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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

Victims of Ignorance: Dying Without A Thought of Understanding

Peace and Power to the struggle, comrades open your eyes to our current state of being. Death is consuming our fellow peers for insignificant causes. Our lives as HUMAN BEINGS bring value to the matters of this world. Week after week, time after time here at Hays the understaffed overcrowded maximum security camp is in a discordance from another near to death stabbing. Many of you may say; its no different from your living environment and that may be true but when are these circumstances going to become acceptable to us? The 13th amendment Slavery clause can be challenged under illegal convictions; the torturous conditions can be challenged under the Human Rights C.A.T. Convention Against Torture Act; and oppression can be challenged by first self-correction in your actions that open the doors for oppression by others. Utilizing your mind and time giving to develop will not bring total diminished to the administrative oppression but it will ameliorate your distressful state. Preventable casualties projects one’s carelessness to their own life. self-damnation — realize the course of ignorance leads the blind man to the pits of self-destruction. We struggle — we strive, we struggle to survive — To all my Prisoners of war keep strong and face the odds of devolution with faith. “The strong rule the weak but the wise rule all”-

Knowledge is Power. 

Comrade BLAQMAN SEER

Letter from a Hunger Striker in NC

Greetings Warriors,
Years ago I vowed to never use J-Pay again and use my own bank account and card, our families work hard and I refuse to give the prison their money. To those brothers on my old yard in Pender, NC on strike. In 2017 I awoke from a dream. Close custody quit working. Medium & minimum custody was a bit slower to quit. Pender, NC is a medium custody camp. How the national guard will still do the work anyway. I’m on supermax going through all the oppression in the news. I just came off a ten day hunger strike. Advice on that is do it safely. No more then 8 days (unless you still got body fat left). Don’t take the red pill. I went from 155lbs to 137lbs (6′). Don’t think of food. The fifth days a piece of cake. Peace be upon you and your family with mercy and blessings of god.
Warrior of God/Iman Husayn
“AK” Anthony L Harris
Peace. Serenity.
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Hays State Prison: The Safest Prison in the State of Georgia

With respect and understanding to the reader of this literacy, the above saying is a quite reiterated from the time you arrive at this camp to the time you leave, if you’re blessed to see that day. The storm of death is just around the corner. I’ve been here at this camp for over 5 years now; and as time passes the old Hays is starting to resurface. Both offender and staff can sense the hostility that lingers in the midst of our living quarters.

    Hays State Prison has a historical background for violence, both offender on offender assault and staff abuse. Some of our superior staff have allegedly beat murder charges before becoming tenets of their administrative position. A level six (6) maximum security institution understaffed and overcrowded; and to make matters more disturbing we are under the supervision of a vitiate administration. Before I begin my elaboration I want the reader to know all of the following attachments are classified as “prohibited documents” in pursuant to O.C.G.A. 42.5.36; Cited as Confidentiality of information supplied by inmates, Penalties for breach; Classified information nature of department investigation reports; confidentiality of certain “Identity Information”; Custodian records.

   The following is an example in which one can consider a form of Breach of security. [REDACTED]…you can see both general population (A,B,C, D-1 and Y building) and the Tier Unit (E-Building- Tier 1, and F, H, and G building as Tier 2)  all lack adequate staffing to properly supervise their unit. In the segregation units there are days where there isn’t a control booth officer available. Consequently, preventable incidents take place and sometimes claims the lives of those involved.

    In similarity but more direct, I will now examine general population. The functional capacity rate for this camp is no more than 800 offenders; However it houses over 1060 offenders. Each building has two (2) sixty four (64) man cell houses except for Y building, it has four (4) units. The majority of its offender population is level 2 mental health and/ or are down here for disciplinary reasons. There are two (2) “pre-agressor” buildings- C and D-1. Here is where they house offenders who scale to be potential aggressors rather than victims in a situation of assault, at least this the reason the admin provides an offender when they inquire them about their housing. In my eyes it is a stereotype placement designed to create a “Gladiatorial Environment”. Majority of the occupants in those units are affiliated and there is a great number imbalance between the groups.

