Thursday, April 30, 2015

HUGE victory for Eric King and the demand for a vegan diet!

they attempt to starve
revolutionary minds
I will eat
fueling on solidarity
surviving on truth
the words they oppress
desserts of abuse
which they indulge
will make their stomachs
a larger target
steal my food
you will not steal my cause"

This is a poem Eric wrote last week during his struggle for a vegan diet. We are ECSTATIC to report that yesterday Eric won his battle and has a vegan tray!! Eric thanks everyone for the solidarity that gave him strength to fight. He said without folks standing behind him he wouldn’t have been able to be in a place to fight for himself! When they handed him his tray they said to him “I guess your comrades got you a vegan tray” Thank you so much everyone!!
A HUGE thanks to Supporting Vegans In Prison for their help!!

Eric is still very sick. He requested medical care last week and has yet to hear back if he is going to receive it. He is extremely fatigued and to stay awake he has to force himself to get up every half an hour or so and do jumping jacks or some sort of vigorous exercise. After everything he eats he is experiencing extreme stomach pain. Eric is also experiencing loss of vision and extreme vertigo, memory loss among other symptoms. These symptoms are extremely serious and could indicate a deficiency in vitamin B-12 which can happen to vegan folks. The long term effects of this deficiency can be devastating. Eric needs to be seen by a doctor.

Your heart is a muscle the size of your fist,
Keep on loving. Keep on fighting.
And hold on, hold on,
Hold on for your life.

Note from The Feral Space collective: The prison-industrial complex will do everything it can to discourage and weaken not only those it holds captive, but also movements and support abroad. While we acknowledge B-12 defiency exists (although rarely) we feel veganism is less of the issue here than the PIC's historic failure to provide nutritional meals, whether they are vegan or non-vegan.

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