NOW is the time to call and email the governor and Litscher. The governor is Secretary Litscher's boss.
608-266-1212(Walker)As stated below, the prison is now waiting 72 hours before force feeding. The trouble is that the prisoners cannot drink the water, which is lead laden and wreaks havoc on an empty stomach. Cesar tried to drink it and just vomited.
August letters: more letters in pdf form coming. This on is from LaRon McKinleyon the 24th.
A FEW DAYS AGO-
CALLS EMAILS LETTERS NEEDED!!
The DOC is now force feeding the LaRon McKinley and Cesar Deleon after 72 hours , when they are at brink of death from dehydration. The sporadic force feeding in itself is dangerous and can lead to a condition called "refeeding syndrome", ""the shifting of electrolytes and fluid balance increases cardiac workload and heart rate. This can lead to acute heart failure. Oxygen consumption is also decreased which strains the respiratory system" which can cause sever damage or death. The water in WCI is polluted with high lead levels . This is impossible to drink on an empty stomach. When Cesar tried to drink it , he vomited. We have asked that he and LaRon be given bottled water with no response. full press release here and below-(scroll down)
Read LaRon's letter original
Read LaRon's letter typed and Read Cesar's letter typed
MOST EFFECTIVE ACTION YOU CAN TAKE:
Now please email call and/write the warden, the DOC secretary and demanding that they:
1.Let Cesar DeLeon and LaRon McKinley have bottled water, let them buy as much as they want from the commissary.2. Put a 1 year limit on Administrative Confinement for all WI prisoners
calls, letters, emails to
WHO REPRESENTS ME?
Here is the website to find out your legislators’ contact information:
http://legis.wisconsin.gov/-you or just google "who are my legislators in Wisconsin"
give your zipcode and they will give you your legislators and their emails and phones
phone number to get contact info on legislators is: 800 362-9472 (state switchboard)
address for senators: PO Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707address for representatives by last name
a-l : PO Box 8952, Madison 53708;
m-z : PO box 8953; Madison 53708
Dying to Live Hunger Strikers Kept on the Brink of Death by Retaliatory DOC
Waupun WI- According to a letter from hunger striker LaRon McKinley, the Dying to Live hunger strike against solitary confinement at Waupun Correctional Institution (WCI) has become a serious health crisis after seventy-six days.
On August 15, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (WI DOC) decided to suspend the force feeding they have subjected the prisoners to since June 17. They allowed McKinley and Cesar DeLeon, the two most committed hunger strikers, to go without food or water for 72 hours, until they were severely dehydrated. Then they tube fed them again on Thursday August 18.
“Presently, and for most of this week, we have been under retaliatory attack by our warden as a direct consequence of our political efforts... to force an end to prolonged Administrative Confinement,” the letter from McKinley reads.
On Saturday August 13, a coalition of prisoner supporters from across the state gathered in Waupun to protest DOC practices and show solidarity with the hunger strike. They were greeted by offensive gestures, threats and insults by local residents, some of whom likely work at the prison.
“We believe Warden Foster has changed the force feeding regimen in response to our protest, unfortunately, the changes are retaliatory: increasing the pain, harm and danger these men are experiencing in an effort to break their will,” says Chance Zombor, who led the march on August 13.
A sudden intake of calories by a starved and dehydrated person causes violent metabolic shifts, leading to a potentially fatal condition called refeeding syndrome. WI DOC has begun a regimen that is very likely to cause refeeding syndrome. According to wikipedia, “the shifting of electrolytes and fluid balance increases cardiac workload and heart rate. This can lead to acute heart failure. Oxygen consumption is also decreased which strains the respiratory system.”
When the United States Military was force-feeding suspected terrorists on hunger strike in Guantanamo Bay, they took care to first intravenously re-hydrate the starving people to prevent refeeding syndrome. In Waupun, the DOC only allows the prisoners to drink lead-polluted water from the 165 year old institution, which causes diarrhea and exacerbates their dehydration.
McKinley suspects the DOC is intentionally keeping them on the brink of death. According to his letter, after 42 hours without food or water—because they refused to drink Waupun's polluted water, he and Cesar DeLeon, “were diagnosed as seriously dehydrated, and the tube feeding was then recommended, but this time they made us both go exactly 30 more hours, to exactly 72 hours each. Seventy Two hours without water is a well known and medically held time limit that would and is generally believed to kill most people.”
The hunger strikers believe Waupun staff will continue force feeding them every 72 hours in an effort to make the hunger strike as unbearable as possible. McKinley's letter goes on to describe his body's response, which mirrors the symptoms of refeeding syndrome: “due to the stress and ordeal that our bodies had gone through, they kind of reacted as if they had been poisoned when said fluids were eventually forced into the stomach.”
Outside supporters are demanding that the DOC allow LaRon McKinley and Cesar DeLeon to drink bottled water, and that Wisconsin meet the striker's central demand: a one-year cap on any form of solitary confinement. They are asking people to contact Warden Foster, DOC Secretary Jon Litscher, and Governor Scott Walker. More information, including phone numbers and email addresses can be found at SolitaryTorture.blogspot.com.