    Imagine the possible depravity inside those units or around compound,to help make this possible I included a small “incident list” a comrade of mine recorded. More than likely most of these incidents have gone unreported to the Central Office in Forysth.   
1. 10-31-18 Tier 1 allegedly stabbed (2) offenders in defense after bursting out their shower  
2. 11-11-18 (D-1) 2 prisoners stabbed each other  
3. 11-20-18 (D-1) Multiple prisoners draw weapons on each other  
4. 11-22-18 (D-1) 1 offender stabs another in main artery  
5. 12-13-18 (D-1) 8 prisoners stab 1 over 20x  
6. 1-6-2019 6-10 prisoners stab 1 20x  
7. No control booth ofc in E- Building Night Shift  
8. Per Lt. T. Smith (1-14-19) No control booth ofc. for E-Control   
9. 1-17-19 Marion Luke was stabbed to death in front of the main chow hall  
10. Tac Squad search 3 buildings and found over 50 weapons  
11. 1-25-19 in Y building several offenders fought and stabbed each other  

Aggression is bred in such environment, so for the officers overly aggression is a safeguard but sometimes triggers confrontation. If you exclude the Tier Unites, infirmary, education, details, and tower officers you only have 20 to 30, sometimes less especially weekends and holidays, working general population. By them knowing the vast difference in the numbers that exist between offenders and the “Iron Fist” concept is applied and oppression becomes the state of administration.

   Psychologically a conflict derives for few of the staff, the ordered malpractices characterize those who see this as a job and not as a place to abuse. Physically they are fatigued, the staff response to institutional emergencies is inefficient due to poor training, organization, and poor physical stability. To be realistic what else can you expect after working 2 post for 12 hours and at times your off days are spent working too?   In accordance to O.C.G.A. 42.5.36 (D)(1) [REDACTED] Again, negligence can be seen by those responsible for filing and protecting such information. In respect of the staff the staff their personal information was scratched out for the purpose of its exposure is not to defraud but to prove breach.

    I know this revealment will cause repression or maybe worse, for this matter I ask you to make it go viral. More will suffer on bot ends if those who can help or know how to fight remain inactive. in a situation where you must become Pro-active. To conclude this I state the following:       Officials who reluctantly work under these life threatening conditions know that you ahve a right to complain for correction. The Whistle Blower Act Protects you- O.C.G.A. 45-1-4. Comrades within the struggle, realize before we can demand a stoppage to administrative oppression we must case the oppression amongst ourselves. Our disorder excuses the necessity for their venal order. PEOPLE society, these conditions cannot be expected to bring correction or reformatory to a criminalized person. Send your complaints and concerns to the Georgia Department of Correction Commissioner’s Designee
       P.O. Box 1529      
Forsyth, Ga 31029
And/or Warden K. Sprayberry at kevin.sprayberry@gdc.ga.gov        

      The above words were express with no intentions to incite disturbance. I am exercising my 1st amendment right of Freedom to express and access to media. Keep strong my fellow Prisoner of War.  
Marcus Aurellis #926687
       AKA
       Comrade Left Hand      

