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Anarchist Prison Rebel Needs Support

blackjack-noteFrom SeanSwain.org

Blackjack Dzelajlija, in photo (bigger photo here) was sent to the super-duper-uber-mega-ultra-hyper-turbo-max because a rap verse he wrote appeared in 12 Monkey materials. He’s subjected to deprivation because the 12 Monkeys have great taste in music. If only Blackjack had falsely implicated Sean Swain, he would be at medium security now. Instead, he suffered a year of starvation and torture as Sean’s cell-mate (including this cell extraction) in the Special Manglement Unit at MANCI, and has been held in solitary at OSP since August 2013 with no end in sight, targeted for his anarchist “ideology.”

Blackjack needs reading materials and penpals. All materials must come from a publisher or distributor, softback books only. His interests include anarchist theory and Christian liberation theology (convergence of anarchism and Christianity includes Leo Tolstoy). As a rapper, he could use a rhyming dictionary. And he could also use some mail to keep his mind engaged with the world on the other side of the fence.
Take the time to steal some good books for him and send them in from a local distro, and drop him a line so he knows he’s not forgotten.

Write him at:
James Dzelajilja
OSP 530-144
878 Coitsville-Hubbard Rd
Youngstown, OH 44505

Birthday: 07/15/1981

Army of the 12 Monkeys Follow-up Public Statement from Monkey #9

12_monkeysFrom Anarchist News

In response to YOU ARE THE RESISTANCE: A Call for Free-World Organizing of the Army of the 12 Monkeys posted on 2-12-14

First, I’d like to say thanks for the comments on my article posted on 2/12/14.
http://anarchistnews.org/content/you-are-resistance-call-free-world-orga…

But i’d like to clarify a few points.

The articles and stories about the A12M activities from September 2012 to near August 2013 are well documented at anarchistnews.org, as well as in Earth First Magazine – Spring 2013 p10; and Fireworks News – May 2013 issue 1 p5; seanswain.org; and PAN – Fall 2013.
https://bostonanarchistblackcross.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/pan-6-2-in…

One person said that our tactics are common occurences in prison. Though some of our smaller acts may be done by others, past and present, the scale on which we – overall – attacked the prisons in Ohio has never been seen before. Since, Mr/Ms. “just unconfirmed rumors” has obviously read our manuals, I would suggest not trying to undermine the small things which lead to the bigger picture. If our tactics are nothing more than copycat acts of vandalism, then why was I quesitoned by the Ohio Sate Highway Patrol in regards to threats made on Ohio Representatives? Why was my mother and sister threatened with FBI investigation? And why, after those accused undoubtably proved all the DDRC evidence bogus did four people – 1 of which with no connection to A12M, still end up in maximum security? Because, the couldn’t allow “rioters” or “riot encouragers” to walk, and railroading us on encouraging a riot was better than admitting to the media that they lost ontrol of the inmate population in 2 prisons (ManCI and Lake Erie). Was the violence at LECI prisoner on prisoner – yes. But that was the outcom of poor organizing. The A12M attempted a coup on the staff which resulted in two prison gangs fighting for the “right to rule”. The A12M materials found after the riot clearly confirms A12M involvement. Not to mention that I personally put out a call for an uprising at multiple prisons which resulted in LECI’s riot – confirmed in a return letter to me, and resulted in the multi-prison shackdowns across the state. (more…)

Sean Swain, Blackjack & The Army of the 12 Monkeys

This week’s show is about the case of two prisoners in Ohio. In 2011, the staff at Mansfield Correctional Institution (MANCI) became aware of a nascent guerilla sabotage movement starting among prisoners called the Army of the 12 Monkeys (A12M). A12M sabotage and organizing manual and propaganda began circulating among prisoners. Cells were searched in detail and James “BlackJack” Dzelijilja was found to have angry hiphop against prison he’d written and also a book on Ericco Malatesta, the long-dead Italian anarchist. Sean Swain, an outspoken anarchist prisoner and jailhouse lawyer at the same institution, was found to have an article he was writing criticizing the privatization of the prison system. Neither were found with A12M materials. As time passed, 2 other prisoners were accused and assented to membership in A12M and that Swain and Blackjack were unaffiliated. Ohio’s prison court, however, disagreed. Now this movement has spread throughout multiple facilities in Ohio, such as Noble, Lake Eerie and Toledo.

This episode is a conversation with Blackjack and Sean Swain, both serving in high security at Youngstown (OSP), and also with Ben Turk of Redbird Prison Abolition and supporter of Sean Swain. We talk about Sean’s activism and writing, how the A12M case has effected Sean & Blackjack, the targeting of anarchists within prisons and more. (more…)