imperial california

Hunger strikes and resistance to imperialism.

Míle Gaiscíoch

Day 54.  Bobby died on day 66.  His last journal entry was 17 days after he began the first fatal hunger strike of that year on March 1, 1981.


In case you haven’t been paying attention, the Summer of 2013 is already burning a permanent mark on the memories of your decedents.  The hunger strike that began throughout the California prison system on July 8, 2013 hit home for me like few things can.  For starters, Pelican Bay State Prison is located in the heart of Cascadia’s Deep South.  I have walked through the ponds and woods of Yontoket, where settlers massacred Indigenous Tolowa as they took refuge at the place where their world began, a place not 5 miles as the Raven flies from where Pelican Bay State Prison now sits.  The beauty and power of this place was not lost on  me, nor the irony of the location of…

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