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In support of the Pelican Bay hunger strikers.   I believe that extended solitary confinement is cruel and unusual punishment and this is what I choose to do to help end that.  I called the Governor's office, actually twice, to let them know that I was participating

It's already harder than I would have thought, although I have fasted in the past for other reasons.  I'll hang in there.  It's little enough in the face of what someone who has stared at the same concrete walls for decades has to deal with every day.

I also think this challenges us to answer the question.  Do we believe in rehabilitation or just punishment?  Are prisons simply unpaid slave labor for the for-profit prison industry or are we going to get serious about real redemption?

Tomorrow I'll stand with the strikers.  Information at the link. (And back later in the am)

Originally posted to ShoshannaD on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 08:59 AM PDT.

Also republished by Hellraisers Journal, Invisible People, In Support of Labor and Unions, and Kitchen Table Kibitzing.

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