Hunger Strikers Miss Thanksgiving While Climate Polluters And Corrupt Politicians Feast

The global hunger strike has worked in many parts of the world. Sweden’s Minister of the Environment agreed to meet with Swedish hunger strikers. In the UK, politicians from a range of parties including the Labour Party and Liberal Democrats met with hunger strikers on camera. In the Netherlands, hunger strikers sat down with officials from the municipality of Wageningen for a recorded meeting to push for tougher action on the climate and ecological crisis. The city of Miami, Florida agreed to one of Extinction Rebellion’s key demands last week when it declared a climate emergency following a three-day hunger strike by an XR climate rebel.

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Hunger Strike Continues In Pelosi’s Office By Extinction Rebellion

Hunger strikers with Extinction Rebellion will occupy Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office for the third day in a row today (November 20) as part of a Global Hunger Strike taking place in 27 countries on six continents. The hunger strikers are demanding the speaker meet with them on-camera for one hour to discuss the climate and ecological emergency that threatens the collapse of civilization. If Pelosi is supportive of climate action, why won’t she meet them? Is Pelosi too busy for the increasingly starving youth in her office? 

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Prisoners On Hunger Strike And Work Stoppage At Santa Rita Jail

Prisoners inside Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, CA are staging a one-day hunger strike and work stoppage to protest widespread institutional neglect and abuse, including unsanitary living conditions, price gouging, poor medical care, forced labor, and lack of access to legal resources. The self-organized protest began as a sit-in within a single housing unit, but organizers have called for a jail wide action on Wednesday, October 30th in response to poor jail conditions and indefinite lockdowns.

Conditions inside Santa Rita are at a “crisis point,” according to a statement released by strike organizers today. “Detainees are only provided cleaning supplies once a week…[and] are contracting lice, bed bugs, and flesh-eating staph infections from the MRSA virus,” organizers write, adding that jail staff routinely neglects medical and mental health emergencies.

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Hunger Strike For Climate Action

In a short period between contracts, Dr Kendall, a member of ‘Doctors for XR’, decided to use his time to try and generate awareness of the issues and to sway the government into more action. So he began a hunger strike on 12th July and has been sitting outside the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, after writing to tell them he was demanding a more ambitious target from them on carbon neutrality. This interview was filmed on the 12th day. He planned to review his health after 2 weeks, and having attracted media attention in the last few days…

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How To Support The North Carolina Prison Hunger Strike

Requests for notaries necessary for legal actions and grievances against conditions at this razor-wire plantation are being consistently ignored. Many of these grievances are against Scotland denying those held captive in solitary confinement of their recreation time. Scotland’s staff will simply claim that recreation is “canceled”. NCDOC’s own Policy and Procedures (Chapter C, Section .1206 (B)) guarantees that those on “restrictive housing” (solitary confinement) shall be allowed to recreation outside of the cell five days a week for one hour a day. Scotland is violating their own policies and causing severe harm to all those  forced to be confined to a small cell 24/7.
Furthermore, Scotland’s so-called medical staff conducts what are called “seg checks” at 1am-2am every night when everyone is asleep.

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95-Year Old Woman Veteran On Hunger Strike

Sally Alice Thompson is 95 years old and she is on a hunger strike for the children, children who are victims of the U.S. government’s sanctions and war mongering on the countries where they live — Yemen, Syria, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela.

She is a World War II Navy veteran, an anti-war activist and member of Veterans for Peace in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ms. Thompson has been involved in peace, and anti-nuclear issues for decades.

In 1986, she walked across the United States in the Great American Peace Walk and a year later joined 200 other Americans who walked for peace from Moscow to St. Petersburg in the US-Soviet International Peace Walk.

Five years ago at age 90 she walked from Albuquerque to Santa Fe, New Mexico to Get Money Out of Politics.

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ICE Deports Two Hunger Strikers Detained In El Paso

Two of the #ElPaso9 hunger strikers were deported on Thursday, February 28th from the El Paso, TX Processing Center (EPPC). The two deported were among the Sikh men seeking asylum who have been on hunger strike, some for over 60 days. The “El Paso 9” have been subject to intermittent and involuntary force-feeding and solitary confinement since January. The men were on hunger strike to protest the ongoing delay in hearing their cases and verbal and physical abuse by the guards. Some of the men are still on hunger strike.

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Fast For Yemen

At least twelve people from around the United States and the United Kingdom will undertake a Fast for Yemen, December 29 – January 12, beginning in New York City and closing in Washington, D.C. Participants call for sustained measures to cease all hostilities, end weapon sales to any of the warring parties, protect supply lines, facilitate aid operations, stabilize the Yemeni economy and avoid famine.

While fasting from all solid foods, they will engage in daily public outreach, following the schedule below. In NYC, they will carry placards, along with bookbags symbolic of war waged on Yemeni children, as they process to Missions to the UN and consulates of countries which are among the warring parties in Yemen, including the United States, the UK, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.

