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Demand Medical Care for Free Alabama Movement Prisoner Activist!

July 22, 2014

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This came in 2 days ago, but calls are needed even more now! Please call in! Call in campaigns save lives!

Black Autonomy Federation received this report from Ann Brooks, the mother of Spokesperson Ray.

START CALLING ST.CLAIR TODAY @7AM 205-467-6111 AND DEMAND MELVIN RAY TO GET MEDICAL ATT.

We are receiving reports from St. Clair prison that my son, Melvin Ray,[one of the leaders of the Free Alabama Movement prison organization] is ill. Yesterday after lunch, Melvin indicated that he wasn’t feeling well. (As you may know, when we went to March at St Clair yesterday, officers were already aware that we would be arriving).

At around 9 p.m., Melvin began having problems urinating and was experiencing pain in his lower abdomen and bladder. At around 11 p.m., Melvin began passing excessive blood through his urinary tract. Melvin has been in isolation since January, and we believe that someone introduced something through his food yesterday.

Melvin informed Off. Cosby of his condition and was told that the medical staff said that he should fill out a sick-call form and that he would be seen by the nurse at pill-call.When pill-call came around at 3 a.m. (4 hours later), the nurse (Holcombe) and officer refused to stop at his door. Melvin banged on his door until Officer Mackesy appeared at 3:10 and informed Melvin that he would have to fill out a sick-call slip (which Melvin had already done, but Nurse Holcomb and Off. Humphries refused to pick up), and that he could turn it in at 12 p.m. and wait to be called by the doctor. Read more…

Update on Anarchist Prisoner Sean Swain and Monkey #9.

July 22, 2014

12_monkeysFrom SeanSwain.org

SECURITY REVIEW: Few weeks ago we asked folks to call Sean’s case manager Scott Nowak and ask him to give Sean a security level reduction. It worked! Nowak has recommended Sean be transferred to 4AT pending approval of Unit Management Chief Ms McDonnough.

Now we need folks to keep pressuring up the bureaucracy by calling McDonnough at (330) 743-0700 ext. 2164. Please ask her to approve the recommendation. Thank you.

MONKEY #9 NEEDS MAIL:

Les Dillon (416-607) was transferred to the Ohio State Penitentiary after a year of the Twelve Monkey regimen at Mansfield Correctional. Les admitted to being Monkey # 9 of the Army of the Twelve Monkeys. Les was offered “deals” several times. These “deals” would dismiss his disciplinary convictions if only he would identify Sean Swain (243-205) as a member of the army of Twelve Monkeys. Les refused and now spends extended time in total isolation at Ohio’s super max.

Les Dillon could use a pen-pal, some embossed envelopes and reading materials (zines or “appearing new” softcover books from publishers/ distributors only). His interests include Irish history, learning Gaelic, anarchist theory and practice and the Insane Clown Posse (I.C.P.). He is a skilled artist.

Please write to Dillon at:

Les Dillon (416-607)
OSP
878 Coitville-Hubbard RD
Youngstown,Ohio 44505

Urgent Support Needed for family of youth murdered by Denver cops!

July 17, 2014

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On July 2, 2014 20 year old Ryan Ronquillo was repeatedly shot by Denver Police in the parking lot of the Romero Family Funeral Home in Northwest Denver during a funeral service.

While attending a friend’s funeral service, Ryan stepped out to decompress and sit in his parked car. Police stormed the area, speeding several unmarked cars into the parking lot. In a matter of seconds, Ryan was dead, shot nearly a dozen times by multiple officers.

Police allege that they were in the process of serving a warrant for “auto-theft and other felonies”, and that Ryan “started to back the car in the direction of officers”. Statements from witnesses are at odds with the police statements. Witnesses at the scene describe a horrific chaotic mess. Many in attendance did not even know who the individuals shooting at Ryan were, let alone that they were even police officers.

