I wanted to share a couple things coming out of struggles in my neck of the woods. The first is an account of this week's collective protest in the Wabash Valley Secure Housing Unit, with a call for solidarity and call-ins attached. This facility is modeled on Pelican Bay in California, while on the other hand, the prisoners also are now making extensive reference to the struggle there and across the California prison system.
The second is a longer analytical text written primarily by prisoners in Wabash Valley, with considerable reflection on white supremacist organizing, with thoughts on how it can be overcome but also more generally on the composition of the working class. I'm pretty distant from positions taken in wide swaths of it, but it raises a lot of good questions and is an excellent expression of a struggle in process.
Indiana: Solidarity with Wabash Valley SHU Protests. Emergency call-in
days August 1 and 2!
Please forward widely.
The call-in days are Monday, August 1 and Tuesday, August 2nd. Wabash
Valley administration can be reached at (812) 398-5050. The Indiana
Department of Corrections commissioner can be reached at (317) 232-5711
On the morning of 7/16, a member of the Aryan Brotherhood was stabbed
by other prisoners. The attack took place at Pendleton Correctional
Facility in the Maximum Security area of the prison. The
administration used the stabbing as a justification for putting every
prison in the state on lockdown and conducting system-wide searches,
raids, and beatings. Since the lockdown began, inmates at the Secure
Housing Unit at Wabash Valley had been denied access to water for
bathing, sanitation, and cleaning their cells.
In response, a protest took place at the SHU last week. Inmates initiated a
response to the administration's refusal of basic sanitation needs.
The inmates flooded the range and have begun a campaign of noise
disturbance. In response, the guards cut off all water and
electricity to the SHU...
Inmates threw a t-shirt over the security camera on the range and
bombarded the guard pod with feces and piss thrown from their cells:
“If we have to live in filth, so do you.” Electricity and water were
turned back on at 4 am, after many hours without either. Their demands
for sanitation and clean water were finally addressed later that
As a condition of coming off this brutal lockdown, the prisoncrats
have instituted an intervention by the Internal Affairs Security
Threat Group officers to subject the entire prison to interrogations
and forced debriefing, including photographing of tattoos and forced
declarations of organizational allegiances. The prison officials have
said that they won't come off lockdown until everyone has been
subjected to these measures.
Struggles in prison can't sustain themselves if, on the outside, they
only encounter the deadening silence of social submission. By
remaining passive on the outside, we give the prison system more room to do
whatever it wants to the prisoners in struggle. The inmates at Wabash
Valley are protesting to end the system-wide lockdown, to defend their
access to basic needs and their dignity. Without solidarity, this protest
could be drowned in beatings and blood, so let's break the social silence
that allows the Secure Housing (isolation) Units and prison to play their
normal, murderous role. Indeed, raids against the rebellious blocks are
ongoing right now.
Close the Secure Housing Units and isolation regimes – Isolation is
Solidarity with the hunger strikers in California prisons and the
protests spreading in the Indiana prison system!
Down with prison-society!
In support of the prisoners' struggle, an Anarchist Solidarity
Initiative in Bloomington is making the following call:
For active and subversive solidarity with the prisoners, to be
practiced by whoever feels affinity with their struggles.
For specific call-in days on Monday, August 1 and Tuesday, August 2nd.
Wabash Valley administration can be reached at (812) 398-5050. The
Indiana Department of Corrections commissioner can be reached at (317)
We demand, in solidarity with the prisoners:
A restoration of access to water and sanitation.
An end to the system-wide lockdown and brutal searches.
An end to forced debriefing and interrogation.
That no prisoner faces repercussions for their participation in protests.
The Department of Corrections is constantly planning to expand the
prison system. Last year, it contracted with GEO Group to build a new