Monthly Archives: December 2015

Unrest on the rise in Alabama prisons

Alabama prisons are some of the most abusive and overcrowded in the country, with some prisons having twice as many inmates as they are designed to hold. They are also extremely understaffed, a situation that is creating a crisis for authorities.  Alabama has a 1 to 11 inmate to guard ratio, compared to 1 to 6 in surrounding states.[1] St. Clair Prison has 281 security positions budgeted for but only 196 employed, and 60% of officers leave within their first five years.[2] It was locked down at least five times due to violent incidents in 2015.[2]

Fifty-one percent of Alabama’s inmate population is serving time for nonviolent property and drug offenses.[1] But the harsh conditions and brutality they have been enduring have created conditions that are perfect for the eruption of violence in prisons throughout the state. Prisoners have become more and more bold in resisting.

Nearby resistance
April 2015: Georgia State Prison.  At least four prisoners in the Georgia State Prison in Reidsville go on  hunger strike, demanding an end to the Tier Program, a system used to  withhold privileges from prisoners.  This comes after a 2012 hunger strike for better conditions, which itself followed the well-known statewide coordinated 2010 strike.[10] The 2010 work stoppage was part of what inspired prisoners to form the Free Alabama Movement, a statewide group to end abuse and slavelike conditions in prison labor.[11]

Recent Resistance in Alamaba
April  2011: Holman Prison. Inmates take control of a dorm, forcing  supervisors to order officers out of the dorm, and hold it for several  hours.  CERT team officers retook control, causing reportedly minor  injuries to inmates.[3]

January 2012: Lieber Prison.  Prisoners riot, stealing guards’ keys and breaking windows, pulling down lights out of the ceilings, breaking sprinkler heads, and using table legs as clubs.  No inmates were injured.[4]

January 2014: St. Clair Prison. Members of the Free Alabama Movement stage a prison-wide work stoppage over pay and court conditions.  1,100 of the 1,300 prisoners participated in the protest.[5] In related strikes, three Alabama facilities were shut down for weeks.[12]

June 2014: The Southern Poverty Law Center files a lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Corrections in June, alleging the inmate health care system is inadequate and unconstitutional.[8]

September 2014: St Clair Prison and Fountain Correctional Facility. Two physicians previously barred from practicing medicine in Alabama have returned to work. Their charges were having s­­­exual contact with patients, exchanging painkillers for sex, and impersonating another doctor to fill a phony prescription.[8]

January 2015: Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women.  Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas resigns after a federal investigation into sexual abuse of inmates by guards.

March 2015: Ten Alabama wardens are moved to other prisons after lawsuits and complaints of violence and poor conditions.

April 2015: St Clair Prison. A violent outbreak between guards and prisoners sends one officer and 15 inmates to medical treatment.  Prisoners weilded handmade weapons including broom handles and locks tied to belts.[6]

September 2015: Donaldson Correctional Facility. After days of lockdown and other unusual restrictions on their movement, inmates occupy the dining hall before taking over the common area of the dormitory and refusing to lock down. Guards get reinforcements and brutally beat handcuffed inmates.

October 2015: St Clair Prison. Guards discover at least two handguns.  The prison is put on lockdown by a riot squad known for its brutality.

November 2015: G.K. Fountain Correctional Facility.  A riot breaks out, for reasons that are unknown but rumored to be racial.[7]

November 2015: St. Clair Prison. An inmate allegedly stabs a guard after the guard slapped him in the face. This is the latest in a series of beatings and stabbings of guards by prisoners since June.[7]

