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This links to an article I posted a little while ago to the Kasama main site, covering the recent fast food organizing here in Seattle and elsewhere.  This past Thursday there was a second strike in Seattle, and a follow-up article will be posted shortly.

Chad Landrum, Prisoner at Pelican Bay, Urgently Needs Our Support. He May Die Without It.

striketheprisons:

We’ll probably be seeing increasing numbers of calls for aid as prisoner’s health deteriorates due to the hunger strike; and as repression against prisoners increases.  According to the letter we recently received from Landrum’s lawyer, he will likely be one of the first prisoners to die during this hunger strike unless something changes and soon.  Please, call or email Warden Greg Lewis and demand that Landrum receive his medications and proper medical attention.

You can reach Warden Lewis at: 707-465-1000 x5001 or Gregory.Lewis@cdcr.ca.gov.

Send a hard copy of any e-mails or letters to:

Dr. Jeffrey Beard, Secretary of CDCR

1515 S Street, 5th Floor
Sacramento, California 94283
phone: 916-323-6001 (alternatively 916-445-5073)

fax: 916-442-2637

Warden Lewis can also be reached by mail at:

Greg Lewis, Warden

Pelican Bay State Prison

PO Box 7000

Crescent City, CA 95531-7000

Here is the letter we received from Chad Landrum’s lawyer:

“Letter of 7/10/13

“Chad told his medications were being changed because some cannot be taken if he’s dehydrated.  However, he is refusing only food and is drinking lots of water. While they are decreasing dosages of other meds, they are cutting his pain medicine completely. He has severe, incapacitating pain without them. Also, they are addictive substances so he will suffer withdrawal symptoms, all while not eating. In the past, not liking the dependency, he wanted to discontinue the pain medicine, and medical staff told him that in his condition [he has chronic illness] discontinuing it could cause stroke, ruptures of diseased veins, and could even be fatal.  “Yet when it’s to their convenience, they have no qualms or hesitation in cutting me off, not a slow weaning as law requires, but abruptly.” He didn’t give medicine names.  He did plead, “When I [get] sick, I will be incapacitated and unable to write… Please notify [omitted]… He expressed his willingness to arrange for individuals to call and put pressure on medical if I need it….I need all the help I can receive.  Please….” He has had end-stage liver disease for at least 4 years (as long as I’ve known him).” 

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Emergency Alert! Prisoners Are Facing Repression - They Need Our Support!

striketheprisons:

We received this emergency update from the Pledge of Resistance email list.  The bottom line: The fourteen strike representatives at Pelican Bay and  Corcoran State Prisons are facing heavy repression, including taking all of the prisoner’s legal documents, denying them access to their lawyer, moving them from SHU to Ad Seg cells (even worse than SHU), blasting cells with AC to the point where prisoners can get sick from the cold. They need for us to call these prisons and demand that this repression be stopped.  There are numbers to call below.  All eyes on the prisoners!

Greetings to all Pledge signers,

Thank you for your support of the hunger strikers.  As you may have heard, the hunger strike began on July 8 with California 30,000 imprisoned people refusing to eat. Hundreds of media outlets have been covering this historic event.

The California Department of Corrections and ‘Rehabilitation’ (CDCr) has begun to retaliate against the vocal spokespeople for the hunger strikers, who are located in Pelican Bay and Corcoran State Prisons.  Our Pledge of Resistance Alert today will focus on the extreme brutality of prison authorities against the Representatives of the hunger strikers, who are in Pelican Bay State Prison.

The CDCr is also trying to undermine legal and community support of the hunger strikers. They have just issued ‘banning’ orders to Marilyn McMahon, an attorney for many of the Reps in Pelican Bay, denying her access to her clients.

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striketheprisons:

Reposted from the Hunger Strike News email list. As we are now in the middle of the eighth day of the prison strike, prisoners are asking for everyone to focus their attention and pressure on Govenor Jerry Brown. Lets do some call-ins! All eyes on the prisoners! Lets have their backs!

JOIN US…

Strike in Burlington

There is a farm worker strike among berry-pickers in Burlington.

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Triqui and Mixteco Strawberry Pickers on Strike for Dignity!

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Burlington, WA – It starts with a whistle, that ruptures the relative quiet of working as fast as you can, on your knees, back bent over, searching for the tiny ripe strawberries that stain your hands, trying to make the minimum weight. The whistle is answered, meaning someone else agrees with the original whistles discontent, and soon a chorus erupts in resounding symphony of agreement and workers walk off the field en masse. This was how one of the first Triqui sitdown strikes occurred in the mid 2000s, as described by anthropologist Seth M. Holmes in his book Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States (2013) that exposes the plight of migrant Triqui farmworkers. This strike ended with a memo agreed upon by the Sakuma executives, that addressed grievances about racism in the fields, by creating a company policy against intimidation and violence in the workplace. The agreement also resulted in slightly higher pay and allowed lunch breaks for pickers, these gains were silently rescinded a year later.

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What to the American slave is your Fourth of July?

This piece, a central piece by Frederick Douglass, is a marker for what should be our disdain for the empire we live in.  Every word of this reading, done by Morgan Freeman, is still pertinent today.

Please, watch and reflect.

Today, July 4th is the day to celebrate the US’ empire - a stronghold of exploitation and oppression of millions. Monday, July 8th is the first day where thousands of this country’s locked up and enslaved will go on strike. All eyes on US prisoners while they go on work and hunger strikes in four days.

Crude Oil in Washington

This is reposted from the Puget Sound Business Journal, so keep in mind that the article is pretty literally written by and for the ruling class.  It does show, however, that recent protests in Seattle against the shipment of oil and coal out of Washington state have had little effect so far beyond the city limits, despite calls for solidarity between workers, the indigenous and environmentalists.  Much of the reason for this is that Washington includes such a significant rural hinterland, where jobs are scarce and any offer of industry seems attractive.  Once the heartland of the IWW, the rural Pacific Northwest has been emptied of most of its radical forces, save a few scattered and often reformist environmental groups, a dispersed and repressed indigenous movement, and the continued organizing being done by the United Farm Workers, mostly in Eastern Washington.  In this climate, white populism, with its strong undertow of white supremacy, is on the rise, alongside the gradual transformation of America’s semi-abandoned rural regions into an enormous petro-state, while the "creative class" enclaves itself in walled suburbs and the gentrified cores of the wealthiest cities.  Unless revolutionaries can overcome these divisions and rebuild a radical presence in the non-urban “wasteland,” where capital has free play, we will in all likelihood fail to be anything other than the left-wing of the creative class itself, commodifying struggle for the next generation of hip urbanites.

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Ten terminals for crude oil trains planned or built in Washington


Near the Tesoro Refinery outside Anacortes, rail cars bring in oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota.

Near the Tesoro Refinery outside Anacortes, rail cars bring in oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota.

Staff Writer- Puget Sound Business Journal

Companies are building or planning to build 10 railroad oil terminals in Washington state, plus one in Oregon, to accommodate long trains of tanker cars bringing crude oil from Bakken oil shale fields in the Dakotas.

The oil will help support five refineries in Washington state, which have been seeking other sources of crude as volume through the Alaska pipeline has been dropping with the depletion of Alaskan oil fields.

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