Posts Tagged ‘Prisoner support’

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

The Central Appalachian Prisoner Support Network has generously offered to match dollar for dollar up to the next 150 dollars donated to this cause! Please donate today!

https://www.wepay.com/donations/prisoner-fund-for-jailhouse-lawyers-manuals-and-comissarycommunication-materials

Fundraiser for Jailhouse Lawyers Manuals and Comissary-Communication Materials 33 days remaining

Information

Supporting Prisoners Acting for Radical Change corresponds with over a hundred prisoners in the Virginia prison system. Through this effort we develop political consciousness with the prison population by providing free revolutionary theory. It is our hope to diffuse the costs of correspondence on behalf of the prison population by providing commissary funds for the purchase of paper, pens, envelopes and stamps. If you agree with the intent of this initiative please contribute what you can so that this drive can relieve the burden of costs upon the prisoners and their families.

Sincerely,

The Secretary of SPARC-Richmond
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Reposting from our friends in North Carolina, thanks for all your hard work and putting this information together! The content below is from the Prison Books Collective in Chapel Hill, NC:

Hello Friends and Comrades,

1) Poster
2) Free Luke
3) Get Grand Jury Resisters out of solitary
4) New Year’s Eve and Free Carlos
5) Radio Show on Multi-generational Movements
6) Political Prisoner Updates

1)Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for January. 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/2013/01/january.pdf

2)Nineteen year old anarchist Luke O’Donovan is being charged with 5 (more…)

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

Our friends in the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective have come out with the April Political Prisoner Birthday Poster! Check it out, read a little bit about various prisoners and their cases, and send people birthday letters!

Either download the pdf here, or go to their website below!

free all political prisoners

http://prisonbooks.info/2012/04/03/political-prisoner-birthday-poster-for-april-is-now-available/

From Chapel Hill Books to Prisoners- the February Political Prisoner Birthday Poster! Please download and print the poster to send cards to political prisoners having birthdays this month. Or come by the Wingnut to pick up a hard copy.

Also, if you want some help with writing to a prisoner, you can come to Prisoner Letter Writing Night on February 22nd from 6-10pm at the Wingnut.

There have been many recent actions in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, North Carolina. We encourage you to look on the website for more information about regional actions and prison issues:  www.prisonbooks.info

Hello Friends and Comrades,

Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for February. As always, please post this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing night of your own.

Good news, Mumia Has Been  Transferred to General Prison Population. This is the first time Mumia has been in General Population since his arrest in 1981.

Also, February 4th is an International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier.The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee calls on supporters worldwide to protest against the injustice suffered by Indigenous activist Leonard Peltier. Gather on February 4, 2012, at every federal court house and U.S. embassy or consulate worldwide to demand the freedom of a man wrongfully convicted and illegally imprisoned for 36 years! More info here.

Lastly, Occupy Oakland has called for February 20th to be a “National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners.” Occupies across the country are having demonstrations outside of prisons, jails, juvenile halls and detainment facilities and other actions. More info here.

Until Every Cage Is Empty,

The Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective

Just a reminder that the next monthly Anarchist Black Cross Meeting will be at 7pm on Tuesday February 14th at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective. February 14th is a day when there are lots of  events and parties, and which some people celebrate as VAlentine’s Day. If you are unable to make the February meeting, but are interested, please send an email, and plan to come to the March meeting- on Tuesday March 13th at 7pm.

If you are interested in working with a non-hierarchical organization to do prisoner support as well as advocate for prison abolition please come out to find out more.

Some possible agenda items include the Anarchist Bail Fund, upcoming court cases, the richmond legal support website, SPARC, this year’s ABC Conference and more.

You can email rvaabc@gmail.com or call 804 303 5449 for more information.

If you would like to join the ABC mailing list please send an email to rvaabc@gmail.com or search for Richmond Anarchist Black Cross on google groups.

The Wingnut is located at 2005 Barton Avenue. It is a sober, all ages space.

This month’s prisoner birthday poster from Chapel Hill Prison Books people! Print and write to these prisoners this month! Start of 2012 with this new rad habit!

Click here to get to the pdf of the poster

http://prisonbooks.info/2011/12/31/political-prisoner-birthday-poster-for-january-is-now-available/

Or come by the Wingnut this month during Open Hours to pick one up! (Wed. and Fri. 4-9pm or call ahead 804 303 5449)

 

 

Time changed to 6pm so people can go to the Occupy forum at 7
Anarchist Black Cross Meeting
Tue, November 8, 6pm – 7pm

Prison abolition and prisoner support. Work to tear down the jails, write letters to prisoners, and learn about the Prison Industrial Complex!

