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Our show begins as we air the third interview in our three part series with staff from the Correctional Association of New York. This interview featured Soffiyah Elijah, the Executive Director of the Correctional Association. The Correctional Association is a 170 plus year old organization that visits prisons across New York state and writes reports about conditions inside, advocates for people who are currently incarcerated and participates in campaigns around issues such as solitary confinement and the imprisonment of 16 and 17 year olds in adult prisons. Soffiyah Elijah has been the Executive Director of the organization for the past 2 years. Before working for the Correctional Association she was a lawyer, an author and a law professor at both the city university of New York and Harvard law school. She has represented numerous political prisoners and social activists over the years.
On July 8th 2013, more than 30,000 California prisoners initiated an indefinite hunger strike in response to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)’s failure to meet their 5 Core Demands. 60 days and 1 death later, strikers suspended the strike, and California legislators committed to hold public hearings. On this show we broadcast two of the speakers from the Informational Hearing held in Sacramento on October 9, 2013. You will hear from Dolores Canales, a mother of one of the hunger strikers at Pelican Bay and Dorsey Nunn, a former prisoner who did time in solitary in the 70s and who is now the Executive Director of the organization Legal Services for Prisoners with Children as well as a member of All of Us or None.
Because of a lack of time, we were unable to air all the audio we had hoped to from this hearing, but you can listen to more on-line, as well as getting much more information on this monumental prisoner hunger strike in California at: prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com
You can download audio here