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Jan 20 2019 11:08

Eric King Reports Brutality and Frame-Up at Hands of Guards

Grey suit protection: Ellis Unit guards admit assaulting prisoners, but aren't held accountable

Help Needed for Joe-Joe Bowen

Update on the Case of Anarchist Political Prisoner Luis Fernando Sotelo (Mexico City, Mexico)

Reports of ongoing hunger strikes at MCC in New York and Corcoran in California.

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Jan 23 2019 22:07

Call-in to Support Prisoners Fight Against Toxic Living Conditions at Michigan Women’s Prison

Hungerstrike in Corcoran 3C Against Indefinite Lockdown and Group Punishment

Interview with Eric King's wife on his ongoing hunger strike and the whole situation.

Phone Zap: Return Shaka to Indiana

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Feb 4 2019 22:04

This looks like a really impressive resource: https://perilouschronicle.com/

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Feb 11 2019 21:18

Support Juivonne Littlejohn: Prison Rebel Facing Repression for Prison Strike Organizing
Vaughn 17 Trial 2, Week 4: The Defense’s Case

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Urgent Phone Zap: Support Hunger Striker Kinetic Justice

Civil Rights Defense Fund for Jason Walker

"In his most recent assault by racist guards on Nov. 23, 2018 at the Ellis Unit, a bogus disciplinary assault case was written against him to conceal the event. On Aug 23 2018 while at the Telford Unit, he was written a false report for threatening to assault staff. He was locked up in solitary the day of the hearing which prevented him from attending the hearing. This case was ultimately overturned and expunged but he was written a second false case and was never notified he’d received the charge. During an investigation by the Houston Chronicle it was exposed that the prison counsel substitute Shelia Forte falsified records to frame Jason with the case. She was fired for this act and faces criminal felony charges. Jason has a pending lawsuit on many of these issues.

He is seeking donations in effort to obtain meaningful legal assistance to better his chances of battling the defendants, their legal team, and the judge who are acting in concert to get his claims dismissed. Even though his civil rights have been clearly violated, attorneys in Texas have no interest in justice, only in collecting fees for legal help. With the help of a lawyer, Jason will have a fighting chance."

The SF Bay View is still in need of donations to stay afloat

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Apr 11 2019 18:08

An anti-racist/IWOC organizer who's spent years in solitary for strike organizing has just got out and really needs some financial help:

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Hello folks, my name is Josh. Several years ago I was jumped by two white supremacists because I'd started working with anti-racist activists in my hometown. While defending myself, I ended up injuring one of the attackers and while in the hospital he told the police that I was the one who initiated the fight. Confident in my innocence I went to trial and lost. I was convicted of assault and given 9 years in prison.

Now consider, if you will, life as an anti-racist activist in prison. I'll spare all the details, but while in prison I became heavily involved in other forms of activism; working to overcome gang violence and racism, working for prisoner's rights and restorative justice as alternatives to incarceration, among other things. Because of my activism I spent more than four years in solitary confinement.

My planned release date was in 2020, but after 6 years I finally won my appeal, my conviction was overturned and I was released without warning from solitary confinement directly onto the streets of Portland, Oregon. After my release I struggled for a few months trying to gain some stability and to make sense of everything that had happened, but before long I found myself back in prison for another year.

As I write this, I've been out exactly one month. I'm determined to break this cycle and become successful again, and I was convinced by a dear friend that I need to humble myself and ask for help.

Success, in this case, means paying off my legal fees, owning a work vehicle and enough tools to restart my construction/landscaping business, while maintaining my involvement in social justice work.

I'm currently, at least, not homeless thanks to a person who risks eviction for having an "unapproved house-guest", but beyond that I have only one way to go and that's UP.

I'm also doing different types of work, some art related, to reach my goals, and any questions or conversation is also welcome. Thank you so much for any love and support.

Wishing everyone out there beauty in your lives.

