US prison strike: suggestions for staying informed and getting involved

At this point, the US prison strike has been going on for well over a week. Due to the nature of the prison system, which is designed to cut off communication with the outside world, it’s difficult to say exactly what’s happening where, but there’s a few sites that are compiling information about the strike as it comes in. The best single place to stay informed is with the live updates from the strike hosted at Mask Magazine, who also published this piece on how outside support can affect the outcome of prison struggles, and It’s Going Down also has a huge amount of information, both on this specific page and across the whole site. The Dialectical Delinquents site also has a page of updates on worldwide prison struggles, and the Support Prisoner Resistance, Incarcerated Workers’ Organizing Committee, and Free Alabama Movement blogs are good places to learn more from those involved in organising the strike.

So what can we do to support? The round-up page on Mask Magazine lists a few suggestions:

How to support

Put your money where your mouth is

The two big calls are to keep up contact with organisers who’re being victimised, and to keep pressure on the authorities by hassling them. The following is a list of prisoners who’ve reported being targeted for repression and retaliation for their role in organising the strike:

DO NOT mention Sep 9, organizing, the strike, burning prisons, or anything like that unless they reply and ask for such information. Just receiving mail at all sends a message of support. These messages are also seen by the staff which deters further retaliation. Talking about the actions might get the mail blocked or even provoke more repression, so don’t do it.

DO
tell them you’re thinking about them, that they are not alone. It can be a short note, a drawing, or a long letter describing your day and asking how they’re holding up.

Alabama
Melvin Ray 163343
Donaldson Correctional Facility
100 Warrior Lane
Bessemer, AL 35023-7299

Robert Earl Council (Kinetik Justice) 181418
Holman Correctional Facility
Holman 3700
Atmore, AL 36503-3700

James Plesant (Dhati Khalid) 192386
Limestone Correctional Facility
28779 Nick Davis Rd
Harvest, AL 35749

Colorado
Tiffany McCoy 149788
1401 W 17th Street
Pueblo, CO 81003

Indiana
Leonard McQuay (Khalfani Malik Khaldun) 874304
6908 S. Old U.S. Highway 41
P.O. Box 500
Carlisle , IN 47838

Missouri
Willis Bailey 259775
Jefferson City Correctional Center
8200 No More Victims Road
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Ohio
Siddique Abdullah Hasan
OSP R130-559
878 Coitsville-Hubbard Rd
Youngstown, OH 44505

Wisconsin
Cesar DeLeon 322800
Waupun CI
P.O Box 351
Waupun WI 53963-0351

LaRon McKinley 42642
Waupun CI
P.O Box 351
Waupun WI 53963-0351

Sir Jordan Cosby 501015
Waupun CI
PO BOX 351
Waupun WI 53963-0351

These are the current requests for people to get in touch with the prison authorities (I’ve added emails to help those of us outside the US who might not be up for making international phone calls):

Merced Hunger Strike

Call Merced County Jail  (209)385-7419 (Merced County seems to have no email addresses whatsoever).

“I am calling in support of the protesting prisoners. Please cease all retaliation and attempts to break their protest through force. Please meet the prisoner’s demands.”

Broad River Blackout

Call Broad River prison in South Carolina 803-896-2234, email corrections.info@doc.state.sc.us

“I heard that prisoners in Broad River are being denied showers and food and some are even being tortured with solitary confinement and blocking all forms of communication with their families. Can you please explain to me the directives that your facility uses to assure that these things do not happen and can you explain the directives you use to assure that prisoners are able to communicate with their families in case of emergencies?”

