We have observed the sufferings of the prisoners, first hand, and we see no alternative but to go on fasting indefinitely, in as friendly and humble a spirit as we can, so as to bring the seriousness of the situation to your attention.
In August, other conscientious objectors had begun a work strike against the racial segregation of prisoners.
Read more on these actions (including the forced tube feeding by the prison hospital) in this 1943 appeal for support with a letter from the prisoners.
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