Still in solitary for striking, NC prisoner exhorts others to join the fight

I send warm greetings to my solid comrades Todd Martin and Jace Buras who stood alongside me in solidarity and who became legends in our August 20, 2018 prison strike at Hyde C.I. in Swan Quarter, N.C. I further send special greetings to Joseph Stewart, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Jeff Duke (both on death row), Kathy Swafford (women’s prison) and to our Palestinian allies and those abroad and globally who are imprisoned in jail and prisons across the world. I also send out a special thanks to floodgates editorial collective and also those who organized in the public to do a noise demonstration outside the prison fence with us on August 20, 2018. And again in protest of our being put in solitary confinement and then again by marching in Raleigh in front of director of prisons, Kenneth Lassiter’s office on Oct 1, 2018 demanding our release from solidarity confinement. As everyone knows, December is the month of Christmas and of celebration. But for the families of Joshua Carter who committed suicide in Oct. 2018, and another prisoner who also committed suicide on Nov. 1, 2018 at Pasquotank C.I. there won’t be much to celebrate. These two suicides directly support what our comrade Joseph Stewart wrote about the long stints in solitary confinement and how it affects some of us. These two suicides one month apart and barely weeks after the N.C. DPS public statement that “N.C. is one of the most progressive states in the nation concerning prisoner rehabilitation” is an example of just how progressive these selfish totalitarian ideologies are completely frivolous. What a ridiculous statement! It’s time to wake up from being zombies and realize how this dark and overly punitive prison administration has fastened itself to our necks like greedy vampires drunk on our sustenance while sucking our the best of us by feeding in a frenzy on our lost freedoms, individuality, confidence, and peace of mind. For too long it has harbored a culture of abuse and deception, and has preyed upon each of us as well as our families. The revolution is here! For the sake of our loved ones, and to preserve any chance of any kind of life outside of prison for many of us, it has become imperative that we establish unity and communication, and to organize globally by seriously reaching out to one another through this newsletter, and the use of “jacks” for those of us who can access them in order to coordinate and strike all at once on an international level. We must get the attention of BBC and CNN news. We can accomplish this by standing in solidarity and rising up together and attacking this overly punitive system that has ensnared, enslaved and robbed us of our god given liberty. They can’t lock all of us in solitary confinement, and from the actions of prisoners in 17 states who took part in our Aug 21, 2018 prison strike, the governors are already trying to figure out what to do because we have rattled their confidence but sadly its not enough. So start storing up on canteen items for the long haul for when we strike again so you’ll have food for institutional lockdown. This way we can take a few weeks and say fuck work, canteen, visits, tv, phone, yard and fuck the administration!  We then demand that “ALL” states reinstate their parole commissions with new policies that provide for parole opportunities for EVERYONE! We want better food, minimum wage for our slave labor, let us purchase Ipods, JP4 players, battery operated TVs, give us our law libraries back, abolish all 85% mandatory minimum laws and long term solitary confinement and 10.00 administrative fees for the rule violations in the states where this applies.       The S.C. inmates went hard and got what they wanted. The revolution and opportunity is knocking on your door at this very moment. So I implore all of you as renegades not “inmates”, to put down your racism for this one cause, put down your fear, uncertainties, and insignificant, irrelevant ideologies of what the next person is in prison for, or the color of their skin, gang set, rank or cred, and join us in 2019 to bring it on in and lets get control of our lives and freedom while making a monumental historical stand to be remembered for generations to come.

Todd Martin, Jace Buras, Joseph Stewart, and myself Randy Watterson stood together as renegades and chose to sacrifice our medium custody and all of our privileges, and are presently enduring long term solidarity confinement for the rehabilitation and well-being of all 39,996 of you men, women, trans, and children behind bars in N.C. and for the billions of other prisoners across the United States and foreign countries in a unified effort to make things better for all of us.

Its hell and back here in solidarity confinement thinking about our families, passing the time living in the memories of our minds but we did it because we feel your pain and we share your tears this Christmas and your struggle is our struggle. We have chosen the right place to stand as humans and we believe that no one should have complete control over another’s life, and we believe in all of you. Now we need your support in 2019 to help us push the government to give us these amenities and an opportunity to one day be free from exile and purgatory.

Aren’t your families worth standing up for and getting back to? This is the new age, and as prisoners we must evolve with the ever changing society and its views. It is of tantamount importance that we stand together and reclaim our liberty and fight the tyranny that binds us all.

Stand with me, Todd, Jace, Joseph, Mumia, thousands others and our foreign allies in 2019 so that our combined actions can be heard in Washington D.C. and echoed all over the world in history. To all of you g-shines, big homies, generals, christians, muslims, and everyone, it is your duty to issue orders to all kitchen workers, clothes house, janitors to cease all work on the day to soon be announced or get off the yard when we set this historical date. Everyone in prisons are important to us and we love you at Floodgates and at Insight. Please contribute however you can with stamps, money, checks to provide prisoner support. You may send any letters of encouragement to me at: Randy Watterson #0427985   527 Commerce Dr.  Elizabeth City, N.C. 27909  or at justiceforrandywatterson.wordpress.com  And all donations to Insight at: Atlanta Books to Prisoners  80 Mayson Ave. NE Atlanta, Ga 30307  or web: http://www.atlblackcross.org

NC’s “progressive” razorwire plantations: A report from a prison strike leader

Revolutionary greetings.

