Hey y’all, just a little update that we’ve finally finished editing and layout for Russell Maroon Shoatz’ new piece, titled “Liberation or Gangsterism: Freedom or Slavery.” We’ve been corresponding with Maroon for awhile now, and we’re excited to finally be putting this out. It’s an excellent resource for folks who correspond with prisoners interested in the history and/or politics of gangs and gang truce work. You can download it on our Resources page, or by clicking here.
The US Parole Commission has said they intend to make their decision to confirm or reject the negative recommendation by the US Parole Examiner on Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera, #87651-024, currently incarcerated at FCI Terre Haute. Oscar, 68 years old, is presently serving his 30th year of incarceration for struggling for Puerto Rican independence.
The National Boricua Human Rights Network and the Puerto Rico-based Comité Pro-Derechos Humanos are urging the parole commissioners to reject the wrong-headed and politically punitive recommendation of the parole examiner. We intend to flood the Parole Board with letters until they respond positively. PLEASE DO ALL THREE of the following:
1) DAILY CALL-IN CAMPAIGN FOR THIS WEEK (Jan 31-Feb 4): CALL the Parole Board in support of Oscar Lopez Rivera from 9:00am UNTIL 5:00 PM (EST) CALL and have others call. It only takes 5 minutes. THE NUMBER IS: 301-492-5990 hit 0 to speak to operator. Sample script is below.
Hi, my name is ______________ and I live in Chicago [NY, etc.] The Parole Commission should parole Oscar López # 87651-024 immediately, in spite of the hearing examiner’s recommendation to deny parole.
IF YOU HAVE TIME, USE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
1) Oscar has the support of a broad sector of Puerto Rico’s civil society as well as Puerto Rican and Latino communities throughout the United States.
2) Oscar was not accused or convicted of causing injury or taking a life. He was never accused or convicted of participating in the 1975 Fraunces Tavern bombing or any other action that resulted in injury or death.
3) President Clinton’s determination that Mr. López Rivera’s sentence was disproportionately lengthy, and his offer that would have resulted in Mr. López Rivera’s release in September of 2009.
2) Download the letter to mail and fax here (or write your own using that as a template and place on your letterhead) and send right away. (FAX NO: 301/492-5543) Remember the Parole Commission has stated their intention to make their decision by Feb. 4. Get as many of your friends, family. colleagues and forward to your Facebook and retweet.
3) MAIL Letters to:
Isaac Fulwood, Chariman
United States Parole Commission
5550 Friendship Boulevard, Suite 420
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815
Re: Oscar López Rivera, #87651-024, FCI Terre Haute
Please keep close track of the letters sent/faxed to the Parole Board and let us know firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please forward far and wide and post and repost.
LET’S FREE OSCAR,
Alejandro Luis Molina
The political prisoner birthday poster for February is now available. We’ve been getting many reports of ever more people using these to start card writing groups. We’ve updated our website and are adding more and more zines every week. Including the recently published “3 Positions Against Prison“. We’re putting the “3 Positions Against Prison” zine out there to provoke conversation among prison abolition groups in an effort to push us all forward.
As always, please post this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing night of your own.
Until Every Cage Is Empty,
– Call Off the Grand Jury Witch-hunt Against International Solidarity Activists!
– Support Free Speech!
– Support the Right to Organize!
– Stop FBI Repression!
– International Solidarity Is Not a Crime!
“Eddie Griffin, a former Civil Rights Movement activist and Black Panther, spent 12 years in federal prison for bank robbery, beginning in the early 1970s. After he was injured doing prison labor at Terre Haute Federal Prison, and refused to return to work under unsafe conditions, he was labelled “incorrigible” and transferred to the U.S. Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois.
Built to replace Alcatraz in 1963, Marion is widely acknowledged to be the first modern “supermax,” and was once the highest security and most notorious prison in the federal system. That distinction today belongs to ADX Florence in Colorado, but Marion is now home to one of the ultra-isolated federal Communications Management Units opened during the Bush Administration.
‘Breaking Men’s Minds: Behavior Control and Human Experimentation at the Federal Prison in Marion’ is a remarkable article authored by Griffin and published in the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons in 1993 (vol. 4, no. 2). (H/T to Alan for alerting us to the piece.) In it, he discusses the realities of the “behavior modification program” instituted at Marion in the 1960s. Griffin begins by describing the control of every moment–and every movement–in the lives of prisoners.”
