As the hunger strikes in California prisons across the state close out their 3rd week, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation refuses to negotiate. The more than 1,000 strikers have issued a new statement.
“The CDCR refused to let family members of strikers who are part of our team join in the discussions, they refused to negotiate or even address the strikers’ five demands, and they failed in any way to appreciate the urgency of this situation,” said mediator Ron Ahnen. The mediation team’s meeting with the federal health receiver’s office overseeing the California prison system left some assurances that the strikers would receive due medical care and left open prospects for future communication and discussions.”
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