Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Phone Zap Governor Walker

Please take 2 minutes to call Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and request that he make the DOC give the hunger strikers at Waupun access to bottled water.

Who to Call:
Governor Scott Walker (608) 266-1212 govgeneral@wisconsin.gov

Sample Script: "LaRon McKinley and Cesar DeLeon are on hunger strike against solitary confinement at Waupun They are not being given clean water which is putting their lives at risk. The department of corrections needs to provide them both with bottled water. You should also end this hunger strike by meeting their core demand, capping solitary confinement at one year."

When to Call: Anytime you can, maximum impact 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM central time. For maximum impact, call daily August 29--Sep 2, Monday-Friday to put on continuous pressure. Please call for as many days as you are able, every bit helps.


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. 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, a shifting of electrolytes and fluid balance that can lead to acute heart failure.
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.”
More information including scans of prisoner letters describing the situation at: http://solitarytorture.blogspot.com/2016/08/hunger-strike-at-critical-point-needed.html

Here is a "How-To" video for calling prisons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=251DPVDQ17A (the example used is a lot longer than what's expected for this call, but it shows how the process can often look like)
An injury to one is an injury to all.

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