hunger strike

6 petitions

Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Sheriff Laurie Smith, Cindy Chavez

Hunger Strike at Santa Clara County Main Jail began April 15, 2018 has now been suspended

On April 15th, 2018 inmates at Santa Clara County Main Jail will once again  start a hunger strike in protest of solitary confinement, grievance system negligence, meaningless classification reviews, among other injustices not remedied by the administration. Here are just a few comments from the prior strike last year that the San Jose Insider published;  As a result, Hirokawa adds, the Sheriff’s Office has seen three avoidable inmate deaths, an escape and other mistakes. “Laurie Smith tries to blame everyone else for these problems, including me, but the public is not buying what she is selling,” he says. Sheriff Smith refutes Hirokawa’s claims. “Hirokawa is wrong,” she says. “We are fixing his problems and he knows it. Further, we do not allow gangs to run the jails—and some of them could stand to lose a little weight. We will give their fresh food to the Salvation Army again. There are hungry people who committed no crimes and deserve a dinner.” Please sign the petition so that we can help our loved one's receive the proper treatment. They shouldn't need to starve themselves and have their food that was purchased by their  friends or family to be thrown away as it was never given to the salvation army.  Let's help make a difference to get their demands met and put an end to these hunger strikes!   Call/email these numbers with messages of concern during Hunger Strike to show your support. Thank you! Sheriff Administration:(408) Board of Supervisors:(408) Call the Main Jail Medical (408) 808-5200 & Elmwood Medical (408) 957-5360 to ask that they check on the condition of the hunger strikers receive medical care.

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Started 1 year 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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