Category Archives: Prisoner resistance

Apposing The Cannibal

Sometimes, prisoners’ thinking is backward. We might see prisoners rebel in some way and when the authorities respond with repression against the entire population, we have the tendency to blame the rebellious prisoners. After all, if not for their rebellion, the prison administration would not have responded. We see it as cause and effect, the prisoners “caused” the repressive response.

This is not entirely true. Before those prisoners thought about standing up for themselves, and maybe even standing up for the rest of us, the prison administration already purchased pepper spray and riot gear. Shields and helmets were already stored somewhere. The armory was already filled with guns and ammunition. The budget already set aside funds for hazard pay and overtime.

In other words, those who run prisons already knew and expected that the inhumanity they impose would provoke some of us to resist. They plan for that. They know it’s coming. The same way that a serial rapist expects to get scratched and bitten. He prepares for it.

The point, of course, is that the repression, on one hand, and the rape, on the other, were going to happen even before the victim of either had attempted to fight back.

If we’re going to trace cause and effect back to the resistance causing the repression, then, In fairness, we must trace it one step further back and recognize that it was the pre-existing repression that provoked the resistance. In fact, it matters not whether we resist or not, their oppression is coming.

The situation is like being locked in the room with a cannibal. The cannibal is what the cannibal is. The cannibal does what the cannibal does.

You can reason with him. You can bargain with him. You can choose to trust him if you want to.

Go to sleep, it’s all bad.

The cannibal is a cannibal.

If you truly value yourself, there’s really only one reasonable response. You have to do something, whatever it takes, to make sure that cannibal cannot do you harm. Period.

You have to take out the cannibal before the cannibal eats you. Anything less, you’re doomed.

Same here. We are all, collectively, locked in the room with a cannibal. Sooner or later, that cannibal is going to do to us what it is in his nature to do.

No matter what any of us does to diminish the harm the cannibal can inflict, it cannot be wrong.

The wrong response is to do nothing.

The wrong response is to blame those who resist for the repression that follows.

You’re locked in a room with a cannibal. He’s staring at you. He’s waiting.

You better wake up.

Anarchist prisoner Sean Swain

Buckingham Correctional, Dillwyn, VA

Fences

People who run prisons know they intend to do us harm. The proof? They put fences around these places before we ever get here. The reason they put the fences up is, they know they intend to harm us, and they know that any reasonable person would try to run away. They aren’t “helping” us or making us “better” people. They’re hurting us. They’re making us less likely to succeed. And they know it. So that means people who run prisons know they are making future crime more likely, not less. They know they are creating future crime, future victims, future imprisonment, future losses for society all the way around. If they were helping us, if they believed they were helping us, they wouldn’t put the fences up. They wouldn’t need fences. If they offered us wisdom and skills and empowerment, we’d all stay violently. There would be no need for a fence. You don’t put fences around a pizza party. You put fences around a torture factory.
They know how to help us. They could help us and empower us if they wanted to. People go into basic training in the military and leave there after 8 weeks, instilled with a whole new way of living, a whole new sense of themselves, a whole new vision and set of skills. Our sentences are longer than eight weeks. We leave prison without all that wonderful stuff that only takes eight weeks. They would help us if they really wanted to apply the science of that they know. They don’t want to. They want things the way they are. They profit off of human suffering. If they are protecting the public from us, who protects the public from them? Maybe the responsibility falls to us to take them down. There’s that fence. We’re locked in here with them. We might as well do something to change the world. We outnumber them. ~Anarchist Prisoner Sean Swain 

More Reports of Abuse from DeKalb Jail: Blocked Windows, Overflowing Toilets, Religious Discrimination, Dirty Water

Atlanta ABC and Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee have been collecting reports of abuses within the DeKalb Jail. One incarcerated man, HL, called a number that had been chalked on the sidewalk outside the jail on May 15. He wanted to publicize abuses but without his name attached since he is afraid of retaliation by guards. HL said that during the protest on May 15 guards came into the cells with paintball guns and threatened to shoot inmates for banging on the windows. During that protest, people incarcerated in the jail put signs up in the windows for the public to read. Some smashed holes in the windows and shouted to the protesters or attempted to pass messages and examples of the rotting food through. Another man who called ABC on May 21 says the windows have since been blocked by some kind of film, a sticky paper or plastic. Protesters tabling below confirm that the windows are opaque in a section of the jail facing the sidewalk. This will prevent imprisoned people from sending messages using signs or seeing the ABC number. The United Nations has a “Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners” signed by the US that requires windows to allow in fresh air, and keeping prisoners in the dark is also prohibited. ABC also received a report on May 17 that the lights in many cells are broken.

