Zap Date: The entire week of Mon. Jan 25th - Fri. Jan 29th
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.
Zap Date: The entire week of Mon. Jan 25th - Fri. Jan 29th
Im writing on behalf o my brother Ari Morales who was wrongfully convicted of crimes he didn't commit. He was coerced into a false confession at the age of 15 in Contra Costa County. He was threatened to take a plea bargain or do life in prison if he proceeded to try and fight his case. No DNA evidence was found against him and witnesses state he didn't do anything along with the victim. He's been down 11 years and currently at Corcoran and recently caught COVID. Please call the Contra Costa DAs office and demand for his release!
Urgent Update: Keith 'Malik' Washington's cell phone has been confiscated and he is not being allowed to work. He is being threatened with being returned to custody for exposing the COVID-19 outbreak at the Taylor Center.
Comrade Keith 'Malik' Washington and all of those housed at the Geo Group run Taylor Center face unfit living conditions and a COVID-19 outbreak. The Taylor Street Center which is located at 111 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 is located in an area known as the Tenderloin which is notoriously known for its drug activity and as of October, 7th 2020, he celebrated 13 years of sobriety. His request to be placed on home confinement was denied recently, which is detrimental to his wellbeing. Our ultimate goal is for Malik and as many residents as possible released to Home Confinement for their safety, health, and rehabilitation.
My brother is in new lisbon correctional facility his health is not good talk to him every day they have an out break of the coronavirus I need someone to look into this my name is Valerie Washington (414)419-9846 will try to email this sight thank you much
We heard that the phone calls contributed to time out of cells for loved ones at Jesup, but our comrades have a new set of demands. Please see the demands and phone zap below. We are looking for legal support and press around this as well!
Jason Goudlock and thousands of other old-law prisoners in Ohio should be out of prison. People committing similar crimes under new laws have definite sentences and have since come and gone while the old-law prisoners, like Jason Goudlock, remain locked up. Add to this situation the high risk of contracting COVID-19 and it's clear that these old-law prisoners need to be released NOW!
See https://freejasongoudlock.org for more information about Jason and Ohio's old-law prisoners situation.
Jermon Clark is one man in Beaumont Low Security FCI who caught Covid 19 amid the current outbreak that is running out of control. In particular, he is high risk with sickle cell and hypertension. Jermon's charges, his 55 year sentence earned at 16, are based on the crime committed by the older boys he was with. 25 years later, those charges are cited as the reason he can't be released.
After leading a hunger strike with the participation of close to 200 prisoners during its height and penning several articles in response to the negligent and lackadaisical attitude displayed by prison officials, Rashid was immediately targeted for retaliation. This came in the form of his money being taken but ordered commissary withheld (withholding commissary is illegal unless it is done as a punitive measure after a prisoner has been charged and found guilty of an infraction which was not the case with Rashid) and his cell being ransacked by officers Corcoran and Long, not once but twice, two days in a row immediately following the articles being published. One of the guards there at Pendleton even went so far as to tell Rashid while he was being held in the extraction cell during the second cell search, that if he would just stop writing about the conditions there at Pendleton then the abuse and retaliation would end. During the second extraction and cell search, Rashid's tablet was purposefully shattered in order to prevent him from communicating with the outside world. His next-door neighbor was able to hear the conversation between the guards and heard one say to the other "Here it is" after finding Rashid's tablet after which it was immediately stomped on repeatedly and crushed.
After these failed attempts at coercion, Rashid immediately filed a grievance, as was his right, to protest this illegal action. Rashid received word just yesterday that the grievance filed in May was denied. The timing of this decision is worth noting because being that Rashid did not receive a determination for his grievance until just yesterday he was not able to appeal it within the given timeframe paving the way for them to carry out this latest round of retaliatory abuse.
