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Three Updates About Repression of Anarchist Prisoner Sean Swain

12_monkeysFrom Anarchist News

Update #1: Sean has been approved for transfer to level 5 supermax and according to officials at ManCI he’s “#1 on the list to go” but according to the ODRC website, he is still at ManCI. We expected Sean to be transfered to level 4B in Lucasville. Sean has faced two conduct reports for the same incidents. It appears they approved the transfer on the basis of the first conduct report, which recommended level 5, and was thrown out / redone by ODRC legal counsel Trevor Clark because it “relied too heavily on Sean’s ideology” I’m paraphrasing that quote, rather than citing the actual letter because i’m hundreds of miles away from Sean’s legal work and because…

Update #2: SeanSwain.org mysteriously went down following the posting of “Days of Teargas, Blood and Vomit” (see full text of that below). We’re investigating to make sure this wasn’t an accident or coincidence, and hope to have the site back up, in some form, soon.

Update #3: The ManCI mail room is acting up worse than ever. Mail from publishers / distributors appears to be thrown in the trash with no notice of withholding (a violation of prison rules) and personal letters from some people are returned with messages written on them by Sean. So they show / hand him the envelope but won’t let him open it. We’re not really sure exactly what is going on with that, but it seems like sending sean lots and lots of mail to swamp the fascists in the mail room is a direct way to intervene in the situation. Calling and complaining is another option. (more…)

US judge approves force-feeding California inmates

In this Aug. 17, 2011 file photo, a pair of inmates are seen in their cell in the Secure Housing Unit at the Pelican Bay State Prison near Crescent City, Calif. California prison officials with the backing of a federal health care receiver are seeking court permission to force-feed inmates who have been participating in a hunger strike that is entering its seventh week.

In this Aug. 17, 2011 file photo, a pair of inmates are seen in their cell in the Secure Housing Unit at the Pelican Bay State Prison near Crescent City, Calif. California prison officials with the backing of a federal health care receiver are seeking court permission to force-feed inmates who have been participating in a hunger strike that is entering its seventh week.

From The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge approved a request from California and federal officials on Monday to force-feed inmates if necessary as a statewide prison hunger strike entered its seventh week.

Officials say they fear for the welfare of nearly 70 inmates who have refused all prison-issued meals since the strike began July 8 over the holding of gang leaders and other violent inmates in solitary confinement that can last for decades.

They are among nearly 130 inmates in six prisons who were refusing meals. When the strike began it included nearly 30,000 of the 133,000 inmates in California prisons.

Prison policy is to let inmates starve to death if they have signed legally binding do-not-resuscitate (DNR) requests. But state corrections officials and a federal receiver who controls inmate medical care received blanket authority from U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson of San Francisco to feed inmates who may be in failing health. The order includes those who recently signed requests that they not be revived. (more…)

Day 38 Countdown for Humane Conditions

I-stand-with-CA-prisoner-hunger-strikeFrom Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

Today marks the 38th day that Governor Brown and the California Department of Corrections have sat and watched as hundreds of Californians continue to starve under inhumane conditions in our prisons in an effort to make the state recognize their humanity. This has been a very long and drawn out battle involving decades of litigation, multiple hunger strikes, and many promises by the CDCR that it is finally “doing the right thing” all while vehemently denying that there are serious problems within the state prison system.

California’s prison system is undisputedly in a disastrous state of crisis. That Governor Brown has fought tooth and nail against correcting the crisis – even asking the United States Supreme Court to approve his non-compliance with the Court’s order to fix the prison system so that it no longer violates the US Constitution – is telling. California’s prison system has become a rogue beast devouring billions of dollars in state resources, destroying the lives of the people it has been entrusted to rehabilitate and their families, and continuing to operate in a way that endangers the safety and well-being of both prisoners and the public. It’s time for California to really engage in an honest effort to do the right thing. (more…)

Sean Swain Frame-up Thrown Out, New Frame-up in the Works.

sean-swainFrom Seanswain.org

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) Legal Counsel Trevor Clark has taken over Sean’s case from Angela Hunsinger. Clark says he plans to throw out the Rules Infraction Board (RIB) decision and re-do the investigation himself.

Hunsinger’s RIB report relied on an “ideological match” between Sean’s anarchist beliefs and the propaganda distributed by the Army of the 12 Monkeys. Sean appealed the decision, all the way to ODRC director Gary Mohr. All of his appeals were denied, nobody in the ODRC thought there was a problem. Sean was on his way to supermax, when his lawyer, Robert Fitrakis, threatened a civil rights lawsuit, claiming that Sean’s ideology is rooted in neolithic indiginism, his state-approved religious belief. The ODRC sent Head Legal Counsel Trevor Clark in to look at the situation and prepare a defense against the lawsuit. After reviewing Hunsinger’s conduct report, and listening to the RIB hearing, Clark admitted to Sean that listening to it, he “wanted to shoot [him]self in the fucking face” because the hearing and report was so poorly conducted. (more…)

Thursday, April 18th: Vikki Law on UNC Campus

resistancebehindbars2_72Vikki Law speaks on Women’s resistance inside prison.

6:30pm in Bingham Hall 103 on UNC Campus

Vikki Law, author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles Of Incarcerated Women, will be joining us here at UNC to speak about gender, the prison industrial complex and strategies for struggle and rebellion around these issues.