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National Call-In Day To Support Hunger-Striking Prisoners

Several inmates in the Secure Housing Unit(SHU) at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility are initiating a hunger strike in protest of their already starvation-level meal portions, their lack of access to basic necessities like adequate clothing, and access to commissary items . Food portions are extremely small, imagine a high school lunch tray where the section for your main course isn’t even half full. The food they receive is already lacking in nutrition and comes in boxes labelled “not for human consumption.” Food services in the IDOC are managed by the private corporation Aramark, and food served to inmates lacks…

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Victory For Immigrant Hunger Strikers

By Mike Ludwig for Truthout. For three years now, incarcerated immigrants have staged hunger strikes and work stoppages to protest conditions at the Northwest Detention Center, an immigration jail in Tacoma, Washington, run by a private prison company that pays detainees as little as $1 a day to work in the jail.

“This week folks were offered chips or a soup for several nights of waxing the floors, so not even $1 [per] day,” one person incarcerated in the jail recently reported to NWDC Resistance, an immigrant-led group fighting to end the deportation and detention of immigrants.

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Reflection From Inside

By Rustbelt Abolition Radio with the help of MAPS: Michigan Abolition & Prisoner Solidarity The September 9 strike sparked by workers incarcerated at Kinross was part of a series of nationwide actions organized by both folks within and outside prison walls, including with groups such as the Free Alabama Movement, the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) of the Industrial Workers of the World, various Anarchist Black Cross chapters, Critical Resistance, and the National Lawyers Guild, amongst others. According to estimates from IWOC in their zine The Fire Inside, as many as 46 facilities nationwide were locked down as a result of the strikes.

As we describe elsewhere, and as we hear in the following reflections from comrades inside, the spark that lit the match of the actions at Kinross were the wholly unlivable conditions. There had already been a series of peaceful collective actions earlier in the year, but prison officials refused to hear, much less address, pressing grievances. Their only response was to retaliate and, true to form, the retaliation for the events of September 2016 at Kinross has been violent, arbitrary, corrupt, and prolonged on the largest scale in recent memory.

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Palestinians End Mass Hunger Strike In Israel jails

By Hossam Ezzedine for AFP. Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails on hunger strike since April 17 have ended their mass protest after Israel agreed a deal following weeks of refusing to negotiate, sources on both sides said on Saturday.

Some 30 of the more than 800 hunger strikers had been hospitalised in recent days, raising fears of an escalation of clashes with Israeli security forces in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinians hailed the deal as a victory for the hunger strikers after Israeli authorities repeatedly vowed not to negotiate with convicted “terrorists”.

Palestinian Authority prisoners’ affair chief Issa Qaraqe said it had come after some 20 hours of talks between Israeli officials and strike leader Marwan Barghouti, a figure revered among Palestinians but reviled by many Israelis.

An Israel Prisons Service spokeswoman confirmed the hunger strike was over but said the deal had been reached not with prisoners’ representatives but with the Palestinian Authority and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

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Palestine: Prisoners Will Have To Extend The Hunger Strike

By Ramón Pedregal Casanova for The Dawn. One of the leaders of the hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, Samer al Issawi, who made a 9-month long hunger strike, from 2012 and 2013, forcing his captors to comply with his demands and free him, even though he was detained again six months later and sentenced to 20 years of jail.

I bring here the words of Samer’s mother, who stated: “I visited my son at the beginning of the hunger strike. The doctors who treated him after his last hunger strike almost two years ago told him that his life might be in danger if he takes part in another hunger strike due to the irreversible damage the first one caused to his organs. My son, after listening to me, said: ‘Mother, you believe in God and in his will. God gives us life and takes it away from us. God is one and death is one as well. Trust Him, I am going to join the strike along my comrades. I want your blessing and forgiveness for causing so much pain to you’.

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All Of Palestine Is On Strike

By Mazin Qumsiyeh. Today all of Palestine is on strike in solidarity with the fasting prisoners and tomorrow is a day of indignation, demonstrations, and confrontations with the occupiers. Bethlehem is a ghost town and all shops and public transportation are closed and Israeli helicopters are in the skies. Today, Palestinians and their friends around the world show solidarity with over 1800 Palestinian political prisoners who are on their 11th day of hunger strike. Salt and water is all they will take until their just and rightful demands are met (basic decent treatment in prison based on international law). It sounds simple but this is a profound even in Palestinian and human history. The price one pays for resistance is injury, death or imprisonment.

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When Hunger Is The Only Option

By Budour Youssef Hassan for Electronic Intifada. Gaza – Mariam al-Hih received a distressing phone call from her son Omar last month. Omar was going on hunger strike to protest how Israel had locked him up without charge or trial. As many other parents have done in similar situations, Mariam pleaded with Omar not to proceed with his hunger strike.

“I told him that it would kill me to see him suffer without being able to help him,” Mariam said. “But he had already made up his mind and I respected his choice. What else could I do?”

Omar has been placed under administrative detention — imprisonment without charge or trial — twice this year. After spending six months in Israeli custody, he was released in August. He barely spent a month with his family before being arrested again on 15 September — under another six-month administrative detention order issued by a military court.

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