prisonstory

So it’s looking like the prisoners of Pelican Bay are organizing a hunger strike to fight prison restrictions on their civil rights as humans.  Honestly don’t know enough about this particular situation to commentate on it, but I am definitely not a fan of the for profit prison systems in America.  I’m also pretty confident that the last thing prison does is rehabilitate people or provide justice.  While I’m not mad at the message this list of people they designated to speak on their behalf is mad random.  Via SFBayView:

We prisoners held in Pelican Bay State Prison Security Housing Unit (PBSP SHU) seek support from all hip hop celebrities, fans and supporters to assist us in shutting down all solitary confinement units – i.e. Administration Segregation (Ad-Seg), SHU and Maximum Security units and the like – that hold New Afrikan prisoners and other races in solitary confinement indefinitely.

We embarked Sept. 26, 2011, on a peaceful hunger strike here in PBSP and throughout the state of California in order to obtain our civil and human rights. We are being denied our five core demands (submitted prior to the first phase of the hunger strike in July).

Prisoners are being held in solitary confinement indefinitely on the word of a prison debriefer – i.e., snitch, informer, rat, turncoat – or some false prison gang validation. Therefore, we seek your support and give you all the right to advocate on our behalf:

MC Lyte

Baby

Keyshia Cole

Lil Wayne

Eve

Jay-Z

Goapele

Scrappy

Lil Kim

Kam

Yoyo

Kwame Kweli

Nicki Minaj

The Coup

Erykah Badu

The Game

Foxy Brown

Kanye West

Free

Mos Def

Diamond

Chuck D

Queen Latifah

MOB Deep

Rashida

E-40

Terez McCall

Snoop Dogg

Jada Pinkett

Rihanna

Scarface

Lena

Ryakin Rip

Slim Thug

Solange

Tyrese

Solē

Bun B

Jamie Fox

Will Smith

Chris Brown

Jadakiss

Gorilla Zoe

Black Rob

Rev Run

Busta Rhymes

Ice-T

Ice Cube

WC, Mack-10

Ti

Dr. Dre

Joe Budden

Eminem

T-Bone

LeCrae

Drake

Too Short

Flame

50 cent

Loyd Banks

Raphael Saadiq

Maino

Terrence Jenkins

Rosci Diaz

Big Boi

KRS-One

DMX

2-Mex

Gucci Mane

JT The Bigga Figga

Chino XL

Chingo

Bling

Rebel Diaz

Fat Joe

Tego Calderon

Pitbull

Bubba Sparks

Cypress Hill

Nas