Curt Wechsler, The World Can't Wait: July 2011 Archives

Ikemba S. Mutulu (Marritte Funches)

They tell you that I'm the monster, 

But it's my humanity they seek to take.

Every day that I awake, I break the law.

Every time I pass a book to one of my fellow convicts, 

Each time I greet one of my brothers in peace and unity,

Black, brown or white,

This is what they call gang activity

As they pull out their pens and begin to write,

Slap their cuffs on me and slam me in the hole,

Beat me down black and blue.

But I'm the monster, they lie to you.

Ikemba S. Mutulu, c/o SF BayView

Video: what this movement is about


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World Can't Wait was out Saturday July 2nd to show solidarity with the hunger strike initiated by prisoners in the Security Housing Unit at Pelican Bay State Prison to protest cruel and inhumane conditions... online petition here.


After a few weeks of a hunger strike a person feels strong pain. "In a few days after a hunger strike you do not feel hunger because of ketosis. Special cells in your blood block the hunger. In a few weeks of a hunger strike you develop nystagmus, a rapid involuntary rhythmic eye movement, and it causes strong dizziness. It is really unpleasant. A hunger striker nauseate, he cannot drink. This phase of the hunger strike is experienced by all protesters who reach it," Mr. Reyes said.

Dr. Reyes underlines that the success of hunger strikes of protest depends on whether the authorities would react to the fact that a person slowly and tormentingly starving himself. According to him, the longer hunger strike is, the stronger the protesters' suffering is, the larger is the influence of the hunger strike on the public thought and authorities.

"A hunger strike is very often the last resort for prisoners. When information about a hunger strike becomes known, the government faces a problem of image, not an image of prisoners, but its own image...  -- International Red Cross expert


Be sure to catch Jason Leopold's exposure of "Christian Just War Theory":
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While the historic prisoner strike that began at Pelican Bay on July 1 and joined by thousands of inmates across California may have ended, the struggle for humane policy in California prisons and prisons across the country continues. This heroic action has exposed the torture and abuse that these men and women face on a daily basis. The US who is so arrogant and self righteous in its condemnation of human rights abuses in other countries is now being challenged for what is happening right here at home.

report and photo by Bill Hackwell

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Supporters everywhere must amplify the prisoners' voices even more fiercely than before: 


 

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

There was a time when much of the public clamored for justice to rain down on White House illegalities, through impeachment. But then came Barack Obama, who made George Bush's crimes his own and "then proceeded to out-Bush Bush, especially when it came to wielding imperial power and doing away with what's left of due process and the rule of law."

Impeachment: If Not Obama, Who?

In Sacramento: 

About 125 people gathered outside the department of corrections in Sacramento on Monday to demonstrate their unity with California's prisoners -- who've gone on a hunger strike at Pelican Bay State Prison to demand change, according to officials...

more: http://www.kcra.com/news/28589294/detail.html#ixzz1Scjsawme 


In Los Angeles:

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Photo: Delores Canales, left, and other demonstrators gather outside the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Los Angeles in support of state prisoners participating in a hunger strike. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times


In Philadelphia:

Philly Supports Pelican Bay Prison Strike

This morning, July 18, 2011, two banners were dropped in Philadelphia in solidarity with the courageous actions of the Pelican Bay hunger strikers and the 6600-plus prisoners throughout the state of California who have joined the strike. Story here

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SF Stations in aftermath of 
latest murder. Witness says 
man was "definitely" not 
"running or lunging" at the 
two officers.

Charles Hill was fatally shot by a BART police officer July 3 at Civic Center Station.

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REFLECTIONS ON THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN

Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan is a traveling mural exhibit that makes a powerful statement on a nearly invisible reality. The exhibit consists of more than 45 large scale paintings by artists from all over the country that memorialize Afghan civlian casualties. The exhibit also includes images collected from Afghan high school students by Dr. Zahir Wahab, a professor at Lewis and Clark College who asked young Afghans to draw images from their daily reality. The "windows" they have created to help us feel the impact on the Afghan people, become "mirrors" reflecting our own identity as citizens of a nation at war -- and call us to act.

If you would like to help bring this exhibit to your community please contact us at exhibit@afsc.org.

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Making his first visit to Iraq as defense secretary, Mr. Panetta also said flatly -- before he and a Pentagon spokesman qualified his remarks -- that United States forces were in Iraq because of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. That was part of the narrative advanced by the Bush White House, particularly Vice President Dick Cheney, but it is now widely dismissed...

Panetta Says US Will Maintain "Enduring Presence" in Iraq