Filed under: Announcement, Political Prisoners, Repression, US
Originally published to It’s Going Down
There’s been a lot of prisoner updates this week!
Joshua “Zero” Cartrette Moved Again
Please consider writing to IWOC prisoner Joshua Cartrette. He has recently been transferred to the worst prison in Oregon Snake River Correctional Institution for his anti-racism and educational work in the Oregon Prison System. His spirits are low, he has suffered months in punitive solitary confinement and he direly needs your encouragement!
Joshua Cartrette #12225965
SRCI, 777 Stanton BLVD
Ontario Oregon 97914
Indianapolis IWW Members Need Support in Face of Charges
Three members of the Industrial Workers of the World and the IWW General Defense Committee were arrested after police aggression during an anti-Trump demonstration in Indianapolis. They are facing charges ranging from misdemeanors to felonies and legal costs are rapidly increasing. They are asking for help to cover attorney costs.
Eric King Sent to New Facility
On Friday, January 6th we learned that Eric had been moved to another federal prison in Colorado where he is awaiting transfer to an unknown prison. This was an unexpected move and we are unsure how long he will be in prison there. The support team has become aware that Eric is being held in the Special Housing Unit, otherwise known as ” the hole”. While Eric is there he will not be able to access his email and will only be allowed one phone call every 30 days. Not being able to contact his family and friends and being so unsure about his future has to feel pretty terrible for him right now. At every juncture, we arrive at with Eric along this journey there will be times where we may have to step up our support efforts and this is one of them.
Please join us in spreading this message far and wide. Take some time to send letters, cards or printed off articles that you think he might find interesting, and encourage others to do the same. Also, please print off and pass out the support flyer to continue getting the word out about Eric’s plight.
PO Box 6000
Floence, CO 81226
Red Fawn Fallis Pleads Not Guilty
An indictment filed Jan. 5 charges Red Fawn with felony counts of civil disorder and discharging a firearm in relation to a felony crime of violence — which, in this case, is civil disorder. These charges are in addition to an earlier charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Fallis has pleaded not guilty to federal charges in connection to an incident at a Dakota Access Pipeline protest. Fallis remains in federal custody and her trial date is scheduled for March.
Red Fawn Fallis
205 6th Street SE
Jamestown ND 58401
Free Alabama Movement (FAM) Takes Aim at Aramark
The people who organized the country’s biggest prison strike against what they call modern-day slavery have planned their next target: corporate food service giant Aramark.
The $8.65 billion company is one of the country’s largest employers and serves hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches and other food to more than 100 million people a year at hospitals, sports stadiums, amphitheaters, schools and other facilities. It also provides meals for more than 500 correctional facilities across the country and has been the subject of complaints about maggots and rocks, sexual harassment, drug trafficking and other employee misconduct.
While Aramark says these allegations are inaccurate, on Jan. 14, leaders of the Free Alabama Movement, which led a national prison labor strike that began on Sept. 9, will bus from Alabama to Washington, D.C., to join a civil rights march and protest the company.
“They are the biggest benefactors of prisoners,” said the movement’s spokesman Pastor Kenneth Glasgow. “And they have a history of neglecting prisoners, serving bad food, not enough food, or undernourished food … this is why we have chosen to boycott.”
Siddique Abdullah Hasan, an inmate on death row at Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown, Ohio, for his role in the state’s worst-ever prison riot in 1993, has gone on hunger strikes because he said Aramark food was cold and the quantities were half the appropriate serving. Prison authorities agreed to address the issues after a month of starvation, he said. Now he is pushing for halal meals.
Jalil Muntaquim in the SHU
Jalil Muntaqim has been in the SHU since December 6th for teaching Black History – a course approved by the administration. He’s taught Black History for almost 2 months, now teaching about the 1960’s, anti-Vietnam War movement and the Black Panther Party.
We believe Jalil was written up because the authorities didn’t like what he was teaching, so he was placed in the SHU with 5 charges.
This is part of an ongoing program to censor Jalil, which escalated this year after he beat charges for writing a letter to an outside organization and was denied newspapers from the outside.
Anthony J. Bottom #77A4283
236 Bob Masia Drive
P.O. Box 2000
Pine City, NY 14871-2000
Push for Clemency
Many people are calling for Obama to pardon political prisoners who have been inside for a long time, including people like Mutulu Shakur, Oscar Lopez Rivera, and Leonard Peltier. Let’s remember to support OG political prisoners and prisoners of war and not let them be forgotten. Here’s NYC ABC’s fantastic up to date guide.