Comrades and outside supporters of the prisoners at Bertie CI in Windsor, NC, recently received word that two prisoners on Solitary Confinement recently barricaded themselves in their cells as a protest of prison conditions and repression. This “lock-in” action lasted four days, and was timed to coincide with an outside demonstration by anarchists and supporters on March 12th. It also coincided with the second of two national call-in days to the prison and NC Department of Corrections. (more…)
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Arrested Georgia Correctional Officer Oversaw Vicious Beating of Prisoner “in His Capacity” As Supervisor
By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
In this, the first of several reports on the aftermath of the courageous protest of Georgia prisoners last December, we update the case of Terrance Dean, brutally beaten by prison guards at Macon State Prison on December 16, 2009, and the role played by TOPS, The Ordinary Peoples Society, in working with his family and legal team, and in the larger struggle to roll back the nation’s policy of mass incarceration.
Texas political prisoner ALVARO LUNA HERNANDEZ needs mobilized support and solidarity to protest the unlawful censorship of his mail by HUGHES UNIT prisoncrats and mailroom officials. Because of Alvaro’s persistent criticism of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and because of his insistence on having his First Amendment Rights respected, Hughes Unit mailroom officials are now threatening to place supporters of Alvaro on a “negative mail” list to be censored/blocked from correspondence with him. Already, Hughes Unit, among other prisons, has a de facto policy of obstructing legal publications such as Prison Legal News for the purpose of keeping prisoners powerless against abuses. This is a major attack on the rights of political prisoners and must be dealt with swiftly by all freedom and justice loving people. If we fail to respond to these attacks then we are simply paving the way for more repression. Alvaro deserves our solidarity and support!
Please make PHONE CALLS to Hughes Unit and the TDCJ and tell them what you think: 254-865-6663 and 1-800-535-0283
Please send LETTERS OF PROTEST to Hughes Unit Warden Edward Smith and express the following: (more…)
On the evening of May 13, 2008, Jenny Synan waited for a phone call from her husband, Daniel McGowan. An inmate at Sandstone, a federal prison in Minnesota, McGowan was serving a seven-year sentence for participating in two ecologically motivated arsons. It was their second wedding anniversary, their first with him behind bars. So far his incarceration hadn’t stopped him from calling her daily or surprising her with gifts for her birthday, Valentine’s Day and Christmas. But Jenny never got a call from Daniel that night—or the next day, or the next. (more…)
On Saturday, March 12th, the same day as a national call-in to the NC Division of Prisons, about two dozen anarchists amassed outside Bertie CI in Windsor, NC, a prison facing a tense upswing in radical thought and action. Facing two layers of barbed wire fencing and a row of solitary confinement cells, we banged on drums, blew whistles, screamed chants, and held up several gigantic banners reading “Against Prisons” and “Hands Off James Graham.” (Graham is one of several prisoners in Windsor facing punishment for his role in organizing there.) (more…)
On Saturday March 12, there will be a national call-in day to the North Carolina Department of Corrections, in solidarity with prison rebels across the state, and in particular those facing repercussions for organizing study groups and collective actions at Bertie Correctional Institution in Windsor, NC.
Organizing in Windsor has happened alongside the now famous rebellion in Georgia, where in mid-December of 2010 prisoners organized the largest coordinated prison strike in US history. For six days, in at least six facilities across the state, thousands of prisoners refused to work in response to the brutality and indignity of prison. Anarchists and radicals responded with call-in days and solidarity demonstrations outside of jails and prisons in their own towns. Similar tactics, low-risk but diffuse and constant, were recently used to great success in conjunction with a hunger strike by four Ohio prisoners on death row for their role in the Lucasville prison rebellion. (more…)
We are writing with some bad news. Daniel was moved back into a CMU this week, this time at Terre Haute. We aren’t really sure why at this time, but we are sure we will fight the move. Daniel’s holding up as well as can be expected. He’s stressed out, of course, and he would appreciate your letters, especially at this time. Please write him at:
Daniel McGowan #63794-053
FCI Terre Haute – CMU
Post Office Box 33
Terre Haute, Indiana 47408
We know people will have a lot of questions about this. We do, too. At this moment, we don’t have any answers. We will update you again as soon as we do.
On Monday seven Georgia prison guards were arrested for their involvement in the December beating of Terrance Dean, a 29-year-old prisoner in Macon State Prison after a highly publicized prison strike.
Christopher Hall, Ronald Lach, Derrick Wimbrush, Willie Redden, Darren Douglas Griffin, Kerry Bolden and Delton Rushin were each charged with aggravated battery and violation of oath of office, Atlanta’s WALB reported. Their arrests were the result of an inquiry done by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations at the request of the Department of Corrections. A coalition of prisoner rights advocates and allies demanded the GBI investigate the case earlier this year after they heard reports of retalitatory violence against prisoners. (more…)