Category Archives: North Carolina

JPay Restrictions are Discrimination

A memorandum was in reference to the restrictions of depositors who use JPay. Starting February 5, 2019 only depositors who are identified as approved visitors will be allowed to deposit money via JPay. For their loved ones incarcerated here in NC. This may not seem like a problem to some of you but allow me to explain:    

This is another form of repression as well as discrimination. 79% of prisoners incarcerated here in NC have been profiled as members of Security Risk Groups (SRG), formally known as Security Threat Groups. Being profiled as an (SRG) prisoner you face several restriction, some that no human should have to endure. Those who are profiled (SRG) aren’t allowed to receive visits from no one but immediate family members. This consists of mother, father, brother and-or sister [Security Risk Group Policy & Procedure Chapter A, Section B (H) (1)]     Children cannot be accompanied by their mother or father to visit a profiled (SRG) prisoner, the child must be accompanied by the prisoner’s immediate family. If there isn’t a healthy relationship between the child’s mother and the prisoner’s immediate family than the child as well as the prisoner are deprived of maintaining a relationship that would ensure familiarity between the child and the parent that is incarcerated.    

Furthermore, being profiled as an (SRG) prisoner in NC you’re restricted to only two phone calls a month, that’s if you’re not confined to long-stints of isolation in this case you receive no phone calls at all. Two phone calls a month also destroy any familiarity between a child and the incarcerated (SRG) profiled prisoner [Security Risk Group Policy & Procedure Chapter B Section B, (A) (2).    

All incoming and out-going mail is impeded and majority of the time “misplaced” throughout the censorship process. All profile (SRG) prisoners’ mail is sent to the (SRG) officers to be censored for any threat to security. This opens up the door for malicious mischief, profiled prisoners known for their advocacy concerning prisoners’ rights and who have outside support our mail is “misplaced” regularly. [Security Risk Group Policy & Procedure Chapter B, Section A (1) (3)] The specter of Willie Lynch runs rampant throughout the whole (SRG) Policy and Procedures.    

The qualifications required to be profiled as an (SRG) prisoner is at the discretion of the same miscreants who patrol these concrete fields daily. There isn’t a professional process that would ensure that prisoners being accused of participating in (SRG) activities receive a professional investigation to determine if the prisoner is or isn’t a member of any (SRG) formation. The smallest things such as having a tattoo of a five point start can get you profiled as an (SRG) prisoner. All it takes is for the “trained” (SRG) officers to say the prisoner is a gang member and its over for you.     As Komrade Kevin Rashid Minister of Defense for the New Afrikan Black Panther Party-Prison Chapter pointed out, in his letter “Racial and Political Persecution of Grassroots Black Political Leaders and Activists”,      “Typical of the tendency of racists to stereotype groups of people, these official make no distinctions between Black political organizations, and indeed declare that ‘all Black groups that promote dissent’ fit the criteria of a gang or STG, as does any group or organization that critics government and prison practices and policies”    

In a previous essay of mine titled “Defeating the Razor-Wire Plantation Hydra” I pointed out that most of these Security Risk Groups were founded on revolutionary ideology, because of the economic, political, and social conditions that the people were subjugated to. These street formations were formed to serve as vigilance committees to protect and uplift their communities. The vision of the Founding Fathers have been lost and we’ve become predators of the prey (oppressed). So are we really real right? Or are we proxies for the enemy?    

The aforementioned memorandum claims that this change (only allowing approved visitors to send prisoner’s money) is to ensure that no one is engaging in illicit enterprises such as selling drugs and phones to garner funds. All of which leads to the probability of offender or offender assaults. I’m inclined to disagree, this is another one of the enemy’s tactics to keep us at each other’s neck. Now if you bereave the only means a prisoner has to receive financial support from others beside immediate family, this only engenders robbery and violence amongst ourselves. A lot of us who are profiled (SRG) don’t have immediate family who financially support us. We receive financial support from friends, our child’s mother and some outside activists. So what are these prisoners, myself included going to do?    

This restriction is to ensure we stay divided and forces us to work the concrete fields of these razor-wire plantations. Because we’re not going to be provided with the necessities. The average man isn’t going to go without, so he is left with two choices, work for pennies a day or oppress and rob your own people. This restriction doesn’t have our or our families well-being in mind, it’s all for the betterment of the plantation.    

These (SRG) policies and procedures must be redressed, not only does it serve as an instrument to destroy family values, but it will also cause us to be divided and conquered. These acts of repression shouldn’t be tolerated at all. We the prisoners have the strength in numbers, we the prisoners are responsible for our own liberation, these acts of repression aren’t unbeknownst it being done right in front of our faces and the enemy is questioning what are we going to do about it? If we don’t do anything we are cowards!!    

It would be politically and strategically advantageous for us to boycott all canteen items as well as the union supply packages offered four times a year. The aforementioned restrictions are an impasse that’s surmountable, the next one may not be. If we lay down and accept this, I can put my word on it more restrictions will follow. The Komrade Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun of the Free Alabama Movement, founded the Redistribute the Pain Campaign which is a nationwide boycott campaign that boycotts collect phone calls, canteen and incentive package purchases, during the months of February, April, June, Black August, October and December. This is a form of economic warfare that’s necessary in these times of war.    

