Patricia Aguilar1 
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Re: “Caged

Thank you for being so brave to publish the truth despite how much it may hurt. I am a wife of a Pelican Bay SHU inmate who has served 16 years in solitary confinement. My husband is participating now and participated in the first hunger strike for the sake of basic human rights. I would support this cause whether or not I had a personal interest in this matter, because torture is inhumane. I will support my husband today and 20 years from now regardless if anything changes, however I refuse to allow my taxpaying money support a prison system that supports insanity. I will make sure the voices of these inmates are heard. If the US can run to other countries to stop such treatment and close down Guantanamo Bay for the same reasons, we need to clean up our own backyard and stop looking so hypocritical. These inmates are willing to risk their lives for basic human rights. If you have a hard time believing what is mentioned in this article, by all means do your own research. This tour that was pre-arranged by Pelican Bay staff to promote what they wanted to be seen and related to the public. Many reporters asked for permission to tour the prison while the first hunger strike was on in July and were not granted access, but all of a sudden as public awareness was being promoted.....hmmm a tour was granted, BUT none of the hunger strikers were interviewed. Debriefers were given the opportunity to promote "snitching" because they were so happy. Really, what did CDC promise them in exchange for their vote of confidence in the SHU system? Perhaps they gained a conjugal visit, or a phone call home???? I guess we will never know. My hope is that other taxpaying citizens will take action. Do their own research and get involved with change. Maria Robinson wrote “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

Posted by Patricia Aguilar on 09/30/2011 at 6:00 AM

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