According to officials, more than 30,000 inmates of the California prison system have refused to eat meals as part of a statewide strike. The goal of the hunger strike is to bring attention to what prisoners believe is an unfair isolation system, in which prisoners suspected of gang activity can be kept in solitary confinement for decades. The strikers desire a reform allowing a maximum of five years in isolation plus better education and rehab programs. Ironically, the group that organized Monday’s hunger strike is a small group kept in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison, leaving us to wonder: how did they organized the protest?

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