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Update from Alabama: 3-Part Plan of Action

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Free Alabama Movement is planning activities around our Three-Point Plan of Action for the remainder of 2016. We will be promoting this plan in conjunction with preparations for the September 9 Attica Anniversary Protest events around the country.

The three points derive from some of the main issues that are contributing factors to mass incarceration and the Industrialized Prison Complex that promotes neo-slavery in America. In Alabama, we are seeking action on these three issues:

1) Excessive overcrowding and the need for an immediate mass release. Alabama’s prison population must be reduced down to design capacity ;

2) Revisions and fundamental changes to Alabama’s habitual felony offender act;

3) Establishing “automatic” or mandatory parole criteria that will remove discretion from the parole board in parole decisions for  qualified individuals.


It is essential to the effective  implementation of these objectives that we step up our organizing and activism, esp. around the State of Alabama. This will include participation in the FREEDOM TOUR 2016 protests that are being scheduled and lead by Mothers And F.A.M.ilies, Inc., as well as the event being scheduled in Dothan, Alabama on August 27, 2016, by The Ordinary People Society.

The FREEDOM TOUR 2016 will be conducting protests statewide and conducting at least one demonstration at EVERY prison in the state of Alabama, to organize and then mobilize families and to bring awareness to the problems plaguing the Alabama prison system and the solution to these problems.

Join us today in this struggle for freedom and justice mobilize Alabama and join the National Freedom Movement to End Mass Incarceration and Prison Slavery.

Ala. D.O.C. Devises Violent Plan to Secure Funding For New Prisons: Hunger Strike Under Way at Donaldson, CF

Posted on June 18, 2016 by FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT

Commissioner Jeff Dunn and the ADOC have resorted to state-sanctioned violence in efforts to contain the Movement for Human and Civil Rights that is being led by the men incarcerated in Alabama prisons.

In response to the violence that was provoked at Holman prison on March 11, 2016, by former warden Carter Davenport that lead to his forced resignation after he was also stabbed, the ADOC transferred five (5) men ( Antonio Spencer, Amir Davis, Kevin Eldridge, and two others ) from Holman prison in Atmore, Alabama to Donaldson CF in Bessemer, Al. Donaldson CF serves as the headquarters for the CERT Team for ADOC.

Upon entry to the back-gate receiving area at Donaldson CF, one by one, all five of these men were taken into a secluded area and then brutally beaten while handcuffed. These assaults was lead by Officer Gunn, while several supervisors and other officers either stood by and watched or participated in the assault. At least two of the assault victims, Amir Davis and Kevin Eldridge, reported that during the beatings they were stomped in their testicles and told that this was being done so they wouldn’t ever have children. All of these assaults have been verified through medical files, statements, and eyewitness accounts. Several officers were suspended and/or remain under investigation, yet not a single officer has been fired or charged with any crime.


Beginning on Friday, June 10, 2016, Donaldson CF started psychological oppression and provocation tactics by implementing a “hot bay” behavior modification dorm. Commissioner Dunn started their lateest “hot bay” by transferring men from St. Clair CF at the beginning of Summer. All of these men were taken from general population at St. Clair prison and then placed into this program without any form of due process. No paperwork was served explaining why they were being placed in the dorm or how long they would be there. All of their personal property was taken away, including legal work, canteen supplies, and personal mail, etc.

Additionally, they are behind denied access to visitation, religious services, recreation, and social services. In fact, some of these men have disciplinary free files for several years, yet they are being forcibly placed in this restrictive dorm. Several of the men who arrived from St. Clair report being assaulted handcuffed. Many of these men had received incentive packages while at St. Clair, only to arrive at Donaldson prison where it was then all taken away from them without explanation.


On Thursday, June 16, 2016, all of the residents assigned to X dorm launch hunger strike to protest conditions. The hunger strike is in response to the Civil and Human rights violations, DEPRAVATIONS, inhumane conditions that include 24 hour lockdown in scorching hot two-man cells, a denial of basic hygiene and cleaning supplies, and the continued police assaults that kept taking place upon new arrivals from St. Clair.

One officer,(Godson) has assaulted atleast three people who were transferred to Donaldson from St. Clair or Holman prison, Zach Wilson, XaBrian, Jeremy Taylor, and during these incidents several witnesses heard the officer making statements like, ” You are with that Free Alabama Movement. Fuck Free Alabama Movement.”

FOR THE FULL ARTICLE, check out this post on the Free Alabama Movement’s website.

Political Prisoner Birthday Poster For September 2015 Is Now Available


Hello Friends and Comrades,

1) Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for September. As always, please post this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing night of your own.

2) We’ve put the text online of our new zine How To Start A Prison Books Collective. We hope that this humble contribution will help other prison books groups get started and expand the important work of sending political, legal, and self-educational resources to prisoners. You can find the text here.

3) The Prison Ecology Project has extended its online fundraiser. They are creating tools to dismantle toxic prisons. So far, they are the only group focused on the intersection of environment and mass incarceration. Currently they are building a database of the five thousand prisons and jails around the country, finding the weak points in the environmental realm, and providing tools to organize locally. You can donate here.