Furthermore, those of us housed on Special Housing Units (SHU, I-Can, Supermax) we should boycott the little canteen privileges that is offered to us. Buying the fragrance oils, the stamps and limited items should cease. Only purchase the amount of things needed. Those who study law, research should be done to see if these restrictions violate any laws on rights.     Komrades I’m entreating that y’all wake up! This added restriction will not only impede (SRG) profiled prisoners from receiving money to purchase the necessities, but also will impede us from making phone calls to our family members and friends as well. No money equals no phone time. The enemy was conscious that implementing this added restriction would bring upon us great difficulties. The enemy is distributing the pain, we must redistribute it, apply the pressure economically as well as physically.     Before I conclude this I would like to salute the Komrade Randy Watterson I see the work you putting in for the prison class here in NC. Hope to hear from you soon. As Komrade George Jackson stated “If one accepts revolution they must accept all that it implies: repression, counter-terrorism, days filled with work, prison, and funerals”.                                                                                                               

White Panther Organization – NC Branch                                                                                                               

Joseph “Shine White” Stewart

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

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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Racist Jailers Watch as Prisoner Burns Alive

This is a letter from a prisoner who witnessed a gruesome, preventable death. He would like all the help he can get in seeking justice:

On June 29, 2018 prisoner Freddie Pickett lost his life here at North Carolina’s Supermax Facility Polk Correctional, due to the deliberate indifference shown daily by the miscreants who patrol these concrete fields. Prisoner Freddie Pickett’s death was documented and reported as a suicide, not as a murder. Mr. Pickett was murdered by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS) representatives. Mr. Pickett who had an extensive history of mental health disorders, set a fire in his cell. Once the fire began to burn it activated the smoke detector, which the “then” got the attention of the block officer (Gardner). From my time being held captive here at this razor-wire plantation, I’ve noticed that officer is a racist sadist who has no regard for a prisoner’s life and wears his neo-nazi pride as a badge of honor for the world to see. Once officer Gardner visually noticed the smoke and fire in Mr. Pickett’s cell, he then left at a unhurried pace. Gardner returned with assistant unit manager Harriss who looked in Mr. Pickett’s cell window and stated to her subordinates who by this time gathered around, “to not go in and get him until he is unresponsive.”

Several officers from units throughout the facility had made their way to A-Hall of Polk’s Supermax unit to watch a man be burnt alive. The same type of gatherings took place in Springfield, IL when there were anti-black riots in 1908 where New Afrikans were tied up and burnt alive while neo-nazi men, women, and even police officials stood by to watch.

These miscreants stood by and watched Mr. Pickett bang on his cell window and beg that they take him out the smoke filled cell. These sadists’ only response was “once you’re unresponsive we will come in and get you”. The same officers who took an oath to serve and protect stood by and watched Mr. Pickett be burnt to death. It was a full thirty minutes before the officers went into the cell and “pulled” Mr. Pickett’s “unresponsive” body out. By this time it was too late, the smoke, the fire, and the disregard for human life took the life of Mr. Pickett, who had been incarcerated almost 20 years and was to be released within the next year. He was documented as a prisoner who committed suicide.

I could enlarge on the details of this murder but I want to get to the question I’m sure several of you have. Why would a prisoner set their cell on fire knowing that it could be the cause of their death? These fires are being set “to get the attention of the block officer.” I’ve been to many of these plantations here in NC and even the oldest have emergency call-buttons in the cells. These are buttons placed in each cell, that when pushed alerts the officer in the control booth, who then should notify the floor officers that the emergency cell-button has been pushed and the prisoner of that cell is requesting the officers assistance. Here at Polk’s Supermax Facility there are no emergency call-buttons in any of the 96 cells. The majority of these cells house mentally ill prisoners or prisoners with health disorders. There being no cell-buttons isn’t due to complications because when this Supermax Facility was built it was equipped with emergency call-buttons in each cell. But over time maintenance was given the order by administration to disconnect all the call-buttons in the cells. This was done because of the complaints of the officers in the booth claiming it was aggravating but not only is this a health hazard, more importantly it also violates the building codes required by the state contractors that must pass this inspection before the facility can be open. That is why this facility was equipped with call-buttons that were later disconnected.

Being that there aren’t any call-buttons, prisoners are compelled to bang on the window of their cell for long periods of time to get the attention of these sadist overseers. To drown out the noise of us beating on our cell windows these miscreants plug up four industrial sized fans. So when prisoners grow tired of beating the windows they set fires, which then activates the smoke detectors that’s in the cell, and then higher ranking officers such as Sgt.s, unit managers, etc…are notified.

We are being murdered, brutally beaten, denied adequate medical care, housed in cells that are not properly heated, given no phone calls, given no outside recreation and treated similar to the prisoners of war at WWII. The (NCDPS) policy and procedures and the 8th amendment are supposed to protect us from these violent acts. But neither the policy nor the 8th amendment are regarded without care or respect.

How many of us have to die at the hands of these miscreants, be brutally beaten or tortured before these tyrants are demanded to cease these on-going atrocities and be held accountable. We don’t have call-buttons, we don’t have any phones to call authorities to help us. Many of these prisoners don’t have families to care about their well being. But I care about these prisoners, I care about these prisoners with mental health disorders and I vow to continue to fight this oppressive, exploitative, murderous system. But I’m only one man, I need the assistance of those of y’all in society who can protest outside of these razor-wire plantations, who can call the administrators and question these atrocities.

Joseph Stewart

PO BOX 2500

Butner, NC 27509

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