Protesting Growing Gulag System in the U.S.

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Protesting Growing Gulag System in the U.S.

The Occupy Wall Street movement turned it's attention to the growing gulag system in the U.S....and rightfully so. Read on. Much more attention should be given to this travesty of justice. The three hikers held by Iranian authorities for several months, until they were released recently, lent support.

"The call to protest was issued by activists with the Occupy Oakland movement and was co-ordinated to coincide with waves of prison hunger strikes that began at California's Pelican Bay prison in July. Demonstrators denounced the use of restrictive isolation units as infringement upon fundamental human rights. The hunger strikes followed a US supreme court ruling in May which stated that overcrowding in the California prison system had led to "needless suffering and death." The court ordered the state to reduce its overall prison population from 140,000 to 110,000, which still well-exceeds the state's maximum prison capacity.

Sarah Shourd, Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer – the American hikers who were held for over a year by Iranian authorities – took part in demonstrations outside San Quentin prison in Marin County, California. Addressing the crowd, Shourd described the psychological impact of solitary confinement, saying her 14 and a half months without human contact drove her to beat the walls of her cell until her knuckles bled. Shourd noted that Nelson Mandella described the two weeks he spent in solitary confinement as the most dehumanising experience he had ever been through."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/20/occupy-protest-us-prisons

 

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