I hope these words find all my komrades in support of the August 21st prison strike courageously strong and defiant. In response to our prison strike here in NC, North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS) put out a three-paragraph statement, which contained a bunch of frivolous words. But one that caught my attention the most was “Progressive” (NC is one of the most progressive states in the nation concerning prisoner rehabilitation) “LOL”

Komrades let’s look at the definition of “progressive”: 1. moving toward, advancing 2. open to or favoring new policies or methods 3. tending to spread or become more severe (the American Heritage dictionary 4th edition)

Now if the (NCDPS) hierarchy was referring to the latter definition, then komrades we all could agree with them right? But any conscious person knows that the totalitarian sadist that rules with a iron fist would never blatantly admit that the spreading of their totalitarianism is severe. So we will agree that it was the former two definitions that was used in the (NCDPS)  response to the August 21st prison strike. Moving forward, advancing. If this form of progression was being made, it would be noticeable to those of us immured within These razorwire plantations. There isn’t no form of progression being made towards the rehabilitation of the prison commune.

how does long-stints of solitary confinement rehabilitate a person? If you are resilient, strong of mind and body, then the harsh conditions of long-term confinement may not cause one to break. But there are many who broke mentally because of the strain put on one’s mental health, there’s the inevitable depression, social disorder derived from long-term confinement in these razrwire plantations deepest and darkest holes.

I witness it daily with those around me, many komrades become mentally ill and become depended on psychiatric medications that kills the consciousness to a point they become less responsive to the daily oppression. It’s easier for the overseers to “control” a prisoner sedated by one of the many experimental psychiatric medications given to prisoners. The overseers are conscious that this tactic is very effective.

the most common mental health disorder is schizophrenia, this is a psychiatric illness marked by psychosis, including hallucinations, delusions and disorganized thoughts. This illness causes many prisoners to deny their provided meals daily. This is due to the fact that the prisoner thinks that the overseers are doing things to their food to cause them death. Komrades we are aware that this is one of the harmful tactics used by the overseers, but usually done to those who fight the applied oppression. Not done to one who has no voice because it’s being silenced by the seductive psychiatric medication he/she takes daily.

On September 1, 2016 mental health prisoners seeking psychiatric help (level 2) and taking psychotropic medications (level 3) were no longer to serve more than 30 days per year on solitary confinement and are not to be housed on isolation supermax (H-con) pursuant to high security maximum control conditions of confinement, chapter C  section 1701(b)(2)(3)(4). When I brought the above policy to the attention of mental health staff member Mrs Lutz of Lanesboro, she stated that yes it was true that the above policy should be implemented but being that so many offenders were mental health level 2 and level 3 that there was no room at the at the current facility that house mental health prisoners. In return I asked, so the guys that’s dealing with severe mental health illnesses that’s being held on long-term isolation are being disregarded due to the overcrowded mental health programs? Mrs Lutz stated it was above her head and it was a problem she couldn’t fix!

The case law of Ruiz vs Estelle was brought to my attention by my fellow komrade Keith “Komrade Malik” Washington Deputy Chairman of the New African Black Panther Party/White Panther Organization Prison Chapter in his article (Ben Larue RIP)

The release case says:

The components of a minimally adequate mental health program are encompassed by the following: there must be a systematic program for screening and evaluating inmates in order to identify those who require mental health treatment. Treatment must entail more than segregation and close supervision of the inmate patients. Treatment requires the participation of trained mental health professionals, who must be employed in sufficient numbers to identify and treat in an individualized manner those treatable inmates suffering from serious mental health disorders.

There is no progression being made towards implementing the above, komrades. But let the hierarchy of (NCDPS) tell it NC is one of the most progressive states towards prisoners rehabilitacion. definition 2 of progressive states: open to or favoring new policies or methods.

The (NCDPS) hierarchy has its own ideology and its totalitarianism, which means all opposition is outlawed. This isn’t inscrutable comrades, it’s very clear they’re not open to or favoring new policies or methods. The same methods that’s being implemented today were also implemented in the 70s long-term isolation. Some methods derived from the days of slavery, there’s nothing new about any of these methods or policies.

If (NCDPS) hierarchy was open to new policies and or methods, they would acknowledge the national demands of all those supporting the August 21st prison strike:

1. Immediate improvements to the conditions of prisons and prison policies that recognize the humanity of imprisoned men and women.

2. An immediate end to prison slavery. All persons imprisoned in any place of detention under United States jurisdiction must be paid the prevailing wage in their state or territory for their labor.

3. The Prison Litigation Reform Act must be rescinded, allowing imprisoned humans a proper channel to address grievances and violations of their rights.

4. The Truth in Sentencing Act and the Sentencing Reform Act must be rescinded so that imprisoned humans have a possibility of rehabilitation and parole. No human shall be sentenced to Death by Incarceration or serve any sentence without the possibility of parole.

