This past Friday September 14th hundreds of us took to the phones to stand up for the rights of people in PA prisons. Let's keep up the pressure!
Below are active phone zaps to call. If you don't have an account on the website, email us and let us know you called. You can also organize a phone cluster to get more people involved.
Know a prisoner who needs support? Suggest a phone zap for them.
Resistance flares up in the IDOC once again. We've received word that a hunger strike has begun at Westville Correctional Facility in Westville, Indiana.
The demands of these inmates are much the same as the recently concluded and severely repressed hunger strike at Wabash Valley: insufficient and inedible meals, freezing cold temperatures, lack of access to commissary, etc.
Details of this strike are still coming in but all accounts are that it is ongoing meaning the inmates need immediate and consistent outside support.
With resistance often comes repression, and North Carolina Department of Public Services is no different. While joining a national chorus of prison bureaucrats denying prisoner protest or strikes to the media, NC DPS is privately admitting in their infraction forms that prisoners are being thrown into segregation for strike organizing.
On May 12th, prison rebels at Crossroads Correctional Center in Missouri staged a sit in. Prison officials refused their demands and the action escalated. During the uprising, the property room was destroyed. Prisoners are asking the administration to replace the lost and damaged property.
David Easley, James Ward, and Matt Hinkston went on hunger strike on Friday, September 14. They are demanding an end to retaliation for involvement in the national strike, and protesting the long-term solitary confinement of inmates with mental health issues, and violence by guards. Prison officials are trying to put them in solitary and to put David in a sound-isolation chamber (a "bubble") in retaliation for this, and on Friday, September 14, guards in the Toledo Correctional Institution maced them for being on hunger strike and having a sit-in.
Kershaw Warden Gary Lane 803-896-3301 or 803-475-5770
People in prison at the McCormick facility in South Carolina were pre-emptively targeted in the lead up to the national strike. Call and demand the end to the repression.
On August 21st, our friend Heriberto Garcia (nicknamed Sharky, CDC
#G-36724) began a hunger strike in solidarity with prisoners taking action
elsewhere. We are not aware of his current circumstances and all visiting
to his facility at New Folsom has been cancelled for two weekends in a row.
Here is a video he made to boost the strike, please share it:
Please call New Folsom State Prison this Wednesday at: (916) 985-8610
Despite the fact that prisoners at Burnside Jail in Nova Scotia, Canada have been on strike since August 19th, the Nova Scotia Department of Justice has denied any protest on the inside, and Justice Minister Mark Furey has refused to comment publicly since the strike began. Please call the office of Nova Scotia Justice Minister Mark Furey in solidarity with prisoners at Burnside. The prisoners are making important, reasonable demands for their health, rehabilitation, and humane treatment.
Prisoners held within the Hyde Correctional Institution, a facility in Fairfield, NC, were threatened with retaliation for their active support and organizing in solidarity with the national #PrisonStrike. Two prisoners in particular - Todd J Martin, and Jace Buras - are being designated by prison faculty as strike organizers. They're facing threats of administrative repression, as are any other fellow prisoners connected to the national strike.
On August 21, over 200 people detained at Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington began a hunger strike and work stoppage. Call the immigration prison and tell them to honor the hunger strikers demands.
Several inmates in the Secure Housing Unit (SHU) at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility went on hunger strike in protest of their already starvation-level meal portions and are now being punished for it.
Comrade Alyssa is an incarcerated Black transgender woman housed in a state men’s prison in Maryland. This summer, she had her name legally changed. However, in a letter received on August 24, 2018, comrade Alyssa reported that a caseworker refused to follow policy to acknowledge her legal name change and requested calls to be made on her behalf.
Please call North Branch Correctional Institution this Friday, September 14 between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. eastern at 301-729-7400.
A call-in campaign is happening in support of the 2018 Nationwide #PrisonStrike starting Tuesday, August 21st. You can use the following script to help you in your call. The most important thing is to make the call. This will put officials on alert that we are watching. Encourage your friends and family to join as well, then hold each other accountable! Without our support on the outside prisoner resistance dies on the inside.