Below is a list of dates when people on either side of the prison fences may want to mobilize support and demonstrate power building up to the Anniversary of Attica. Some of these are specific actions called by prisoners or organizers that could be replicated or supported through solidarity actions. Others are holidays that resonate with freedom struggles, when demonstrations of solidarity may be extra visible or resonant. We have also included times when the authorities are gathering for conferences and conventions, which could be confronted like the recent CCA meeting in Nashville.
June 10th – Prisoners in Wisconsin initiate a food refusal against solitary confinement.
June 11th – the International Day of Solidarity with Long Term Anarchist Prisoners.
June 11-13 – the national convergence of the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons, Washington, DC.
July 11-13 – United States Deputy Warden’s Association Annual Conference, Des Moines, IA
June 19th – Juneteenth Independence Day celebration of the (supposed) end of slavery.
June 25th – First #IncarceratedLivesMatter rally in Birmingham, AL.
July 4th – Celebration of America’s (supposed) freedom.
July 14th – Bastille Day, commemoration of a French prison break that kicked off the revolution there.
July 18-21 – Republic National Convention, Cleveland, OH
July 25-28 – Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia, PA
August 10th – Prisoner’s Justice Day (Canada)
August 5-10 – American Corrections Association Annual Congress of Correction, Boston, MA
August 12th – One year anniversary of Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell’s assassination.
August 28-September 1 – Association of Correctional Food Service Affilliates Annual International Conference, Minneapolis-Bloomington, MN
September 9th – Anniversary of Attica, Nationally Coordinated Work Stoppage and Protest.
November 8 – Election Day
October 22nd – International Day Against Police Brutality and Terror
October 22-26 – National Conference on Correctional Health Care, Las Vegas, NV
January 20 – Presidential Inauguration
January 20-25, 2017 – American Corrections Association Annual Winter Conference, San Antonio, TX
Peace, Blessings and Revolutionary Greetings!
First and foremost, I’m honored that the Creative Energy and the Spirit of Our Ancestors have brought us all together, at this time and in this space. . . Amun Ra!
I am Kinetik Justice Amun (g/n Robert Earl Council), a New Afrikaans Political Prisoner of War. 22 years ago at the age of 20, I defended myself by shooting and killing a white man whose intent was to bring about bodily harm to me.
The white man I killed was a U. S. National Guardsman Ronald Henderson, the son of a predominant family of affluence and cousin to Mayor in Enterprise, Alabama. The tragedy which I am serving a capital murder sentence of life without parole was a set up for my demise due to relationships of white privilege. As police officers intimidated and coerced the only eye witness, the judge appointed M. Dale Marsh, a friend of Mr. Henderson, as (my) Robert Earl Council’s lead attorney, the D. A. Empanelled an all-white jury and the judge assured a guilty verdict by amending the indictment with his jury instruction. Adding in an additional element of robbery to seal my fate to a capital murder charge. Continue reading
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Humanitarian Food Refusal Campaign Against Solitary Torture
June10th Wisconsin prisoners held in long term Solitary confinement at Waupun Correctional Institution will start a “Food Refusal Campaign.” The wish to bring the horror of Administrative Confinement (AC) to the public’s Attention and end this torturous practice. Solitary confinement for more than 15 days has been deemed “torture” by the United Nations but Wisconsin the DOC has held many prisoners in isolation for decades. AS the debate and outrage grows nationwide, join us in supporting these prisoners who are making a courageous sacrifice to Wake Us Up.
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1pm. Fri June 10
at the Capital Building
Noon, Saturday June 11
At the County Courthouse
Both events will have a life-sized replica of the tiny cell these prisoners spend years in. There will be families of AC prisoners speaking as well as activists, and legislators. ALL are welcome and needed.
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Use social media to let your friends and coworkers know about this! Continue reading
By Jaan Laaman
The United States is often called the country of prisons because we are five percent of the world’s population, but the U.S. holds 25 percent of all the prisoners in the world. Recently we have heard talk from the White House and Congress about the need to reduce this huge prison population, which is costing the taxpayers billions.
Occasionally you might hear a prisoner’s voice on some media platform, usually a Human Rights or community outlet. These present words are written by Jaan Laaman. I am a long held political prisoner presently locked up in the U.S. Penitentiary in Tucson, Arizona. Let me be very clear, prisoners have a hard time getting our words and thoughts out from behind America’s many, many prison walls. While prisoners do have a legal right to express their thoughts and report on issues and abuses, actually getting your words out is often very hard or impossible. Continue reading
From Sign o the Times
Please join us Thursday May 19, 2016 on Sign o the Times Blogtalk Radio as we welcome guest, Film Director D. Jones on the air, and build around his AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY THE GREAT INCARCERATOR PART 1 DARK LiTTLE SECRET Dark Little Secret examines the US Prison System & its unprecedented explosion in population. An exploitation of dark, poor faces, intentionally relegated to second-class citizenship, otherwise known as PRISON, PROBATION & LEGALIZED SLAVERY! The conversation begins at 5pm Central 6pm Eastern & 3pm Pacific. The number to dial is 917-889-8059 or log in at www.blogtalkradio.com/nupowerradionetwork SEE YOU ON THE AIRWAVES!!! QT
Hasan on prison organizing & Free Ohio Movement; Istanbul ABC on Turkey & vegan anarchist prisoner Evcan Osman
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Submitted to It’s Going Down
A feisty group of protestors took on the annual shareholder’s meeting of the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) in Nashville on May 12th. Among the 50 to 60 people who gathered were former prisoners from CCA facilities, religious radicals, members of peace and justice groups, and a large contingent of rural queer and trans folks, including many anarchists.
One contingent held a steady presence by the entrance to the meeting at the CCA corporate headquarters, confronting shareholders and employees as they entered and exited, and hearing from a number of speakers discussing private prisons and exploitation. Another rowdy crew marched to a nearby major road and disrupted traffic, blockaded the road leading to the CCA headquarters at two different intersections, and confronted police before marching back to rejoin the rest of the protest. An activist shareholder from Prison Legal News returned to the demonstration and reported on the proceedings inside, and energetic protesters harangued the profiteers as they left the parking lot.
Attendees at the demonstration distributed literature about CCA’s slimy profiteering from racist mass incarceration, their role in promoting policies that maximize sentences and destroy communities, scandals around corruption, riots, and deaths in their facilities over the last year, and the particularly terrible conditions in CCA prisons that stem directly from their profit motive, as minimizing expenses on health care, food, and other basic necessities translates directly into more money for their shareholders. Protesters also promoted the upcoming national prison work stoppage planned for September of this year, handing out hundreds of copies of “This is a Call to Action Against Slavery in America.” Continue reading