Other witnesses claim that Ryan was left to die, choking on his own blood, as police denied medical help at the scene and instead waited for paramedics to arrive before any aid was administered. Read more…

Carrboro Police To Increase Surveillance Capabilities

July 16, 2014
Carrboro Police using cameras against activists

Carrboro Police using cameras against activists

From Chapel Hill News

 — As the Carrboro Police Department makes plans to buy in-car and eventually body-mounted cameras for its officers, it is developing a policy the chief says will protect the rights of both the officers and the people they film.

Police Chief Walter Horton recently told the Board of Aldermen that he hopes to purchase eight car cameras in the coming year and add additional cameras each year as the department buys new vehicles.

The department has not budgeted the money to purchase any body cameras for officers this year.

Cameras will record traffic stops, searches, encounters with people on the street and for some investigations, Horton said. Read more…

North Carolina: Hundreds of Federal Prisoners Legally Innocent, Some Still Incarcerated

July 16, 2014

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From Prison Legal News/ by Derek Gilna

Following a 2011 federal appellate court ruling, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) initially tried to delay the release of federal prisoners who were wrongly convicted in North Carolina. The government later announced that it would halt such tactics, but has continued to oppose challenges filed by some offenders who are legally innocent.

The DOJ’s actions followed a review of prosecutions in three federal courts in North Carolina. DOJ spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle said “many more” cases could surface when all of the state’s federal court cases are examined.

The prisoners were convicted of possessing firearms in what the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held was a misapplication of the sentencing criteria, a circumstance unique to North Carolina due to the state’s system of “structured sentencing.” Adopted by the state legislature in 1993, the system mandates that the maximum prison term for any given crime is based on the offender’s criminal record. As a result, sentences for even minor crimes can extend for years if a defendant has numerous prior offenses. Read more…

Time to Speak Up: Women’s Prison Resistance in Alabama

July 16, 2014

tutwilerBy Victoria Law

Both incarcerated women and the U.S. Department of Justice agree: The Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Ala., is a hellish place. In a 36-page letter that the DOJ issued to the Alabama State Governor Robert Brentley in January, the agency declared, “The State of Alabama violates the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution by failing to protect women prisoners at Tutwiler from harm due to sexual abuse and harassment from correctional staff.”

Federal investigators found that, for nearly two decades, staff members at Tutwiler have sexually assaulted women and compelled them into sex to obtain necessities, such as feminine hygiene products and laundry service. Women who report sexual abuse are placed in solitary confinement, where they are given lie detector tests and are frequently threatened by other staff.

But while the DOJ’s letter — and conditions in Tutwiler — made headlines, less attention has been paid to the activism and organizing by women inside Alabama’s prisons. During the department’s investigation, for example, it received 233 letters from women currently incarcerated at Tutwiler detailing a host of concerns about the sexual abuse they’ve either personally experienced or witnessed. This figure does not include the letters that women have been sending to the Department of Justice and other government entities for years before the investigation was launched. When incarcerated, sending testimony letters is a potentially dangerous action. Women risked prison staff opening their letters and reading their complaints — and retaliating against them. Two hundred thirty-three women decided to take that risk. Read more…

Carnival Dance Party at The Pinhook

July 15, 2014

carnivalJoin us on July 26th @ 10pm for an epic carnival themed dance party, like none you’ve seen before.

Your ticket price of a 7-20 dollar donation will get you one free raffle ticket and the opportunity to get more than just sweaty, We’ve got great prizes including a 200$ professional tattoo, a professional massage and a pet portrait by Billie Faye. There will also be a silent auction of various fine arts and wood crafts,one off tee shirts and bandannas. Many more surprise in store upon arrival that may or may not (wink,wink nudge,nudge) include creaming your friends, winning free shots or even a 50$ bar tab.

All earnings will go to cover the legal expenses associated with the adoption of three awesome kids who recently lost their parents and are being taken in by two Durham residents in an attempt to keep these siblings together and redefine the boundaries of what it means to be a family.

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