In Soledad Prison, there is a strong undercurrent of racism and racial profiling from Warden Craig Koenig. The harassment of Talib Williams at the hands of Soledad State Prison guards has resulted in Talib being found guilty of bogus charges and famiily visits were taken away for five years. These new charges tarnish Talib's chances before the parole board next summer.
WE WILL KICK OFF THE PHONE ZAP ON ANTI-POLICE BRUTALITY DAY ON OCTOBER 22nd, 2020, IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE AIRING OF AN INTERVIEW WITH TALIB'S WIFE ON KPOO 89.5 FM PRISON FOCUS RADIO ON THURSDAY, 10/22/2020 AT 11 AM PST!!!
I am hearing about bad conditions at Century CI: punitive lockdowns, dangerous handing of Coronavirus. I don’t have a lot of details. I heard from a person incarcerated there last week but have had no response from him since. He was asking specifically that phone calls be made to Tallahassee. Is this on the radar? Can a phone zap be done for this institution?
Thnak you for considering, and all you are doing for incarcerated people.
***UPDATE FROM A HUNGERSTRIKER***
Since January 9, 2019 an estimated 250 prisoners are on hungerstrike within California State Prison - Corcoran's 3C facility in response to an indefinite lockdown. They have asked that this info be made public and that their demands be heard.
BACKGROUND: All units within 3C have been on "modified program" for a three and a half months. Here this essentially means a "lockdown" in all meaningful aspects - no visitation, no canteen, no packages, no educational, rehab or vocational programming, and little yard time. The pretext for this indefinite lockdown by CDCr of hundreds of prisoners for months on end is an altercation on Sept 28th which saw three prisoners from their grouping attacked and put into the infirmary. Group punishments and indefinite isolation are standard practices by CDCr and must stop. These practices only escalate trauma and conflict, and ultimately only promote violence and destabilization within facilities. This effects are not an accident or "regrettable by-products". This is how CDCr interprets its mission: control by brutalization and division.
Representatives of the unit have composed and relayed their demands to the outside as follows:
"Corcoran State Prison (3C YRD)
6 Core Demands Are As Follows:
- Lift Lock-Down.
- Allow Visits.
- Allow Us To Attend Educational Vocational & Rehabilitation Programs That We’re Enrolled In
- Allow us to Receive Commissary & Packages
- That We Be Given Our Weekly 10 hrs Mandated Of Outdoor Exercise Yard
- That We Are Treated Fairly
***WE’VE BEEN ON THIS PEACEFUL HUNGER STRIKE SINCE JANUARY 9TH, 2019 AND HAVE YET TO SEE CHANGE...
WE WILL CONTINUE THIS HUNGER STRIKE UNTIL OUR VOICES ARE HEARD."
Background: Prisoners in Dekalb County Jail (Atlanta) are being starved, beaten, and forced to live with and breathe mold causing skin irritation and illness.Call the Dekalb County Jail on Friday April 12th and demand they put a stop to inmate mistreatment and hold those responsible accountable,
See here as well for for an instance of family receiving reports of retailiation against their loved ones inside who spoke out. https://www.instagram.com/p/BwFe8UKDjyA/
Our friend Kanautica Zayre-Brown (#0618705) is a trans woman currently incarcerated at Warren Correctional Institute, a men’s prison. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety has refused to meet her demands to be transferred to a women’s facility.
CALL FRIDAY JANUARY 25 TO SUPPORT PRISONERS' FIGHT AGAINST TOXIC LIVING CONDITIONS (script below)
This week people at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility (WHV) will be put on lockdown from Tuesday through Friday. During this time, everyone incarcerated at WHV will be forced to take Ivermectin, a pill to treat what MDOC is calling a scabies outbreak, and the prison will be closed to the public.
#URGENT Call-in Wednesday, May 15th; please call Governor Roy Cooper, Director of Prisons, Kenneth Lassiter and North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein.
