Filed under: Action, Incarceration, Political Prisoners, Southeast
Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, a prison journalist, has been thrown in the hole since the start of #OperationPUSH in Florida prisons simply for writing an article about the strike and economic boycott. Now, lawyers have released a new letter from Johnson which calls for help and support in the face of ongoing torture.
The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons has received this urgent update on Rashid’s condition and request for action, please help and spread the word!
URGENT CALL TO ACTION: Kevin "Rashid" Johnson is facing potentially deadly retaliatory torture, because he wrote an article about the #OperationPUSH prison strike. Please call in and force these prison officials to do the right thing, now! pic.twitter.com/PmElDOIr9W
— #FreeKeithDavisJr #BDS ?? (@jaybeware) January 25, 2018
Kevin “Rashid” Johnson wrote an article about the Florida prison strike, which was published online on January 9, 2018. The following day warden Barry Reddish retaliated against Kevin’s use of his First Amendment rights, ordering that he be given a disciplinary infraction for “inciting a riot”. Further, on January 19th Johnson was thrown in a cold cell, with a broken toilet, no heating, and with a window that will not fully close, allowing cold wind to blow into the cell. The cell has the same temperature as the outside, where temperatures have been repeatedly at or below freezing. We have not heard anything from Kevin since January 19th . Warden Barry Reddish must be held accountable for illegal retaliation and, now, the torture of Kevin “Rashid” Johnson.
We demand that Johnson is moved to a safe and clean cell, with normal indoor temperatures and with a toilet that works. We demand that Johnson be allowed to call his attorneys immediately. We demand that warden Reddish and all other Florida Department of Corrections officials stop retaliating against Kevin for his reporting on conditions in their prisons.
Warden Barry Reddish
Florida State Prison
Raiford, FL 32083
- Move Johnson (#158039) to a properly climate controlled cell with working toilet
- Immediately allow Mr. Johnson to make phone calls to his attorneys
- Stop retaliating against him for reporting on conditions within your prisons
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