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Demo for Strikers Announced: Sunday 1pm @ Central Prison

Friends and Comrades,

On Sunday July 29th at 1pm there will be a demonstration outside of Central Prison at 1300 Western Blvd. in Raleigh and at the Division of Prisons offices (located behind Central) in solidarity with prisoners hunger striking across North Carolina. This action follows a massive and similar strike in GA as well a sit down labor action in the kitchens at Central last December.

Prisoners have expressed demands around a variety of conditions, ranging from the absence of law libraries and unsanitary and inadequate food and medical care to the censorship of mail to abuse by guards and the use of solitary confinement for political intimidation.

Folks are encouraged to bring their own banners and signs, flags, and noisemaking devices. It’ll be hot, so bring water (and extra points for coordinated black and red umbrellas!).

If you’re unable to make it to Raleigh for the demo, please consider organizing your own demonstration at a local jail or prison in your area. You can also send your group’s name in as a supporter of the strike to prisonbooks@gmail.com where we’ll post it on our website. (Feel free to draft your own statement as well).

There are also handbills in english and spanish now available, as well as a poster.

until every cage is empty,
ch prison books collective

Announcing Call-In Day and Petition for NC Hunger Strikers

First, we are announcing and encouraging people to participate in a call-in day to support NC prison hunger strikers on Wednesday, July 25th. You can find phone and fax numbers here. Because the strike may have spread to facilities we don’t yet know about, folks are especially encouraged to call the Division of Prisons HQ in Raleigh.

Second, the Asheville Prison Book Program has set up a petition for the strikers which supporters can sign here.

Third, a poster made for public distribution can be found here; feel free to put this up everywhere in your town, as a general reminder that prison struggles are happening.

Fourth, please write to prisonbooks@gmail.com if your group would like to be mentioned as supporting the strike. Feel free to also write your own statement of support like these folks. As soon as that list starts to come together we will post it.

Fifth, prisoners have called for solidarity actions and boycotts (the latter largely intended for other prisoners) against companies that exploit prisoners and their families via the canteen. A list of companies involved can be found here. (more…)

NC Hunger Strikers Call for Boycott and Solidarity Actions Against Canteen Profiteers

Prisoners in North Carolina who began a hunger strike on Monday, July 16th, at three different facilities, are now calling for a boycott and actions against specific prison profiteers in solidarity with their strike. They are hoping that the boycott can spread on the outside as well as the inside. (more…)

Prisoners Begin Hunger Strike at Three Facilities In NC

On Monday July 16th, prisoners began hunger strikes at Bertie CI in Windsor, Scotland CI in Laurinburg, and Central Prison in Raleigh. Targeting a wide range of conditions related but not exclusive to solitary confinement, the prisoners have vowed not to eat until their demands are met. (more…)