References
1. http://sgo.sagepub.com/content/2/3/2158244012460695
2. http://abc3340.com/news/local/guards-outnumbered-at-st-clair-correctional-facility
3. http://www.northescambia.com/2011/04/inmates-take-dorm-at-holman-prison-facility-now-under-control
4. http://www.live5news.com/story/17036917/special-report-behind-the-scenes-of-the-lieber-prison-riot
5. https://www.rt.com/usa/alabama-prisoners-inmates-slave-empire-520/
6. http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2015/04/17/officer-assaulted-inmates-injured-st-clair-prison/25956437/
7. https://anarchylive.noblogs.org/post/2015/11/13/riots-and-resistance-in-alabama-prisons/
8. http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2014/09/breaking_the_oath_alabama_pris.html
9. https://antistatestl.noblogs.org/post/2015/10/28/an-account-of-the-recent-rebellion-at-donaldson-correctional-facitlity-in-bessemer-alabama/
10. https://prisonbooks.info/2015/04/20/anarchist-resistance-in-georgia-prisons-continues/GSP  https://prisonbooks.info/2015/04/20/anarchist-resistance-in-georgia-prisons-continues/
11. http://www.hamptoninstitution.org/FAM-interview.html
12. http://news.infoshop.org/prisons/anarchist-perspective-prisoner-movements

Tier program prisoner with a two-year sentence commits suicide

This was in a letter written to me by a prisoner on the Tier program in Georgia State Prison, excerpted with his permission.

Well he committed suicide just 50 feet from my cell in the holding pens at the back of the dorm. I witnessed this brother being strapped to a gurney and taken out by officers and medical staff well at approximately 9 p.m. Sgt. Powers came and placed crime scene tape in a holding pens area, which is clearly an indication that the brother is no longer living. My cell mate says this brother only had a 2 year sentence and had only 17 months before he could go home. Due to being placed in this torture program and being subjected to sensory deprivation his spirit and mind was broken and he took his own life. Like I’ve said over and over, there is nothing positive about this TIER program which arbitrarily strips its victim’s of basic human rights and arbitrarily denies them their guaranteed constitutional rights to be free from torture in this so-called democratic and free society.

I’m losing count as to how many have attempted suicide and how many have been successful. You already know Ga Dept. Of Kkkorections is workking overtime to cover this death up. How many more deaths will it take before something is done to end this torture program and actions taken to punish these neo-fascists who implemented an operation designed to torture Amerikkkan citizens. The TIER program equals torture plain and simple no justification can be given as to why a prisoner is denied his first amendment right to religious, political and cultural freedom his right to freedom of speech and his right to freedom of association. Instead prisoners are being persecuted and punished for his beliefs and how he expresses his religious, political and cultural views. He is denied his right to be free from being placed in double jeopardy, denied life liberty or property without due process of law. This the prisoner’s 5th amendment rights are arbitrarily and deliberately trampled upon in a guise to bamboozle the public into thinking it is safe from the ripple effect of such cruel and inhumane acts done in the name of public service and safety. The old saying you reap what you sow will ring true in due time in and due form. The Eighth Amendment guarantees a citizen the right to be free of cruel and unusual punishment yet it is made a mockery by these my modern day slave traders and these capitalistic pigs who use the slave system as a way to test and gauge public opinion in order to enact social control over the very public it has sworn to protect. It’s simple if you allow and imprisoned citizen to be put to death or tortured in a so-called free society then you will allow your so called God given right to be stripped from you and that’s any and all citizens of this so called free society are subjected to become victims of death and torture simply for believing that they live in a democratic country that uphold true democracy and its principles the reality of the matter is that anyone can be arrested and tortured for their religious political and cultural beliefs. So is it truly a free society? I think not! The klan took off the sheets and put on a uniform and badge the judicial robes and now the black brown and Asian and poor whites are the targets for the resubjugations into the slave trade. Hopefully the public society as a whole will take a good look at how this system is being operated and then take steps to end the practice of mass incarceration and torture of it common citizens. You never know one day it could be you or a member of your family!

Respectfully,

Kelvin

Hey, well today investigators arrived at 1:15 pm to take pictures of the crime scene. The young brother hung himself in a holding pen (dog cage). I witnessed and overheard unit manager Ryan Chambers and Lieutenant Cloud telling the investigator that Lil Taye was on strip cell which is not true. the brother had refused to go back in his cell after coming from the shower now Brian Chambers has tampered with a crime scene by placing Taye’s personal property in the holding pen area when all he had at the time of his death was a pair of boxer shorts, a washcloth and towel. I’m not certain as to what he used to hang himself with but the young brother was no older than 22 or 23 years of age. Now Georgia State Prison administrators are working overtime to twist his death into something it is not. there are videos security cameras in the dorms and they also record audio so if this death is properly investigated it will reveal that Lieutenant Cloud and Counselor Hall, unit manager Brian Chambers all showed deliberate indifference to the effects this torture program was having on Lil Taye. Pressure needs to be placed upon the U.S. department of justice to send investigators here monitors that are willing to talk and take action against this torture program. Yeah, I finally got the name it’s Anthony Moffett or Moffitt. Please look him up he is from Albany GA. This cover up needs to be exposed.

