Tag Archive: Raleigh

FREE ALL MOTHERS! A Reportback from the Mother’s Day Noise Demo

IMG_1311On Mother’s Day, May 12th, between 50 and 75 people met up in Raleigh to show their solidarity with women at NCCIW and RCCW, two of the largest women’s facilities in the state. The demo was part of a national call-out initiated by the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective. Noise Demonstrations also happened outside prisons and jails in Bloomington IN, Pittsburgh PA, New York City and Muskegon MI. In Raleigh anti-prison activists, anarchists, Catholic Workers, and others, ranging in age from 5 to at least 70, banged on drums and pots and pans, carried signs and black flags, and lofted banners that read “Free All Mothers,” “ACAB,” and “Love for All Prison Rebels.” (more…)

Lawsuit: Eight inmates beaten at NC Central Prison

centralFrom WRAL

By MICHAEL BIESECKER

RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal lawsuit on behalf of eight inmates at North Carolina’s Central Prison alleges correctional officers used “blind spots” out of view of security cameras to beat handcuffed and shackled inmates.

An amended complaint filed last week in U.S. District Court by lawyers at North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services says the beatings occurred in Unit One, a cell block known as “The Hole” where inmates are kept in solitary confinement for disciplinary reasons.

The inmates’ abuse claims are supported by medical records documenting blunt-force injuries that occurred while they were segregated from other prisoners, including broken bones, concussions and an inmate who is still unable to walk months after his hip was shattered.

N.C. Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Pam Walker said the agency would not comment on pending litigation.

The lawsuit names as defendants 21 correctional officers accused of participating in the abuse, as well as two wardens at the maximum security prison in Raleigh. The lawsuit alleges that former prison administrator Gerald J. Branker and current administrator Kenneth Lassister knew about the problems. (more…)

Sunday, May 12th, Raleigh: Mother’s Day Noise Demo

mothers in prison

Free All Mothers!

Mother’s Day Anti-Prison Noise Demo

– Sunday, May 12th,  3pm

Meet at State St. and Bragg St. in Raleigh.

For Carpool Information Please email: ppbirthday@riseup.net

– Spread the word!!!

We’ll be breaking the isolation and monotony of the women in the Raleigh Correctional Center for Women and the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women (a prison next door to RCCW). Together these two prisons have almost 1,500 women, almost all of them mothers. RCCW is the state’s largest prison with 1,288 women including women’s death row.

Bring banners,drums, pots and pans, your voice, your love for those inside and your anger for the walls that separate us. (more…)

A Story of Abuse at Central Prison

Central_Prison315_280The following is a brief memoir of abuse suffered by prisoner Michael Williams, at Central Prison in Raleigh.

My complaint is as follows:

On October 11, 2012 I flooded my cell due to a broken shower that emitted a foul odor and went unprepared for two weeks. The hot water on the sink was also broken and stayed ice cold like the cold water.

Officers Moore, Summerlin, Uretha and Bidwell came to my cell for a cell search. I submitted. I placed my hands through the food slot and was handcuffed behind my back. Officers Moore and Summerlin conducted the search. Officers Uretha and Bidwell stood guard over me on the mezzanine.

After the search, I was placed in the shower. I got dressed. Then I was escorted out to the sergeant’s office. Sergeants Ayers and Oates were present. Officer Moore asked the sergeants, “What cell is he going to?” Both sergeants replied in unison, “CL-201.” (more…)