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Reportback from yesterday’s prisoner solidarity action

Continuing a tradition of confrontational noise demonstrations at correctional facilities in Atlanta, GA, dozens of people converged last night on the DeKalb County Jail to offer a small gesture of support, disruption, and solidarity with all those struggling against the American prison nightmare.

We do this for our friends, family and loved ones currently facing repression, in anticipation of the national prison strike set to occur on September 9th, and to show our comrades currently in revolt in Alabama and elsewhere that they are not alone in the fight against slavery and domination.

With banners reading “Burn the American Plantation: Holman to Milwaukee” and “End Prison Slavery: Attica to Holman,” we entered the jail’s vestibule and attempted to pass into the lobby, but were prevented by an exceptionally heavy police presence. This is not the first time there’s been a noise demonstration at this facility, and the correctional officers there were eager to settle the score. When fireworks started going off in the doors of the detention center, corrections officers responded immediately by tackling and arresting one demonstrator, and aggressively pushing others out of the vestibule. We made sure to litter the lobby with confetti reading “SOLIDARITY,” “FUCK THE POLICE,” and advertising for the national prison strike before we left.

Back outside, we set off more fireworks and banged on drums, light poles, bus stations, and anything else that resonated. We shined powerful LED lights into cell windows and police cameras, and sang songs and chanted amidst the mounting DeKalb County Police presence. Dozens of prisoners banged their fists against the windows, some rhythmically bashing their mattresses against them to the sound of our drums.

The vast and open terrain at this facility was particularly unfavorable to us, and while our confrontational energy created space between us and the officers, it proved highly difficult to disperse safely without being followed. At the close of the night, some demonstrators returning to their cars found their only exit blocked off by police cruisers. After a small group was detained by almost twenty deputies, one protester was ultimately singled out and arrested on a prior warrant.

It is only in the space of revolt that we gain the strategic intelligence necessary to actually disrupt the systems of oppression that govern our lives. While our spirits were joyful and rebellious throughout the night, the arrests of two of our comrades confirm our need for more numbers, deeper organization, and more tactical experience together in the streets.

We condemn the DeKalb Police Department and the entire Justice system for maintaining and enforcing the racial and economic ordering of society.

We demand the immediate release of those incarcerated for their participation in this demonstration, as well as the immediate release of all persons held in isolation and bondage by the American prison system.

Support is still needed for those arrested. One comrade has been bailed out, and is facing misdemeanor charges of Simple Assault and Obstruction. The second comrade is still in custody awaiting arraignment, and is facing charges of felony Criminal Damage to Property and Simple Assault. To support, please contribute to the bail fundraiser, and consider organizing actions in your own area.

It is our duty to fight for our freedom.
It is our duty to win.

-Some participants in the demonstration

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“I fight to keep that small piece of me alive.” Rape and minors in adult facilities

To whomever may read and understand this,
I will start this off by saying that my name is Lakendrick Demond Davis. I am 36 years of age. I have been locked up since I was twelve years old. I am writing this because I want parents, brothers, sisters, aunt’s, uncle’s, and anyone else who want’s to know how prison is destroying the youth at a young age. You tell me how can a person fix themself to send a child to a grown man facility. The world ask can you be a product of your environment and the answer is yes. I am living proof of that. I have never been with a woman but I like women, but think on this, I been with another man who throught himself a woman. The prison that I started at was Lee Arendale State Prison A.K.A. Alto. If you was not fucking then you was the man, but if you were getting fucked then you was a bitch. This is how my life turn out. When I turned 17teen years old I was sent to general population. I was sent to what you would call a thunderstorm, where two days after I came into the dorm 5 guys came into my room and asked me was I going to fuck or fight. I was so scared that I fought out of fear and when I knew that I had no win. When things like this happen were do a child go for help. You don’t, you take the law into your own hands. Now you become a bigger threat to the people in the free world, because you are scarred and hurt. If you do not know how to deal, tell me what do you become? I will tell you, someone who is angry all the time. Someone who hates, is not sure of himself, who sees blood and want to hurt someone if he is touched wrong. He starts to force himself on others, because he is fighting a goddamn war within himself and can’t control it. Now the world is black to him and everybody is a enemy. The world says that eight out of ten will return to prison, but ask them why and what are they doing to stop it. You put kids in the savage lands and tell them to survive what will they become. Savages!!! The system will take from the youth and keep destroying their hopes and dreams until someone speaks up about it and mean it. Just think how I will react when I’m out. What good will I be to a woman, with my mind fucked up like it is? My soul is calling out for help, but I wonder will anybody answer. I am tired and want to rest and not get up, but I keep fighting cause I can’t give up and I know that God has a purpose for me. I want to help wherever I can. I do not wish for anybody else’s child to go through what me and my family has gone through. The child that I was and that is inside of me is leaving, but trying to hold on. If the child vanishes then I am dead, so I fight to keep that small piece of me alive.