Once again, just to plug that the only unaffiliated national prison abolitionist newspaper needs donations to keep getting its print edition into the hands of people behind bars.

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Apr 22 2019 15:28

Some kind-of positive news in Mumia Abu-Jamal's case, the DA's office are withdrawing their appeal against his appeal. Legal stuff is complex and messy but that's a step in the right direction.

Phonezap on Tuesday to Support Alabama Hungerstriker, Kenneth Traywick

"Our friend and fellow soldier in struggle Kenneth Traywick (#177252) has been on a hunger strike since April 11, 2019 when he was placed in solitary for bogus reasons and no disciplinary. The Alabama Department of Corrections has been “force feeding” him via I.V. He has made it clear that he will continue to hunger strike once off of the I.V. until a set of five demands are met (see below or here: https://tinyurl.com/yy362gab)

WE SUPPORT TRAYWICK AND PROMISE THERE WILL BE NO BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR ADOC OFFICIALS AND LIMESTONE STAFF UNTIL HIS DEMANDS ARE MET.

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Hello, my name is…and I’m calling from… I am calling in support of Kenneth Traywick AIS#177252 who has been and will continue to stay on hunger strike until his demands are met. I am very concerned about his safety at Limestone and the pattern of retaliation staff and officials continue to use against him. I demand that his voice be heard, that his five demands be met immediately, among them that he be transferred and ADOC refrain from further retaliatory action.

When does ADOC plan on recognizing and acting on these demands? Who else may I speak to about this? I will keep calling until these demands are met!"
Contact details in link

Jailhouse Lawyers Speak: One Year Since Seven Fell in South Carolina

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May 8 2019 20:46

Campaign for Commutation of Sentence for Jalil A. Muntaqim

Political Prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz Is In The Hospital

Fundraising t-shirts for Lucasville inmate Greg Curry

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May 23 2019 21:05

Anarchist prisoner Eric King is back in solitary confinement after being attacked by fascists.
Also, not US news, but antifascist prisoner Jock Palfreeman has just finished a 33-day hunger strike in Bulgaria.

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May 24 2019 07:09

Vaughn 17 defendant Roman Shankaras just beat his charges, only about two defendants left to go now: https://eu.delawareonline.com/story/news/2019/05/23/another-inmate-beats...

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Jun 8 2019 18:13

Anyone interested in the subject might want to check the new issue of Field Notes, which is a prison labo(u)r special: https://brooklynrail.org/2019/6/field-notes

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Jul 30 2019 20:25

Ramsey Orta, the person who filmed the death of Eric Garner, is coming up before the parole board and could use some help: http://wit.to/Orta-Parole http://wecopwatch.org/ramsey-orta-support-letter-form/

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Jul 30 2019 20:25

North Carolina hunger strike to begin on July 31st: https://incarceratedworkers.org/phone-zaps/july-31-nc-hunger-strike-begi...

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Aug 1 2019 18:25

The SF Bay View is desperately asking for donations to get their Black August issue out: https://www.gofundme.com/keep-the-bayview-newspaper-in-print

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More here:
Today, October 23, human rights activist in New York City, Washington DC, London, U.K., and Kingston, Jamaica are delivering a request for humanitarian intervention to the United Nations drafted by US prisoners in South Carolina.

For years, prisoners and their families have been decrying the notoriously bad conditions within South Carolina prisons, as the US Department of Justice has demonstrated through reports and consent decrees with states in violation of basic human rights protections. However, this process has not produced notable improvements in prison conditions.

The UN has been many steps ahead of the United States in its recognition of human rights globally, and prisoner’s rights in particular. The UN recognizes that solitary confinement is torture after 15 days, even though long-term solitary confinement remains common in the US. A recent study has suggested that any period of time in “restrictive housing,” increases the likelihood of a former prisoner’s death following their release. These are common conditions throughout US prisons that have an impact on the brains of prisoners and impair their ability to survive.

