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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

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From: http://virginiaprisonstrike.blogspot.com/2013/04/hunger-strike-begins-at-wallens-ridge.html?m=1

Solidarity with Virginia Prison Hunger Strikers
Solidarity with Virginia Prison Hunger Strikers has been formed to supportand publicize the hunger strike being launched by prisoner comrades at Wallens Ridge State Prison beginning Monday April 15th when men in segregation refused their first meal.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Hunger Strike Begins at Wallens Ridge State Prison

On Monday, April the 15th it was brought to the attention of the Solidarity with Virginia Prison Hunger Strikers Coalition that a hunger strike has been initiated at Wallens Ridge State Prison located in Big Stone Gap, Virginia.Based off inside information there are at least 16 individuals participating in this hunger strike. The status of the strikers is unknown at this time. Last May a hunger strike was initiated at Red Onion State Prison, which is located 30 minutes north of Wallens Ridge State Prison and could be considered its sister site. Between the prior hunger strike and the current one, the VADOC has conducted a new effort to transport many of the prisoners formerly held at Red Onion to Wallens Ridge. Although Wallens Ridge is a lower-level security prison it is commonly said by prisoners and ex-prisoners that Wallens Ridge is a more brutal and corrupt prison than Red Onion. Even though the technical status of Wallens Ridge is security-level 4 there has now been a new security-level designation within Wallens Ridge, in correspondence with Red Onion transfers, known as security-level S. According to the VADOC January newsletter the reasoning behind this campaign is to “give…offenders more programmatic opportunities and more pathways to lower security prisons” and that it has resulted in “..a reduction in the number of Administrative Segregation offenders, a reduction in incidents, and a reduction in offender grievances.” The fact that these young men are compelled to risk their lives in order to gain a little more fairness, a little more decency, refutes whatever the official line of the VADOC may be in its efforts to keep the population under its thumb.

The VADOC and its agents are culpable for all torture and brutality that is inlicted upon generations of young black men who are living at the mercy of a justice system that specifically targets them based on their race and class. We support these hunger strikers and their demands against the oppression they face daily at the hands of correctional officers and the negligence of the VADOC itself.

Suport the Hunger Strikers!

Meet Their Demands!

End Prison Torture!

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The Wingnut Anarchist Collective and SPARC (Supporting Prisoners and Acting for Radical Change) are co-hosting a How to Copwatch Training on April 4th at 7pm at the Wingnut (2005 Barton Avenue)

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…Anyone with an interest in monitoring the police and holding them accountable for their actions is welcome to come. Bring yourself, your friends, and lots of ideas!

Have you ever felt like your rights were violated by the police? Have you ever seen bad behavior from the police? Want to find ways to build stronger communities that are protected from the police? Learn How to Copwatch!

All Ages, Sober, Free

It is better if you have gone through the Know Your Rights Training first, but even if you haven’t please come out to learn how best to observe and record the police!

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

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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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We will also be having a How To Copwatch Training on Thursday April 4th at 7pm, and we highly recommend that folks do the Know Your Rights Training as a prerequisite.

sparcRichmond SPARC is fundraising to get manuals and materials to prisoners in the Virginia Prisons.

 

Click here to go to the We Pay site to donate to this cause!

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

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/