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Apr 27, 21

In Contempt #4: New Hunger Strikes Break Out; New forms of Prison Surveillance; J20 Lawsuits

Welcome, to the fourth installation of In Contempt, a collection of updates and information in relation to state repression and counter-insurgency, especially in the wake of the George Floyd uprising last summer.

In this month’s column, we present some repression and counter-insurgency news stories, from J20 lawsuits resulting in cash payouts to new forms of prison surveillance, as well as reports on ongoing prisoner and abolitionist resistance, to updates on individual cases of prison rebels. Also included within is our monthly guide to prisoners that are facing charges stemming from the George Floyd rebellion who are in need of your support as well as prison rebels birthdays for the month of May.

There’s a lot to cover, so let’s dive in!

Repression and Counter-Insurgency News

Oregon

As the movement for Black lives and against police killings has flared up again in recent weeks, new people will be facing new charges. One such case is in Portland, where an individual has been arrested for allegedly punching John Oliphant, a notoriously brutal cop. Donations for legal funds can currently be sent to $oleudi on Venmo or ghaelir on Cashapp, but cop-lovers have been using mass reports to get accounts frozen, and so these details may change shortly. See acab_bitch or Claudio_Report for updates on fundraising.

Also in Oregon, Oregon Prison Report is a project sharing important stories from behind the walls. They’ve recently published a report from a trans woman held at Monroe Correctional Complex, describing an uprising that took place there in January 2021.

Charges Dropped for Some

The Guardian recently published an analysis of charges from last summer’s uprising, showing that the vast majority of citations and charges – up to 90-95% in some areas – ended up being dropped or not pursued. In similar news, up in Quebec, charges have been dropped against defendants who blockaded a railway in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en land defenders.

If this describes you or anyone you know, then now would be a good time to get in touch with a good lawyer and thinking about whether you might have a case to sue the cops for wrongful arrest.

To quote from an old CrimethInc. article:

“By bringing lawsuits against our oppressors, we can increase the costs of repressing us, and sometimes tie their hands for future demonstrations… In cities that have seen a lot of recent demonstrations and lawsuits, police departments are often more hesitant to beat and arrest protesters…

  • Following the 1999 protests at the meeting of the World Trade Organization in Seattle, the city government paid $1.8 million to resolve charges of brutality and wrongful arrest.
  • The government of Los Angeles paid over $5 million as a result of 11 lawsuits stemming from police conduct during the 2000 Democratic National Convention.
  • Years later, the Los Angeles City Council agreed to pay $12.85 million to demonstrators and bystanders attacked by police at a 2007 May Day rally.
  • Police violence against anti-war protesters in April 2003 cost the government of Oakland, California over $2 million.
  • Meanwhile, activists won a settlement of $2 million for being illegally arrested the same month at anti-war protest in New York City.
  • Washington, D.C. has witnessed a slew of successful suits by activists, including a $13.7 million settlement following the 2000 IMF/World Bank protests and a $685,000 settlement for police violence during the 2001 inauguration. Protests against the World Bank and International Monetary Fund the following year resulted in various lawsuits, netting $8.25 million, $1 million, and $200,000 for wrongful arrests. A 2002 detention of eight antiwar protesters also resulted in a settlement of $450,000.”

If redirecting funds from police budgets into local radical projects or even just into your bank account sounds like something you might like to do, and you’ve experienced recent police contact that didn’t end with a conviction, then find yourself a sympathetic lawyer and start working on getting that police repression stimulus check.

J20 Lawsuits Make It Rain

Folks involved with two lawsuits stemming from mass arrests and police brutality on January 20th, 2017 are now set to get a payout from the State. As Unicorn Riot reported:

People arrested and/or subjected to police violence on January 20, 2017, can reportedly expect payouts between $4,000 – $5,000. The lawsuits’ factual claims, which D.C. officials settling the cases are not contesting, include that MPD officers violated the First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments, as well as D.C. law.

The D.C. ACLU lawsuit sought damages “for violations of plaintiffs’ constitutional rights to free expression, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, and due process, andclaims for assault and battery, false arrest and imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and violations of the D.C. First Amendment Assemblies Act.”

MPD’s unconstitutional guilt-by-association policing and excessive force, including the use of chemical weapons, not only injured our clients physically but also chilled their speech and the speech of countless others who wished to exercise their First Amendment rights but feared an unwarranted assault by D.C. police,” D.C. ACLU Legal Director Scott Michelman said in a statement posted online on Monday.