Free Alabama & Mississippi Movements in prisons & updates on Sean Swain

f-a-m-bwFrom The Final Straw

Streaming at AshevilleFM from 3am EST on February 2nd through February 8th, 2015, then podcasting at radio4all.net. Also airing this week on KOWA-LPFM in Olympia, WA, KWTF in Bodega Bay, CA, KXCF in Marshall, CA, and WCRS-LP Columbus Community Radio 98.3 and 102.1 FM

Prior to the main portion of this week’s episode, we hear a Sean Swain segment and also Ben Turk comes on to talk about difficulties Sean’s currently facing (for instance beginning a hunger strike on Monday due to shenanigans by officials at OSP, where Sean is being held, and possibly JPAY (the company that contracts communication with Ohio’s DRC) that have limited his communications again.
It is suggested that folks concerned called the boss of the ODRC Lead Council Trevor Clark’s boss (Stephen Grey 614 752 1765). More on this can be found here.

The majority of this week’s episode is a conversation with incarcerated members of the Free Alabama & Mississippi Movements. The FAMMC (now including inmates in California as well) is an inmate-drive non-violent, civil disobedience movement with the goal of bettering the situations of prisoners, challenging the profits of prison corporations and departments of correction, ending the impunity of wardens and guards and abolishing the “new slavery” of mass incarceration in the U.S.


Help Stop the Reign of Terror by Alabama Prison Officials

adoc(from Free Alabama Movement)

The Free Alabama Movement (FAM), composed of some of the men and women incarcerated in Alabama state prisons, along with their family members and friends, are in urgent need of your help. Currently, three Alabama maximum security prisons for men are on lockdown. At one of those prisons, St. Clair Correctional Facility (SCCF) in Springville, Ala., the men are daily being subjected to beatings by guards and other unprecedented violence.

Furthermore, the U.S. Dept. of Justice has just ended an investigation of Alabama’s Tutwiler Prison for Women, where the women have been habitually raped and sexually abused by the male guards and staff going back 20 years.

Please help FAM with its campaign to get the man fired who is responsible for the reign of terror at SCCF, Warden Carter Davenport, and to get Tutwiler’s warden, Bobby Barrett, fired. Send the letter below to Col. Jefferson Dunn, who (after retiring from the Air Force) will take office in March as the new commissioner of the Alabama Dept. of Corrections (ADOC). (more…)

A Call for Support from Anarchist Prisoner Michael Kimble

send-solidarity-inside-prisons-graficanera-NO-COPYRIGHTFrom Anarchy Live!

On the 27th of August 2014, I was in a physical altercation with another prisoner and now I’m in segregation for possibly a year.

Anyhow, I need y’all’s support while I’m in segregation. I need y’all to make sure I’m not idle (bored) by sending me radical newspapers, newsletters, magazines, letters, and stamps.

The thing about segregation is that it’s designed to cause pain and hurt, but it can also be turned into a school and place to build resistance. Everyone wants something to read to occupy the mind and not be bored, so it’s a great opportunity to pass literature around knowing it’s going to be read. In general population, prisoners are caught up in their own thing, whether it’s sports, drugs, gangbanging, TV, etc. and have little or no time or inclination to read anything that challenges the norm.


[Please do not send books, as only religious books are allowed into segregation at Holman; zines, newsletters, newspapers, and pamphlets are fine. Literature, letters and stamps can be sent to Michael at the following address:

Michael Kimble
138017 / K-9
3700 Holman Unit
Atmore, AL 36503

An interview with Michael was featured on episode #24 of CrimethInc.’s Ex-Worker podcast. Click here to download, subscribe, or read a transcript of the episode.


Demand Medical Care for Free Alabama Movement Prisoner Activist!


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.


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. (more…)

Radical Philosophy and the Free Alabama Movement

famBy Lisa Guenther/From Truth Out

Last summer, thousands of prisoners in California launched a 60-day hunger strike to protest and transform oppressive policies in the California Department of Corrections. One member of the organizing team called their strike action a “multi-racial, multi–regional Human Rights Movement to challenge torture.”

This weekend, another prisoner-led human rights movement is gaining momentum in Alabama. The Free Alabama Movement (FAM) seeks to analyze, resist, and transform prison slavery from within the Prison Industrial Complex.

Both of these movements challenge us, as philosophers and as people, to interrogate the meaning of slavery, torture, human rights, and political action. What does it mean to struggle for one’s human rights as an “offender” in the world’s first prison society? What can philosophers and political theorists learn from the example of incarcerated intellectuals and political actors whose everyday lives are situated at the dangerous intersection of racism, economic exploitation, sexual violence, and civil death? What would it mean to respect the specificity of the Free Alabama Movement, and at the same time to recognize that even the freedom of non-incarcerated philosophers may be bound up with the freedom of Alabama? What is freedom, after all? What – and where – and who – is Alabama?

In what follows, I will share what I have learned about the Free Alabama Movement over the last couple of days. But don’t take my word for it! Check out the FAM website, which includes photos and videos of degrading prison conditions, as well as this brilliant spoken word analysis of prison slavery. Follow the movement on Facebook and Twitter. And read the 100-page manifesto written by prisoner-organizers about the situation in Alabama prisons and the movement to end prison slavery. (more…)