Collective Action Ousts Snitch at Bertie CI

On July 12th, a small action by a multiracial group of 9 prisoners at Bertie CI in Windsor, NC succeeded in forcing the warden to remove a known snitch from their block. The snitch was known for giving information to guards that caused the whole block to be searched on multiple occasions.

The group action consisted of refusing to leave the recreation yard for four hours. Guards and administration initially responded by putting on riot gear and threatening to attack the prisoners, but eventually acquiesced and made the snitch move to a different section of the prison. The prisoners then ended their protest and came inside.

The prisoners in D-Block were written up eventually for the “willful disobedience of any lawful order of a prison official,” but according to one participant, “the point is that unity breaks these cowards’ backs every time.”