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Here is the may Political Prisoners Birthday Poster! And also some rad updates from the Prison Books Collective in North Carolina! We encourage you to send birthday cards to these prisoners. If you want tips on how to write letters to prisoners, come by the Wingnut and we can teach you!

Hello Friends and Comrades,

Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for May. The file is a
little big this month so give it a second to open. As always, please post
this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing night of your
own.
http://prisonbookscollective.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/may-letter-writing-62.pdf

Mother’s Day began not just as a day to honor mothers, but as a day for
mothers to express solidarity with one another and against the wars that
left widows and orphans impoverished. This Mother’s Day, in honor of this
tradition, we are calling for a global day of solidarity with incarcerated
mothers and against a penal system that disproportionately cages people
based on race, class, and gender non-conformity. Please circulate this
call far and wide and help organize a noise demo outside a prison or jail
near you that holds women captive.
http://prisonbooks.info/2013/04/09/global-noise-demo-mothers-day-2013/

Here is a flyer that was made for one mother’s day demo that you can pass
out at yours.
http://prisonbookscollective.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/mdhalfsheet.pdf

June 11th is the international day of solidarity with Eric McDavid, Marie
Mason, and all long term anarchist prisoners. You still have plenty of
time to organize something in your town. You can find more info on
organizing an event and what has happened in previous years here.
http://june11.org/

The campaign to get former Black Panther Russell Maroon Shoatz out of
solitary is still going on. He has been held in torturous conditions of
solitary confinement in Pennsylvania prisons for the past thirty years.
From April 8 to May 10, 2013, the Campaign to Free Russell Maroon Shoatz
is calling for an intense call-in and write-in campaign to bring pressure
on the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PA DOC), to release Maroon
from solitary confinement and into the general prison population. You can
find out all about it and download action packets on his support page.
http://russellmaroonshoats.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/action-alert-russell-maroon-shoatz-call-to-demand-his-immediate-release-from-solitary-confinement/

Jason Sutherlin of Tinley Park 5 wrote a really sweet and powerful letter
to all of his supporters thanking them for all the support and birthday
cards he’s been getting.
http://prisonbooks.info/2013/04/16/jason-sutherlin-of-tinley-park-5-thanks-his-supporters/

We are thrilled to announce that our friends in Croatan Earth First! will
be hosting next summer’s Earth First! rendezvous in North Carolina. The
Round River Rendezvous is the annual gathering of the Earth First!
Movement. Each Summer, this week-long camp-out attracts several hundred
Earth First!ers from around the world.
http://summerrondy2013.wordpress.com/
Help promote the event, nationally and internationally by downloading and
printing these quarter sheets:
http://croatanearthfirst.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/rondyflyerquarter.pdf

Lastly, here is a link to the latest Political Prisoner/Prisoner Of War
every-other week update by the  NYC-Anarchist Black Cross. There are lots
of good updates on many political prisoners.
http://nycabc.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/updates-30-apr-2013.pdf

Until Every Cage Is Empty,

http://prisonbooks.info

Supporting Prisoners and Acting for Radical Change (SPARC) is pulling together to raise funds to get folks to visit incarerated loved ones at Red Onion State Prison and Wallens Ridge State Prison. Due to the fact that these prisons are so far away, it is nearly impossbile for family and friends to visit.  Together we can raise funds we need to buy a van, and we need your support to do it!

SPARC has been renting a van every couple of months to make these rideshares happen, but it has now become a regular enough event that it just makes more sense financially to purchase a 15 passenger van and use that for these trips.

Owning a van will also allow SPARC to possible expand the rideshare program, or offer rides for members and supporters to various other related events and meetings.

Any funds that are raised above and beyond the purchase price of the van we buy will be put towards the insurance and registration and fuel for these trips.

Link to the fundraiser page here:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/we-need-a-sparc-mobile-to-support-prisoners-and-their-families/x/957048

Please make calls to the wardens at these facilities, over 100 men starving
themselves and willing to die to get basic human rights met. Your call
matters!

At the end you will find prison books statement of support. If your group
would like to sign on, please let us know.

Prisoners at Three Facilities Begin Hunger Strike

On Monday July 16th, prisoners began hunger strikes at Bertie CI in Windsor,
Scotland CI in Laurinburg, and Central Prison in Raleigh. Targeting a wide
range of conditions related but not exclusive to solitary confinement, the
prisoners have vowed not to eat until their demands are met.