Shyheim D ElMumin on Hunger Strike in Solidarity with 9/9

Call and email:
Commissioner Douglas Nelson 573-751-1851 comofc@oa.mo.gov
Inspector General Amy Roderick 573-751-2389 InspectorGeneral@doc.mo.gov
Warden Jay Cassidy 573-751-3224
General emails: doc.media@doc.mo.gov constituentservices@doc.mo.gov

Say this:

“I am contacting you in regard to a Missouri prisoner named James Lenoir, also known as Shyheim D ElMumin. His prisoner number is 509071 and he is housed at JCCC. He is currently on hunger strike due to torture and retaliation against him from corrections officers working 3rd shift in your facility. I need your office to conduct an immediate investigation of white supremacist staff CO1 Terry, CO1 Wallace, and CO2 Touchette, and also officers CO1 Hyde, CO1 Dame, CO1 Kurgas, CO1 Little, CO1 Lamberson, CO1 Burton, CO2 Layton, CO1 Buelhren, CO1 Mueller, and CO1 Pope. These corrections officers are accused of using food as a form of medical torture against Shyheim who is a diabetic prisoner and also are giving Shyheim’s mail to another prisoner, a white supremacist, named Donald Sperling. In addition, your staff are paying Sperling to bang on pipes adjascent to Shyheim’s cell and throw urine into his cell. This has to stop and I need assurance that these 3rd shift corrections officers will be disallowed contact with Mr. ElMumin until they are fully investigated.”

OH Hunger Strike Solidarity

CALL Ohio State Penitentiary at (330) 743-0700  or email Laura.Gardner@odrc.state.oh.us and Gina.Wylie@odrc.state.oh.us
CALL Ohio DRC director Gary Mohr 614-752-1150  joellen.smith@odrc.state.oh.us

“I am contacting you in support of the hunger striking prisoners. Please restore their visitation and meet their demands for respectful and humane treatment.”

Bronx 120

Call  MDC at (718) 840-4200. Email NYC DoC at ConstituentServices@doc.nyc.gov

Demand:

-Immediate Medical Care for all Prisoners
-Release of all Communication, and an end to censorship of letters and communication.
-Extended visting hours and days
-NO DISCIPLINARY SEGREGATION FOR ANY PRISONER
– DROP ALL CHARGES AGAINST THE BRONX 120!!

Willis Bailey

Jefferson City DOC Central Office is 573-751-2389. Willis is another Missouri prisoner, so email the Missouri contact addresses above:

constituentservices@doc.mo.gov
InspectorGeneral@doc.mo.gov
comofc@oa.mo.gov
doc.media@doc.mo.gov

Background: A friend of mine is in prison and fears for his life. He says that, because of trying to organize and hold guards accountable, there is a hit on his life. He wants as many people as possible to call the prison and let them know we’re paying attention.Script: “I heard that a prisoner named Willis Bailey, whose inmate number is 259775, has been targeted for standing up for himself and trying to hold guards accountable. Please put some oversight on this situation to make sure Bailey is not harmed in retaliation. Thank you.”

Bro Khalfani Malik Khaldun in Indiana

Call Wabash Valley Correctional Facility Superintendent Dick Brown (812) 398-5050 ext. 4101 and Assistant superintendent Frank Little John (812) 398-5050 ext. 4502, email rlarsen@idoc.in.gov

“Hello, I am contacting you to demand that Leonard McQuay, inmate number 874304, be removed from solitary confinement. He was placed there because someone sent in newsletters.”

Dying to Live Wisconsin Hunger Strike Against Solitary

CALL Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (608) 266-1212 govgeneral@wisconsin.gov

“Hello, I am contacting you in support of LaRon McKinley and Cesar DeLeon who are on hunger strike against solitary confinement at Waupun CI. They are not being given clean water which is putting their lives at risk. The Department of Corrections needs to provide them both with bottled water. DOC should also end this hunger strike by meeting their core demand, capping solitary confinement at one year.”

Donaldson Alabama Call In

CALL Warden Bolling at (205) 436-3681
EMAIL: Grantt.Culliver@doc.alabama.gov, Gwendolyn.Mosley@doc.alabama.gov, Janet.LeJeune@doc.alabama.gov, Arnaldo.Mercado@doc.alabama.gov, David.Gallew@doc.alabama.gov   

“Hello, I am calling in support of the hunger strikers in your facility. Please cease all retaliation against these prisoners and meet their demands.”

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