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Solidarity with All Prisoners

ID Number: 40929
Maker: Prison Hunger Strike Solidarity; Tim Simons
Technique: digital print
Date Made: 2011
Place Made: United States: California
Measurements: 27.9 cm x 43.2 cm; 11 in x 17 in
Main Subject: Prisons & Prisoners
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
Solidarity With All Prisoners! Make Some Noise For The Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers On July 1st, 2011, prisoners in Pelican Bay State Prison Security Housing Unit (SHU) began an indefinite hunger strike to protest tortuous and inhumane conditions. The strike has now expanded across the state of CA, as more than 6,000 have joined the strike across at least 13 prisons. Photo: Attica Rebellion, 1971 More Info:

Acquisition Number: 2011-148

On Monday morning, September 13, 1971, an uprising by prison inmates of the Attica Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison located in western New York, ended in the bloodiest prison confrontation in American history. Five days earlier, thirteen hundred prisoners had rebelled, taken over the prison, and held forty guards hostage. Issuing a list of demands—including calls for improvements in living conditions as well as educational and training opportunities—they entered into negotiations with state officials. The negotiations failed and state police and national guard troops seized the prison; in the course of taking it over they killed forty-three individuals, including ten hostages. [from]

Copyright Status:
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Exhibition Annotation:
On July 1, 2011, a hunger strike was initiated at Pelican Bay’s Security Housing Unit (SHU) by prisoners demanding changes to the torturous conditions of their solitary confinement (see poster #43). Soon, over 12,000 California prisoners participated. The hunger strike also spread to prisons in Arizona, Mississippi and Oklahoma. The strike in Pelican Bay lasted nearly three weeks and ended only after the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) sent a memo detailing a comprehensive review of every affected SHU prisoner in California whose SHU sentence is related to gang validation. As the majority of people in the SHU are there for being labeled “gang members,” this was seen as a victory.

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