HL also reports that the jail is “nasty, there is mold in the shower. They feed us on brown trays they’ve had for probably 20 years. The trays themselves are moldy and smell bad.” The trays have holes in them that water seeps into when they get washed, so mold grows on the inside.

Sheriff Man, the administrator in charge of the jail, has said protesters are being unproductive because he says they do not file formal complaints. But reports from those who have tried to use the complaint system show it to be a sham. HL says he has complained via the kiosk and filed a formal grievance. No complaint number is given when a grievance is filed. It is supposed to take 14 days but actually takes 60 days to get a response. When a response is finally given, you are required to accept their answer no matter what and cannot complain again. There is a note that the issue is going to be addressed but no one ever actually follows up, and the issue is never addressed.

HL says the toilet in the cell works, but they lock the door to the cell during the day and the toilet in the commons area doesn’t work and overflows with sewage. He has digestive health issues and needs to use the toilet frequently and the broken toilet gets in the way of this and creates an unhealthy condition in the jail.

Protesters have been setting up tables outside of the jail and speaking to people coming out since mid-April. Last week they spoke to a Muslim woman who had been arrested for a traffic ticket a few weeks before and held overnight. Her headscarf was immediately confiscated when she arrived and was never returned. She also was served nothing but a pork sandwich which she could not eat, so she did not eat for her whole overnight stay before being bailed out.

Also on May 21,  ABC got a call from a Muslim man in DeKalb jail, KR. he reports that according to regulations Muslims are supposed to receive meals before sunrise and after sunset during the month of Ramadan, but they have not been getting their trays until after sunrise. This means they’re not able to eat before the day. KR says Muslims do not receive evening trays until 10 p.m. or later.  This means they get one meal a day. The meal is supposed to be larger for Muslims during Ramadan, who are only eating before sunrise and after sunset, but they are not. It is the same meager tray that the other prisoners get for each meal, and previous reports have indicated that these trays are not enough food for the day even when they receive three a day.

KR also says that about a week ago, there were signs up in the common area saying not to drink the water or shower in it, and it was coming out of the faucets brown. But there were no signs in the cells themselves, so he woke up in his cell and did not see the signs before he made soup with some from the cell faucet. He says these signs were up once about a week ago and twice the week before that. Water was provided in orange coolers in the common areas.

Another man wrote in a post card from the jail, “The officers don’t  respond to the call buttons and sometimes treat us inhumanely”. He mentioned mold, poor food, and unfair disciplinary procedures as well. “Just because we are inmates and prisoners our lives matter too!! It’s so much goes on in between these walls it’s not being brought to the light!! I’m praying and hoping I can change that!!”


GA’s Dept. of KKKorrections’ Protocol 204.10

On 10-4-2018, GA. Dept. of KKKorrections along with J-Pay / Securus Inc., will implement a protocol / policy “204.10” designed to limit the prisoners’ ability to communicate with the freeworld and those persons that keep a close eye on GA’s slave system. Prisoners will now be limited to only twelve (12) aproved persons that they’re allowed to send and receive emails to and from. It’s clearly an attempt to suppress the enslaved’s ability to communicate with people and organizations that can and are willing to provide help in exposing and fighting a system that is inhumane, uncivil, oppressive, and exploitive to the Common Man; especially those of low-income status and those people of color…

How can anyone, especially the enslaved prisoner justify spending their money with J-Pay / Securus Inc., when they take your family’s hard-earned dollars, then use their products to spy on them and oppress them?? The J-Pay kiosk and tablets are used by both Securus and GA Dept. of KKKorrections to hypnotize and misdirect prisoners’ minds from the true cause of their spiritual, mental, and physical torture. They use them to keep the enslaved submissive, docile, and controlled; yet the J-Pay system is propagated as a tool to help keep prisoners in touch with their families and the world at large. The reality of the matter is Securus is a corporation established by imperialistic / capitalists to monitor and target citizens of this American country and identify / target those members of this so-called civilized society that belong to groups or organizations that resist, rebel, and defy the imperialistic / capitalistic machine of exploitation, manipulation, and  world oppression which keeps the white neo-fascist KKKrime in full operation and the white neo-fascist imperialistic capitalistic 1% in their positions of power….

