Brother Sitawa is a community leader who has helped initiate positive change to the deadly and destructive policy of indefinite solitary confinement in California.
Update October 2020:
We thank you all for your donations that have kept Sitawa and his family connected via visits. Sitawa is doing much better: he is learning to use and strengthen his muscles again, and he can speak again. Since June of 2020, Sitawa has been housed in a nursing home, on medical parole. This is far from ideal, because he does experience neglect of care.
Our priority is to get Sitawa housed in a good nursing home, so that he can continue physical therapy, and other therapy he needs. It is important that he is housed near his family, so that they can visit him as often as is needed. We may have to hire care staff if Sitawa continues to experience medical neglect.
Again we thank you and we hope that you will spread the word for donations, so that Sitawa will be able to live at home when he will finally be paroled. We hope that this happens next year (June 2021). His sister's home will have to be made ready for him then.
Since november of 2019, Sitawa suffered a stroke near his spine. His sister Marie and her husband, together with friends of Sitawa have been helping him during the short visits allowed, by communicating with him while he lost the ability to speak, and making sure his recovery has been positive.
Because Sitawa is housed far away from his sister Marie, she has had to travel a lot at her own expenses. Without these travels for necessary visits, Sitawa would not have been able to communicate his needs, and he would be in a lot more stress.
Therefore we are fundraising for Sitawa's family to be able to keep visiting him as much as possible under the rules of CDCr. Plus, if Sitawa is granted release because of his situation (as he is basically paralysed), he will need a lot of special care. Sitawa's parole date will be in the summer of 2020.
Sitawa, along with three other leaders of the Pelican Bay Short Corridor Collective, inspired 30,000 courageous prisoners, who, in their struggle for freedom from the torture of solitary confinement chose to embrace a peaceful strategy in order to bring about much needed change by implementing the powerful tenets of the Agreement to End Hostilities, an agreement that holds today.
Many positive changes were made following the peaceful protests of the summers of 2011 and 2013, and Sitawa was one of the leaders who set a great example of organizing for a good cause for all in unity, in spite of the overwhelming power set against them, and in spite of putting their lives on the line.
It is with Sitawa's bravery and community-spirit in mind that we can do something for him and his family now, and support them on the way to healing. Please donate whatever you can, thank you so much!
On behalf of Sitawa,
Marie (Sitawa's sister)
- Becky Roberts
- Nate Shead
- luke newton
- Jesus Pantel
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