Mexico

A new website has been launched in solidarity with Fidencio Aldama, a Yaqui land defender and political prisoner from the state of Sonora. See the Freedom for Fidencio Aldama site to learn more about the case and ways you can support.

North Carolina

Revolutionary prisoner Joseph “Shine White” Stewart has been facing intense repression for his organizing at Alexander Correctional Institute in North Carolina. Around April 12th, he led a successful hunger strike in response to the prison administration suddenly cutting outdoor time from 4 hours to 1 hour a day.

Following his participation in the hunger strike, Shine White was beaten, tazed, and thrown into solitary, where he reports being denied food and medical attention. Keep in mind that Shine has been requesting medical care and a dentist for over a year even before this incident and still has not received care. This link has details of how you can participate in a phone and email zap to support Shine White, by contacting Alexander CI Warden Carlos Hernandez, Commissioner of Prisons Todd Ishee, and Chief Deputy Secretary Tim Moose. NC prison officials are currently denying any wrong-doing toward Shine White.

Arizona

Indigenous Action have posted a press release about the ongoing case of Loren Reed, an indigenous Arizona man facing charges for Facebook messages he allegedly sent during the George Floyd uprising. Loren was due to stand trial in early May, but Tucson Anti-Repression Crew report that his trial date has been pushed back, meaning that he will be held in pre-trial detention for even longer.

Texas

Long-time Chicano anarchist political prisoner Xinachtli is facing terrible conditions at the McConnell Unit, where two prisoners held in solitary confinement have recently been driven to take their own lives. As of the 18th of April, he still has not received his typewriter and legal papers from his previous housing at the James V. Allred Unit, and the McConnell Unit is notorious for extremely high temperatures that kill prisoners during the summer. As an older prisoner with medical issues, the McConnell Unit is not a suitable location for Xinachtli unless the heat and other problems are resolved.

You can help to defend our comrade by asking that he is provided with his property and all grievances he has filed are resolved.

Please email:

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

You can call McConnell Warden Castro at (361) 362-2300, the Region IV Director’s office at (361) 362-6328, and the Executive Director’s office at (512) 463-9988 and (936) 437-2101.

California

While the national “White Lives Matter” marches were mostly a failure, those in California saw clashes and a number of arrests. NorCal Resist report that:

In Sacramento, three anti-racist protestors were arrested counter-protesting a White Lives Matter event. After 2 days in jail, where they were being held for a total bail of $250,000, all charges except a misdemeanor “hate crime” were dropped and they were released. Ironically, all three are people of color.

We continue to see the cops and DA abuse their power by charging people with ridiculous and unsubstantiated charges, in order to create high bail situations. Our bail fund (NorCal Resist ICE Bond & Protest Bail Fund) has managed to meet the need, but we have almost $400,000 in outstanding bail funds still in the hands of our superior court, for BLM protest-related charges for half a dozen protestors, most of which we’re confident will be dropped.

You can donate to their bail fund here. Huntingdon Beach also saw a number of anti-racists arrested, they have a legal fundraiser up and running here.

Ohio

Prisoners held in long-term solitary confinement at Toledo Correctional have launched a hunger strike, including Mark “Mustafa” Hinkston and David Easley. You can find instructions for how to make calls and emails in support of their demands here, and you can read more about the situation in this update from Sean Swain, which also covers the cases of Eric King in the Federal system and Julio “Comrade Z” Zuniga in Texas.

See Decarcerate Ohio on instagram or Free Big Mark Hinkston on twitter for more updates about this struggle as it develops.

North Dakota

Several cases connected to the George Floyd uprising in Fargo have now concluded, with one man, Jonathan Montanez, being sentenced to two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to civil disorder. At time of writing, there doesn’t seem to be any confirmed address or external support group working with Montanez, hopefully this situation will be resolved soon.

GEO Group

Abolitionists can take heart from a recent report written by a hedge fund investor analyzing the GEO Group’s financial position. The report wrote:

Given that GEO’s stock was primarily owned by income investors who coveted the predictable dividend stream and presumable safe government counterparties, we are not surprised the stock was down -20% yesterday and another -6% today to a 15-year low…

We propose the Company immediately embarks on the following initiatives:…Adopt a mindset that private prisons are not a growth industry and adjust its corporate strategy accordingly.