5. An immediate end to the racial overcharging, over-sentencing, and parole denials of Black and brown humans. Black humans shall no longer be denied parole because the victim of the crime was white, which is a particular problem in southern states.

6. An immediate end to racist gang enhancement laws targeting Black and brown humans.

7. No imprisoned human shall be denied access to rehabilitation programs at their place of detention because of their label as a violent offender.

8. State prisons must be funded specifically to offer more rehabilitation services.

9. Pell grants must be reinstated in all US states and territories.

10. The voting rights of all confined citizens serving prison sentences, pretrial detainees, and so-called “ex-felons” must be counted. Representation is demanded.

When requested by NC public radio show the takeaway to have a representative for (NCDPS) the producers of the show was told that they had no one to come because all were too busy! But the written response stated that (NCDPS) was progressive! Not having a representative to speak on behalf of (NCDPS) concerning the NC prisoners conditions shows just how progressive the oppression is.

That brings me to state the following before I bring this to a end. We have little sense of our own power. The power is in the masses we komrades are the masses. The actions we take this day forward will dictate our future. you know just as I do what needs to be done in order for those above 10 demands to be met with regard.

It’s going to take Mass solidarity amongst the prison communist, individualism isn’t the key to rectifying these harsh inhumane conditions applied by the oppressor. It’s going to take both outside support and inside demonstrations. Malcolm X made it clear comrades! If you ain’t willing to die for your freedom then you need to remove the head from your vocabulary.

Before I conclude this essay I request any of you who desire to assist the prisoners Liberation Organization with raising awareness of the inhumane conditions Force upon prisoners in NC and throughout the nation please contact me via mail at Joseph Stewart #0802041
PO Box 2500
Butner NC 27509

The prisoners Liberation Organization is in its infant stages, any ideas are welcomed. Our goal is for those on the inside of this razorwire plantations to teach prisoners literacy and legal rights, providing outside resources info to prisoners who will be in need of assistance after they are released and instructing them how to obtain basic necessities. A 501(c)(3) tax deductible account will be established for fundraising. So we can provide prisoners with books, newspapers, legal material and funding for our own newsletter. The newsletter will serve as a platform for prisoners and outside supporters to express themselves concerning tactics and solutions to alleviate these inhumane living conditions until prisons as a whole are antiquated. Dare to struggle
Dare to win
Deputy Minister of Defence
White Panther Organization
NC Branch
Joseph “Shinewhile” Stewart

Report back from NC prison striker: Seg for 6 months for protesting

I just received your newsletter today. Thank you. But I’m no longer at Hyde. I was moved to Bertie, for my role in being one of the three people who organized the protest at Hyde Correctional in Swan Quarter, NC with outside parties organized by ST.

I saw a article y’all had wrote about the four inmates being held in segregation. I am one of those four, and I only know of two others. Because they were with me at Hyde to organize and participate in the peaceful protest. Our names as followed: Todd Martin, Randy Watterson, and myself Jace Buras. The protest which was peaceful, was supposed to start on August 21st 2018. I told T&R and S that it would be better to do it on August 20th 2018 so the police, if got wind of it, would still believe it was on the 21st. On the day of August 20th, around 1 p.m. five or more cars pulled into Hyde’s parking lot, and out came many protesters. They were marching, blowing trumpets, beating drums, videotaping everything. All the while inmates hung up self-made banners saying “In Solidarity”, “Better Food”, “Better Wages”. Simple heartfelt messages asking to be treated as human beings and not slaves & animals. While the peaceful protest went on, prison guards had their weapons pointed at us and the outside protesters. In order to get the 400-plus inmates to no longer protest and cause friction inside the prison, they closed the yard and put Hyde on lockdown. To which in spirit of the protest, everyone went peacefully inside. Many men, some with no release date under NC’s structured sentencing law, had tears in their eyes. Why? Because it showed to them that there are people who still believe in them and want them to be free and productive members of society. Which is all of us what. Even under such harsh sentencing, we just want a second chance and to be viewed as men, not convicts. After the prison shut down, days later I was put in the hole for backlog and pending investigation. The following day so was Todd and Randy. We three went on a hunger strike starting that day. The following Monday we were shipped away from Hyde. I was moved to Bertie, and have no clue where Todd and Randy went. For my understanding they were and still are in segregation. I myself was placed on ICON for 180 days, which is long-term isolation, my release date was pushed to February of next year, and I was labeled srg level 3 for a non gang infraction. To this, I stand proudly  still and hope that all men and women who deserve a second chance at life is given it. You may lock me away and throw away the key. But you cannot take my voice.

