take care, and be decent to someone - just for the hell of it.

Oasis - Wonderwall

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I Am SO Fuckin' Lucky!!!!!!!

Over the last two days, I Interviewed Sen. Rob't Jackson (recently accused of pullin' a gun on a guy over political bullshit in MS), and Mayor Johnny DuPree - likely to be the next governor of MS; looks like I'll take the job of editor of Bayou magazine. Only 10-15,000 circulation, but still - it's a lot of people for the MS Delta.
The Gladiator soundtrack  below seemed relevant for a minute, there - but you know how it is when you're wasted ! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha..........
Love all of ya', ya' fuckers !

Gladiator soundtrack

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Trippin', that's all - numerology always fascinated me.

Bad Ass Tune

This one needs no explanation.

Hard Rock Hallelujah - Lordi

And the BOC video is because...

Sorry !
I forgot to mention, i posted the BOC vid because that's how I feel - a veteran of a 1,000 psychic wars - just worn the fuck out. And it STILL goes on - the mind war never really ends, does it ?

WTF ?!!!

My best friend of 6 years looked at my blog - yeah - this one ! - and said it was so sexist he didn't want anything to do me with me any more !!! IS THAT A TRIP, OR WHAT ?!
Do you think this site is sexist ? Or anti-feminist ? My best friend said he didn't want anything to do with me because of this blog - being disrespectful of women.
I'm hurt, bewildered, I really feel overwhelmed by this.
What do YOU think ?
I LOVE women ! I have total respect for them. I would NEVER disrespect a woman !
Do YOU think this blog is in any way disrespectful of women ?!
Please tell me, because this came totally out of the blue, and i feel horrified, saddened, and dumbfounded.
If you think this is in ANY WAY accurate, please tell me !
Thank you. I can't believe my friend of all these years is so offended he rejects me because of this site !

B.O.C. - Veteran of 1,000 Psychic Wars...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

And Before Anyone Says Anything...

I love LIIT's - and I know they're actually a SIX shotter - anisette, triple sec, vodka, gin, rum, and spritz in 7-up, coke, and a dash of lime.
I was just using three metaphorically, like a generic standard...
Oh - who cares - I'm just blasted ! NEVER MIND...

Attention ! DO NOT VIEW THE VIDEO BELOW unless you have consumed...

...unless you have consumed, at a MINIMUM - three forty-ouncers; or two three-shot drinks (like Long Island Iced Tea's, etc), or three good, long bongloads of decent weed; or five to seven microbrewed ones (Nolan's Porter ? Scotch Ale ?);
or maybe, if you're a REALLY crazy motherfucker - downin' a bottle of brandy or perhaps JD or Vodka ? ;) I dunno - those days are behind me.
Wine and soda's more my speed these days...
anyway's - the video below is EXTREMELY bizarre - but - if you're fucked up enough, it's amusing, in it's own highly peculiar way.
Don't you think ?
Honestly, I'm just tryin' to distract you from my sorry-ass post below ! lol.

Eleuvitie - Omnos

Yeah, I know it's Old School...

Well folks, today was really it.
I got confirmation from the people who own the art for my book cover that it's copyright-free (YAY !), and also my buddy Shachaf made the final pdf version of the book - so it'll soon be available through Kindle, Nook, and all those other e-readers.
Plus a bunch of other productive, positive shit.
And to celebrate, I got pretty blitzed down at Gentle Ben's on Univ. - not drunk; just seriously buzzed - a kind, sweet, mellow good beer buzz (they brew some awesome beer & ale there).
So the question is - after all this time - years and years and years - I finish the book my grandfather inspired (I loved him so much), and where's that feeling of completion ? Strange, but I just feel hollow.
Is this the curse of modern society ? That we just can't feel a fuckin' thing anymore, we're so numb ?!
I don't know.
I DO know I've finally put a lot of ghosts to rest. And I have done my best - which is all you can do, right ?
OK - I'm gonna spill my guts here. Why do I wanna weep ?
So what the fuck's wrong with me ?
Take It To The Limit - I keep playin' that fucker over and over - so much of it is true...
All alone at the end of the evenin '...thinkin' about a woman who loved me...I've always been a dreamer, and so on and so forth.

You can spend all your time makin' money...if it all fell to pieces tomorrow, would you still be mine ? (of course fuckin' not!), etc. etc.

And so I sit here - everything I could want immediately at hand, and wonder why
it's never enough - is it ? Everything going rare, so incredibly good.
One book published by a New York publisher, the other about to hit print under my own company's label.
Like the Aussie's say - "No worries, Mate".

Ah, well. I guess it doesn't mean a fuckin' thing, does it ?
Thank you for caring enough to read this. It really does feel good that other people care - even if only a little.
In the end, that's all we have - the people we've touched in life. Relationships.
And we don't realize it until we're almost dead - that our relationships with others are the only thing that mattered in life.
Too heavy ?
I get this way when I'm seriously flawed. Oh well.
But it IS a day for celebration, and I'm just tryin' to figure out why I feel so sad.
Can you possibly understand ?
Take It To The Limit - one more time...

Take It To The Limit - The Eagles

Saturday, September 3, 2011


After over 6 years, this morning i finished the last bit of work, and Nature of Religion is complete.
Next week, I'll select the printer (I think I've already found one - Tiger), and make both print copies, and an ebook out of it.
Somehow, that old Bach fugue seems like the sound of success, painfully reached
(see video below). But i also posted it because this is the coolest display of classical music I've ever seen - such a trippy way of following the notes. I recommend you get stoned before viewing the video - you'll get a MAJOR kick out of it.

Had to share that w/ you - just ask, and I'll send you an ebook of it, once they're ready.

Bach's Toccata & Fugue in D Minor