A week into the hunger strike at Central Prison, the strikers and their supporters are calling for another phone zap action this week. For additional background, you can see the original call to action here and an article with history of conditions and context here.
Sixteen folks incarcerated at Central Prison in Raleigh, NC have been on a hunger strike since Monday January 20, 2020, as an act of comradery to the 200 prisoners being tortured in Unit One (a mental health/solitary confinement unit). They need your help to make the calls until their demands are met and those sixteen hunger strikers can eat again. This is a humanitarian display of unity for those inside who face injustice by the very same who face injustices enslaved right there with them. This solidarity is inspiring. Please help them to expose these human rights violations and meet their basic, humanitarian demands by joining the phone zap and calling in to amplify their voices!
Suggested script and demands:
I am aware that Central Prison’s guards and medical staff are directly torturing the prisoners and there are 16 hunger strikers exposing these human rights violations that will not eat until the following issues are addressed:
1. The excessive use of chemical mace on prisoners who have not been a threat to staff or others.
2. Stop the targeted searches of mental health prisoners who attend weekly group on Unit One. We know that this is an attempt to discourage from attending group to receive treatment.
3. Address the deliberate indifference shown by medical staff not refilling prisoners’ self-meds and neglecting to answer sick calls within a timely manner
Who to call:
- (919) 733-0800 Central Prison, Request to speak with Deputy Warden Steven Waddell, Unit One Manager Tenbrook, and/or medical personnel.
- (919) 838-4000 DPS Office; Request to speak with Commissioner Todd Ishee and/or Dr. Gary Junker
- (919) 838-3861 Gary Junker
- (919) 743-4101 Stephen Waddell
Who to write:
North Carolina Department of Public Safety 512 North Salisbury Street; Raleigh, NC 27604
You don’t have to give your name or any other information if you don’t want to. In fact, put them on the spot and immediately ask them: "who am I speaking to?" And when they ask you who you are, say: "that doesn’t matter, what matters is…(demands)"
Entering *67 before any number may block your caller ID. Demanding a statement to human rights violations is not “harassment”. If you wish to protect yourself further, use Tails to download Skype or use a prepaid phone bought securely.
Don’t worry about anyone giving you the runaround, not getting through or having to leave a message. Just pursue it to the point that you can. We are calling to apply pressure and every call counts.
*Please report back on calls made by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org