In solidarity, Jace

Jace Buras #1522417
Bertie Correctional
PO Box 129
Windsor, NC 27983

Sad But True

Title: Sad But True

Author: Lamar Westside Gates

 

The word help never be heard, but fuck you get an answer

Talkin with sense, they turn their nose like you’re a dirty pamper.

But I’m the crazy one if you let them tell it, Respect goes a long way but not in this pace!

If you not part of the elite, you get beat to sleep.

Most e-mails dont go out cause they dont want the heat.

Inmates wanting to be officers dying to speak, Sir I’ll pack his Property and destroy his good.

Most in the step-down lost and can’t be found, what I mean bout that, inmates will lock you down.

For a detail and packout sir I’ll tell it all, to show you I’m not playing #— got a phone.

Now you see what I’m talking bout fuck the step-down,

For four hours and T.V.s these killers become police.

But I’m the crazy one cause I wanna be free!

I’ll die before I fold, starve before I break,

Never will I help the Pigs OPPRESS Inmates.

 

First-hand report: Hunger Strike in GA Prision

My name is Charles Shepard #1001527186. I am housed in the Georgia Diagnostic & Classification Prison – Special Management Unit (SMU).

Anyhow, there is a class action against this prison headed by Human Rights Attorney Ryan Primerano, phone # (404)688-1202 extension (404)688-9440.

I hate the system! Have been fighting them for almost 20 years. Anyhow, I have organized a hunger strike involving approx. 8 inmates, with more to join. This will start 1-30-18. I need the public to know. I will try to explain our situation, my hands hurt as I have been writing all day.

We are not receiving Recreation at all. Some people do, but the majority of us have been placed on Red. Restriction which is illegal. When you first arrive here, you don’t receive it at all for 90 days.

Our property is held for 90 days. Religious, legals, personal mail, hygiene. We don’t receive proper cell sanitation. Our food portions are very small. Our counselors don’t come around when they are supposed to. We are not given books to read. And many other issues.

I was told a little about what you do and am very interested in getting involved. I’m down to 18 months left, but have some new bogus charges that I’m representing myself in. I’m 37, white male, associate’s degree in psychology; theology and currently studying law; language; Islam and electronics. I’m very intelligent and hate the government. I am a Muslim (not a terrorist) I am actually Sunni. I am very interested in corresponding with anyone who wants to and can discuss just about any subject, will accept mail from any race, religion, sex or creed.

Please do what you can to get my info out there in the mainstream. Mailing info:
Charles Shepart #1001527186
GDCP SMU LE 208
P.O. Box 3877
Jackson, GA 30233