Securus holds KKKontracts with GA. Dept. of Corrections for telephone commissary, J-Pay programs etc. These programs are closely monitored such as voice recognition software which is used on the phone system, facial recognition software used through video visitation, snap and send, and videograms. Therefore use of said programs allows law enforcement agencies (both Federal / State), between units, and the dept of KKKorrections the opportunity and ability to identify, target, torture, and destroy members of the revolutionary movement. The enslaved affiliation, family or organization anyone that may be active in protesting and fighting against the system of oppression. These tools are aggressively use as tools to neutralize any and all threats to this KKKonfederate slave system. Therefore the continued use of said programs by the enslaved prison population is extremely foolish!! Why would the oppressed / exploded, help the oppressor tax, exploit, and oppress themselves? Unless the oppressed / exploited loves and enjoys being oppressed / exploited. I along with many others have used aforesaid  programs to reach out and contact persons in organizations that give support / help to expose and fight this KKKonfederate system of oppression; yet I will no longer use any of the programs due to the many negative elements attached to Securus Inc. And its J-pay subsidy. I further urge all awakened and revolutionary comes to go back to using the postal service and other means of communications, in order to keep their revolutionary organizations, affiliations, and family members safe from being targeted and neutralized. Word to the wise, big brother has a constant evil eye on all revolutionaries / world masses, so be wise and divest your funds from aforesaid oppressive / exploitive programs; in order to bring about a positive effect in the Revolutionary movement. In closing I send forth love and respect to all revolutionary comrades. Power belongs to the people!!

Respectfully submitted,

I am Kelevin J Stevenson

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Fascism and the War for Life in this Land of Death

Train to think by the concepts of misinforming guidance. The common sense in this land makes no sense because justice rectifies illegal actions of retribution. War on poverty allows exploitation of the labor class. War on Drugs is so broad any drug territory inhabitant can be “neutralize” by any means in attempt “tranquil” this hazardous social disease. War on terrorism is war on all potential internal and external. Internal threats are Muslims, Crips, GD’s, MS-13, criminal charges persons and any other people or group in conflict with the interest of the establish order.

This subjugation will last as long as the masses continue to disbelieve the truth. The obvious is being overlooked and the hidden is not being sought. In this time of day murder is a ticket of respect. At night the horror of walkers take the streets and terrorize their common kind. Babies are exchange for goods and education is secondary to the lesson of discipline. Crack, cocaine, and ecstasy has been made legal under prescription distributed by the pharmaceuticals department. New gun restrictions debilitate the constituted and god given right of self-preservation. To be free will cost some of your civil liberties. Or does it? If this franchise of corporate law is only affective consensually, then what will happen when consent is no longer given? When the sleep is awaken and the blind can see. When the deaf can hear and the lame of doubt is move by faith.

The matter of survival is constantly being infected with substances that enervates its neutrons. Your physical growth is stunt by “vaccines” of sterilization. Mentally your mind is buried in distress, agony and confusion. Enslaved by ignorance and raged by the madness it visualizes. Emotionally you’re on a steady imbalance frequently the process of decay takes a toll. Effecting the psychological state – now psychosis are diagnosis. Population control is in affect and is calculated every 10 years. Our country of opportunity; and freedom. Our nation of death as the right way… Damn this is the Amerikkkan Dream. In order for them to live we must die. The many for the few our means are justified by their ends…to be continued. 

Lack of Unity in Prison: What the F Happened?

By: Charles Shepard
AKA ‘Su’hayb’ 
So, I started doing time in 1997 and I have been in prison in Indiana, Oklahoma and Georgia. I’ve seen the system change for the worse. On both sides! The convicts became Inmates and the movement has slowly become restricted. Its called ‘controlled movement’. Georgia prison system is the most fucked up I’ve seen from every aspect, but especially the prisoners’ mind frame. They allow sex offenders in population; its cool to ‘kick it’ with the police; and the Muslims protect the trash. I am a Muslim, but took my shahadah on the streets. In Georgia prison system it’s ‘cool’ to masturbate in the day room when females are around. What the fuck is that shit?! Gang members change flags like I change socks.

These cats will snitch on a person just because they don’t have anything going on, just to try to move into their position, but they are green and broke. Shits crazy!

