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Governor Bob McDonnell
Robert.F.McDonnell@Governor.Virginia.Gov
(804) 786-4273

VA DOC Director Harold W Clarke
Email: Harold.Clarke@VADOC.Virginia.Gov
Business Phone: 804 674 3118

ROSP Chief Warden Randall Mathena
Email: Randall.Mathena@VADOC.Virginia.Gov
Business Phone: 276 796 7510

Regional Operations Chief, Western Region Corrections Operations G.K. Washington
Email: GK.Washington@VADOC.Virginia.Gov
Business Phone: 804 674 3612

Sample phone call:

Hello,

I’m calling to express my support for the hunger strikers in Red Onion State Prison. These several dozen men are on hunger strike to call attention to inhumane conditions at Red Onion, demanding basic rights from fully cooked meals and medical attention to sanitary living conditions and an end to solitary confinement. We demand that (the Governor/Director/Warden/Operations Chief) take action immediately to respond to their demands. Red Onion has a long history of public scrutiny for conditions, and we, the broad movement to support the Red Onion hunger strikers, won’t let up until their demands are met, and that Red Onion guarantees that there will be zero retaliation on the hunger strikers.

Sample email.

I’m writing to express my support for the hunger strikers in Red Onion State Prison. These several dozen men are on hunger strike to call attention to inhumane conditions at Red Onion, from fully cooked meals and medical attention to sanitary living conditions and an end to solitary confinement. I have included the prisoners’ demands below. We demand an immediate response the strikers’ demands. Red Onion has a long history of public scrutiny for conditions, and we, the broad movement to support the Red Onion hunger strikers, won’t let up until their demands are met, and that Red Onion guarantees that there will be zero retaliation on the hunger strikers.

Ten Demands of ROSP Hunger Strikers

We (Prisoners at Red Onion State Prison) demand the right to an adequate standard of living while in the custody of the state!

1. We demand fully cooked food, and access to a better quality of fresh fruit and vegetables. (more…)

Tuesday May 29th at 8pm at 1300 Bainbridge Road on Richmond’s southside. Facilitated by Jeff Winder.

On Tuesday May 22 as many as 45 prisoners at Red Onion State Prison, comprising at least 2 segregation pods, will enter the first day of a hunger strike protesting deplorable conditions in the prison and ongoing abuses by prison staff. For the men participating in the strike this is their only recourse to get Red Onion warden Randy Mathena to officially recognize their grievances and make immediate changes to food, sanitation and basic living conditions at the prison.

Gather with us in Richmond and show solidarity for the struggle of these courageous men by writing letters to state officials in support of the Hunger Strikers and their demands. We’ll provide all of the materials – paper and envelopes, stamps, talking points, sample letters and addresses. We’ll also put out some refreshments and look forward to talking with you about what else we might do in Richmond to offer support.

These men are organizing at great personal risk to themselves and and it’s vitally important that prison officials know we are watching!

For more information including a list of the demands visit the website of SPARC (Supporting Prisoners and Acting for Radical Change), the group that is in direct contact with the Hunger Strikers and is coordinating the support on the outside. this group includes former prisoners in VA supermax prisons, families members of current prisoners and allies.
http://virginiaprisonstrike.blogspot.com/

The letter-writing party is timed to coincide with the end of the Richmond People’s School event in the same location that night. We encourage people to come at 6:30 and learn more about the American Legislative Exchange Council and corporate influence in crafting and passing conservative laws. Check their page as the day gets closer for more details.https://www.facebook.com/PeoplesSchoolRva