Prisoners have encouraged supporters to call or fax the administrations of
these different facilities as well as Director Robert Lewis (see information
below), to “march or protest in front of Central Prison and others,”
“boycott all products being sold in these prisons,” and to “contact media
outlets and let them know what we are doing.”

The prisoners have listed the following demands (listed at the bottom),
though
they are also encouraging others to include any other grievances specific to
their conditions. It is still unclear how many prisoners are currently
participating, but correspondence with those on the inside has made it clear
that the strike has spread to three at least three different facilities.

Constant attention and pressure on administrations can help make this
strike a
success, and protect those who are putting their lives on the line. Prisoners
have asked folks on the outside to call everyday to check on fasting
prisoners
and pressure administration. You can contact officials at:

Robert C. Lewis, Director of Prisons

phone: 919.838.4000

fax: 919.733.8272

Central Prison Warden Ken Lassiter

phone: 919.733.0800

fax: 919.715.2645

Bertie CI Warden Renoice Stancil

Phone: 252-794-8600
Fax: 252-794-4608

Scotland CI Warden Sorrell Saunders

Phone: (910) 844-3078
Fax: (910) 844-3786

PRISONERS’ DEMANDS

1.Law Libraries. We are tired of being railroaded by the courts, and
having our rights violated by prison staff and officers. NC Prison Legal
Services are inadequate and oftentimes do not help us at all. A law
library is needed to enable us to legally defend ourselves.

2.An immediate end to the physical and mental abuse inflicted by officers.

3.Improve food, in terms of quality and quantity.

4.A better way to communicate emergencies from cells; many emergency call
buttons are broken and never replaced, and guards often do not show up for
over an hour. At least one prisoner has died this way.

5.The canteens that serve lock up units need to make available vitamins and
personal hygiene items. (more…)

We will be hosting a pre-fast breakfast (confusing right) at the Wingnut on Monday June 18th from 10am-12noon. Please come and share a dish (vegan dishes are awesome, but not required). There will be coffee and delishes!!! Conversation about the 23 hour fast against 23 hours of solitary confinement, the prison industrial complex in general, and the rally and march in Richmond happening on Tuesday June 19th at 5:30pm!

All are welcome to come, whether you plan on actually fasting for 23 hours or not.

More details about Tuesday’s rally and march here: http://www.facebook.com/events/315681221848912/

Hope to see you Monday morning!!! 2005 Barton Avenue or call 804 303 5449 or email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com for more info!

Join us on Tuesday, June 19th at 5:30 PM at the John Marshall Court Building 400 N. 9th Street for a brief rally and then a march to the Richmond City Jail and back (1701 Fairfield Way). Bring signs, banners, noisemaking things, and water!

Tear Down All The Jails! Fire to the Prisons!

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights will hold the first-ever Congressional hearing on solitary confinement on Tuesday, June 19 at 10am in Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226.

We in Richmond are joining the national call by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (this is not a religious action – just in Solidarity – with a cause) in a fast for 23 hours prior to the hearing – symbolising the 23 hours prisoners spend in solitary confinement cells per day. Join people across the nation in fasting from 1pm on Monday, June 18 until 12 noon on Tuesday, June 19.

In Richmond we will gather at the John Marshall Court House (400 N. 9th St) at 5:30pm with a short rally and march to the Richmond City Jail and back. We will march chain gang style, meaning two by two with home-made prison garb. Bring pots and pans. We encourage those with police or guard-uniforms to wear them. This is not mandatory but recommended.

Here is the link for the national call
http://www.facebook.com/events/406272916089904/

The United States is a world leader in holding prisoners in prolonged solitary confinement. There are 44 state-run super-max prisons and one federal super-max prison — each of which holds inmates exclusively in solitary confinement. At least 80,000 people in the U.S. criminal justice system are held in solitary confinement on any given day. From 1995 to 2000, the growth rate of segregation units significantly surpassed the prison growth rate overall: 40% compared to 28%.

