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SPREADING THE STRIKE: SOLIDARITY ACTIONS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA FOR SEPTEMBER 9TH

Check original post for weekend updates: https://itsgoingdown.org/spreading-strike-solidarity-actions-across-north-america-september-9th/

September 7th, 2016

People are organizing across the United States and the world in order to stand in the streets in solidarity with those locked behind bars who will strike on September 9th against prison slavery. Already, a wide range of actions have taken place in the run up to the strike. This includes large scale flyering and street propaganda campaigns, banner drops, noise demonstrations outside of jails and detention facilities, and informational events. All of this activity helps to build the capacity of the strike to bring in more people who can take an active role, as well as spread information about the struggle being waged by prisoners on the inside. These actions also bring many organizations, crews, and individuals together that before have previously never worked side by side and helps expose white supremacy as both a system of social control and racial apartheid and an apparatus of management that facilitates the creation of billions of dollars of profits.

In order to better prepare for the strike, here we are going to create a regularly updated page that includes a diary of actions and a list of events and mobilizations leading up to and around the 9th. We know that many events are still in the works, so when you are ready, either submit an event here or email us at: info[at]itsgoingdown[dot]org. In this way, we hope to build a large, multi-faceted, and extremely diverse resistance movement that can support and expand the strike against prison slavery that will continue to take shape on September 9th and beyond.

Diary of Actions (July – September 2016)

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Events Leading Up to September 9th and Beyond

Tacoma, WA: 

  • September 9th: Demonstration at detention facility in solidarity national prison strike. More info here.

Olympia, WA: 

  • August 29th: Info-night and presentation on strike. More info here.
  • September 9th: Noise demonstration in solidarity with striking prisoners. More info here.

Portland, OR:

  • August 25th: Info-night and presentation on prison strike at Anarres Infoshop. More info here.
  • August 31st: Presentation and discussion linking George Jackson and Attica Revolt to Prison Strike. More info here.
  • September 7th: Benefit show to raise money and awareness for the strike. More info here.
  • September 9th: Rally and march on corporations profiting from prison labor and in solidarity with prison strike. More info here.

Eugene, OR: 

Eureka, CA:

  • September 9th: Solidarity demonstration with national prison strike. More info here.

Oakland, CA:

  • September 3rd: Brunch picnic to benefit IWOC and prison strike. More info here.
  • September 9th: BBQ to make banners, discuss strike, and watch films. More info here.
  • September 10th: Rally and march on corporations profiting from prison labor and in solidarity with prison strike. More info here.

Merced, CA: 

  • September 9th: Support event for prisoners going on strike. More info here.

Santa Barbara, CA: 

  • September 9th: Rally outside of Santa Barbara County Jail, 6:30 PM. More info here.

Los Angeles, CA:

  • September 9th: Noise demonstration in solidarity with the prison strike. More info here.

Phoenix, AZ: 

  • September 9th: Rally outside of facility in solidarity with prison strike. More info here.
  • September 10th: Teach-in and info-night on mass incarceration and the prison strike. More info here.

Tucson, AZ:

  • September 10th: March in solidarity with prison rebels. More info here.

Buckeye, AZ: 

  • September 9th: Rally in support of strike and against toxic prisons. More info here.

Milwaukee, WI: 

Bloomington, IN: 

  • September 2nd: Film screening in anticipation of the national prison strike on Sept. 9th. Potluck dinner before! Outside (bring a blanket or something), northwest corner of 11th and Maple, 8pm.
  • September 7th – Strike Conclusion: Ongoing solidarity assemblies and agitation at People’s Park beginning
    9/7 and continuing until the conclusion of the strike and the end of any retaliation against participating prisoners. Assemblies every night at 7:30 to share updates and coordinate actions, with public presence
    beginning earlier in the evening. Expect films, workshops, information tables, and smaller or larger actions launched at People’s Park.

Indianapolis, IN: 

  • September 9th: Noise demo in solidarity with national prison strike. More info here.

St. Cloud, MN: 

Minneapolis, MN: 

  • September 10: Noise demonstration outside of youth jail in solidarity with prison strike. More info here and here.

Denver, CO: 

  • September 9th: Noise demonstration outside of youth jail in solidarity with prison strike. More info here.

Chicago, IL:

  • August 18th: Envelope filling and open discussion on prison strike. More info here.
  • September 9th: Rally and march in solidarity with the national prison strike. More info here.

