Thursday, May 24, 2012
SOLIDARITY WITH RED ONION PRISONERS
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity extends our love and solidarity to the Red Onion State prisoners in Virginia
now on hunger strike against the torturous conditions there.
Red Onion and California prisoners hunger strikers' demands resound across the boundaries of geography, reminding us that wherever there is oppression and wherever there are cages, resistance will be strong. These prisoners' long term struggles for justice, dignity and liberation inspire us to support them from the outside.
In spite of the fact that the United States is a signatory of international human rights conventions which describe
long term solitary confinement as torture, neither Virginia nor California have taken seriously the demands for human rights by their prisoners.
In the face of this decades-long systemic oppression, prisoners across the U.S. continue to demand to be treated as human beings.
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity believes that all human beings have fundamental rights which do not disappear simply because a state has chosen to encage the human being. We 'outside the walls' have the responsibility to stand in solidarity with those fighting for their human rights 'inside the walls.'
As Assata Shakur, a Black Liberation fighter, once said, "A wall is just a wall. It can be broken down."
We assert that no one is free while others are oppressed. And therefore, a victory for one is a victory for all, from California to Virginia.
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity
Posted by Virginia at 3:54 PM