hunger strike

5 petitions

Started 10 months ago

Petition to Government of Turkey, Council of Higher Education, Ministry of National Education

Nuriye and Semih are on hunger strike! Reinstate them to their jobs!

Nuriye Gülmen, an academic, and Semih Özakça, a primary school teacher, are two among tens of thousands of public employees who have been arbitrarily and unlawfully dismissed by decree law from their positions since the imposition of State of Emergency rule in Turkey on July 20, 2016. Demanding their jobs back, they began their sit-in protest on Yüksel Street in central Ankara in November 2016. Following several police attacks and detentions, on March 11, 2017, they began their hunger strike. Today, May 9, 2017, is the 62nd day of their hunger strike. The government continues to remain indifferent to their rightful demands. Their hunger strike has entered a critical stage, and Nuriye Gülmen had to be taken home yesterday, when her blood pressure dropped severely ( It is imperative that we lend our voice to their rightful demands, and support Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça to secure their reinstatement to their jobs. Several Academics for Peace have already initiated a hunger strike on a rotating basis to display their solidarity with Gülmen and Özakça, and make their voice heard. At this critical stage, time is of absolute essence. TOMORROW MAY BE TOO LATE! It is time for the international community to raise its voice for the struggle of Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça! Sign the petition and tell the government of Turkey to reinstate Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça to their jobs. If you are in a position to do so, ask your local Member of Parliament to bring up this urgent matter in your national parliament, or at international platforms your country is a member of. On social media, support the hashtag #NuriyeAndSemihAreNotAlone to spread the news, call for solidarity, and ask the government of Turkey to listen to their demands! You can also contact the Turkish embassy in your country. To find the contact numbers and addresses of the Turkish embassies visit:  

Friends of Nuriye and Semih
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Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith

Support the Santa Clara County Jail Hunger Strikers

To Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith: As you know, hundreds of inmates in the county jail, many whom are pre-trial detainees, are currently on a hunger strike -- a remarkable act of self-sacrifice to call on urgent changes.  We -- local civil rights organizations, families of the incarcerated, county residents, and advocates for justice beyond our region -- collectively call on you to honor the demands of the hunger strikers. They have been starving themselves since October 17, 2016 and not ordering from commissary until the demands are met. Read their collective letter here. As you saw from the letter they mailed you, the demands of change, and their proposed solutions are:  1​. END​: Meaningless Classification Review and biased Appeal process.SOLUTION:(A)​ Incorporate Classification practices of other Jurisdictions (CDCR, Alameda Co. etc.) ​(B)​ Establish Independent oversight and review of inmate appeal process, Jail conditions, practices and policies.​ (C) Safeguard all due process protections. 2.​ END:​ Placement in Solitary Confinement when there exist no serious rule violation to merit such placement. (​ A) ​Prohibit the use of long term/ indefinite Solitary Confinement. ​(B)​ Prohibit the use of Solitary Confinement based solely on gang allegations , affiliation, validation, etc.SOLUTION: (A)​ follow the classification and housing practices of other jurisdictions (CDCR, Alameda Co. Etc.) ​(B) ​Allow all inmates a genuine Opportunity to be down classed and properly integrate into the general population. ​(C)​ Classify / house all inmates based on individual behavior.  3.​ END:​ The policy / practice of denying inmates sufficient clothing. SOLUTION:​ ​(A)​ Establish policy that promotes proper hygiene. (​B)​ provide two sets of tops/bottom , three sets of under clothes, and sufficient clothing change. 4.​ END:​ Jail profiteering and exploitation of prisoners and their families through contract bidding of commissary vendors based on kickbacks and political incentives for campaign contributions. SOLUTION: (A)​ set commissary prices equal to or cheaper than those set in (CDCR). ​(B) ​Approve more packaging vendors to create a competitive and fair market. 5. ​END:​ Recidivism and misappropriation of inmates welfare funds. SOLUTION:​ ​(A)​ Expand and provide constructive programming and privileges for all inmates regardless of classification status.​(B)​ Create opportunities to engage in meaningful self treatment work, education and other activities relating to having a sense of being a part of the community in preparation for re­entering society, for all inmates.(C)​ Reallocate inmate welfare funds toward education and rehabilitation programs in Santa Clara County Main Jails South/North. These demands by the Prisoners Human Rights Movement (PHRM) should be responded to immediately.  

SV De-Bug
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