Hunger strike for better treatment in jail: Support David Cedeño

The rabble podcast network offers an alternative take on politics, entertainment, society, stories, community and life in general. All opinions belong to the podcaster; however, podcasters are expected to adhere to our guidelines. We welcome new podcasters -- contact us for details.

Please chip in to support more articles like this. Support rabble.ca today for as little as $1 per month!

David Cedeño is a 29-year-old father who has been at the "Penetang prison" for 18 months. David suffers from sleep apnea and has requested treatment for this medical reality. While the did buy David a sleep apnea machine, they still refuse to treat him with respect, the staff at the Central North Correctional Centre (CNCC) have been holding David in segregation since September 2012. 

David Cedeño has been unable to gain a satisfactory response from the CNCC to his situation and is generally fed up with the treatment for all prisoners in jails in Canada. On January 9th, David started a hunger strike which on the day of the interview was on day 17.

David was able to use his daily call to get in touch with the grand river media collective and he did a spoken word piece with acapella and an interview detailing his situation.  dan also reads David's demands, which are also copied below.

facebook page set up for David:

https://www.facebook.com/SupportDavidCedeno

to write letter of Support to David the address is:

David Cedeño
c/o Central North Correctional Complex
1501 Fuller Ave
Penetanguishene, ON
L9M 2H4

David wants to emphasize that his hunger strike is not just about his personal experience of abuse in jail, but it is for all imprisoned people.

Here are his formal requests:

Systemic Provincial and Institutional Demands For All Imprisoned People
1. Proper staffing to decrease lockdown time and restore programming
2. Availability of calling cards for imprisoned people
3. Healthier food for superjails
4. Better access to books especial in segregation
5. More access to canteen, esp hygiene for imprisoned people in segregation
6. Avail of better footwear for all imprisoned people
7. Proper medical treatment for imprisoned people in need
8. Better grievance processes and better complaint resolution processes

Demands Specific For All People Imprisoned at the CNCC -
1. Return to 8:30pm lockup
3. Access to existing facilities including gym, library, art room
2. Better air filtration of cells and ranges
4. Remove ban on books in segregation
5. Removal metal window blockers for segregation cells
6. Access to educational program materials for people imprisoned in
segregation

Personal Demands -
1. Appeals for the misconducts received Nov 8th, Dec 2nd, Jan 9th
2. Consideration for time spent in the hole i.e. 2 for 1
3. Transferred out of the CNCC
4. Proper medical treatment, i.e. follow up appts w sleep apnea specialists
5. Opportunity to have access to educational programming
6. Resolution to specific complaints filed against guards

 

 

demand proper treatment for all prisoners!

phone number for CNCC: Tel: 705-549-9470 

Thank you for reading this story…

More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable.

rabble.ca has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.

So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.

And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.

Comments

We welcome your comments! rabble.ca embraces a pro-human rights, pro-feminist, anti-racist, queer-positive, anti-imperialist and pro-labour stance, and encourages discussions which develop progressive thought. Our full comment policy can be found here. Learn more about Disqus on rabble.ca and your privacy here. Please keep in mind:

Do

  • Tell the truth and avoid rumours.
  • Add context and background.
  • Report typos and logical fallacies.
  • Be respectful.
  • Respect copyright - link to articles.
  • Stay focused. Bring in-depth commentary to our discussion forum, babble.

Don't

  • Use oppressive/offensive language.
  • Libel or defame.
  • Bully or troll.
  • Post spam.
  • Engage trolls. Flag suspect activity instead.