55 year old Jerome White-Bey continues to be unjustly confined in Ad Seg (the hole), denied medical treatment for liver disease. A prison doctor prescribed interferon treatment for Jerome’s liver disease, however the Regional Medical Director Dr. Conley and the Director Mr. George A. Lombardi has refused to transfer him. Denying such treatment could prove deadly. Denial of medical care is one of the many ways that the prison system abuses political and politicized prisons.
Jerome is reaching out to those on the outside to pressure officials to provide him with the treatment he deserves.
People are encouraged to write letters and make phone calls to:
1. George A. Lombardi (Director)
2. Ms. Lisa Jones
3. Dr. Conley (Regional Medical Director)
4. Ms. Gloria Perry (MD Chief Medical Officer)
Missouri Department of Corrections
2729 Plaza Drive
P.O. Box 236
Jefferson City, MO. 65102
Phone number is: 573-751-2389
Dear Director Lombardi,
I write to you out of deep concern for prison inmate Jerome White-Bey #37479 who is suffering from liver disease. The visiting doctor prescribed interferon treatment for him, but he continues to be denied this treatment. If gone untreated, his condition could worsen.
I am asking that you immediately grant Mr. White-Bey the interferon treatment he needs to protect his health and to remove him from administrative segregation. Under the Eigth Amendment prisoners are entitled to adequate medical care. I hope that you take immediate action to uphold Mr White-Bey’s rights and health.
I and all who share concern would be gratified by a reply from you as soon as possible. Thank you for your time on this important matter.
According to the Lucasville Five supporters, Bomani Shakur, Siddique Abdullah Hasan, and Jason Robb have all ended their hunger strike in response to prison officials agreeing to meet virtually all of the demands set out. This came on the heels of a public rally outside Ohio’s Supermax Prison.
The full details of the agreement will be released soon. In the meantime, the three are recovering from nearly two weeks without food. As one supporter put it,
“this time they were fighting about their conditions of confinement but now they begin the fight for their lives. They were wrongfully convicted of complicity in 1993 murders in Lucasville prison and have faced retribution because they refused to provide snitch testimony against others who actually committed those murders. Now, because of Ohio’s (and other states’) application of the death penalty, they still face execution at a future date. Ohio is today exceeded only by Texas in its enthusiasm for applying the death penalty. We need to take some of this energy that was created around the hunger strike to help these men fight for their lives.”
The Lucasville Uprising was a historic prison uprising in which black and white prisoners united in protest over inhumane prison conditions. Out of that five prisoners were framed for murders of prisoners that took place during the rebellion. They were all sentenced to death and have been kept in solitary confinement and denied even the most basic of rights typically afforded death row inmates.
Four of the five are now engaged in a hunger strike in hopes of winning the few rights they are due before they are executed.
People can keep up with the hunger strike and join in the campaign to support the Lucasville Five by doing the following.
- Join the Facebook Support Page
- Sign the online petition
- Email lucasvillefreedom(at)gmail.com to get connected with the campaign
- Call or write Gary Moore, Director, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
770 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43222
A press conference was held (Thursday) morning in Atlanta GA to press for changes in GA prisons. Here is the press release, please post.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 2011
10:30 a.m.Georgia State Capitol, 206 Washington Street
NEW CHARGES OF INMATE BEATINGS
Reports from Prison Visits Set Off Coalition Appeal to DOC and Governor-Elect for More Access.
The Concerned Coalition to Respect Prisoners’ Rights, formed to support the interests and agenda of thousands of Georgia prisoners who staged a peaceful protest and work strike initiated early last December, will host a press conference this Thursday. The mothers and other family members of Terrance Dean and Miguel Jackson, inmates reportedly brutally beaten by guards at Macon State and Smith State Prisons in connection with the strike, will be in attendance.The press conference follows reports of violent abuses of these men and others and the findings of fact by Coalition delegations after visits to two prisons in December. These reports have increased fears of the targeting of and retaliation against inmates on account of their peaceful protest for their human rights and raise the urgency for immediate reform.
“These new developments have increased our fears and our legitimate call formore access to inmates,” said Elaine Brown, Co-Chair of the Concerned Coalition to Respect Prisoners Rights. (more…)