A few updates on prison struggles in the UK and internationally:
In news from the movement against building new prisons here, there’ll be an evening of discussion in Leicester on Thursday 23rd February, and people will be out opposing the opening of a new mega-prison – the second-biggest in Europe – in Wrexham on Monday 27th. There’s an organising meeting against the new prisons in Manchester on Tuesday 28th, and Manchester will also host the first “No More Prisons” conference in the first weekend of March.
Over in Sweden, the group Fanggruppen has been supporting people who punch nazis since long before it was a trend – their support page currently lists addresses for Joel, who’s been inside for a number of years, Olle and Pablo. To contribute to their ongoing work of supporting antifascist prisoners, you can donate via paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joel Almgren (getting out on parole in 2017)
522 85 Tidaholm
Pablo Wikström (getting out on parole in spring 2017)
462 23 Värnersborg
Olle Smedberg (getting out on parole in spring 2017)
142 66 Trångsund
In the US, which has already seen a number of prison rebellions so far this year, there are a number of people currently held awaiting charges for alleged participation against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline – Red Fawn Fallis, Krow and Charles “Scorch” Jordan have their own dedicated support pages, and there’s also Michael “Rattler” Markus. The Water Protector Anti-Repression Crew have set up wishlists for people to send books to Red Fawn and Charles (they also had one for Rattler, but everything on it has now been bought).
Their contact addresses are:
Bismarck, ND 58502-1416
Red Fawn Fallis
Stutsman County Correctional Center
205 6th st. SE, Ste 201
Jamestown, ND 58401
Burleigh County Jail
PO BOX 1416
Bismarck, ND 58502
Morton County Correctional Center
205 1st Ave. NW
Mandan, ND 58554
In news from more long-term inmates, revolutionary Texan prisoner Kevin “Rashid” Johnson has a pair of new articles about the lack of any kind of redress in Texan prisons and the use of dangerous gas weapons against prisoners. Long-term organiser Khalfani Malik Khaldun (legal name Leonard McQuay) has been placed back in solitary on bogus charges, and is asking for people to contact his prison on Tuesday 21st to get him released. He asks people to call Superintendent Richard Brown at (812) 398-5050 ext. 4101 – for those who don’t fancy making international phone calls, you can contact the prison’s public informations officer Rich Larsen at email@example.com, which means it’s a fair guess that you might be able to email the superintendent by trying firstname.lastname@example.org. Or maybe get at the Indiana Ombudsman at Ombud@idoa.in.gov. The message to pass on is below:
“I am calling about Leonard McQuay, DOC # 874304. I am demanding that the charge of refusing to provide an adequate urine sample be dropped, and that his appeal re: unauthorized property be granted and his property returned to him. I am also demanding that all harassment against him cease, and that his transfer request be approved ASAP.
I am asking:
- That case WVD 17-01-0013 refusing to provide an adequate urine sample has to be dismissed due to:
- (A) They denied Leonard McQuay (# 874304) statement of Ofc. Ewers the eye witness.
- (B) They denied him the requested copy of the preliminary results form
- (C) There is no bag-up statement supporting the allegations in the conduct report
- (D) The collector did not follow proper procedure pursuant to policy 01-02-107 Urinalysis Program.
- The appeal must be granted.
- The appeal re case WVD 17-01-0053 unauthorized possession of property (the remote control and flat screen) be granted:
- (A) The remote was given to him by staff for losing his and the TV was given to him by New Castle Prison Staff for smashing his TV
- (B) Grant this appeal by modifying it from B-215 to a C-353 and return the flat screen to him.”
Finally, Jalil Muntaqim is a former Black Panther who’s been incarcerated since the 1970s, and is currently being held in solitary confinement as a result of teaching a lesson about the Panthers in a history class he organised. He’s been denied parole as a result of political lobbying from police associations, and so to counter that pressure he’s asking people to organise regular twitterstorms asking NY Governor Cuomo to commute his sentence, with the next being on Wednesday 22nd February – full details are as follows:
“TWITTER STORM FOR JALIL MUNTAQIM
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017
Tweet the following message to Governor Cuomo:
I add my voice to demand: Commutation of sentence for Anthony Jalil Bottom #77A4283 NOW! #clemency4jalil
Ask your friends, family, co-workers, church members, classmates or union members, to support this campaign! United our voices can make freedom happen!
If you don’t tweet, call the governor at: 1-518-474-8390
or write the governor at:
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
cc this office:
New York State DOCCS
Executive Clemency Bureau
The Harriman State Campus – Building 2
1220 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12226-2050