All are invited to the Fr. Charlie Mulholland Catholic Worker House annual Christmas morning witness and caroling at Central Prison at 10 A.M. We will rally around the perimeter of the prison on Christmas morning to sing carols. River Rhythms will also be there to make a joyful noise. We hold a big Merry Christmas sign and bring the only cheer the inmates get on Christmas (The warden does not allow visiting on Christmas to give more guards the day off). Singing starts around 10 am. Believe me, this is a great way to remember what the season is about. Peace and Blessings, Patrick O’Neill
Tag Archive: Raleigh
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.
From The Indy
by Billy Ball
An excerpt from Central Prison inmate Chris McBride’s letter to Indy Week, dated July 4, 2012:
“Solitary confinement is hell. I agree with the public—it is a form of torture. It is a tiny cell about 6 feet by 8 feet. It has a steel toilet, with a sink built in the top. There is a steel bed, with an extremely thin mattress. There is a small shelf to put your things, and a very small little desk hanging off the wall, but no chair. There is a window, that is about 5 inches wide and about 4 feet tall, but you can’t see out of it. It’s fog/clouded glass. Plus it’s covered by steel with little holes in it. The door window is the same. The light stays on 24 hours a day. At 11 p.m.–6 a.m., a smaller light comes on but it’s still bright.
“We are in this cell 23 hours a day. We are allowed to come out for recreation five times a week for one hour. The rec is a cage. They just stick us in a little cage and we can walk around. That’s it. We are only allowed to take three showers a week. Only three! And we can only take 5 minutes. If we are lucky, we get 10 minutes.
“So if you add up five 1-hour recs, and three 10-minute showers, that’s 5½ hours. Let’s round that up to 6 hours. There’s your answer. Out of the 168 hours in a week, we are out of our cell 6 hours. If that ain’t a form of torture, I don’t know what is.” (more…)
From Croatan Earth First!
Livestream of the whole event: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/26361300
Online Gallery of Pictures: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/10/22/2430466/fracking-protestors-chain-themselves.html
Seven members of Croatan Earth First! and participants from our Piedmont Direct Action Camp locked together today, barricading the front of North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) building in downtown Raleigh. Providing physical, active resistance against fracking in North Carolina, CEF! has chosen DENR for an action as they are responsible for helping legalize fracking, and will be responsible for regulating it. They have also hired a corrupt Mining and Energy Commission board, which includes people with vested interests in hydraulic fracturing occurring. We are letting them know that this farce won’t stand! No compromise in defense of Mother Earth! (more…)