Posts Tagged ‘Prisoners’

shadowoflucasville

Shadow of Lucasville-
The film is 60 minutes long, and is followed by call-in / Q&A with one of the prisoners who was involved in the uprising.

Organizations involved in prison issues and prisoner suport are highly encouraged to come table and share info!!!

Friday August 9th at 7pm

2005 Barton Ave

sober, all ages, by donation

consent policy, directions/bus routes, allergies/accessibility online

https://www.facebook.com/events/170132149823363/

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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!!

Take Action Today
Make four phone calls today. Send four emails today.

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…)

ALERT! Solidarity with Virginia Prisoners needed!

Tuesday May 22nd  at 11AM there will be a press conference held at the VADOC Headquaters in front of the Department of Corrections sign to let the public know that prisoners at Red Onion State Prison are going to begin a hunger strike in order to have their list of 10 demands met. At the conclusion of the press conference a delegation of supporters and family members will march into the building to issue this list of demands to VADOC Director Harold Clarke. Stay posted…

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.  In addition, we demand increased portions on our trays, which allows us to meet our basic nutritional needs as defined by VDOC regulations.

2. We demand that every prisoner at ROSP have unrestricted access to complaint and grievance forms and other paperwork we may request.

3. We demand better communication between prisoners and higher- ranking guards. Presently higher-ranking guards invariably take the lower-ranking guards’ side in disputes between guards and prisoners, forcing the prisoner to act out in order to be heard. We demand that higher- ranking guards take prisoner complaints and grievances into consideration without prejudice.

4. We demand an end to torture in the form of indefinite segregation through the implementation of a fair and transparent process whereby prisoners can earn the right to be released from segregation. We demand that prison officials completely adhere to the security point system, insuring that prisoners are transferred to institutions that correspond with their particular security level.

5. We demand the right to an adequate standard of living, including access to quality materials that we may use to clean our own cells.  Presently, we are forced to clean our entire cell, including the inside of our toilets, with a single sponge and our bare hands.  This is unsanitary and promotes the spread of disease-carrying bacteria.

6. We demand the right to have 3rd party neutral observers visit and document the condition of the prisons to ensure an end to the corruption amongst prison officials and widespread human rights abuses of prisoners. Internal Affairs and Prison Administrator’s monitoring of prison conditions have not alleviated the dangerous circumstances we are living under while in custody of the state which include, but are not limited to: the threat of undue physical aggression by guards, sexual abuse and retaliatory measures, which violate prison policies and our human rights.

7. We demand to be informed of any and all changes to VDOC/IOP policies as soon as these changes are made.

8.  We demand the right to adequate medical care. Our right to medical care is guaranteed under the eight amendment of the constitution, and thus the deliberate indifference of prison officials to our medical needs constitutes a violation of our constitutional rights.  In particular, the toothpaste we are forced to purchase in the prison is a danger to our dental health and causes widespread gum disease and associated illnesses.

9.  We demand our right as enumerated through VDOC policy, to a monthly haircut. Presently, we have been denied haircuts for nearly three months.  We also demand to have our razors changed out on a weekly basis. The current practice of changing out the razors every three weeks leaves prisoners exposed to the risk of dangerous infections and injury.

10. We demand that there be no reprisals for any of the participants in the Hunger Strike. We are simply organizing in the interest of more humane living conditions.

More info can be found on this website:

http://virginiaprisonstrike.blogspot.com/

The March meeting of the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross will be on Tuesday March 13th at 7pm at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective- 2005 Barton Avenue.

Agenda topics-

Letter writing

Richmond Legal Support Website

Outreach

Fundraising

Green Scare Workshop

etc.

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.

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.

Call 804 303 5449 or email rvaabc@gmail.com for more information

Members of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective and Richmond Anarchist Black Cross will be going to this presentation at the University of Richmond on October 19th. If you would like a ride to this event please come by the Wingnut around 6:15 that evening. We are super excited that this event will be in Richmond and hope that a lot of folks can make it out to increase our community dialogue around prison and queer issues.