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East Lansing, MI: 

  • September 9th: Noise demonstration in solidarity with national prison strike. More info here.

Cleveland, OH: 

  • September 9th: Demonstration in solidarity with national prison strike. More info here.

Columbus, OH:

  • August 26th-28th: Bend the Bars Conference. Midwestern Convergence in support of prisoner struggles. More info here.
  • August 27th: March and demonstration in connection with Bend the Bars Conference. More info here.

Cincinnati, OH: 

  • September 9th: Hamilton County Justice Center, 11 am, bring signs supporting prisoners. Contact Sonny Williams for more info: 513 751-2090.

Kansas City, MO: 

  • September 9th: Community event supporting the national prison strike. More info here.

St. Louis, MO: 

  • September 1st: Discussion, banner making party. More info here.
  • September 9th: Solidarity demonstration at Hickey Park, 8674 N Broadway, at 6:30 PM.

Denton, TX:

  • September 9th: Noise demonstration in solidarity with prison strike. More info here.

Austin, TX: 

Houston, TX:

  • September 10th: Prison strike solidarity speak out and noise demonstration. More info here.

Mount Olive, West Virginia: 

  • September 11th: Rally and demonstration in solidarity with national prison strike. More info here.

Atlanta, GA: 

Bessemer, AL: 

  • August 27th: Incarcerated Lives Matter protest outside of prison. Organized by Mothers and Familes (MAF), and part of wider tour. More info here.

New Orleans, LA: 

  • September 9th: Noise demonstration in solidarity with the national prison strike. More info here.

Nashville, TN: 

  • September 3rd: Support action for national prison strike and to raise awareness. More info here.
  • September 9th: Noise demonstration in support of prison strike. More info here.

College Park, MD: 

  • September 9th: Teach-in and phone banking for national prison strike. More info here.

Cumberland, MD: 

  • September 9th: Noise demonstration in solidarity with the strike. More info here.

Washington, DC: 

Asheville, NC: 

  • September 2nd: Info night and open discussion on prison strike. More info here.
  • September 9th: March in solidarity with national prison strike. 5:30 PM, meet at Aston Park, South French Broad Ave and Hilliard.

Durham, NC: 

  • September 9th: March in Resistance to Prison Slavery. Meet at Durham Central Park, 7:30 pm. More info here.

Hutchinson, KY: 

  • September 9th: Demonstration in solidarity with national prison strike. 10 am. Hutchibson Correctional Facility,  500
    Reformatory Street in Hutchinson.

Tallahassee, FL: 

Gainesville, FL: 

  • September 9th: Protest at Wal-Mart in solidarity with national prison strike. More info here.

Fort Lauderdale, FL: 

  • September 9th: Noise demonstration in solidarity the national prison strike. More info here.

Wildwood, FL:

Detroit, MI: 

  • September 9th: Noise demonstration in solidarity with national prison strike. More info here.

Pittsburgh, PA: 

  • August 28th: Strike solidarity planning meeting. More info here.
  • September 9th: Noise demonstration in solidarity with national prison strike. More info here.

Philadelphia, PA: 

Worcester, MA: 

  • September 9th: Noise demonstration in solidarity with national prison strike. More info here.

Providence, RI: 

  • September 9th: Rally and march in solidarity with national prison strike. More info here.

Camden, NJ: 

  • September 9th: Rally and outreach event in solidarity with national prison strike. More info here.

Newark, NJ: 

  • September 9th: Rally and outreach event in solidarity with national prison strike. More info here.

Rochester, NY:

Ithaca, NY: 

  • September 9th: Rally and noise demonstration in solidarity with national prison strike. More info here.

Bronx, NY: 

Brooklyn, NY:

  • August 20th: Prison letter stuffing party. More info here.
  • September 9th: Prison strike solidarity and noise demonstration out of jail. More info here.

Please Call Regarding Complaints of Torture in Missouri

Trigger Warning (Upsetting Information is Contained Here) – medical torture in prison, psychological torture, insensitive language regarding mental illness – We have not heard from several prisoners that we expected to hear from over the past couple of months. This letter may explain why we have lost contact. Several points in this letter are corroborated by other people in the same facility.

Please call Missouri Inspector General Amy Roderick at 573-751-2389 (press 5 to get to a live person) and tell her office how you feel about the letter below.

