RALLY at the San Francisco Federal Courthouse while the four CA Prisoner Hunger Strike and Ashker Class Representatives ‘Meet and Confer’ with CDCr to address the continuing solitary conditions that violate the Ashker lawsuit settlement agreement. The four prisoner hunger strike representatives will be present in the courtroom, an historic presence!
Help create a strong show of solidarity with prisoners fighting for human rights!
What’s going on? The prisoner class-led movement and the Ashker class action lawsuit resulted in the release of over 1400 people from solitary confinement Security Housing Units (SHUs) to what the CA Department of Corrections (CDCr) calls “General Population.” However, many of those people continue to be subjected to conditions of extreme isolation. With little to no out-of-cell time and no chance for social interaction, they are still in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT.
On July 3, 2018, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled:
- “The Settlement Agreement was intended to remove Plaintiffs from detention in the SHU, where they were isolated in a cell for 22 ½ to 24 hours a day.� many Plaintiffs [now] spend an average of less than an hourr of out-of-cell time each day, which is similar to the conditions they endured in the SHU.� … This demonstrates a violation of the Settlement Agreement.” FULL RULING HERE
- and “…a substantial percentage of Plaintiffs in Restricted Custody General Population (RCGP) are …not permitted to exercise in small group yards or engage in group leisure activities. This does not comply with the terms of the Settlement Agreement.” FULL RULING HERE
The Ashker Plaintiff class reps and legal team were ordered to meet and confer* with CDCr lawyers to explore a resolution of these two issues. The four prisoner hunger strike representatives will be inside the courtroom. Please join us outside, and bring a friend, in a strong show of solidarity.
SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IS TORTURE
UNITY INSIDE, UNITY OUTSIDE
IMPORTANT NOTE: August 21, 2018 is the 47 year memorial anniversary of revered prison activist, George Jackson, who was assassinated by CA guards in San Quentin prison. It is also the first day of the 2018 National Prison Strike for humane living conditions, access to rehabilitation, sentencing reform, and the end of modern day slavery.
*Meet and confers are usually private with no judge present. This one will be in the presence of Magistrate Robert Illman and not open to the public.