At 2005 Barton Avenue!

This Friday, July 1st, marks the start of a hunger strike by prisoners at the Pelican Bay Prison in California.

“Therefore we have decided to put our fate in our own hands. Some of us have already suffered a slow, agonizing death in which the state has shown no compassion toward these dying prisoners. Rather than compassion they turn up their ruthlessness. No one wants to die. Yet under this current system of what amounts to intense torture, what choice do we have? If one is to die, it will be on our own terms.
Power concedes nothing without demand.” –  James Crowford, Mutop DuGuya (a/k/a Bow Low)

Specifically, the prisoners of the Security Housing Unit (SHU) are the ones calling for this strike.  An estimated 50-100 prisoners on Corridor D, are going on an indefinite hunger strike.  The D corridor (also known as the “short” corridor) has the highest level of restricted incarceration in the state of California and among the most severe conditions in the united states.  The rules of their confinement are extremely harsh in order to force them to “debrief” or offer up information about criminal or prison gang activity of other prisoners.  Most inmates in the SHU are not members or associates of prison gangs, as the PBSP staff claims, and even those who are put their lives and the lives of their families and other prisoners at risk if they debrief.

Back in California, the prisoners going on Hunger Strike need support from the outside. They are fighting for very, very basic rights. They are struggling against conditions that should NEVER have been allowed in the first place. If you are interested in supporting this hunger strike, or learning more about similar issues in Virginia, please get in touch with the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross – a local prisoner support and prison abolition organization. rvaabc@gmail.com or 804 303 5449

These are the five core demands of the hunger-striking prisoners:

  1. Eliminate group punishments. Instead, practice individual accountability. When an individual prisoner breaks a rule, the prison often punishes a whole group of prisoners of the same race. This policy has been applied to keep prisoners in the SHU indefinitely and to make conditions increasingly harsh.
  2. Abolish the debriefing policy and modify active/inactive gang status criteria. Prisoners are accused of being active or inactive participants of prison gangs using false or highly dubious evidence, and are then sent to longterm isolation (SHU). They can escape these tortuous conditions only if they “debrief,” that is, provide information on gang activity. Debriefing produces false information (wrongly landing other prisoners in SHU, in an endless cycle) and can endanger the lives of debriefing prisoners and their families.
  3. Comply with the recommendations of the US Commission on Safety and Abuse in Prisons (2006) regarding an end to longterm solitary confinement. This bipartisan commission specifically recommended to “make segregation a last resort” and “end conditions of isolation.” Yet as of May 18, 2011, California kept 3,259 prisoners in SHUs and hundreds more in Administrative Segregation waiting for a SHU cell to open up. Some prisoners have been kept in isolation for more than thirty years.
  4. Provide adequate food. Prisoners report unsanitary conditions and small quantities of food that do not conform to prison regulations. There is no accountability or independent quality control of meals.
  5. Expand and provide constructive programs and privileges for indefinite SHU inmates. The hunger strikers are pressing for opportunities “to engage in self-help treatment, education, religious and other productive activities…” Currently these opportunities are routinely denied, even if the prisoners want to pay for correspondence courses themselves. Examples of privileges the prisoners want are: one phone call per week, and permission to have sweatsuits and watch caps. (Often warm clothing is denied, though the cells and exercise cage can be bitterly cold.) All of the privileges mentioned in the demands are already allowed at other SuperMax prisons (in the federal prison system and other states).

There is a petition online supporting these demands, which you can sign here: http://www.change.org/petitions/support-prisoners-on-hunger-strike-at-pelican-bay-state-prison

Signing a petition is the least that one can do, and we would encourage people to take other actions in solidarity with these striking prisoners. Solitary confinement already makes humans very invisible, and the interests of the state in this case will be to make these prisoners and their struggle even less visible. These prisoners are offering up their lives in opposition the conditions they face on a daily basis, they deserve our attention.

More about this Hunger Strike is online here: https://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/

And a good explanation of the reasons for this Hunger Strike from one of the inmates is here: https://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/voices-from-inside/why-prisoners-are-protesting/

If you don’t know about Security Housing Units, you can look a lot closer than California for examples. Virginia had 2 Super Max prisons, Wallen’s Ridge is now down graded to Maximum Security Prison. The remaining Super Max prison, Red Onion, has many practices similar to those of the SHU in California. (more…)