NAM Radio: Starving in Solitary— California Prison Hunger Strike

NAM Radio: Starving in Solitary— California Prison Hunger Strike

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Over the July 4th holiday weekend, not all Americans were celebrating. Some of them were starving, literally. The Pelican Bay State Prison, a supermax prison in the northernmost part of California, had hundreds of prisoners on hunger strike—many of them have been in solitary confinement without access to sunlight, other human beings, proper nutrition or healthcare for decades. Yes, decades.

Reports indicate that more than a third of California's 33 prisons have inmates participating in the hunger strike. New America Now host Shirin Sadeghi discusses the peaceful protest and conditions in California prisons with Manuel La Fontaine, a lead organizer in the coalition Prison Hunger Strike Solidarity, and himself a former California prisoner.


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New America Now is the radio program of New America Media. The program is hosted by
Shirin Sadeghi and is broadcast on 91.7 FM KALW San Francisco on Fridays at noon and Sundays at 3 pm.
 
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