US prison struggles: ongoing hunger strikes in Riverside County, CA, and Wisconsin

Two calls for support from the continuing revolt inside the US’ prisons and jails:

In Riverside County, California, detainees at the Robert Presley Jail have been on hunger strike since April 13th, and are reporting that the administration is retaliating against them by limiting their access to phones and visits from outside. For a full list of their demands, see here.

They’re asking that messages in support of their action are passed on to

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS:
-First District Supervisor Kevin Jeffries: (951) 955-1010
Email: district1@rivco.org
-Second District Supervisor John Tavaglione: (951) 955-1020
Email: district2@rivco.org
-Third District Supervisor Chuck Washington (951) 955-1030
Email: wordpress@rivcodistrict3.org
-Fourth District Acting Supervisor and Fifth District Supervisor Marion Ashley:(951) 955-1050
Online contact via this form: http://www.rivcodistrict5.org/contact-us

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT:
(951) 955-2400 Press Option 4
Email WebMgr@riversidesheriff.orgfeedback@riversidesheriff.org or via this form: https://www.riversidesheriff.org/feedback/

RIVERSIDE COUNTY ROBERT PRESLEY JAIL:
(951) 955-4500 Press Option 1 then Option 8

Sample script:

“Hello,
I am contacting you in support of the hunger strikers at Robert Presley Jail. Their demands and core issues are legitimate. I am asking you to please make serious efforts to address their concerns, and to ensure that the hunger strikers are not retaliated against in any way. Thank you.”

Up in Wisconsin, 25o prisoners have been held in solitary confinement since the Kinross uprising on September 9th last year. Most of them have now been given dates for release back into general population, but HH Gonzales, who helped negotiate a peaceful resolution to the situation last September, is still being held in solitary indefinitely, with no release date.

UPDATE: After seven months with no misconduct tickets, he has recently received false tickets in order to justify keeping him in solitary confinement indefinitely. He has spoken of launching a hunger strike, but at the present time it’s not completely clear what the situation is. At the moment, it looks like there’s not a current call to contact the prison, but people are still being asked to support him by sending letters and cards to

Harold Hadley Gonzales #194496
Baraga Maximum Correctional Facility
13924 Wadaga Rd.
Baraga, MI 49908-9204

As a reminder of the general guidelines suggested by IWOC:

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.

Finally, although the majority of the former Kinross prisoners have now been given a release date, from last September until some point in the future is still a very very long time to spend in solitary confinement, locked in the same room 24 hours a day. There are a lot of these people who’ve agreed to have their details listed publicly, and I appreciate that it’s a dauntingly long list, but even if you can just pick out one or two names to send a quick message of support and solidarity, it might make a lot of difference to someone who’s in total isolation otherwise. The current list is:

Gilbert Morales #186641
Alger C.F.
N6141 Industrial Park Drive
Munising, MI 49862

Richard Carter #178539 (Ahjamu Baruti)
Oaks Correctional Facility
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 Correctional Facility
1500 Caberfae Hwy
Manistee, MI 49660

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

Cedricx Doss #243288
Oaks Correctional Facility
1500 Caberfae Hwy
Manistee, MI 49660

Leon Echols #204922
Oaks Correctional Facility
1500 Caberfae Hwy
Manistee, MI 49660

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

Ronald Perdue #292317
Oaks Correctional Facility
1500 Caberfae Hwy
Manistee, MI 49660

Michael T. Witherspoon #225422
Oaks Correctional Facility
1500 Caberfae Hwy
Manistee, MI 49660

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

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

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

Albert Button #099366
Carson City C.F.
10274 Boyer Rd.
Carson City, MI 48811

Freddy Hardrick #440921
Oaks Correctional Facility
1500 Caberfae Hwy
Manistee, MI 49660

Matthew DeShone #686384
Oaks Correctional Facility
1500 Caberfae Hwy
Manistee, MI 49660

Eugene Marr #703339
Oaks Correctional Facility
1500 Caberfae Hwy
Manistee, MI 49660

Joseph Michael Hendrix #455498
Oaks Correctional Facility
1500 Caberfae Hwy
Manistee, MI 49660

Vaughn Mitchell #726204
Oaks Correctional Facility
1500 Caberfae Hwy
Manistee, MI 49660

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