Sunday, August 11, 2013

Festival Season

This year has been colder then usual for our little Berg. That is based on observation not data so it could be I am just bitching about it more then ever and it is normal to freeze your ass off all summer long. Anyway the festival season is upon us. Wrecking the River and others. This weekend Was the First Annual Strawberry Rock Festival. It was an awesome spectacle of peace and music in the Manila Park.
The Music was Amazing. Afro-Punk Fusion I think the one band called their style. They Had a french horn in their brash section which I found very cool. Earlier in the Day I went to Blue lake with a friend for some music and arts.
Of course the Hunger Strike was on my mind. We continue to Educate.
Friday was Cotton Day, the 6th Anniversary of EPD beating Martin Cotton to death. We held a remembrance at Wabash and Broadway. Too busy a week. We need to tell the Gov to end the Torture and we need the City of Eureka to fire these Thugs in the Pictures and any other of the killers on staff so that we can go back to listening to music and being at peace.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Torture's Alive

In the California Department of Corrections and rehabilitation thousands are tortured every day. This is the start of day 28 of the hunger strike by prisoners in the California prison system. In Solidarity we set up at Arts Alive to spread the word that the mainstream media isn't.

24 hours in day

Arrived in Oakland around 3:30 and picked up our huge banner. We headed for 14th and Broadway, Oscar Grant Plaza the site of much protesting and demonstrating since the Murder of Mr. Grant by the Bart Police and before. Taking part in, “24hrs of action” a celebrity driven event the 30th and 31st of July to show solidarity with the hunger striking prisoners in the California Department of Corrections and rehabilitation.
There are 5 core demands but it all boils down to Humane Treatment. Ending long term solitary confinement and indeterminate sentencing. Providing decent food and an end to group punishment.
The crowd was at first sparse but our ranks swelled as the evening came on chilling the breeze off the bay. I began my sympathy fast, 24hrs to show solidarity with the men and women inside. Long enough to get hungry but not much more.
I listen to the words of a man that had been locked away. He speaks of pain and death that comes when men are tortured beyond their capacity to endure and wonder why. The time when death stands out in stark relief as the only choice.
I watched a young woman lovingly place an altar in memory of “Guero” A young man that died while resisting the oppression of the CDCR. Punctuated with the young mans art it was an expression of his humanity and of hers in solidarity with all of those gathered to cry out for justice.
When we came in the morning to string up more banners and gather again the alter was gone,replaced by young people hustling Nestle's Quick.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Day 26

Call Jerry Brown (916)445-2841 urge him to compel CDCR 2 enter into negotiations to end strike NOW
Today is the 26th day of the California Prisoner Hunger Strike.
On day 25 we held our usual 5 pm for the 5 demands on the Arcata plaza.
The link is to Radical Rap my Comrade Verbena's ragio show. This episode is filled with the voices of the loved ones of the men being tortured by the State of California.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

East Bay Action

Spent the Day in Oakland joining Friends, Loved Ones and Allies in solidarity with the Striking prisoners in the California Department of Corrections system. We had cool weather through the valleys and clear skies by the bay. I was able to listen to the stories of those directly touched by the evil of the Prison Industrial Complex. Witnessing the collateral damage of the "War on Crime", the "War on Drugs" and the class wars puts a sharper edge on the strike for me. here are some of the sights.