US prison updates for March

A quick round-up of news from US prison struggles:

Most urgently, there’s a call to support black liberation/former Black Panther prisoner Robert Seth Hayes, with phone calls, faxes and emails requested on Friday March 3rd to help get him the medical attention he requires.

Please pass the following message on:

“Hello, I am contacting you to demand that, as a matter of medical urgency, inmate Robert Seth Hayes #74A2280 needs to be provided with:
1. Immediate provision of an Insulin Pump/Sugar Monitor
2. A Diabetic Diet that consists of fresh fruits and vegetables and all the current recommendations for diabetics.

These are urgent medical neccessities, and the DOCCS will be failing in its duty of care if these things are not provided.”

To the following people:

Carl J. Koenigsmann M.D.
Deputy Commissioner/Chief Medical Officer
NYS DOCCS Division of Health Services
Harriman State Campus, Building #2
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12226-2050
Phone: 518-457-7073
Fax: 518-445-6157
Email: Carl.Koenigsmann@doccs.ny.gov

Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci
NYS Department of Corrections
and Community Supervision
Harriman State Campus, Building 2
1220 Washington Ave
Albany, New York 12226-2050
Phone: 518-457-8134
Fax: 518-453-8477
Email: Anthony.Annucci@doccs.ny.gov

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Phone: 518-474-8390
Fax: 518-474-1513
Email: https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form

The March political prisoners birthday calendar is out now. I would particularly like to highlight that Andrew Henry, whose birthday is on March 21st, is incarcerated for his participation in the Ferguson uprising, which did so much to open up possibilities for fighting back against state violence. Write to Andrew at:

Andrew Henry #42521-044
USP McCreary
PO Box 3000
Pine Knot, KY 42635
USA

Over in Minnesota, the Twin Cities Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee have started putting out a podcast to help share stories from the inside, you can listen to the first episode of that here.

Finally, a big update from Michigan, where a huge number of people were moved into solitary confinement following the uprising at Kinross last September. There are at least 180 people being punished with total isolation for trying to take part in some kind of collective action at Kinross, and Michigan comrades have compiled addresses for the following 18:

Larry Guy #132556 (Baba X-Guy)
Oaks Correctional Facility
1500 Caberfae Hwy
Manistee, MI 49660

Harold Gonzales #194496 (H.H. Gonzales)
Baraga Correctional Facility
13924 Wadaga Rd.
Baraga, MI 49908-9204

Gilbert Morales #186641
Baraga C.F.
13924 Wadaga Rd.
Baraga, MI 49908-9204

Richard Carter #178539 (AhJamu Baruti)
Oaks C.F.
1500 Caberfae Hwy
Manistee, MI 49660

Darrin Coats #185616
Baraga C.F.
13924 Wadaga Rd.
Baraga, MI 49908-9204

Jacob Klemp #231258
Baraga C.F.
13924 Wadaga Rd.
Baraga, MI 49908-9204

Jamarr Loyd #234363
Oaks C.F.
1500 Caberfae Hwy
Manistee, MI 49660

Timothy Schnell #516619
Baraga C.F.
13924 Wadaga Rd.
Baraga, MI 49908-9204

Cedricx Doss #243288
Oaks C.F.
1500 Caberfae Hwy
Manistee, MI 49660

Leon Echols Bey #204922
Oaks C.F.
1500 Caberfae Hwy
Manistee, MI 49660

Deon Taivon Joiner #682561
Oaks C.F.
1500 Caberfae Hwy
Manistee, MI 49660

Ronald Perdue #292317
Oaks C.F.
1500 Caberfae Hwy
Manistee, MI 49660

Michael T. Witherspoon #225422
Oaks C.F.
1500 Caberfae Hwy
Manistee, MI 49660

Jonathan Aiden #277075
Baraga C.F.
13924 Wadaga Rd.
Baraga, MI 49908-9204

Howard Lashawn Smith #358816 (Shawn)
Baraga C.F.
13924 Wadaga Rd.
Baraga, MI 49908-9204

Juivonne Littlejohn #141899
Baraga C.F.
13924 Wadaga Rd.
Baraga, MI 49908-9204

Freddy Hardrick #440921
Oaks C.F.
1500 Caberfae Hwy
Manistee, MI 49660

Matthew DeShone #686384
Oaks C.F.
1500 Caberfae Hwy
Manistee, MI 49660

Of course, that’s a lot of people, and it would mean a lot of writing and postage, but even if you can only send post to one or two it would do a bit to help break down their isolation. If you’re a part of a group of any kind, maybe think about splitting the list of prisoners between you – writing to 18 people is a big task for one person, but if you can find five sympathetic people, then writing to three each is much less daunting.

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"The impulse to fight against work and management is immediately collective. As we fight against the conditions of our own lives, we see that other people are doing the same. To get anywhere we have to fight side by side. We begin to break down the divisions between us and prejudices, hierarchies, and nationalisms begin to be undermined. As we build trust and solidarity, we grow more daring and combative. More becomes possible. We get more organized, more confident, more disruptive and more powerful."
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