After the deadliest day in US prisons in a quarter century at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina in 2018, prisoners led a call for a national prison strike against their repressive conditions. They issued ten demands, none of which have been met to date.

Beyond their national demands, there are certain conditions specific to South Carolina that are particularly repressive. The blocking of sunlight with metal plates, has been one of the key conditions that prisoners have decried in recent years. This practice combined with long lockdowns, the adding of meal slots in general population cell doors, denial of outdoor recreation, and limited access to showers, has produced solitary-like conditions across the whole of the general population at high security prisons in the state.

These practices deny the basic humanity of prisoners by the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC). These are the conditions that produced the violence at Lee Correctional Institution in 2018. They are reflected in this NBC News report about South Carolina prisoner Allen “AJ” Capers, which shows Capers being dragged out on to the yard and left to die by two SCDC guards. SCDC have produced a record high suicide rate. They led to the drowning of Sinetra Geter-Johnson’s baby in her prison cell, as guards neglected to help. In 2014, a Judge found that SCDC routinely violates basic rights of prisoners to mental health care.

Prisoners have attempted to find support through the legislature, they’ve sought lawyers willing to sue over the conditions, and they’ve organized national protests. None of their calls have been heard. The conditions within South Carolina prisons continue to get progressively worse and hopelessness has set in, as reflected by the record numbers of deaths and suicides in recent years. In Alabama, another state that has had similarly horrendous conditions, even a DOJ report and major coverage in national newspapers have not improved the conditions for prisoners. There is no reliable process for redress for human rights violations within the US system.

When incarcerated people can no longer find a basis for hope they struggle to see a path forward. South Carolina’s prison system has reached a breaking point, and right now it is breaking the mind, bodies, and spirits of human beings. Today, these prisoners have reached out to the world to urge international humanitarian intervention by the UN, in an attempt to ease the harsh conditions in South Carolina prisons. They take this step because they see no other path of redress.

Media Contact- Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons

FightToxicPrisons@gmail.com

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Oct 23 2019 23:18

Just to add another individual American prisoner deserving of our solidarity World Socialist Party of the United States member, Joe Hopkins.

Joe has been incarcerated in a Florida prison for the past 15 years or so, serving a life sentence. The sentence bears no relation to the crime he committed in my view and reflects the cruelty and inhumanity of the legal system there. Stephen Shenfield, the GenSec of WSPUS, has set up a website dedicated to freeing Joe (see below). It contains some useful information about Joe including an account by Joe himself of his early upbringing and the horrendous experiences he went through.

http://www.joerhopkins.net/

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Oct 24 2019 17:43

Thanks for sharing that! I would strongly recommend that you or Stephen get in touch with Gainesville Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, who will be able to help provide some level of support to Joe and help connect him to other politicised/class conscious prisoners: gainesvilleiwoc@gmail.com I believe Fight Toxic Prisons are also Florida-based, you can contact them at FightToxicPrisons@gmail.com

Oh, and while I remember, it looks like Mumia Abu-Jamal might be on the verge of winning his freedom: https://mailchi.mp/prisonradio/the-next-step-freedom-april-161517

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Oct 27 2019 18:35

Have now passed Joe's details on to Florida comrades who should hopefully be in touch with him soon.
Also, wanted to plug this excellent site that's been set up for a NY antifascist who's set to do 18 months for a fight with alt-righters - notable features include an online form so you can write to him without having to mess about with stamps and stuff, a list of his interests to help people write to him, and this reading list - if you feel like sending him something from the list, you can order it to be delivered to
David Campbell #3101900657
Eric M. Taylor Center
10-10 Hazen Street
East Elmhurst, NY 11370
and drop them a line at contact@freedavidcampbell.com so they know to remove it from the list.

