From Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition flyer

“We’re learning more about the large hunger strike going on behind bars of several California prisons,” a local radio station in Fresno, California reported yesterday. “State prison officials say the whole thing was orchestrated by prison gangs in order to sell drugs and make money.”

KMJ News also highlighted the Los Angeles Times, which apparently reported that “top tier members of the Black Guerilla Family, Nuestra Familia and the Aryan Brotherhood started the strike which encompassed dozens of lockups across the state.”

This is what the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is telling news organizations about a massive protest that has entered its third week. Notice the report does not reflect any truth of what is actually motivating prisoners to go on hunger strike and has consistently motivated prisoners to go on hunger strike: the conditions…