We act in solidarity with the courageous hunger strikers at Red Onion State Prison, one of Virginia’s own super-max prisons, who are organising at great risk to themselves for rights that are already theirs under Virginia State law. Among their demands are fully cooked food with adequate nutritional content, access to grievance forms and a knowledge of why they are being held in solitary confinement and what is required of them to get out.

http://virginiaprisonstrike.blogspot.com/
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We are also collecting a list of names for people who wish to petition the VA Department of Corrections, Govenor McDonnell, and our state legislators.
Please send your information or questions and concerns to

Prisonerliberator@gmail.com

Name:
Organization (not required):
Zip Code:
Will you be participating in the 23hr fast for prisoners in solitary confinement: yes/no

(If you wish to include a statement to the petition add here)

*This is an informal petition! We will not solicit your information. This is specific to this event only.

Photo by Silver Persinger

After this march there is a fundraiser for the Richmond Zine Fest at the Flying Brick Library (506 S. Pine St)- join in to watch Grrly Show and Occupy America and eat cupcakes and popcorn!!

Here is a video of the press conference that was held outside of the Virginia Department of Corrections Office on Tuesday May 22nd at 11am. Folks from a variety of endorsing and supporting organizations showed up for the presentation of the information and demands.

Represented were SPARC Richmond (Supporting Prisoners and Acting for Radical Change), SPARC DC (Supporting Prisoners and Acting for Radical Change), ABC (Anarchist Black Cross), Wingnut Anarchist Collective, Virginia Defender, the Wayside Center, Occupy RVA and SONG (Southerners on New Ground).

http://virginiaprisonstrike.blogspot.com

ALERT: Kevin Rashid Johnson was assaulted by staff at Red Onion. He has a dislocated shoulder and is yet to receive proper medical attention. He had a large swath of hair pulled out. This occurred when he refused to turn his back on an officer as he came out of the exercise cage. Please contact Director of VA DOC, Harold Clarke (804) 674-3000 and Warden Randy Mathena of Red Onion (276)796-7510. We demand that Tony Adams is held accountable for these hostile actions against Rashid. We demand that Rashid no longer be a target because of his political work.

This update came from the awesome organization SPARC- Supporting Prisoners and Acting for Radical Change.

http://sparcdc.wordpress.com/

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross will be starting to attend martial arts trainings as part of a promotion of self defense. We will be going to our first one on Saturday October 22th. Folks who would like a ride out there  should meet at 2005 Barton Avenue no later at 2:45pm.Call 804 303 5449 or email rvaabc@gmail.com if you have any questions.

We changed our original plans so as to not conflict with the TRAP protest on October 15th from 1-3pm in Monroe Park or the beginning of the Occupy Richmond movement at 4pm in Monroe Park.

Folks from the Order of the 7 Hills will be at the Richmond Zine Fest on October 8th if you would like to talk to them more about their practice.

http://www.order7hills.com

More on the Order of the 7 Hills:

We are a martial arts club focusing on self defense, fitness, and spiritual growth in the western tradition.  We work self defense and fitness drills, box, wrestle, practice Vigny Canne (stick fighting), and much more.
Our goal is to develop and nurture physically fit and spiritually fulfilled men and women capable of making the world a better place for themselves and all living things.  And to have a fun time doing it.
We meet outdoors at West End Manor Civic Association, 8600 Lakefront Drive, Henrico, VA 23294-6100, Tuesdays 7:00 to 8:30 PM and Saturdays 3:30 to 5:00 PM.  Feel free to stop by to observe or try out a class.  For complete membership information see our Join page.

The only reason the construction of a new Richmond City Jail has ever seemed even mildy palatable is due to the inhumance conditions at the current facility, which result in numerous deaths each year.

However, City Mayor Jones and members of City Council have just revealed how their jail plans that they are trying to push through are actually not going to result in a more humane situation.

Apparently the contractor involved as well as some of the politicians failed to do their research into requirements regarding jail construction, and have been presenting City Council as well as the public with plans that include at least one major mistake. The mistake is that the jail cell size they proposed doesn’t meet state regulations. Apparently changing the plans would cost money, so now they are pushing to get an exception made for cell size.

In an effort to save money, the City of Richmond wants to build the new jail with jail cells that are double bunked and with 35 fewer square feet per cell than State regulations call for. The size cell that the City of Richmond wants to build now fits the standards suggested by the American Correctional Association- a group of people who make a profit off of the prison industrial complex.

How can we expect better jail conditions when the City of Richmond is trying to cut corners at the cost of the inmates before ground has even been broken on the project? This new jail, as proposed, will start over crowded, and no doubt get worse from there. No new jail, no old jail. The City of Richmond is not competent, kind, or rich enough to provide a safe and relatively humane jail, therefore we deserve none at all. (more…)