Missouri

St Louis has already seen a number of jail revolts in 2021, as covered in previous editions of this column. Perilous Chronicle has a report from the latest uprising at the City Justice Center, where some detainees have been held for several years awaiting trial.

According to one recent local news report, “[t]wo inmates at the Criminal Justice Center have been charged after police said they assaulted corrections officers during a February riot there.”

Prison Lives Matter

In recent months, there’s been a call from imprisoned revolutionaries to launch a new group, Prison Lives Matter. Long-term political prisoner Jalil Muntaqim has backed the project, and recently more people have come on board, as it’s received endorsements from Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, Chicano anarchist political prisoner Xinachtli, and Kevin “Rashid” Johnson of the Revolutionary Intercommunal Black Panther Party.

Technology and Surveillance

VICE recently obtained documents from the company Smart Communications, which already controls all mail in the Pennsylvania prison system, pitching their product Mailguard to the Virginia Department of Corrections. Mailguard does offer a useful free service to outside friends and family of prisoners, as anyone who’s ever communicated with a prisoner will be familiar with the frustration of not knowing if your letter actually made it through, or just “disappeared” somewhere in the mailroom. By signing up to use Mailguard, outside friends and family can get email notifications confirming when their mail has actually been delivered to the prisoner.

But, of course, there’s another side to this service.

To quote from the VICE article:

“Investigators will have access to the postal mail sender’s Email address, physical address, IP Address, mobile cell number, GEO GPS location tracking, exact devices used when accessing system [sic], any related accounts the sender may also make or use,” Smart Communications said in a proposal for VA DOC. The proposal and other documents were obtained through a public records request.

Motherboard is posting the proposal, which was created specifically for the VA DOC, because it shows how a private company proposed a complex surveillance system that would keep tabs not just on incarcerated people but also on the people who sent mail to them, even if they were not suspected of a crime.

This system, Smart Communications boasted, “eliminates anonymity of postal mail, now postal mail has a digital fingerprint with new intelligence.”

…The company retains all digital copies of mail for seven years, meaning if the system is used in enough prison systems, over time it could generate a considerable database about who associates with whom.

This creates real privacy concerns for people whose only “crime” is trying to communicate with someone in prison, says Aaron Mackey, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation who has worked on prisoner privacy issues.

“People who communicate with prisoners are now going to have reduced autonomy, privacy and expression and associational rights,” Mackey said, “because now, wholly innocent individuals who are trying to just communicate with family and loved ones, members of their community and so on, are now going to be caught up in this surveillance.” Even institutions like social service organizations and religious leaders will be caught up in the dragnet, Mackey warned, potentially getting flagged as troublesome figures because they communicate with people in prisons.”

As mentioned in a previous edition of In Contempt, the Biden administration appears to be continuing with a Trump-era plan to eliminate physical mail in Federal prisons and switch over to a system of the kind used in Pennsylvania, which could mean Smart Communications-style surveillance being extended to many, many more people in the near future. Some Federal facilities, such as USP Canaan where political prisoner Kojo Bomani Sababu is held, have already begun using Smart Communications.

Indiana/Virginia

IDOC Watch have launched an urgent call to action for Shaka Shakur, a long-term Black liberation militant facing heavy repression.
They are asking people to contact the following points of contact:

• Governor Northam
CALL: 804-786-2211 (press 1)
EMAIL FORM: https://governor.virginia.gov/constituent-services/communicating-with-the-governors-office

• Central Regional Office – Henry Ponton, regional director
CALL: 804-674-3008 (dial 1 for dial by name directory OR dial 76686643679# for Henry Ponton)
email: [email protected]

• Buckingham Correctional Center – John Woodson, BKCC warden
CALL: 434-983-4400 (press 2 for departments press 1 for warden)
Email: [email protected]

• VDOC Main Office, Harold Clarke, VDOC director
CALL: 804-674-3000 (press O for receptionist, ask for Harold Clarke)
email: [email protected]
email: [email protected]

And pass on the following message:

“Hello, I am [calling/emailing] on behalf of Mr. Shaka Shakur #1996207, who is in VDOC custody at the Buckingham Correctional Center. Mr. Shakur has been the target of a campaign of sexual, verbal, and physical harassment since he was transferred to Buckingham CC in September 2020. This campaign by BKCC officials includes the following elements, in full violation of VDOC policies and, US Law, and State Statutes, including the P.R.E.A Statutes:

Working with collaborator and influential prisoners to spread false rumors about Shaka, namely that he is a “snitch” and “sex offender” when, in fact, he has consistently stood up against abuses of power nor has he ever been accused and convicted of any sexual related crime in his life;
Repeatedly placing sexual offenders and predators in Shaka’s cell with him;
Repeatedly encouraging prisoners to attack Shaka, to carry out sexual and other physical assaults against him, telling these prisoners that “Shakur needs to be fucked”, “Shakur needs to be shot [stabbed]”, etc.;
Releasing and distributing Shaka’s Jpay emails and transcripts of his phone calls to other prisoners;
Releasing Shaka’s personal and family information, thereby facilitating identity theft and endangering his family.

The principal actors in involved in this illegal harassment campaign, who are supported with the full knowledge and complicity of their supervisors, are:

Sgt Johnson, Day Shift
Sgt. Rose, Day Shift
C.O. Penn, Day Shift
C.O. Jones, Night Shift
C.O. McGriff, Night Shift

Mr. Shakur and his supporters are demanding:
An immediate end to this life-threatening campaign of harassment against Shaka Shakur 1996207;
A thorough and independent investigation into the official misconduct involved in this campaign against Shaka and the total disregard for IOP’s and DOP’s, Virginia statute, and the 8th Amendment of the US Constitution.”

Abolitionist Media Projects

Mongoose Distro continues to regularly publish new writings and art from prisoners, including the Sean Swain statement mentioned above, new work from Eric King, and a zine of collages by Kit Brixton. The Final Straw recently broadcast an interview with Veronza Bowers from 2002, as well as a conversation with an organizer from Jailhouse Lawyers Speak about the group’s plans for 2021. Recent episodes of Kite Line Radio include a twopart interview with Balagoon, an Indiana prisoner who witnessed a 1985 uprising, and another twopart discussion with Garrett Felber from Mississippi’s Study and Struggle program.

Uprising Defendants

Everyone should support the defendants facing charges related to their alleged participation in the George Floyd uprising – this list of our imprisoned comrades needs to be getting shorter, not longer. The status of pre-trial defendants changes frequently, but to the best of our knowledge they currently include:

Christopher West
161218 Allegheny County Jail
950 Second Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

You can also buy fundraiser clothing for Christopher “Brother Hush” West here.

Lore-Elisabeth Blumenthal #70002-066
FDC Philadelphia
P.O. Box 562
Philadelphia, PA 19105

David Elmakayes #77782-066
FDC Philadelphia,
PO Box 562,
Philadelphia, PA 19105

Shawn Collins #69989-066
FDC Philadelphia,
PO Box 562,
Philadelphia, PA 19105

Steven Pennycooke #69988-066
FDC Philadelphia,
PO Box 562,
Philadelphia, PA 19105

Matthew White
Sherburne County Jail
13880 Business Center Dr. NW
Suite 200
Elk River, MN 55330-1692

Montez Lee
Sherburne County Jail
13880 Business Center Dr. NW
Suite 200
Elk River, MN 55330-1692

Matthew Rupert
Sherburne County Jail
13880 Business Center Dr. NW
Suite 200
Elk River, MN 55330-1692

Loren Reed #36045508
CAFCC
P.O. Box 6300
Florence, AZ 85132

John Wade
#14762509
PO Box 730
Lovejoy, GA 30250

Andrew Carlisle #1902379
Gwinnett Co Jail
2900 University Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Ellie Brett #14822509
Robert A. Deyton Detention Facility
PO Box 730
Lovejoy GA 30250

Alvin Joseph 99529156
Gwinnett Co Jail
2900 University Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Bruce Thompson 73220019
Robert A. Deyton Detention Facility
PO Box 730
Lovejoy GA 30250

Delveccho Waller 73223019
Robert A. Deyton Detention Facility
PO Box 730
Lovejoy GA 30250

Dashun Martin 73222019
Robert A. Deyton Detention Facility
PO Box 730
Lovejoy GA 30250

Judah Coleman Bailey 73219019
Robert A. Deyton Detention Facility
PO Box 730
Lovejoy GA 30250

When writing to pre-trial prisoners, do not write about their cases or say anything that you wouldn’t want to hear read out in court. If you have any updates, either about status changes meaning that people should be removed from this list, or about names that are missing and should be included, please reach out.

