Reportback on Conditions from Prison Striker

Revolutionary Greetings,    

I hope these words circumvent the many communication barriers put in place to impede any of my out-going mail that may expose the atrocious acts against elderly prisoners with mental health issues and political prisoners at the hands of the miscreants that patrol these concrete fields. I’m reporting live from North Carolina’s Supermax Facility, Polk Correctional in Butner, NC. My oppressors transferred me here with hopes that these inhumane conditions and communication barriers would suppress my voice and extinguish this revolutionary fire I have burning within me. The enemy has found the latter to be impossible.     I was transferred here July 28, 2018 from Lanesboro Correctional for answering the call for the Aug 21st prison strike. I had composed a piece titled “Operation Pow” (can be read at itsgoingdown.org/operationpow) that entreated all prisoner’s here in NC to unify and answer the call and demand that the 10 demands put out by Jailhouse Lawyer’s Speak be granted. Prior to this I had organized a hunger strike on Anson Unit of Lanesboro Correctional demanding administration redress the living conditions forced upon prisoners being housed on Anson unit. I refused and encouraged others to refuse to accept what was being done to us as a whole. I was attacked by several officers, my property destroyed and transferred to this razor-wire plantation, where the officers murder, beat, brutalize and slander us with impunity.    

Since being held captive here, I’ve witnessed or heard about all the aforementioned acts. I’ve written several article/pieces exposing these atrocious acts. The most prominent article was on the murder of prisoner Freddie Pickett, who in June of 2018 was wantonly murdered by being left in a cell that he had set on fire to get the attention of the officers being that none of these single secluded cells are equipped with emergency call-buttons on intercoms. Prisoner Freddie Pickett was left in this smoke filled cell to die while several of these miscreant stood by and watch. This article can be read at atlblackcross.org.I entreat that you share it with everyone so that these murders here will be exposed.    

With that out the way allow me to get to the substance of this article, its been proven throughout history since the first prison was built 1829 in Cherry Hill Philadelphia that the administrators as well as their subordinates will go to great lengths to silence prisoners who refuse to become subjugated to their sadist ways and prisoners who seek to destroy the systematic repression that runs rampant throughout all prisons in the world. The enemy murdered Field Marshal George L. Jackson Aug 21, 1971 at San Quentin. 48 years later the enemy is still committing murder with impunity and total immunity from legal challenge. On January 18, 2018 the Komrade Chris Monfort was murdered at the hands of the miscreants who patrol the concrete fields of the razor-wire plantation Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. His murder was retaliation for his brave acts to serve justice for the people. (Rest in Power Long Live the Guerrilla)    

On Jan 14, 2019 I myself was a victim of one of the enemies several retaliatory tactics. Around 10:45AM my lunch tray was brought to my cell by officers Worthman and Alston. Be it that I’m a vegan my tray has my name, opus# and room# on it. Upon receiving my tray as I always do I thoroughly inspect my food for any foul play. During my inspection I found shards of glass throughout my food (crushed glass) I brought this to the attention of the aforementioned officers, they witnessed me pulling glass from my food, in agreement with me they admitted that it was glass. I then requested Sgt Gillis be called to my cell, he came to my cell I showed him that there was glass in my food, he agreed as well that it was glass. He then told officer Worthman to get my tray. When she came to get my tray I refused to give it to them, until the officer in charge (OIC) came to my cell so he could witness the glass and so that I could file an incident report. Officer Worthman called this in, after doing so unit manager White came to my cell seen the glass, agreed it was glass and told me he would take pictures for the incident report. Against my better judgment I gave the tray up to unit manager White. A short period of time had passed when both Sgt Gillis and unit manager White returned to my cell with another tray. I refused the tray and questioned unit manager White about submitting a DC-138B (statement) concerning this incident. He stated that it was on the kitchen staff to investigate this and once that was done I would be allowed to submit my DC-138B. I then questioned if the pictures were taken of the glass, he ensured that he had done so.    