If There’s Anybody Out There Please Help Us

By Paul Maynard
At Valdosta State Prison on the Tier II Program

Greetings to all my fellow comrades and those who care. I’m still sitting in this long-term solitary confinement longer than I was sentenced to, trying to figure it all out. It is said this is a 9-month program but yet when we (humans) finish our program with good behavior we still get three plused. Which means we won’t get off the program for another three months which totals up to 12 months on this Tier II program. That’s a whole year! “SMH”, somebody, anybody please help us. All you have to do is come to Valdosta State Prison and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about you have people on 3 plus just because they (the administration) don’t like you, if you’re a smart gentleman who uses the pen to take action you are getting 3 plused, etc. etc. What’s the difference between those being forced into torture chambers and those who are being held and forced to stay in long-term solitary confinement longer than sentenced. It’s no difference we are all being tortured. Somebody please help us! We don’t change our jumpsuits for months, and months at a time, the jumpsuit I have on now I had this jumpsuit since the end of February. When we write grievances they give us a receipt, but our grievances get intercepted and thrown out for everything we write up. We can have all the evidence needed and they’ll still say it wasn’t enough evidence to process a grievance. And they’ll deny it. I thought this was a free country who believes in being equal. I’m not a man who speaks on negativity, I’m a man who believes in righteousness and if it’s not right it’s gotta be wrong. even a newborn baby knows when they’re being treated wrong. This is going on all around the world, racism. Let me speak on something brother Melvin Jackson spoke on. He’s right about the situation he spoke on. But he also has to remember who those people have to answer to so the same African Americans whose oppressing us (humans) are puppets to the higher up in higher positions. It’s no excuse for them I just wanted to touch bases on that article. It’s a true fact mostly white administrations are fair when mostly African-American administrations are busy trying to prove thereselves to the whites that they are not even worried about the pain you’re causing their own race. Brother trigger 1000 spoke on Nat Turner, said he was Nat Turner, Nat Turner was a white slave master other than that statement brother Trigger 1000 has grown to think like a black man. Back to the task at hand we need some urgent help at Valdosta State Prison in Valdosta Georgia. These officials tell us things then blame it on the board of pardons and paroles, which is in Atlanta GA. Everything from why do they use 7% pepper spray in cells when its stated in the S.O.P. it’s only supposed to be used in riots. The officials say it was notarized and Atlanta approved of them to use it. We’re staying in long-term solitary confinement 23 hours a day except on Saturdays and Sundays where we stay in our cells 24 hours a day. When they Administration purchase snacks and food from restaurants in society with inmate trust funds they punish phases 1, 2, and 3 by not giving us any of it. But yet we pay for it with our $1 a month $4 for disciplinary reports $5 for sick calls and five more dollars for the medication they put us on which adds up to $10, they tell us if you don’t do this or that you’re not getting it. Now I’m not the smartest man in the world but isn’t that extortion, which is a constitutional right. It’s against the law to extort am I right? Why is it safe for the law to break the law and not get punished but the blacks and the poor break a lot we get over punished for it. I’m so serious when I say this, please somebody help us! It’s all lies they blame the board Department of Corrections for everything. Excuse me, Department of KKKorrections! Somebody needs to get the CNN news to come and check out what’s going on at prisons Tier 2 programs like Valdosta State Prison located in Valdosta GA, Hays State Prison located in Trion GA, Ware state prison located in Waycross GA, Telfair State Prison located in Telfair, GA, Smith State Prison located in Glennville, GA and Macon State Prison. It gets sadder than that though! If any type of official help in any type of way possible they Correctional offers officers feel they’re being entirely too nice. It doesn’t matter what it is, it can be that I’m giving us some positive advice or anything to help our mental or give us some enlightenment out of the Bible or whatever religion you are. Why don’t they want us to get that type of help. Why do they tell counselors to write some things on paper then they turn right around and show this person and that person what’s going on with this inmate and that inmate. They say different sessions are supposed to be confidential but turn around and let one of their co-workers know what’s going on. We (humans) aren’t safe nowhere in this place. Insight if you care y’all would get somebody out here to check on us just one time without Department of KKKorrections knowing until it is too late. Mainly Valdosta State Prison because it’s plain as day. They got people in position of authority that don’t have the slightest idea of what they’re doing. All me and every other prisoner is asking is that someone please come help us. We understand being punished for our law breaking crimes we committed but you also have to take into consideration that in places like Georgia, Florida and Alabama we’re guilty until proven innocent. But still we’re not complaining about our time because we understand our sentence but what we don’t understand and wasn’t explained to us was how badly we was gonna be treated. We’re treated like stray dogs, wild animals or even as if we got that deadly disease Ebola. The governor and commissioner 2 white guys who’s behind the strings of a African-American Administration. I sent a copy of some of the things that’s been done when we file a grievance. I have yet to hear or see any response behind us my brothers being jumped on. We took the big step and sacrificed ourselves on September 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th on the behalf of the September 9th movement. In return all we got was some blind individuals who told us they were on our side but yet kept using excuses like we can’t beat them or we gone lose. No one was thinking positive except for me, Gutta mike, Trouble G, Trey Mac and Trill. We accomplished a little we wasn’t getting mail on Friday but now we are. But on to what my point is, my point is we got assaulted by correctional officers and we used the P.O.T.P. (power of the pen) and they only sent me this paper from the Commissioner’s Office stating my grievance isn’t appealable when it clearly states that all informal grievances are appealable and they even went as far as blaming Internal Affairs, stating Internal Affairs had my informal grievance. Ok, I was suppose to speak with them they never saw me and none of the rest of my brothers either. Somebody please help us it’s us against them just put yourself in our shoes. Send someone to Valdosta State Prison in Valdosta Georgia and Hays State Prison in Trion Georgia. Send the news, CNN and I guarantee you that you got a huge story and a big change. Use my name if you want I don’t care, but I do care about a change in this cruel system. Sacrifices must be made and I’m willing to make it. “Love”