On Aug. 19, 2013, California prison officials won a court order saying they could force-feed dozens of inmates who have been on a hunger strike for six weeks over solitary confinement conditions. This order will not end the strike, or prevent other nonviolent demonstrations.
It does provide yet another way for officials to avoid negotiations with representatives of the prisoners and their families seeking reforms. That ruling came after nearly 30,000 California prisoners resumed the hunger strike, suspended in 2011 after small changes were made – but the torture continues, for the majority of the more than 14,000 prisoners held in extreme isolation.
Help to end the strike without further dehumanizing tactics.