Upcoming Birthdays

Martha Hennessy

Martha Hennessy is one of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, serving time in the Federal prison system for taking direct action against nuclear weapons.

The Federal system, where Martha is held, uses Corrlinks, a system where a prisoner must send a request to connect to someone on the outside before they can exchange emails, so if you’re not already connected to Martha then you’re best off just sending her a card or a letter.

Birthday: May 11

Address:

Martha Hennessy #22560-021
FCI Danbury
Route 37
Danbury, Connecticut 06811

Xinachtli (Alvaro Luna Hernandez)

Xinachtli (Nahuatl, meaning “seed”) is an anarchist-communist community organizer and Chicano movement revolutionary from Texas. Police informants were used to monitor Xinachtli’s organizing activities in the barrio. They were told Xinachtli was “typing legal papers,” “had many books” and was working on police brutality cases in Alpine. The police knew of Xinachtli’s history of community-based organizing and his legal skills. Xinachtli was recognized nationally and internationally as the national coordinator of the Ricardo Aldape Guerra Defense Committee, which led the struggle to free Mexican national Aldape Guerra from Texas’ death row after being framed by Houston police for allegedly killing a cop. Xinachtli’s human rights work was recognized in Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Mexico and other countries. He was sentenced in Odessa, Texas on June 2-9, 1997 to 50 years in prison for defending himself by disarming a police officer drawing a weapon on him. The trial evidence clearly showed Xinachtli was the victim of witch hunts and a police-orchestrated conspiracy to frame or eliminate him.

Having served 25 years of his 50 year sentence, Xinachtli is now preparing for his first parole hearing, and so the Xinachtli Defense Committee is calling for people to send letters to his lawyers that they can use in support of his application.

Key points to mention are that he has a solid support system waiting, with available opportunities of employment, residence, and transportation, and that he is in his late 60s with several health conditions which would put him at high risk if infected with COVID-19.

Letters should include his registered name, Alvaro Luna Hernandez, and prison number, TDCJ-CID#00255735. Parole letters should be addressed to:

Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Parole Division
P.O. Box 13401,
Austin, Texas – 78711-3401

But the letters themselves need to be sent to Xinachtli’s lawyers at:

Allen Place Law,
109 South 7th Street,
Gatesville, Texas 76528

Sending them to Allen Place instead of directly to the parole board will help his lawyers to use them effectively.

To learn more, you can listen to this interview he did with the Final Straw.

Birthday: May 12

Address:

Note: Texas prisons have now banned all greeting cards and postcards. As Texas uses Jpay, you can send him a message by going to jpay.com, clicking “inmate search,” then selecting “State: Texas, Inmate ID: 255735.” Or to send him a letter on standard white paper that complies with Texas restrictions, write to:

Alvaro Luna Hernandez #255735
W.G. McConnell Unit,
3001 Emily Drive,
Beeville, Texas 78102

Thomas Meyer-Falk

In 1996, Thomas was sentenced to eleven and a half years for a bank robbery carried out to fund political projects. Because of his strong beliefs, he’s been subject to very harsh repression – kept in solitary, daily cell raids, suppression and censorship of mail, no access to education. In 2007, he was finally been moved out of solitary and was able to participate in education and other activities. He has applied for parole on a number of occasions since then but has always been turned down. At the end of June 2013, the District Court of Karlsruhe decided that Thomas was still a “danger” to the community and he is now being held in preventive detention.

Birthday: May 15

Address:

Thomas Meyer-Falk
JVA (Sicherungsverwahrungs-Abteilung)
Hermann-Herder-Str. 8
D-79104 Freiburg
Germany

John-Paul Wootton

John-Paul Wootton is a vegan anarchist prisoner and IWW/IWOC member, wrongfully convicted of the murder of a police officer in the “Craigavon 2” case, after a trial before a “Diplock” court, a secret military court with no jury. The case has been supported as a miscarriage of justice by high profile campaigners, legal experts & human rights activists. The prosecution used discredited witnesses, inconclusive forensics, and tampered evidence to secure a conviction that does not stand up to scrutiny. Security services destroyed evidence, intimidated witnesses and defence lawyers. Following his wrongful conviction, he attempted to appeal, but his defence campaign was infiltrated and sabotaged by an undercover agent working for the British state.