I’m in a high max unit called Tier III (SMU) and can’t even pass a shot of coffee without a rat puttin in a kite. Haters! The prisoners don’t get paid to work. Only get 2 meals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. No TV’s, hotpots or lamps on the store list. You can’t order books unless the money comes off of your account.

The prisoners wont stand up for shit, they mostly all have a slave mentality, they are afraid to be locked down. Just recently at Macon State Prison the warden came in all the dorms and told the Muslims they couldn’t pray in congregation and you know what happened? The brother had a meeting and said no one prays in the day room, pray in your cells! Are you fucking kidding me. I ask why and the response is we got too much to lose! Unfucking believable.

When I started doing time, you got your paperwork checked when you came in the door if you had fucked up charges- you gotta go! If you speak to a cop- you gotta go. If the police get slick with one prisoner – we ALL fall down, and if you don’t – you gotta go.

Georgia! Pick yourselves up! You gotta learn to sacrifice to get what you want. Everyone screamin Georgia on the map, but for what? Shootin your own? Snitchin on your own? Or maybe, the most sexual predators in the chain gang? Get it together!

Feel free to contact me at:
Charles Shepard #1001527186
G.D.C.P.-SMU-LE208
P.O. Box 3877
Jackson, GA 30233

Defeating The Razor Wire Plantation Hydra

“Keeping prisoners violently divided and at each other’s necks is a policy calculated to maintain control and keep the prisoners focus off of the officials who are oppressing them all.”
~California’s Department of Correction Ombudsman Ken Hurdle

Greetings Komrades,

As the words are conveyed full of dedication, resiliency, and camaraderie, I hope there isn’t any hindrance so they may reach ya’ll in the same manner. I’m perplexed to find these razor wire plantations get away with doing shit to us that we’d never tolerate from each other. All of us continuously complain about prison conditions being “fucked up”, complaining how security threat group policies hinder us from receiving visits, but there’s nothing being done to rectify our situation.

Let me tell you what’s “fucked up”, is that the individual tyrants who make up the hierarchy of these street formations are plagued with the same characteristics of our oppressors. How many of you are confined to isolated tombs due to taking orders that wasn’t beneficial for you? But only beneficial for the one who gave you the order. Then once you were sentenced by the administration of these razor wire plantations to long stints of isolation, you’ve been forgotten and you’ve become one of the many whom has been exploited for the personal gain of the street formations leadership. But this is brotherly love right?    

Why isn’t there never no orders given to obtain better food? Better medical treatment? Better programs or educational opportunities? Why are sacrifices being made to tear down the next man who shares the common oppression, but none to rectify this system?    

Komrades we’re in a very sad state, and if we continue to allow the oppressor to atomize us, and assisting the oppressor to keep the yoke of oppression on our necks. The the future of prisoners may consist of us being whipped in the fields, ALL of us every race. The founding reasons these street formations were organized must return and these bylaws must be implemented.Most of these street formations were founded on revolutionary ideology, because of the economic, political and social conditions that the peer were subjugated to. These street formations were formed to be vigilance committees, to protect and uplift their communities. The vision of the founding fathers has been lost and we’ve become predators of the prey (oppressed). So are we really real right? or are we proxies for these miscreants?    

Komrades we can surmount the barriers we’ve placed in our own way! This vicissitude (change) is reachable. It begins with us understanding the strength in our numbers. Envisage (envision) the ten demands put out by Jailhouse Lawyers Speak for the Aug 21 prison strike being implemented. This isn’t a dream this could be reality, but reaching this accomplishment falls on the leadership of the street formations.We must purge the separationism and individualism from our character. We musn’t compromise for taking victories, for individual privileges and incentives. Compromising didn’t win the revolution for China, compromising didn’t end slavery, it took a civil war. Our struggle won’t be romantic, I recognize that we must always make a choice between what is beneficial and what is pleasant. The coward would choose pleasantness because it don’t demand a struggle or sacrifices. But we know the choice that would make things beneficial for us as a whole. It isn’t skin color, the hue of the flag or a certain sect for these are the things that fuel separatism and competition. Competition amongst ourselves has destroyed us komrades! Instead of outdoing each other we must coalesce towards the common goals.     Malcom X stated “we have a common enemy, we have this in common, we have a common oppressor, a common exploiter and a common discriminator, but once we all realize that we have a common enemy, then we unite on the basis of what we have in common”.     I conclude this by quoting the komrade Benny Hannibal Rasun or the Free Alabama Movement, “its revealing that we are housed in institutions whose security is predicated on our remaining ignorant”