Captive Genders:

Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex

Book reading and panel discussion

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Keller Hall Reception Room at the University of Richmond

Pathologized, terrorized, and confined, trans/gender non-conforming and queer folks have always struggled against the enormity of the prison industrial complex. The first collection of its kind, Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith bring together current and former prisoners, activists, and academics to offer new ways for understanding how race, gender, ability, and sexuality are lived under the crushing weight of captivity. Through a politic of gender self-determination, this collection argues that trans/queer liberation and prison abolition must be grown together. From rioting against police violence and critiquing hate crimes legislation to prisoners demanding access to HIV medications, and far beyond, Captive Genders is a challenge for us all to join the struggle.

with:

Eric A. Stanley works at the intersections of radical trans/queer politics, theories of state violence, and visual culture. Eric edited Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex  (AK Press, 2011) and along with Chris Vargas, directed the films Homotopia (2006) and Criminal Queers (2011).

Ralowe T. Ampu: the seductive fragrance wafting through milieus of unbridled danger and intrigue. Yes, whether it be outing gay Castro realtors as AIDS profiteers with ACT UP and GAY SHAME or trying to free the New Jersey 4, or prevent the non-profit management company in her SRO from killing her neighbors, Ralowe is there.

Toshio Meronek is on the editorial collective for The Abolitionist, Critical Resistance’s newspaper and runs whereslulu.com, a website on disability and popular culture.

www.captivegenders.com

It is with heavy hearts that we pass on word of another death at the Richmond City Jail. We have previously posted about the 2 deaths there over the summer. No word yet on the cause of this 3rd death, or the identity of the individual. We will definitely do our best to update with more information as it becomes available. The brutality of the prisons and jails in Virginia is a terrible reality. The solution to the inhumane conditions at the Richmond City Jail is NOT the construction of a new, bigger facility. We need better ways of dealing with our problems, and some serious re-evaluation of what our problems are. There needs to be better facilities that are not allowed to get overcrowded, and which provide counseling, education, medical and other services. Everyone deservesaccess to the services necessary for healthy lives.

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross is an autonomous Collective committed to prison abolition and prisoner support. As anarchists we are oppossed to all systems of oppression and repression and have concluded that prisons serve no positive function in society. We actively seek to abolish the institutionalized slavery of the Prison Industrial Complex. We are dedicated to working in solidarity with prisoners and drawing connections between a multitude of struggles.

Here is the article we found online today:

Richmond Jail inmate dies

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By Staff Reports | Times-Dispatch
Published: September 17, 2010
Another Richmond Jail inmate, the third since mid-June, has died.

Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr. said an inmate collapsed Friday at 1:30 p.m. and was later pronounced dead at VCU Medical Center. No foul play is suspected; an autopsy is scheduled next week. (more…)

Come on out to the Wingnut on Tuesday October 12th at 7pm to learn how to write letters to people incarcerated in prison or jail. We will be focusing on people incarcerated for their roles in the civil rights and black liberation movements. This will include members of the Black Panther Party and MOVE organization, among others.

We will provide addresses, paper, envelopes, and stamps. We will also provide information on how to write prisoners, guidelines, advice,etc.
This will also be a good opportunity to have general discussions about organizing around prisoners and prisons, and issues in Virginia that have recently come to light.

Feel free to bring snacks and friends to share!

Teresa Lewis is scheduled to be executed September 23, 2010

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross will be attending a protest against the death penalty on Broad Street in front of the Governor’s Office at 1111 West Broad from 4-6 on September 23rd. The organization Virginian’s Against the Death Penalty may also be there.

We encourage people who can not attend, as well as those who can, to call the Governor’s office and email as well to let them know that you object to the execution. From the Virginians Against the Death Penalty (www.vadp.org): ACTION #1: Contact the Governor RIGHT NOW.

The most effective way to communicate your message at this stage is to write a letter asking the governor to grant clemency by commuting Bell’s death sentence to life without the possibility of parole.

Office of the Governor
Patrick Henry Building, 3rd Floor
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

You can also contact the governor by telephone and/or fax. If you live in Virginia, be sure to start by stating your name and where you live.

Phone: (804) 786-2211

Fax: (804) 371-6351

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross is an autonomous Collective committed to prison abolition and prisoner support. As anarchists we are oppossed to all systems of oppression and repression and have concluded that prisons serve no positive function in society. We actively seek to abolish the institutionalized slavery of the Prison Industrial Complex. We are dedicated to working in solidarity with prisoners and drawing connections between a multitude of struggles. (more…)