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Oct 28 2019 01:02

Very much appreciated. If only we could all show as much solidarity on other aspects of our politics
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Phone Zap for Comrade Keith Malik Washington

Comrade Malik is currently being held in solitary confinement after being attacked at USP Beaumont. Other prisoners had previously warned that he was in danger at Beaumont and it is clear that he is being targeted because of his activism.

Malik urgently needs to get out of this dangerous environment, and to get moved to an institution in California so it will be be easier for him to start work at the Bay View right away when he gets released. There is no reason for him to be at Beaumont, given his security status and his upcoming parole status in California. A show of public solidarity and support is crucial in letting the prison officials know that we are watching out for him and they can’t get away with any more dirty tricks.

Please take a few minutes to help make sure our comrade gets transferred safely:
Who to Call:

USP Beaumont- 409-727-8188

(if you only have time to make 1 call, call USP Beaumont!)

When calling Beaumont, ask to speak with:

– Larry Schultz- Warden

– Mr. Tenner- Unit Manager ext.4551

– Mr. Odstrcil- Case Manager

Fax: 409-626-3700

BOP Director, Kathleen Hawk Sawyer- 202-307-3250

BOP South Central Regional Office, Grand Prairie- 972-730-8600

Important emails:

Designation and Computation: GRA-DSC/PolicyCorrespondence&AdminRemedies@bop.gov

Jay Tenner: Beaumont: BMP/ExecAssistant@bop.gov

Suggested Call Script:

“Hello, I am contacting you on behalf of Keith Washington (#34481037), a prisoner who was recently assaulted while being held at USP Beaumont. It is my understanding that Mr. Washington is hurt and being held in the SHU with restricted access to the outside world and that an investigation is currently underway. I demand that you expedite this investigation as swiftly as possible, that Keith Washington be transferred to a lower security facility in California (where he will be living and working upon release) and that no further disciplinary measures are taken against Mr. Washington, a man who has no history of violence other than what he has been exposed to in your institution.

Can you confirm who the specific Designator currently working on Mr. Washington’s case is? Please be advised that we are currently seeking to pursue legal action to redress the harm that Mr. Washington has suffered as a result of your negligence, and will continue to contact you until he is transferred.”

Hunger Strike Day 11: Support Kinetik Justice!

Our Comrade Kinetik Justice is still at Limestone Correctional Facility, one of the most repressive prisons in Alabama. Kinetik was sent to solitary confinement after drugs were planted in his cell, and has been on a hunger strike since October 29th 2019. He is currently housed in the infirmary at Limestone CF, (the same infirmary where a nurse told him she hoped he would drop dead last time he was on a hunger strike).

Kinetik is a founder of the Free Alabama Movement. He was also instrumental to the founding of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and George Jackson University, and the 2016 and 2018 National Prison Strikes. He has put his life on the line to support fellow incarcerated people countless times. For that reason he’s continually targeted and it’s important that we show the system that we have his back.

We ask that you take a moment out of your day to support this incredible human-
Who To Call:

Limestone CF, Warden Estes: (256) 233-4600
ADOC Commissioner Jeff Dunn: 334-353-3883
ADOC Intelligence & Investigations, Arnaldo Mercado: 334-353-3883
ADOC Fax #: 334 353 8922

(Faxing is extremely effective! Here is a 100 page pdf to fax to ADOC: Tinyurl.com/FreeKinetikPDF )

Call Script:

“Hello, I’m calling about Robert Earl Council (AIS#181418). I understand he is on hunger strike and being sentenced to segregation on trumped up charges as retaliation for exposing corruption going on at Limestone. I demand his immediate transfer to another facility, the removal of his fraudulent disciplinary charge, and to know what you are doing about the illegal gambling and extortion being promoted by Captain McKinsey and Mr. Pelzer. I will keep calling until we have answers.

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Dec 9 2019 18:13

Update on Russell Maroon Shoatz/s' chemotherapy. You can donate to his medical costs here.