Now this attempt to harm me wasn’t done on Jan 14, by accident prior to receiving my lunch tray, Sgt Gillis came to my cell informing me that I had been written up a disciplinary infraction for a A-2 which is a infraction for organizing or participating in a riot or group demonstration . This infraction derived from a hunger strike that started Jan 2, 2019 which was organized to demand that we receive outside recreation and limited phone calls.In pursuant to North Carolina’s Department of Public Safety (NCDPS) Policy and Procedures                 

Conditions of Confinement Chapter C, Section 1206 Exercise Periods © State:outdoor exercise cells should be used as the primary exercise areas except during inclement         

weather or for security reasons. Offenders should be allowed to exercise unrestrained subject to         

any exception which may be granted but the Director’s Classification Committee (DCC)Prisoners are being housed on Supermax for years without any environmental stimulation. The denial of outdoor recreation violated the 8th Amendment because it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment expert psychiatrist through several studies discovered that outdoor recreation is extremely important for the mood, sleep and overall well being of an individual. The 6×6 square foot inclosed area where we are allowed to exercise isn’t the equivalent of outdoor recreation. This inhumane restriction is only one of the many that causes mental health disorders. The courts of Colorado has ordered the Penal System of Colorado to provide outdoor recreation to prisoners being hold on Supermax. In agreement with the expert psychiatrist that being deprived of environmental stimulation for long periods of time causes mental disorders and is a form of cruel and unusual punishment See: Anderson v. State of Colorado, 887 F. Supp 2d 1133 (D.Colo.2012)    

In pursuant to (NCDPS) Policy and Procedures, Conditions of Confinement Chapter C, Section. 1214 Telephone Privileges (b) States:offenders assigned to Restrictive Housing for Disciplinary Purposes and High Security         

Maximum Control (Supermax) will be allowed limited telephone privileges except for calls related specifically to access to the attorney of record     We’re not being allowed to make phone calls at all, this is dehumanizing and it also destroys any familiarity between a prisoner and his-her children. What is the use of a policy if it isn’t being implemented. When we questioned administration about this issue we were told that we would not receive any phone calls.    

However, allow me to get back to the incident with the shards of glass in my food. Not only was I given notice of my infraction on the 14th of Jan, but my born day also fall on Jan 14th. So I question is it wrong for me to think all of this was orchestrated to fall on this day?    

I feel my life is in danger here and I know there will be other attempts to cause me bodily harm. Because I refuse to falter or waiver under their atrocious acts. I’m duty bound to redress these conditions here, sop the future generation wont be subjected to these conditions. If you’re reading this than you have been made aware of my situation. I entreat that a mass phone zap (call in) take place on my behalf. I entreat the Reuban Young Interim Chief Deputy Secretary of North Carolinas Divisions of Prison’s be called, I entreat that Director of Prisons Kenneth Lassiter be called. They should be notified of the attempt to cause me bodily harm. They should be questioned on why the (NCDPS) Policy and Procedure aren’t being upheld. They should should be asked why was Freddie Pickett murdered and the miscreants who carried out this murder punished? Both can be reached (919) 838-4000    

Also I entreat that Superintendent be called and asked the aforementioned questions. They can be reached at (919)575-3090. By calling in this will let administration know that I have outside support, this phone zap could prevent any further attempts to cause me bodily harm. You have been informed, please don’t allow my call for help to fall on blind eyes and deaf ears. I entreat that you share this with as many people as possible on the many social media platforms. I don’t fear death for it would be a relief from these conditions. But  they shouldn’t be allowed to wantonly murder me as they done prisoner Freddie Pickett without the fear of exposure. I will conclude this now if my oppressor’s are reading this, be aware that “you can kill the revolutionary but you can’t kill the revolution”.Dare to Struggle/ Dare to WinAll Power to the PeopleJoseph “Shine White” StewartPO Box 2500Butner, NC 27509