Dare to struggle dare to win

all power to the people

Joseph “Shine White” Stewart

Deputy Minister of Education

White Panther Organization

NC-BranchG.
Note: To circumvent the communication barriers to hinder prisoner to prisoner dialogue I can be reached at:
Joseph Stewart
P.O. Box 15401 
Durham, NC 27704

Resist Now

By Anarchist Prisoner Sean Swain 

It is easy to fall into the prison trap of imagining who we are going to be and what we are going to do when we get out. This is something of a past-time in prison, creating wonderful futures in our minds.     

It is an effective way to avoid the awful now. And when we avoid the awful now, we engage in a kind of escapism, a self-defeating escapism that contributes to this awful now.     

So, what would happen if, instead of dreaming of some future fantasy, we started to imagine what we can do right now? We are not paralyzed by anything other than our own lack of imagination. We are not held back by anything other than our own fear.    

We can start like this. We can imagine that we ourselves are the warden. What would we hate to see happen? If we were in the warden’s shoes, what kinds of things would make it difficult to keep the prison going?     

Look around. There are all kinds of things you can break without getting caught, or jam, or steal. Little things. But the little things add up. One toilet flushing will cost the prison more money on the water bill. A hundred toilets flushing at the same time will bust the plumbing. Two thousand toilets flushing over and over, will destroy shit.     

We outnumber them. We’re smarter than them. We have more to lose and more to gain. If we can just get our heads out of “when we get out”, and get our heads in the now, we can resist and we can change the conditions right now.     

Tomorrow is not promised to any of us.     

We have now. Right now.     

Imagine. Share. Resist. 

Unconstitutional but justified through our ignorance

By Ladarius Colbert
Comrade BLAQMAN at Hays

This message is to the entire offender population in Georgia. Wake the fuck up and put the differences of frivolous matters to the side. Our state of being is literally worsening as time past. Generally because of our ignorance we are subjected to various forms of maltreatment such as poor living conditions, deprivation of adequate/sufficient medical service, ridiculous restrictions are being imposed upon our right to correspond with society, and worst of all our likely livelihood is that a high risk because of ineffective security guidelines. Nevertheless, we have no one to blame but ourselves due to our inactiveness and ignorance. Our ignorance is their (GDOC) capital (profit) literally!     

One major example is unpaid labor – in accordance to the “Working Against Recidivist Act (GA.L. 2005 p.1222, OCGA 42.5-60, and the Fed. Prison Industrial Enforcement Enhancement Cert Program (18 USC sect. 1761) brothers that work under private contractors such as Aramark, Optics, and GCI tag plants can get paid a set wage for their labor. Thus, since it is a legislature issue those same brothers must take this issue to the Civil courts. According to OCGA 42.10-14 the GCIA is authorized to compensate their workers. If I am not mistaking at Smith State Prison 15 prisoners are being paid an allowance under the PIE program. in result of a collective effort to litigate one will accumulate fund to pay restitution / State fees, child support, commissary funds, and enable one to have funds saved up upon release and more. This is a statewide calling to my comrades. Use the insight to enlighten, mobilize and eventually overcome. Less talk more action. Loyalty and power comrade BLAQMAN. 

Inmates in “Please Help We Dying” photos beat up, heads held in toilets, in the hole

Inmates who sent photos pleading for help for inhumane conditions were abused and put in the hole as retaliation on April 11, according to the mothers of the two men. Their relatives had posted screenshots from an April 7 video visit on a jail device that the inmates are allowed to use.   The posts began going viral on social media April 10 with the hashtags #JusticeForInmates and #DekalbCountyJail.

The inmates pictured in the post were beat up on April 11 and thrown into solitary.  Guards forced their heads into toilets.  The county claims they found cell phones and other contraband in their cells, but inmates’ families say there is no way they could have had that contraband.  It is clear from the photos that they are from a jail-issued device, not cell phones.

A disruptive demonstration was held April 12 at the jail, with flares, fireworks, drums and noisemakers. One of the inmates’ mothers delivered a speech via cell phone over the megaphone. “We are not going to back down!” she said. Four protesters were arrested, two are facing felony charges.  They will be arraigned April 13, and funds are being raised to get them bailed out.