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Feb 25 2020 21:45

Been really neglecting this of late, but two really important fundraisers for the legal costs of two US comrades:

https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/support-michael-kimble

"Michael Kimble is a passionate freedom fighter who has been held captive by the Alabama Department of Corrections for nearly 33 years. After defending himself during a homophobic attack by a known white supremacist in 1987, Michael was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. His trial was typical of what could be expected from a racist criminal justice system in Jefferson County, Alabama.

Since his conviction, Michael has been fervently involved in efforts to free himself and others, assisting in legal defense for fellow inmates, organizing reading groups and Black History events, speaking up for queer folks behind bars, and helping to organize and agitate alongside the Free Alabama Movement for the historic national prison strike of September 2016.

The Alabama prison system has recently come under fire from the federal government for its abhorrent conditions, and Holman Prison, where Michael is incarcerated, is being decommissioned and largely shut down. In this context, many Alabama prisoners have been successfully challenging the length of their original sentences. A group of Michael’s supporters on the outside have recently joined forces to hire a new legal team to help him push for a sentence reduction. Given the amount of time already served, we are hoping this could result in his release."

https://fundrazr.com/e1cKo1

"Eric King is an imprisoned parent, artist, poet, and partner who needs support defending himself as he faces serious federal charges from the Bureau of Prisons (BOP).

Eric is currently serving a ten year sentence in BOP for Use of Explosive Materials to Commit Arson. On September 11, 2014, Eric threw two molotov cocktails and a hammer through a window of an unoccupied Kansas City congressional building. Eric was charged in the federal court in Kansas City; in 2016 he accepted a non-cooperating guilty plea and a mandatory minimum 10-year federal sentence for the case. As part of his plea and sentencing Eric publicly and proudly acknowledged that his intent was to take direct political action in solidarity with the community of Ferguson, Missouri following the August 2014 police killing of Michael Brown, Jr. He has been in BOP custody since he was sentenced in 2016.

Even in prison, Eric is committed to using his poetry, art, and writing for liberation and a world free from domination and oppression.

Learn more about Eric, read his writing, share his struggle here: http://www.supportericking.org

Follow Eric's support team on twitter: @SupportEricKing

August 17, 2018

In 2017 Eric was transferred to FCI Florence, part of the notorious federal prison complex in Florence, Colorado. On August 17, 2018 an Administrative Lieutenant from FCI Florence ordered Eric to attend a private "interview" in a prison storage room. BOP officers who removed Eric from the storage room heard him say that the Administrative Lieutenant attacked him and that Eric was defending himself. Officers took Eric out of the storage room and to the Special Housing Unit (SHU) where they stripped him, shackled him to a bed, and held him in isolation without ability to communicate with his loved ones or a lawyer for three days. Eric had visible injuries when he was transferred out of Florence to USP Leavenworth on August 20, 2018, and he has experienced tingling in his limbs, headaches, blurred vision, and nausea daily since August 17, 2018.

The New Federal Charge

In May 2019 Eric was indicted by a grand jury in the District Court of Colorado for a new federal felony charge of Assaulting a Federal Official. The charge is based on what the government says happened during the interview in the Florence storage room with the Administrative Lieutenant. Eric now faces up to 20 additional years in federal prison, and is fighting this charge while still in the custody of his accusers.

What will funds be used for?

All funds will be held in trust by the law office and used to pay legal costs and fees associated with defending Eric, his principles, and the rights Eric and every prisoner has to live without fear of harassment, abuse, and deprivation at the hands of the state."

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Apr 7 2020 20:47

Huge list of phone zaps here: http://bit.ly/FREETHEMNOW

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Apr 10 2020 15:21

Emergency! Ramsey Orta is in Danger!!!

Help get antifascist prisoner David Campbell released and out of danger in the New York jail system

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Apr 10 2020 16:38

Prisoners in Lansing correctional in Kansas rioted yesterday over Coronavirus fears. A dozen inmates have already tested positive.