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How to participate internationally: You can make an international voice call to the US very cheaply using google voice / hangouts. You can also email constituentservices@doc.mo.gov and ask for your message to be forwarded to Amy Roderick or you can write to her at: Amy Roderick Inspector General, 2728 Plaza Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109. You may also email healthservices@doc.mo.gov or InspectorGeneral@doc.mo.gov

This is just one of many complaints of medical torture coming from Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston, Missouri…

Letter dated 05-28-15…

“All here that are extremely rebellious are being placed on what they call Wobble Head status. Socially and physically. They are just diagnosing people left and right to cram meds into them. They label us bipolar, delusional, manic depressant, schizophrenic, just plain crazy, so what we’re saying can just be dismissed as gibberish or crazy talk because we’re “mentally ill”.

Then the ones who are refusing to cooperate are being placed on forced meds and there’s no stopping that. [NAME] tried to refuse to no avail. A team was called and they forced the needle into him. Where’s the due process? Another offender, [NAME], the same way. The side effects are taking a toll. Some dudes can’t even read because their eye sight is out of commission, mind too discombobulated to even think clear to facilitate thoughts for cognizable letter to their family. Then not just the forced meds. They are making it impossible for those to contact family. All our property is being confiscated. What happened to the 1st amendment? Nothing. It’s still on paper but obsolete in the prison system because they will silence you.

Please share this letter with other orgs and send to officials as a means to get help with stopping these forced meds because we disagree with what they are doing. We’re mentally ill all of a sudden, but kept locked in ad seg behind box car doors.”

If after reading the letter above you are unsure what to say, please call and say “I have been made aware of allegations of medical abuse at SECC prison in Charleston, Missouri. I would like to request an independent investigation of the medical practices at SECC.”

Additional people we would are asking people to call:

Lisa Jones Constituent Services Officer 573-526-6530 Lisa.Jones@doc.mo.gov

Rep Brattin Corrections Committee, MO State Representatives 573-751-3783

Rep Paul Fitzwater Corrections Committee, MO State Representatives 573-751-2112

Rep Penny Hubbard Corrections Committee 573-751-2383

Health services mo doc healthservices@doc.mo.gov

General Counsel Matt Brieacher 573-522-1614

Deputy Warden Dewayne Kempker 573-522-1926

Major White 573-683-4409

MO Senator Doug Liblu 573-751-4843

Rep Holly Rehder 573-751-5471

Deloise Williams, RN, BSN, Associate Director/Health Services 573-751-2389

Jay Nixon Governor 573-751-2389

Rep Brandon Ellington 573-751-3129 Brandon.Ellington [at] house.mo.gov

Love and Struggle ♥

Update 6-10-15 ~ To everyone who has already called in about this issue, please also call the Corizon Compliance line and describe the conversation that you already had in regard to this issue. The number to call is 800-218-9114.

Here is a sample script “Hello, I called the Missouri Inspector General the other day at 573-751-2389. I called because I heard that prisoners at SECC in Charleston, Missouri are being misdiagnosed with mental illness and then receiving inappropriate medications. I am calling you to discuss what happened when I tried to call the state of Missouri to express my concerns”.

Update 6-15-15 ~ Please keep calling and writing. We have not received word from either prisoners or administration in regard to this situation.

Update 6-16-15 ~ Excerpts from a letter dated 06-08-15 from Shyheim D El-Mumin #509071 at SECC… I’m being targeted. I’m being denied adequate and proper health care in regards to my insulin. On 5/28/15 I was denied my insulin by Cody Stanley. I’m a diabetic who takes 70%30 mix which I have to take 30-40 minutes before meals. We eat breakfast around 5:30-6:00am and Cody Stanley brings my insulin every morning at around 3:00am. I filed an internal resolution request on nurse Donna Spaven as well. Lt Woolridge also has malicious feelings toward me. They are retaliating on me for filing IRRs. On 4-20-15 I blacked out and busted my head and was then shackled. The nurse then asked if they could place the hand cuffs on the front but Captain Clinton said no and I was in excruciating pain for 4.5 hours until Dr Birch finally got to the E.R. When I was finally removed from the strecher my wrist was swolen and bleeding and I couldn’t feel my hands and arm. On 5-29-15 I blacked out again, blood was still coming out of the back of my head. I had to forgo taking my insulin for a month from 4-28-15 to 6-4-15. Please let me know if you get this letter. Please call my mother. Please tell all your people to call all of the [numbers at the top of this post] and tell them what is happening to me.

Shyheim is a long time organizer, friend, and member of over a year and a half.

Update 6-24-15 ~ We still have received no word of any improvements in this situation. Please keep calling and writing.