For more information about John-Paul and the Craigavon 2 case, you can read this interview he did with IWOC Ireland, watch the short film “Was Justice Done in Craigavon?”, and see the new Justice for the Craigavon 2 website.

UK prisoners can be emailed using emailaprisoner.com

Birthday: May 15

Address:

John Paul Wootton
Maghaberry Prison,
17 Old Road
Lisburn
BT28 2PT
Northern Ireland

Brendan McConville

Brendan McConville is the other defendant in the Craigavon 2 case, wrongfully convicted of the murder of a police officer alongside John-Paul Wootton.

UK prisoners can be emailed using emailaprisoner.com

Birthday: May 19

Address:

Brendan McConville
Maghaberry Prison,
17 Old Road
Lisburn
BT28 2PT
Northern Ireland

Abednego Baynes

A former Vaughn 17 defendant. Baynes was found innocent of all charges in relation to the uprising, but he has still been punished with a move out of state, and deserves respect and support for staying in solidarity with his codefendants throughout the process and refusing to cooperate with the prosecution. You can read more about Baynes in his own words here.

Pennsylvania uses Connect Network/GTL, so you can contact him online by going to connectnetwork.com, selecting “Add a facility”, choosing “State: Pennsylvania, Facility: Pennsylvania Department of Corrections,” going into the “messaging” service, and then adding him as a contact by searching his name or “NT0594.”

Birthday: May 20

Address:

Smart Communications/PADOC
Abednego Baynes, NT0594
SCI Phoenix
PO Box 33028
St Petersburg, FL 33733

Dzmitry Paliyenka

Dzmitry Paliyenka is an anarchist from Belarus who has faced serious state repression. He has been in and out of prison in recent years as a result of ongoing police harassment, and is currently confined to house arrest.

Birthday: May 26

Address:

If you email your greetings to belarus_abc(AT)riseup.net, they should be able to translate them and pass them on to Dzmitry for you.

Kojo Bomani Sababu (Grailing Brown)

Kojo Bomani Sababu is a New Afrikan Prisoner of War serving a 55 year sentence. Kojo was captured on December 19th 1975 along with anarchist Ojore Lutalo during a bank expropriation. He was subsequently charged with conspiracy for an alleged plan to use rockets, hand grenades and a helicopter in an attempt to free Puerto Rican Prisoner of War Oscar Lopez Rivera from the federal prison where he was serving.

The Federal system, where Kojo is held, uses Corrlinks, a system where a prisoner must send a request to connect to someone on the outside before they can exchange emails, so if you’re not already connected to Kojo then you’re best off just sending him a card or a letter.

Birthday: May 27

Address:

Kojo Bomani Sababu* #39384-066
USP Canaan
Smart Communications
PO Box 30
Pinellas Park, Florida 33781
*Address envelope to Grailing Brown

Bomani Shakur (Keith LaMar)

Bomani Shakur is on death row awaiting execution after being convicted of involvement in the 1993 Lucasville Uprising. If you’d like to learn more about Bomani and his perspectives, We Want Bomani Shakur Free!: A Zine Commemorating RAM’s Month of Action for Bomani, which was put together by True Leap Press, is a great place to start.

Ohio uses Jpay, so you can send him a message by going to jpay.com, clicking “inmate search”, then selecting “State: Ohio, Inmate ID: 317117”.

Birthday: May 31

Address:

Keith LaMar, #317117
OSP
878 Coitsville-Hubbard Road
Youngstown, OH 4450

Doug Wright

One of the Cleveland 4, entrapped in an FBI sting operation aiming to undermine the Occupy movement.

The Federal system, where Doug is held, uses Corrlinks, a system where a prisoner must send a request to connect to someone on the outside before they can exchange emails, so if you’re not already connected to Doug then you’re best off just sending him a card or a letter.

Birthday: May 31

Address:

Doug Wright #57973-060
USP Florence – High
PO Box 7000
Florence, Colorado 81226

Looking Ahead

Looking further ahead, June 11th is the international day of solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoners, and further ahead still, there’s the Jailhouse Lawyers Speak call for demonstrations on August 21st and September 9th, so you may want to start thinking about plans for those dates now.

photo: James Wainscoat via Unsplash

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