Here's some video from one of the inmates https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qN6ntbmuI8

Haven't found a good right up yet,

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Apr 10 2020 17:25

Do you know Perilous Chronicle? They're usually pretty solid on covering prison stuff: https://perilouschronicle.com/ I see they don't seem to have a write-up of this one yet, but their twitter links to this local news story, which is unfortunately EU-walled so you'll need a proxy to look at it: https://www.ksnt.com/news/prisoners-start-riot-destroying-property-at-la...
ETA: this might work, turns out the story is very short and hasn't got much in it though.

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Apr 10 2020 17:51

I wasn't aware, thank you for the link. But yeah that seems to follow what else I've found, I decided to borrow from the Guardian which covered it, but most of that article was focusing on general prison conditions in the USA. Not irrelevant and quite important information, but there wasn't much information about the events in the headline.

http://libcom.org/news/lansing-correctional-prison-uprising-put-down-us-...

Good thing the video exists though, I've seen some outlets claim there was no reason for the riot and authorities are baffled, when they clearly say why they're trashing the offices in the video.

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Jun 19 2020 15:16

If anyone fancies getting a new facemask, Lucasville Uprising prisoner Greg Curry is selling them to raise legal funds towards getting his case re-examined and overturned.

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Jun 29 2020 18:34

From Critical Resistance: Help SF Bay View Newspaper STAY ALIVE!: One of the Only Black-Led & Prisoner-Led National Newspapers in the U.S.!

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The SF BayView National Black Newspaper is an online and print newspaper, published in San Francisco and read widely by people, both free and caged. It is one of the only Black-led and prisoner-led newspapers in the country, and covers issues and events both inside and outside of prisons from a Black radical perspective, with a focus on Black liberation and coverage of worldwide racial inequality and political repression.
The SF BayView is completely volunteer-run and they are struggling to make ends meet. All donations would help to support: production costs, printing costs, publishing costs, stamps and shipping costs, and the salary of Keith Washington, fondly known as Comrade Malik, Assistant Editor of the SF Bay View. Malik is a journalist, freedom fighter, and a prisoner at USP Pollock in Louisiana. He plans to move to the Bay and transition into the Editor role when he is released in September 2020.
The viability of The BayView is directly linked to the material and economic stability Malik has upon his return home. Can you pitch in $3 or more to support his transition home and keep this vital resource alive for our people?
For over 45 years, the SF BayView has been unapologetic in calling out injustice and repression that targets Black and brown communities and people in jails, prisons and detention centers. In the nineties, when no one else had the courage to report on rampant police brutality, The BayView stepped up for their community, and suffered backlash because of it.
In the late eighties, SF BayView exposed and helped shut down the oldest and largest power plant in California, owned by PG&E, for emitting toxic smoke that impacted the respiratory health of thousands of Black and brown children and families.
In 2011-2013, the SF BayView, mailed to thousands of prisoners and helped to spread the word about the California Prisoner Hunger Strikes Against Solitary Confinement, drawing 30,000 participants at their peak. Reflecting back on these historic hunger strikes that rocked and swayed the US prison system, Comrade Keith ‘Malik’ Washington shares: “The strikes succeeded [partly] because the Bay View is a network of freedom fighters connecting prisoners with each other and allies in the outside world.”

The SF BayView gives prisoners a platform to share their stories and collective strategies and build up solidarity for inside-outside organizing. It keeps prisoners informed of their impact on the political landscape and fuels prisoners to keep fighting by highlighting the nationwide solidarity against violations to their human and civil rights.
Undaunted, The BayView continues to report on injustices like police terrorism, the impact of COVID-19 on prisoners, and stories of black resilience in this time. At a time when so much of the media landscape is owned by corporate interests, we ask that you donate to keep this lifeline open for prisoners and Black communities. We ask you to invest in black futures now. We ask you to invest in people returning home.
Below is a message from Comrade Malik, the soon-to-be Editor of the SF Bay View:

Dear Comrades,

Please help save The San Francisco BayView National Black Newspaper. The Bay View’s current editor Mary Ratcliff and her husband and publisher Dr. Willie Ratcliff are both in their 80s and have volunteered 30 years of their lives and hard-earned money to sustain and preserve this historic national Black newspaper. They have chosen me, Keith “Malik” Washington, a regular contributor to the paper, to continue the legacy of the BayView. I accept this gift with honor and respect for what has been laid before me. As a very soon to be returning community member, who will have spent 13 years caged within both the state and federal prison systems, I look forward to the opportunity and platform to center and link the issues of currently and formerly incarcerated people with the Bay Area community through the lens of my lived experience.

There are a few things that set the BayView apart from other newspapers. First and foremost, we seek to serve the people and set the captives free! The BayView has always amplified prisoners’ call for decarceration. The BayView also provides a unique opportunity and platform for incarcerated people to share their stories, insights and commentary on their experiences inside, and their relationship to the free-world community. Finally, I’d like to illuminate the BayView’s commitment to reporting on environmental racism and political repression. It is my intention to expand the readership as well as the breadth and scope of our work.

At this time, the BayView desperately needs financial assistance in order to support operating expenses and to provide me a modest salary. We currently have no money to pay additional staff and rely on a cadre of dedicated community volunteers to get our paper out. Still, the BayView continues to squeeze out issue after issue, to provide voice to the voiceless.

We humbly request that you visit our website, www.sfbayview.com, in order to see exactly what kind of journalism and activism we are engaged in. We are confident that you will agree that it is absolutely necessary to help us save this one-of-a-kind newspaper. I encourage everyone to donate generously to this cause. Too many people returning to their communities are faced with thousands of barriers to a successful start to their new life. Helping to fund the BayView also helps me to overcome one of those barriers — meaningful employment. I truly hope you will aid us in our fundraising efforts.

In solidarity,

Malik

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Jul 19 2020 14:40

Stop the retaliatory abuse against Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson now!

Phone and email zap script for Comrade Rashid

Hi, my name is _______ and I am calling to voice concern over the treatment of Kevin “Rashid” Johnson. It has come to my attention that Rashid and a neighbor have been refused their commissary, confined to their cells, and are being denied the ability to make phone calls without due process including phone calls to Rashid’s attorney*. I understand further that Rashid has not had a working tablet** through which to communicate since early May, when it was broken in retaliation for speaking out on the conditions there at Pendleton amid the COVID-19 pandemic and that these current actions taken against him and his neighbor are retaliatory in nature. I want these punitive and coercive actions taken against Rashid and his neighbor to cease immediately and for Rashid’s tablet to be replaced and returned to him. I want you to know that Rashid has my full support and that the world is watching in hopes that you will do the right thing. Thank you for your time. Goodbye.

Please begin the zap on Friday, July 17, 2020. Contact the following officials:

John Adam Ferguson, Chief Legal Officer, jferguson1@idoc.IN.gov, 317-460-6307 (mobile), 317-233-8861 (office)

Charlene A. Burkett, Ombudsman, ombud@idoa.IN.gov, 317-234-3190

Joseph Walters, Deputy Director VADOC, joseph.walters@vadoc.virginia.gov, proxy for Harold W. Clarke, Director of Department of Corrections, 804-887-7982

James Parks, Interstate Compact Administrator, james.parks@vadoc.virginia.gov, 804-887-7991

*Rashid has been denied contact with his lawyer, Dustin McDaniel of the Abolitionist Law Center, since being at Pendleton. This is illegal and violates his right to legal counsel

**Per the rules and guidelines at Pendleton regarding the tablet devices that are issued to the prisoners for communication purposes, it is the prisoners’ responsibility to replace said tablets if they are lost or broken. These devices cost around $250 each and we do not believe that Rashid should replace something that was purposefully destroyed by the pigs.