Tag Archive: Ohio

Ben Turk on the silencing of Sean Swain, anarchist prisoner in Ohio

seanswainFrom The Final Straw

Streaming at AshevilleFM on Monday, 04/14/2014 for a week, then podcasting later at radio4all.net and airing on KOWA-LPFMin Olympia, WA, KWTF in Bodega Bay, CA, and KXCF in Marshall, CA.

On April 6th of 2014, anarchist prisoner Sean Swain, who’s been kind enough to allow us to present his audio commentaries (available at http://www.seanswain.org) had his access to phone calls and email shut down by JPay corporation (which facilitates financial transactions between prisoners and their families and other corporations while skimming profit and also saving and mining the private user data) alongside of Global Tel* Link. This comes just after Sean was able to engage a new lawyer, Richard Kerger, who’s done work on the Lucasville Uprising death row prisoners.

This episode, we speak to Ben Turk, a supporter of Sean’s about new updates in Sean’s case, his silencing and how folks can help pressure the state to give Sean back his access to phones and email.

Prior to that interview, however, a special guest reads a script from Sean for this week’s “You Are The Resistance”. Take a listen, or find it later at archive.org as youaretheresistance04132014 alongside the past segments for download or streaming. (more…)

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…)

Final Straw: Clean water solidarity in WV & Sean Swain’s bid for election

swain-youve-got-a-stake-232x300From AshevilleFM

This episode features three content portions.

The first will be the 2nd in our hopefully ongoing presentation of audio essays by anarchist prisoner Sean Swain, currently held in isolation at Ohio State Prison in Youngstown Ohio for alleged involvement in the Army of the 12 Monkeys, a nascent prisoner guerilla sabotage movement in Ohio prisons which is spreading every wider. Sean Swain denies involvement in the group and a self-identified member of that movement denies his involvement yet he’s been convicted of it despite any evidence and is now serving 23 hours a day in solitary, without human contact. We’ll be featuring mostly weekly segments by Sean from inside prison until the fascist running dogs at OSP shut off our communication. Here Sean gives his bid in hopes of being elected not the next governor of Ohio in 2014, but the last. Check out some of his writings at http://seanswain.org

Our second segment is a conversation with Nat and D, two anarchists in the
South East of the U.S. doing mutual aid solidarity work with communities
in West Virginia effected by the leaking of chemicals by the sarcastically named Freedom Industries, a company involved in providing chemicals for coal extraction. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/keeperofthemountains
For more info, if you have the fakebook account: https://www.facebook.com/pages/WV-Clean-Water-Hub

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Women in Solitary Confinement: Sent to Solitary for Reporting Sexual Assault

Women who report being sexually assaulted by prison staff face abuse and isolation.

Women who report being sexually assaulted by prison staff face abuse and isolation.

From Solitary Watch

By Vikki Law

It seems absurd that a person who has been sexually assaulted would be punished for speaking up, especially since prison policy prohibits sexual contact between staff and the people whom they guard. Yet, in many women’s prisons, those who report rape and other forms of sexual assault by prison personnel are often sent to solitary confinement.

After enduring over a year of repeated sexual assaults by a guard, Stacy Barker became one of 31 women incarcerated in Michigan who filed Nunn v MDOC, a 1996 lawsuit against the Department of Corrections for the widespread sexual abuse by prison guards. The following year, Barker was repeatedly sexually assaulted by an officer, who was also a defendant in Nunn. After a month of silence, she reported the assaults to a prison psychiatrist. Barker was immediately placed in segregation and then transferred to Huron Valley Center, which was then a psychiatric hospital for prisoners. There, she reported that hospital attendants verbally harassed her.

In October 1997, Barker attempted suicide. Barker did not receive counseling or psychiatric evaluation. Instead, three male guards stripped her naked, placed her in five-point restraints (a procedure in which a prisoner is placed on her back in a spread-eagle position with her hands, feet and chest secured by straps) on a bed with no blanket for nine hours. She was then placed on suicide watch. She reported that one of the staff who monitored her repeatedly told her he would “bring her down a few rungs.” (more…)