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Demo for Strikers Announced: Sunday 1pm @ Central Prison

Friends and Comrades,

On Sunday July 29th at 1pm there will be a demonstration outside of Central Prison at 1300 Western Blvd. in Raleigh and at the Division of Prisons offices (located behind Central) in solidarity with prisoners hunger striking across North Carolina. This action follows a massive and similar strike in GA as well a sit down labor action in the kitchens at Central last December.

Prisoners have expressed demands around a variety of conditions, ranging from the absence of law libraries and unsanitary and inadequate food and medical care to the censorship of mail to abuse by guards and the use of solitary confinement for political intimidation.

Folks are encouraged to bring their own banners and signs, flags, and noisemaking devices. It’ll be hot, so bring water (and extra points for coordinated black and red umbrellas!).

If you’re unable to make it to Raleigh for the demo, please consider organizing your own demonstration at a local jail or prison in your area. You can also send your group’s name in as a supporter of the strike to prisonbooks@gmail.com where we’ll post it on our website. (Feel free to draft your own statement as well).

There are also handbills in english and spanish now available, as well as a poster.

until every cage is empty,
ch prison books collective

Announcing Call-In Day and Petition for NC Hunger Strikers

First, we are announcing and encouraging people to participate in a call-in day to support NC prison hunger strikers on Wednesday, July 25th. You can find phone and fax numbers here. Because the strike may have spread to facilities we don’t yet know about, folks are especially encouraged to call the Division of Prisons HQ in Raleigh.

Second, the Asheville Prison Book Program has set up a petition for the strikers which supporters can sign here.

Third, a poster made for public distribution can be found here; feel free to put this up everywhere in your town, as a general reminder that prison struggles are happening.

Fourth, please write to prisonbooks@gmail.com if your group would like to be mentioned as supporting the strike. Feel free to also write your own statement of support like these folks. As soon as that list starts to come together we will post it.

Fifth, prisoners have called for solidarity actions and boycotts (the latter largely intended for other prisoners) against companies that exploit prisoners and their families via the canteen. A list of companies involved can be found here. (more…)

Groups Release Statements of Support for Strike, & Poster Available

Groups are sending in statements of support for the prisoners currently on hunger strike. Two are printed below, and we’ll continue to post more as we recieve them. Also, a new poster is available for mass  distribution here. (more…)

NC Hunger Strikers Call for Boycott and Solidarity Actions Against Canteen Profiteers

Prisoners in North Carolina who began a hunger strike on Monday, July 16th, at three different facilities, are now calling for a boycott and actions against specific prison profiteers in solidarity with their strike. They are hoping that the boycott can spread on the outside as well as the inside. (more…)

Prisoners Begin Hunger Strike at Three Facilities In NC

On Monday July 16th, prisoners began hunger strikes at Bertie CI in Windsor, Scotland CI in Laurinburg, and Central Prison in Raleigh. Targeting a wide range of conditions related but not exclusive to solitary confinement, the prisoners have vowed not to eat until their demands are met. (more…)

Write to One of the Strong 8 in Support!

Friends, Comrades, and Supporters of the Strong 8!

We just received word that one of the Strong 8, eight prisoners sentenced to I Con after going on strike in the kitchens at Central Prison, has asked for his address and name to be made public so as to receive letters of support, etc. Please write to him and let him know that word is spreading about their situation. His address is:

Chris McBride 0644099

Central Prison

1300 Western Blvd.

Raleigh, NC 27606

Mad love to prison rebels everywhere//Until Every Cage is Empty.

 

Raleigh: Protesters Support the Strong 8

(from NBC17)
RALEIGH, N.C. — A number of people staged a protest Sunday at Central Prison in Raleigh.

The protesters say eight prisoners have been in solitary confinement since December when they staged a sit-down strike over work conditions in the prison kitchen.

The men inside are known as the “Strong 8.” (more…)

Prisoners at Foothills Show Support For Central Prison Strikers

Three inmates in Foothills Prison recently expressed their support in writing for the “Strong 8,” eight prisoners who work in kitchens at Central Prison and were recently sentenced to I-Con (solitary) for their participation in a brief sit-down strike in December.

They declare,

“To whom this may concern,

I am writing in support for the working inmates whom exercised their constitutional right, in December 2011, of peaceful assembly. However, these workers have been unlawfully placed on Intensive Control Status.

This punishment is NOT only constitutionally wrong, but morally wrong due to the requests for better work wages and gain time issues. This letter is a modest request to have these working inmates punishment overturned and that they be released from segregation to regular population. I support the exercise of constitutional rights!

Signed,

Karon Moses

Adrian “Hakim” Jordan

Dakarai McGowan

Call-In Day This Wednesday! Support Striking Raleigh Prisoners!

Hello friends and comrades,

This Wednesday there is a national call in day to the warden of Central Prison in Raleigh and also the NC Director of Prisons about there cruel and unusual treatment of 8 prisoners who engaged in a sit down strike against atrocious working conditions. Their numbers as well as a script for some talking points are below. Pressure campaigns like this let the people in charge of prisons know that their indifference and cruelty are not invisible and they can’t destroy people with impunity. Your call will make a difference.

For more details and background on the case please go here.

“Hi My name is ____ and I’m calling to express deep concern about the treatment of 8 prisoners sentenced to I-Con for their role in a peaceful sit-down strike in the kitchen at Central Prison in Raleigh on December 16th.

These prisoners were expressing their deep frustration at the forced, long hours of their work; rather than even acknowledge their grievance, they were threatened with violence and are now effectively in solitary.

It is absolutely unacceptable to use solitary confinement or segregation as a form of political intimidation. I demand that you free these 8 prisoners back into general population, and address their labor grievances immediately, and I’ll continue to support them and spread news of their struggle however possible.”

Central Prison Warden Ken Lassiter

ph:(919) 733- 0800

fax: (919) 715-2645

NC Director of Prisons Robert C. Lewis

ph: (919) 838-4000

fax: (919) 733-8272

Support Striking Raleigh Prisoners! Announcing Demo and Call-In Day

On December 16th, 15 prisoners working in the kitchens at Central Prison, in Raleigh, sat down on the job in protest of the hours, lack of gain time, and working conditions. Prisoners in these kitchens are made to work ten hours a day, seven days a week. The strikers refused to go back to work until questions were answered regarding their hours and gain time. Instead of addressing their concerns, the head kitchen corrections officer told the men to, “get [their] sorry asses back to work,” and called in for backup. This is the same facility where a scandalous media report on conditions in the mental health ward forced Warden Branker into early retirement. (more…)