This talk is sponsored by Feminist Students United (FSU) and the Internationalist Prison Books Collective. The poster for the event can be downloaded here if you would like to help promote the event. (more…)

Monkey Number Nine Exonerates Sean Swain

12_monkeysFrom Seanswain.org

In a recent sworn affidavit Leslie Dillon admits to heading the Mansfield faction of the Army of the 12 Monkeys. He states that as Monkey number 9 he knows that his co-accused Sean Swain and James “Blackjack” Dzelajilija are not members of A12M. He states that he is the only member of the Army of the 12 Monkeys at ManCI, and that he did not recruit or attempt to recruit any members. He also explains the circumstantial evidence the Rules Infraction Board used against Swain and Blackjack and describes an attempt to coerce testimony from him against Swain.

Dillon states that Swain’s 12 Monkeys tattoo pre-dated the emergence of the Army of the 12 Monkeys and is simply a reference to the 90s movie starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt. The “propaganda” found in Dzelajilija’s cell was actually rap lyrics he wrote based on 2Pac Shakur’s song “Everyone Rise”. Dillon aquired a copy of these lyrics and remembered the 2Pac song, so he typed the lyrics and signed it Monkey #12.

Dillon states that he has attempted to explain these circumstances to ManCI staff repeatedly with no response. He goes on to describe an interaction with unrecognized staff member at ManCI on December 3rd, 2012. This staff member offered Dillon a deal where ManCI investigator Angela Hunsinger would overturn his RIB conviction if he would testify that Swain was the leader of the Army of the 12 Monkeys. Dillon refused and that evening his cell was searched and his property destroyed. The next day ODRC Director Gary Mohr affirmed Dillon’s RIB sanction. (more…)

2013 Bob Sheldon Award Honors Organizers in NC Prisons

From Internationalist Books:

certain_days_political_prisonerThis year, we choose to honor the bravery and resilience of people engaged in struggle against some of the most crushing odds in our society – the violence and captivity of the state. This year, we honor the many bold organizers inside the prisons of North Carolina.

Bob Sheldon founded Internationalist Books in 1981, and ran the shop for ten years, until his death in 1991. More than 20 years after his death, Bob’s memory endures through the friends, family and community that knew him, the work he did, and the project he began that has continued for decades to inspire political action in North Carolina and bring people together. (more…)

Anarchist Prisoner’s Ideologically Motivated Transfer to Super Max Immanent. Meanwhile, Guerilla Warfare Continues in Ohio’s Prison System.

12_monkeysFrom Sean Swain

Wednesday, Feb 13th, Mansfield OH- Tomorrow is the deadline for Sean Swain to file his final appeal to Warden Terry Tibbals. Supporters are asking people to call the Warden on Friday to oppose the transfer. The Rules Infraction Board found Sean guilty of leading The Army of the 12 Monkeys, a group calling for sabotage and low intensity guerrilla warfare against the prison system. They had no evidence against Sean other than an alleged “ideological match” with the propaganda put out by this group.

Sean has been under strict supervision in a control unit since September, but the activities of the Army of the 12 Monkeys have continued in Mansfield and may have spread to a second correctional institution in Ohio. On January 15th, at least four prisoners were transferred from general population in Mansfield to segregation for allegedly engaging in 12 Monkeys activity including breaking windows. (more…)

More Tales of Sadism from NC DPS: Prison Organizers Assaulted on Unit 1 at Central Prison

Apparently the struggle at Central Prison in Raleigh has taken a dire turn for the worst. Prisoners on Unit 1 at the facility, known for housing in segregation politically conscious prisoners who were active in various struggles including the Strong 8 and this year’s hunger strike have been facing retaliation by a sadistic group of guards calling themselves the “A-Team.”

Writes one prisoner on the unit, “Between November 17th and November 21st three convicts within my cell block have been brutally beaten while in full restraints for no justified reason. These brutal beatings are happening on shift and that is rotation A. ”

According to inmate reports, on November 18th, CO’s Logan, Hunt, Sergeant Oaths, and Lieutenant Soucer beat Haseen Eberett with their handcuffs, nightsticks, hands, and feet while he was in full restraints. Eberett was beat unconscious and thrown back in his cell bloody and in need of medical attention.

Then on November 21st, William Harris was beat in full restraints by CO’s Hunt, Boone, Logan, Oath, and Jones, while Lieutenant Blanks watched from his office along with Lieutenant Humpries. Writes one prisoner, “There have been numerous other beatings within the last two weeks by these officers,” who “call themselves the A-Team. The forementioned officers come to inmates’ cells telling them they have a visit, or have to go to medical. Once they get the inmate in the hallway, they beat them while the inmate is in restraints.

A prison organizer and former hunger striker from Unit 1 finishes, “All comrades that read this letter I want you all to know that the conditions at Central Prison at this time are dire, and it’s just a matter of time before an inmate is beat to death. Please help us in any way you can!”

These reports have been corroborated by multiple prisoners on the block. Stories of these beatings are just the most recent report of sadistic brutality on the part of NC DPS administrations, following the recent “leave” of Sampson CI’s warden and two CO’s after reports of sexual and racial assaults on a road gang surfaced.

New Blog Seeks To Amplify The Voices Of Durham Prisoners

durhamAmplify Voices Inside is a new blog put out by a group of concerned individuals from Durham. The blog seeks to amplify the voices of Durham’s incarcerated population and their loved ones. The blog was started as a response to a letter sent by inmates inside the Durham County Jail protesting their conditions. The letter received poor media coverage, so the blog’s authors created this blog to help expose the abuse at Durham County Jail and be a resource for the incarcerated and their families.  They are seeking more stories from folks inside Durham Jail and their family and friends.