California‘s prison hunger strike is pitting hundreds of inmates against authorities in a battle of wills largely invisible to outsiders.
A mass protest which has just entered its second month is playing out in the solitary confinement units of maximum security jails where an estimated 400 prisoners are refusing food to demand an end to what they call inhumane conditions.
Some have been hospitalised as their bodies, stripped of fat, now consume muscle, a point when health can be permanently damaged.
Inmates’ supporters held small rallies in Oakland and Los Angeles on Thursday to mark one month – 32 days – since the July 8 start of the protest. A “bike for the strike” event is scheduled in Oakland on Friday.