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“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of PRIVATE power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism–ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
Is this not what the Department of Correction in CA and other states are doing, becoming a power stronger than the democratic state itself.
The Hunger Strike that is taking place in California and other states is in its sixth week and right now no compromise has been reached. The Department of Correction states it will not negotiate and will not be intimidated. Another discussion, however is scheduled to occur on Friday. In the meanwhile, the CDOC, is making hospital space ready for the many strikers that are becoming ill. To understand what the strike is about I have reposted an article posted in Truthout, by Victoria Law.
“We are starting to look death in the face with these indeterminate SHU terms,” wrote Lorenzo Benton on July 8, 2013. “Looking death in the face, isolated from family and friends and with no meaningful contact with others is a lonely experience that serves no one well. That is why we are now seeking redress from said condition as our days are becoming more and more numbered.”
Benton is referring to the mass prison hunger strike that began that day and is now entering its third week, amid officials’ threats and retaliation. On July 8, more than 30,000 people incarcerated throughout California refused meals, and more than 3,000 people refused to attend work or educational programs.
The strike encompassed people in two-thirds of California’s state prisons and four out-of-state private prisons contracted by California. Benton has been in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison since 2007. To read more click this link: http://truth-out.org/news/item/17808-california-hunger-strikers-enter-third-week-face-retaliation
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