On August 19, 2017 prison abolitionists marched on Washington and cities across Turtle Island while prisoners in Colorado, Texas resisted on the inside and Florida prison officials put all prisons on lockdown in anticipation of A19 protests.
The recent California heatwave is hitting the central valley, also known as "prison alley", and is seriously hurting people inside. Fans have been set up in dayrooms but guards are refusing to leave their stations with air conditioning to let prisoners out of their cells to program. A letter just received by a family member put the temperature inside his cell at 114. We've received reports of heat exhaustion, respiratory distress, heart problems and more all sending people to the infirmary.
Rashid is Minister of Defense of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party (Prison Chapter); he is a Virginia prisoner organizer and revolutionary communist. As a result of his organizing he has been repeatedly transferred out of state, under a setup called the “Interstate Compact” which is used to remove rebellious prisoners and exile them to locations where they have no friends, support, etc.