Resistance Has Become My Ethical Obligation: Words of Reflection on the International Day In Support of Victims of Torture
Resistance Has Become My Ethical Obligation
As the threat to health and safety of COVID-19 grows, local IWOC crews have been mobilizing with all hands on deck to meet the challenges in local areas.
On July 18, the first prison guard in Minnesota's history was killed, on top of recent violence in Oak Park Heights and Stillwater prisons. Yet all the DOC does is ask for more money on top of their 1.2 billion dollar budget. We need a new approach to change in Minnesota’s prisons. Stop putting money into a violent institution that is not correcting anyone. Free our people, and reinvest savings into reentry and rehabilitation.
After Oklahoma's historic commutations on November 1, 2019 - 400 inmates approved to be released - the focus has turned to Kansas. With overcrowding - and medical neglect - so bad it has caused riots, death, and out-of-state transfers of inmates, Kansas is desperate for solutions. The release of non-violent offenders is now gaining bi-partisan support.
The Lucasville Uprising was a rebellion against oppressive and racist policies at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF) in Lucasville, OH. Nine inmates and one guard died during the uprising in April of 1993. Today, many people are serving time or condemned to death by the state of Ohio in relation to the uprising. We demand amnesty for all of these inmates. The conditions at SOCF were (and still are) intolerable and unconscionable.
In late July of 2018 Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan was cut off from phone and email access and had most of his property confiscated and his cell locked down in a clear move to silence his advocacy for prisoners leading up to the nationwide prison strike. Hasan is an IWOC member who has been held in solitary confinement on death row since 1993 on false charges deriving from the Lucasville Uprising.
Rebels incarcerated in prisons across the nation declared a nationwide strike in response to the riot in Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison in South Carolina. Actions across the country demanded humane living conditions, access to rehabilitation, sentencing reform and the end of modern day slavery.
On January 15th, 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Florida incarcerated workers began a work stoppage demanding payment for labor, an end to canteen price gouging and reintroduction of parole incentives.