Respectfully,

Kelvin

United Nations Against the Machine

Revolution greetings to all my brothers and comrades in this common struggle against the oppressive machine. I come today in the peaceful manners of mutual respect to all of fellow guerillas. May we all come to the realization of our cruel predicaments and the “must do duties” out conditions force upon us. We are prisoners who society has punished for violating their law but not once has society nor did the judges of society even consider a legislative sentence of treatment worse than the life of a wild animal. Our shelters prove to be inadequately maintained as the cells (cage) and eating areas are inhumane. Rodents, mold, structure ventilation and pipeline system dysfunctions are usual scenes in this condemned prison. We are treated like machines under a ruler with “no understanding”! Cursed and belittled by one’s own kind – another human being punished for doing right in this institution of wrong. We grieve our issues yet hardly ever attain relief! We attempt, unconsciously and individually, to lash out anger with physical transgression but are severely defeated by the oppressor utilization of unity; physically, mentally and under the color of law legally. Death (mentally, physically and/or spiritually) is sometimes the end result in our struggle to keep it together especially those who give up. Whether in the belly of the beast (hole)or in general population our common enemy proves its indiscrimination towards prisoners. No matter your race religion and/or social group we must peaceably assemble as one against this paper tiger machine in defense for all. First by knowing then utilizing our inalienable rights as humans, pledged souljahs of God and/or of our anti-oppressive social nations. Division is our internal worst enemy shield by the armor of ignorance. At its first sighting we must eliminate it at all costs. We are as one under the U.N.A.T.M. movement meaning all past group bias (beef) must be squashed in order for us to succeed in our great cause. One mustn’t doubt the efforts in his common striver position. Everyone cannot play warrior but everyone has to choose their place in this fight and work hard to achieve all set goals. Stand firm and know that difficult mishaps will occur in the middle of our battle. Personal agendas are concerns on personal time. This is the first calling / invitation to all “willing and genuine” Souljahz. Refuse to remain a victim of this peonage treatment. Sacrifices will be made in the world of revolution. Whether by violence and/or law the U.N.A.T.M. movement will obtain justice for the machine injustice we are conceiving and subjected to. I leave you as I will return to you with peace, respect, loyalty and courage to all of fellow Blaq Souljahs in this guerrilla warfare.

Power to our righteous force!!
In greetings and departures
Peace to the BLAQ soldiers
Comrade Seer

B.L.A.Q.
Brotherly Liberation Against self destructive Quarrels

To be continued

Born in a BLAQMAN Cipher
BLAQ Liberators Against gang Quarrels

The degrees of life measures our success beginning with the knowledge of the future establishment. We stride with efforts to see what lies ahead. Achieve by the lessons of trails clearing the smoke of turmoil. We are the supreme knowledge of superior wisdom with the blessing of completing the realm of understanding. Our cultivated ethics has devised the ultimate freedom in Peace (Patiently and Persistently Educating Allah Children/ All Comrades equally) Profoundly with the omnipotent one but generally for all our striving guerillas. As this demonstration perpetuates we will aggressively shape a better fate for ourselves as martyrs who eternally live with the sudden birth of our Great Cause…bring the human kind of babeled reality to the hidden world of overstanding. Revolution is a must for it is the commencement of a never ending cipher of BLAQ Empowerment. We struggle. We strive. We struggle to survive. I AM

BLAQMAN Seer

All Power to the People
All Praise to the GOD
1st Corithians Chpt 3:16
2nd Corinthians Chpt 4:9
Luke Chpt 19:10
2 Timothy Chpt 2:3,4

Black Child’s Pledge

I pledge allegiance to my Black people.
I pledge to develop my mind and body to the greatest extent possible.
I will learn all that I can in order to give my best to my people in their struggle for liberation.
I will keep myself physically fit, building a strong body free from drugs and other substances that weaken me and make me less capable of protecting myself, my family, and my Black brothers and sisters.
I will unselfishly share my knowledge and understanding with them in order to bring about change more quickly.
I will discipline myself to direct my energies thoughtfully and constructively rather than wasting them in idle hatred.
I will train myself never to hurt or allow others to harm my Black brothers and sisters for I recognize that we need every Black man, woman, and child to be physically, mentally and psychologically strong. These principles I pledge to practice daily and to teach them to others in order to unite my people.

