by Rachel Swan
More than 500 inmates at five state prisons are currently refusing food to protest living conditions, particularly the presence of a solitary housing unit at Pelican Bay, which is used to confine inmates for up to 22 hours at a time. The hunger strike was a topic of discussion on today's KQED Forum, and it's elicited a strong response from activists in the Bay Area. The organizations Communities for Peace and Justice, Poor magazine, the Revolution Club, World Can't Wait, and Youth Defending Youth organized a rush hour march through downtown San Francisco, set to begin at 5 p.m. at UN Plaza. Commuters, be advised.