Excessive force by corrections officers

July 8th, 2016

On June 30th, 2016, I witnessed a prisoner by the name of Jeffrey Reeves be subjected to excessive force by two CERT (Correctional Emergency Response Team) officers for nothing. This young Caucasian male was approached at the dinner meal and asked by cert officer Smith about a tray that layed unattended at his table. The prisoner explained that another prisoner was sitting there, but had suddenly left for some odd reason or another and that it was not his tray.

The officer departed and minutes later the other prisoner returned and picked several items to eat and gave the rest of the tray to Jeff. I watched from a row over as officer Smith spoke with officer Garmany (CERT) and nodded towards Jeff’s table.

As we exited the mess hall, something transpired inside that I did not see, but the prisoner was shoved outside on the walk and he was saying “I didn’t do nothing, man. You walked up to me saying you were going to slap me in my face.” The two officers (CERT) then began to yell at the prisoner to “shut the fuck up!” And slammed his head into the brick wall where he immediately sustained a cut over his eye and a bloody mouth.

As this incident unfolded; more staff approached: Sgt. Clay, Deputy Warden of Security Mr. Dewberry, Lt. Mcallister and a few more that I’m not familiar with due to my recent arrival here at this prison.

This prisoner was layed on his stomach, but still voicing the cruelness of these officers handlings. While so; Officer Smith placed his taser gun to the prisoners buttocks and shocked him for about 10 seconds. He kept yelling out; “stop resisting!” Prisoners began to complain and protest. We were then ordered to lie down on the scorching pavement, with our hands our sides.

This prisoner was placed in feet and handcuffs. The feet shackles were administered by a female; Sgt. Clay. And all while this took place, the Deputy Warden of Security held no authority on how to handle this maneuver.

Officer Garmany is a repeat offender of prisoner abuse. In February 2016. As officers were subduing a prisoner, he ran full speed and jumped into the air and hit an innocent bystander in prisoner with a flying knee. I observed this my first week here.

I’ve been in dorms where 2 riots broke out and Mr. Dewberry locked the dorm down as a hole and opened it back with the same offenders still housed there. By the grace of God nothing else transpired.

Hays State Prison is the only level 6 Prison in GA. The CERT staff is abusive, disrespectful, and agitators to violence. Since they have taser guns now, inmates are hesitant to voice the opinion, let alone hold court with them. All or majority of conflicts take place at chowcall with them. The chowhall does have cameras common but they quickly escort the conflict outside where there aren’t any cameras.

There is bound to be an uprising if this kind of treatment continues. I am honored to expose the injustice and mistreatment by the correctional officers at any prison that I’m housed in. Peace, respect and encourage to all.

The power is vested in the people…
King Coe the Great!!

End Prison Slavery – Solidarity with Prisoner Resistance

Dekalb County Jail · 4425 Memorial Drive
Meet 8:30pm across the street
Get LOUD – Bring Drums, Noise, Lights!

Prisoners all over are gearing up for a nationwide strike in September. They are putting their lives and freedom on the line to bring an end to prison slavery, inhumane living conditions, and the abusive prison system overall.

Prison officials want to hide this resistance and make prisoners invisible, but we won’t abandon those behind bars. Let’s show solidarity with prisoners: we stand with them when they resist!

– Solidarity with the Sept. 9 National Prisoner Strike
– End forced labor in for little/no pay
– Fight the Prison Industrial Complex
– Abolish prison and the system that creates it

Noise Demonstration Outside Atlanta City Detention Center

On Wednesday night, a group of 30-40 people held a noise demonstration at Atlanta City Detention Center in solidarity with the ongoing prison rebellion at Holman Correctional Facility in Alabama.

Following a short speech at Troy Davis Park, the crowd took the streets and marched to the city jail with a banner reading: “END PRISON SLAVERY – ATTICA TO HOLMAN.”

Upon reaching the jail, demonstrators immediately rushed the steps and entered the facility. Loud drums and ‘fuck the police’ chants filled the ground floor while people banged on doors and windows. Jail staff scrambled to bring down corrections officers from upstairs, but were unable to disperse the crowd. Individual police officers were ridiculed by name, called “house n—as” and “traitors” and engaged in minor push-and-shove matches with demonstrators openly defying their orders.

Eventually, reinforcements from Atlanta Police Department showed up and attempted to form a perimeter around the building. Rather than being kettled, the crowd moved back into the street, chanting, banging drums and pans, and lighting off fireworks as inmates banged on windows, danced, cheered, and flicked their cell lights off and on in joyous call-and-response.

Energy was high throughout the night. After four hours of noise, the crowd dispersed without arrest.

This demonstration reflects the ongoing solidarities forged in streets during the last few months of struggle in Atlanta. Specifically, the success of this event was contingent on the relationships formed between anarchists, Street Groomers (a black nationalist gang unity organization), various friendships and affinities made throughout Black Lives Matter demonstrations, and the recently formed Atlanta chapter of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC). Although small in numbers, this demonstration served to strengthen these connections and reaffirm our collective strength. We will continue to organize together until we achieve full collective liberation.

“AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL”
“FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS”
“FREE ALL PRISONERS”

Institutional Genocide

A crime of regulated deception and maniacal entrapment. How can its victim be subterfuge by the policy of disorder? The life of countless people are compelled to comply with this inhumane and devaluing condition of living. The inner maze displays a patternized scene of deteriorating machines who were once beings of humanity. For the establishment workers… Operators of procedure, life is very unfortunate and less they walk as a policized minion by choice. Dishearten by the duty they pledge to execute as legal criminals. Their wrongs are disguised by the ordained law of rightness. The inferior force can seem so gigantic to the being of oppression. The obvious order that must be implemented is disregarded by the masses. The scenery within these walls puzzle the minds of submission with its phases of becloudment. The drugs of salvation includes the focus to the realm of illusional comfort. Disparagement affects the human in a detrimental way as life begin to seem worthless. No heart of steel can feel the spirits of the real meaning actions of sincerity are looked upon as a facade to conceal a hidden agenda. In the maze of institutional genocide the beings of free will become cyclic. Programmed by instructions of a dehumanizing manual. The con is a project in a reality of the disadvantage. Their Refuge is their will of indominacy and goals of progress for triumph is liberation. The mushroom theory is in effect, physical we are fed enough to live but not what is needed to lower our risk of developing deadly health problems. Mentally the conditions of distress puts the average employee and offender in a suicidal state. Thoughts of rage being built by endurance of malorder correction is repressed. Decivilized by the principles of common survival many die every day as their imagination is content to restrain itself with the doubt of evolution. Spiritually, man has placed law of the land over the law of the universe. By policy that are conflictive, restrictions are set to hinder the full dedication and practice of one’s faith. Hope and inspiration is a threat to the totalitarian order. Humankind is distorted by the vast of restriction that are policize to regulate our privilege of freedom. So much disparity the faith of a broken soul has placed the omnipotent one secondary to the power of atrocity. Instructed to negate the life that is meant to be for the death we come to accept. All around the world the hierarchy demonstrates their beliefs and intentions for the blind common kind. Our means are justified by their ends of esoteric growth. The maze of perplexity that mechanize the human mind life is hard trying to escape the institutional genocide.

All power is vested in the people
We must stop consential peonage.

LaDarius Colbert
Blaqman Seer
Hays State Prison

Death due to medical neglect at Georgia State Prison; coverup by officials

March 2016 I was housed a Georgia State Prison my roommate was Jacorey Barber. Around the beginning of March he became ill and was having a hard time breathing. He filed a sick call which take from 7 to 10 days to get seen. Once he got seen he was told he develop asthma at age 35 and was given a asthma inhaler his condition worsen at times he was so winded he would walk to sell door to get his tray and have to lean on the wall to catch his breath. He put another sick call in and went back to medical instead of doing a thorough check-up they changed his inhalers and supposedly gave him a stronger inhaler and cough syrup and some type of pill for a cold. Wednesday March 30 our shower day he was so week he almost passed out officer Howard our excourt officer ask was he okay he could barely talk. I told her he needed medical because he had trouble breathing and haven’t eaten since Friday. She call Lieutenant Shumake and told him everything he stated tell Barber to do a sick call. (Keep in mind it takes 7 to 10 days and you still not going to get adequate treatment.) But after being refused treatment he laid down and I did the same I woke for dinner tray and tried to wake him to get his tray but he was dead. It took from 5 to 8 minutes to get officer back in dorm because trays came at shift change. Officer stood in the door like 10 minutes thinking we playing before calling someone. Sergeant Walker came and stood another 10 minutes before he decided to open cell and come in. He claimed he felt a pulse and started doing C.P.R. He stopped and call for medical and told them it was an emergency about 15 to 20 minutes later medical still didn’t come he got on the radio snapping telling him he need medical right now. Finally a old lady come and really she didn’t know what to do. Sergeant walker and a new officer took turns do C.P.R. while she stood around. They finally put him on the stretcher and left. They put me in the cages in back of dorm and kept me there like 4 or 5 hours. Somebody from D.O.C. came and basically threatened me he told me about a list of questions and answers he had and what to say and what not to say and it’s been some inmates that didn’t follow instructions and ended up like Jacory Barber. After doing this I was placed in a different cell and the following week the mental health counselor Miss Humphries came and talked to me and told me he died from a heart attack I told her I don’t think so and explain why I said so. The next week she said Jacory Barber mom wanted to hear from me and she said for Miss Humphrey to give me her address but she forgot it. Before she could bring it back I was transferred down here. Can you please contact Miss Humphrey at Georgia State Prison and get that info for me so I can let his mom know what really happened. Someone needs to look into how many young inmates have mysteriously died at G.S.P.

Prisoners at Holman have taken over their dorm

Inmates at Holman in Alabama took over their dorm yesterday, August 1st, and prison authorities have yet to regain control.  Inmates set fires and resisted the CERT team which is currently trying to suppress the uprising.  Power and water have been shut off, and the entire prison is on lockdown.

Prisoners are calling for news of this resistance to be spread.  This is only the most recent in a series of rebellions at Holman, and it will not be the last!  Those outside the prison walls are encouraged to get in touch with prisoners and get organized to support them.