Shirley Williams
10/26/1968
Black Panther

Revolution for struggle evolution

The need for action is nearing. Unity is the key as the BLAQ courageous and righteous leaders see their commonality in each other’s struggles. This battle between the interrelated must cease if we want to see a better day. Self-oppression is our daily deeds as a whole. Making us sitting ducks in the machine pond of institutional and racial genocide. Inferiority isn’t a trait nor identity of the persistence drivers in our social oppressive society. It is a temporary state of confusion. Often we see our servants for the citizens of America murder and go unpunished. Judges, detectives and DA’s Lynch innocent people in their courtroom, even when proven to be prejudiced they still remain in the offices or seats of judgment. Another form of justified homicide. The constitution of enslavement serves no purpose other than to keep the blind commonwealth in a delusional secured state and deprive us of our sovereign rights.

Misinterpretation of our required education leaves our you with poor knowledge structure and a short foresight of their future. Government assistance programs are derived methods from the lab rats offices. Little at a time a place cheese in the corners of the maze. Enough to distract the mind from realizing it systematic way of thinking and searching for true Liberty out of the poverized project. Continuously they deceive the curious youth with negative influential programs such as Gangland. Placing a false image nihilistic social groups formed to rule their temporary block. Constantly playing images of their Vanguard winning small battles against the rebels/angry “humans” gathered together as one to exercise their First Amendment.

There is no justice it’s just us! Many of our fallen comrades and living comrades have shown that saying to be a fact. The United Nations’ words were mere whispers as they ordered the release of Herman Wallace (RIP) from the Angola torture chamber. New exceptions and stimulations to infringe our rights of self defense and bear arms continue to be devised and implemented. Taxation for a living has gone unratable. The eagle eye isn’t a vision of protection but a vision of empowerment, for the ends justify the means. This is just a glimpse of our worsening struggle if the people refuse to see the need for revolution to have a struggle evolution.

To be continued.
Peace respect and power to our struggle in social oppression from a fellow comrade
LaDarius Colbert

A Fight For What is Right Behind Enemy Lines: Brutal beating of prisoners as warden looks on

November 13th, 2015

Today a 11:15am a sadistic pig by the name of SGT Davis entered my dormitory (F-4) with the intentions to harass the prisoners in the dorm. Me and my comrade (Jordan Pack) had visited our mental health counselors warning them about this administration and its officers targeting F-building and certain inmates in the building. I had just informed my mental health counselor of the vision I had where they were going to jump on me which is also enclosed in my mental health record. As I was returning to F-4 dormitory Officer SGT Davis approached me and stated that he was going to shake me down before I went in: Even though this pat down is frequent when SGT Davis and I encounter each other, most of the time it is done without probable cause.

As I entered the dorm SGT Davis taunted my peers while walking by their rooms in a predatorial manner. The time frame now is 11:30am. The next ten minutes SGT Davis periodically walks through the dorm stating, “Today is the day y’all are going on lock down,” before he exits out f-4s back door. Not even a minute later he return back in the dorm with my cellmate Jordan Pack commanding the dorm to lock down. Mr. Pack then stated that he was doing this without reasonable cause. SGT Davis then stated, “Y’all are too loud!” and proceeded to call back up. After two minutes went by, Officer Wright (female CO) entered through the security door and asked SGT Davis if he was locking F-4 down. He replied, “yes”. At that time a mass of officers entered the F-4 dormitory including the rest of the cert team. They then start shouting, “lock down!” while Lt Shoemaker was asking Jordan Pack what is going on? As I made my way toward Mr. Pack and Lt. Shoemaker, SGT Davis bucked at Mr. Pack and then grabbed at his arm. Mr. Pack then snatched away from him as Lt. Shoemaker grabbed SGT Davis, commanding him to calm down. By then there were at least fifteen officers on the floor and surrounding us. As Pack and I start to walk toward our room SGT Davis pulled his mace out and sprayed past Lt. Shoemaker in an attempt to hit Pack with it.