Facebook event with images and infographics you can send: https://business.facebook.com/events/301973120732920/
TARGET: FDOC ADMINISTRATION
Please make these calls and emails to tell Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) that you demand Melvin Perez be returned to general population and the phony investigation against him be dropped. Names collected in this petition will also be send to FDOC administration
FDC Region 2 Director Eric V. Hummel (email@example.com)
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.
Because prisons receive more funding if every bed has a person in it, people are put in segregation when a bed comes open, not necessarily because they have actually committed an infraction. People are constantly rotated in and out of segregation for "investigation" which can last up to 6 months. Around 35 prisoners in Housing Unit 2, the administrative segregation unit at Missouri's South Central Correctional Center, have been staging a sit in by requesting protective custody.
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.
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.
Friends, it's time to get Malik out of solitary confinement.
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!
Seven people incarcerated in Toledo Correctional Institution went on strike Saturday, November 2nd). They refused to be moved into the yard for recreation time until a SWAT or SRT team moved them, and are going on hunger strike and refusing food.
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.
Kershaw Warden Gary Lane 803-896-3301 or 803-475-5770
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.
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.
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.
There is an urgent need for immediate remedy in Smith County Texas and their jail facility. There is reported blood, urine and feces that goes uncleaned in the booking cells where immune compromised / HIV infected individuals are being kept from up to 7 - 9 days before being booked or introduced into a 14 day quarantine area. While in booking, they only have a chair and toilet. There is no blankets or anything for sleep provided. Medicine for those who require it is also not be being provided, where individuals are getting seizures because of not providing seizure medication.
Many of you know or know of our incarcerated comrade Mfalme Sikivu (Dontie Mitchell). Mfalme has been an organizer inside for over 20 years and a mentor as well. He is an outspoken revolutionary, and the founder of UFD (Ujaama Fraternal Dynasty), an organization aimed at uplift for Black and oppressed peoples. Last week, Mfalme was once again attacked by CO's and put in solitary, this time with all of his legal papers, both for UFD and for his own case, confiscated. It is likely no accident that Mfalme was working with organizers to support upcoming rallies for cleme
Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials stall inmates' efforts to file for stimulus relief fund
By Jason Renard Walker
November 3 2020
Incarcerated folks at 9500 Men's Central Dorm in Los Angeles' Men's Central Jail are experiencing inhumane circumstances. Many of their court dates have been pushed 4, 5 or 6 times, keeping them in the system for far longer than necessary. The person I spoke with said for many of them, they're there for low level offenses that have even gotten thrown out, but because their court date keeps getting delayed, they're stuck.
Sixteen folks incarcerated at Central Prison in Raleigh, NC are going on a hunger strike starting Monday January 20, 2020 as an act of comradery to the 200 prisoners being tortured in Unit One (a mental health unit). They need your help to make the calls on Monday, January 20th. And if you have the time thereafter, call any other day you can until their demands are met and those sixteen hunger strikers can eat again.
When: Friday February 28th, 9 AM Eastern Time Until 5 PM Eastern Time
This week all eyes are on South Carolina with the Democratic Primary scheduled for Saturday, February 29th.
In 2017 SCDC’s Director Bryan Stirling used prison slave labor to install metal plates to cover prisoners’ cell windows. Blocking natural light and access to fresh air is a clear violation of the international “Nelson Mandela Rules.” SC Prisoners have been fighting to get them taken down since.
Prisoners at Lieber Correctional Institution in South Carolina are demanding recognition of their human rights by the South Carolina Department of Corrections and warden Randall Williams. Prisoners are also demanding an end to the horrific conditions they are forced to exist under at Lieber, which are exascerbating already rising tensions to a tipping point and people are dying.
Call the Alameda County Board of Supervisors on
Thursday, Sept. 26: Allllll day longgggg, all time zones!
This hunger strike is due to begin July 31, 2019 within the solitary unit at Scotland Correctional Institution in Laurinburg, NC.
Let Day One be a day of inside-outside solidarity!
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.