A hunger strike in Laurinburg, N.C. continued over the weekend. According to the SF Bayview:

Grievances filed and notaries requested for legal actions protesting the conditions of confinement at this razor-wire plantation are being ignored consistently. Many of these grievances have revolved around Scotland denying those held captive their recreation time.

In response, Scotland’s staff claim that recreation is “canceled” – despite Chapter C, Section 1206 (B) of the North Carolina Department of Corrections (NCDOC) Policy and Procedures* stating that those on restrictive housing shall be allowed recreation outside of the cell five days out of the week for one hour a day. Scotland is in violation and causing severe harm to all of those who are forced to be confined to a small cell 24/7.

Furthermore, Scotland’s so-called medical staff conduct what is called a “seg check” at 1-2 a.m. every night when everyone is asleep. This seg check involves banging on everyone’s window disrupting their sleep and startling them.

The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) reports that the phone-zap campaign in support of the hunger strike has now been in full effect for several days and that the phones have been ringing steadily. They posted on Twitter:

Members of IWOC and other support groups are encourage people to keep calling until the hunger-strike achieves its goals. On the IWOC website they posted the following instructions for the phone-zap:

Call (910) 844-3078 and ask to speak to Captain Henderson and Superintendent Katie Poole
Email Captain Henderson at 
Call North Carolina Department of Public Safety 919-825-2754
Call NCDPS Secretary Eric A. Hooks at 919-733-2126

Record calls if possible. Leave long messages on voicemails. Call multiple times and disrupt their operations. Remember that denial and obstruction are standard operating procedures for them.

Report any and all info received to atlantaiwoc@protonmail.com

Suggested call script:

“Hi my name is ________, The world is watching and is in support of the hunger strikers there at Scotland Correctional Institution. We are well aware of your violations in denying them a legal notary and throwing out their grievances. Multiple grievances have been made against your “cancellations” of recreation in spite of your Policy and Procedures manual stating that those on restrictive housing shall be allowed to rec outside of the cell for five days out of the week for one hour a day. Many humanitarian organizations have been informed on Scotland Correctional Institution’s violations that directly torture those you confine to a cell 24/7. 

We have also been informed that Scotland’s so-called medical staff has been conducting “seg checks” at unreasonable hours of the night, 1am-2am every night when everyone is clearly asleep. These seg checks involve medical staff banging on everyone’s door, disrupting their sleep and causing further psychological harm. 

These methods of torture will be widely exposed and we not quit until they have ceased.”

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