From that point, Pack and I were separated in two large crowds. I was then punched by an unknown officer so in defense, I swung back in the crowd which commenced a brawl between SGT Davis, CO II William-Cooper and CO II Officer Murphey and I. SGT Davis began to kick me as his fellow co-workers punched me on the F-4 booth rail. Pack was barged out of the security door into the f-building stairway. After being hit in the back and leg with a nightstick, I fell flat on the top of the stairway. By now there were at least seven officers kicking and punching me while I laid on the ground. Cert officer Clavere Williams CO I repeatedly shoved the night stick into me as another officer drug me down the first flight of stairs. As I rolled to the bottom of the stairs the officers continued to brutally beat me and stomping my head on the concrete while CO II William Cooper had her knee on my neck commanding me to stop resisting! I yelled, “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Another crowd of officers then came running down the stairs with another inmate named Eugene Leslie. Beating him also while he was handcuffed. They stepped on my ankle and legs purposely.

The beating lasted for another thirty seconds before Lt. Alexis Williams began screaming “Go get the camera, Oh my GOD STOP beating him- Go get the camera!” Finally Cert Officer CO I Ms. Monk and SGT Selgato put me in both leg and wrist restraints and walked me to medical. All in which the camera commenced in recording.

I have minor cuts in my right temple, right cheek, right side of my forehead, a fractured nose with a minor laceration, swole right eye, bruise on the left side of my cheek, a minor gash in the middle of my head, swole nose, two knots on the top of my head, a stiff crook in my neck, back pain and what I believe to be a mild concussion due to the fact that I have had three migraine headaches a day that last two hours or better and I become dizzy every time I stand to my feet. The medical PA refuse to document these medical issues and give proper treatment.

After the physical altercation Cert Officer CO I White and CO I Clavere Williams return to Isolation unit in E-4 (11) and joked about how they beat Pack and I. At this moment Pack and I have requested to speak with mental health because prior to this event we both spoke to our mental health counselors about this on going harassment generally and individually. F-4 dormitory isn’t the only dorm being harassed and mistreated by the maladministration at G.S.P., its the entire building where they are housing close security inmates. This building is part of a cycle that keeps the Tier programming generating. Right now, on lockdown for the incident occurred in F-4 is Jordan Pack, Willie Coe, Eugene Leslie, Kevious Jackson, Jersey and I, LaDarius Colbert. We are all awaiting our tier preliminary hearing which will determine if we remain on Tier I or be placed on Tier II.

Pack and I have been charged with planning/conspiring/encouraging a disturbance/strike C02A and failure to follow instruction C15. Concerning our comrades their charges and condition are unknown at this time. The question is why aren’t we charged with assault on officer with or without injury and/or else of force? None of the physical conflict was documented even with the Warden Stanley Williams and Deputy Warden of Security Trevoza Bobbit being present at the assault. This assault/resistance was an event that derived from months of harassment verbally, physically, sexually and mentally. Many of our witnesses will remain in silence due to their fear of losing their job and/or privilege being population.

Today is November 15th 2015 and I am still having headaches and dizziness occurring peridically resulting from the brutal assault inflicted upon me Nov 13th 2015 in F-4 dormitory and in the F-building stairway. This event will expose this maladministration and its officers in violation of its own policy and standard operation procedeural code (s.o.p.) Being that Pack and I were never hostile toward the officers which can be seen on camera from the recording in f-4 dormitory. Out of the six, Jackson, Pack and I were the only three assaulted. The other three were snatched up because they were exercising their first amendment expressing to the warden how wrong th officers were for instigating this fight. Our resistance will not end now because the maltreatment has not ceased. In all righteous endeavors we will prevail in our struggle for the power to the people!!!
LaDarius Colbert