Category Archives: Prison strike

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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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