Incarcerated peoples in the State of California protest the use of indefinite and long-term solitary confinement.
I realize that a society incarcerates people for a reason, they have more than likely harmed society in some way but taking a critical look at our prison system is well past due. Sitawa Natambu Jamaa has been in solitary confinement, been locked in a single cell for 22-24 hours a day, for the better part of three decades. His own sister admits that she has not been allowed to have psychical contact with her brother since the mid-1980s. Human begins are inherently social creatures, and research suggests that even a minimal time in solitary confinement can have devastating psychological consequences, while the effects of long-term confinement have been deemed a form of torture by Amnesty International.
Now, Natambu Jamaa, along with many others, is fighting back the only way they he can, through a hunger strike. But they are asking for support from the “outside”—you can check out and support their protest here.