Inmates in five Idaho prisons exploited a vulnerability on their JPay tablets to steal almost $225,000 worth of credits, according to officials. The Idaho Department of Correction said 364 prisoners boosted their JPay account balances, according to The Associated Press. The department unearthed the issue earlier this month, and noted taxpayer dollars were not affected.
Prisoners can use credits to buy music, ebooks, stamps (to pay for email and inbound video messages), games and even the JPay tablets themselves. They can use the tablets to catch up on the news, access educational materials and view photos and videos. Inmates’ loved ones can buy the tablets for them, and talk to the prisoners with a video chat visitation.
Living and Fighting
- In Tacoma outside of the Northwest Detention Center barricades have been placed up, which appear on social media to be blocking the entrance of the ICE center. Police removed them the next day, but the barricades blocked the facility for hours.
- A member of the family that was resisting pipeline construction at Camp White Pine is now in jail. According to one article:
Ellen Gerhart, a retired special education teacher from central Pennsylvania, is in jail tonight. This afternoon, four officers with the Huntingdon County sheriff’s department arrived on the Gerhart’s property to make the arrest acting in response to a motion filed by Energy Transfer Partners, the pipeline company notorious for the Dakota Access pipeline. The company is claiming that the 63-year old grandmother was baiting bears and mountain lions onto a pipeline easement the company established using eminent domain to take the family’s land. There have been no sightings of mountain lions in Pennsylvania for 130 years.
- An #OccupyICE encampment has been launched in Sacramento, California. They are calling for support and more people. Check them out on Twitter and Facebook to see how to plug in and support.
This is a mass resistance in support of immigrant communities. Our aim is to fight deportations/detention and abolish ICE and also to dismantle a system that devalues black and brown lives. This is an ongoing 24/7 occupation. Join us at 7th and N streets in downtown Sacramento.
— OccupyICEsacramento (@OccupyICEsacto) July 27, 2018
- Crowds gathered in North Toledo, after police shot and killed 25 year old Lamar Richardson while fleeing police on a bike.
#LamarRichardson was killed a few hours ago by Toledo police while fleeing on a bike. They left his body uncovered in the street for several hours, where an angry crowd of several hundred has now gathered. One man shouted
"This aint Columbus. Y'all gettin your ass beat tonight." pic.twitter.com/bwSSO9sZyr
— Midwest Unrest (@MW_Unrest) July 28, 2018
- New York members of the IWW showed up in solidarity with fellow union members who are being locked out by Grassroots Campaigns, a canvasing company in Seattle. Members of the union talked with rank-n-file workers about the struggle in Seattle, which has won an IWW contract. Also, starting July 27th, Seattle wobblies at Grassroots Campaigns officially launched a strike. See updates here.
The NYC office of @GrassrootsC didn’t want to talk to us, but their workers sure were interested to hear their company has a #union. #Solidarity with our striking FWs in @iu650, an injury to one is an injury to all. #1u pic.twitter.com/pkqBcp34D4
— IWW NYC (@iwwnyc) July 28, 2018
- An appeals court has canceled a permit that would allow the Mountain Valley Pipeline to be built on federal lands. Appalachians Against Pipelines wrote: “We don’t yet know exactly what this means — although we can say with certainty that the fight isn’t over. There hasn’t been any mention yet of whether this decision will be enforced or what that would look like…”
- People found, destroyed, and covered up racist graffiti, posters, and stickers in a variety of places:
Found some bullshit.
Had to clean it up. pic.twitter.com/XTHPoQsJVL
— HARM 574 (@574Antifa) July 27, 2018
- In other anti-MVP news, Appalachians Against Pipelines also reported: “This morning 30 or so Mountain Valley Pipeline work trucks were delayed for up to an hour! They were halted by a rolling blockade led by a couple meandering cyclists taking in the sights near Craig Creek, VA.”
- In a major victory for the #AbolishICE movement, in Philadelphia the Mayor announced Friday as Unicorn Riot reported that: “…he will not renew the city’s contract to allow ICE access to the Philly Police PARS (Preliminary Arraignment Reporting System) database. Revoking ICE access to PARS was a key demand of the
#OccupyICEphl camp outside city hall.” While the move by the mayor is seen as a success, the city government has also stated that the #OccupyICEPHL encampment must be removed by Saturday.
#OccupyICEphl camp is still here outside Philadelphia city hall after Mayor Kenney announces the end to Philly Police info-sharing contract with ICE. Some of the camp residents we spoke with described the mood here as "bittersweet" bc the city is set to clear the camp tomorrow pic.twitter.com/hhJdQbblfU
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) July 27, 2018
- In Detroit, people were able to pull off a 5 hour blockade of an ICE facility. People wrote on Twitter: “After 5 hour blockade of the Detroit ICE Field Office, DHS busted up the camp. Fortunately, there were no arrests.”
After 5 hour blockade of the Detroit ICE Field Office, DHS busted up the camp. Fortunately, there were no arrests, and we'll be back tonight on Jefferson/Mt. Elliott for #OneMillionFlames at 7.
Event link: https://t.co/PtUzYkfXhG
— Occupy ICE Detroit (@ice_occupy) July 27, 2018
- In Chicago, protests and pickets continue against “Accenture [who] is profiting nearly $3,000,000 taxpayer dollars to facilitate surveillance, deportation, detainment, kidnapping, & rape of people of color at or near the US-Mexico border.”
Accenture is profiting nearly $3,000,000 taxpayer dollars to facilitate surveillance, deportation, detainment, kidnapping, & rape of people of color at or near the US-Mexico border. The whole company is culpable!
— Chicago DSA Libertarian Socialists ??? (@cdsa_lsc) July 26, 2018
- Banner drops took place in New York, the Northwest, and Gainesville, Florida.
#OccupyICENYC dropped banners today at the FDR Drive, 59th street-Columbus Circle, the BQE, & Grand Central Terminal in NYC demanding the abolition of borders & denouncing ICE & the police. #AbolishICE (pics via @occupyicenyc ) pic.twitter.com/s6GAzy5d6J
— Ash J (@AshAgony) July 26, 2018
— TardigradeInTacoma (@TacTardigrade) July 26, 2018
— IWOC Gainesville (@iwoc_gnv) July 25, 2018
- In Georgia, it was reported that someone through a sledge hammer through the windows of a local Republican Party office.
— Katherine Collins (@KCollinsWLEX) July 26, 2018
- In Massachusetts inmates after learning of a hunger strike by ICE prisoners, launched a hunger strike in solidarity. As one report wrote:
Inmates at the Bristol County House of Corrections in North Dartmouth began a hunger strike Tuesday evening in solidarity with ICE detainees, says Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson.
Hodgson says 71 inmates refused dinner Tuesday night, and another 35 inmates joined them in refusing breakfast Wednesday morning.
ICE detainees in Bristol County were on a hunger strike last week in protest of a lack of medical care, “inedible” food, and other alleged abuses. The sheriff says, news coverage of those strikes led inmates in the general population to refuse meals this week to show their support.
- Actions and shut-downs of the Bayou Bridge pipeline continue despite continued arrests and repression.
— Leau Est La Vie Camp (@NoBayouBridge) July 26, 2018
BREAKING: water protector locked to equipment at Bayou Bridge Pipeline drilling site. Happening 2 miles from the ongoing tree sits where water protectors have been endangered by ETP’s intimidation tactics.
— Leau Est La Vie Camp (@NoBayouBridge) July 26, 2018
- Across the world on July 25th, people held events and took action to support long term antifascist prisoners. These ranged from people writing letters to dropping banners. Here’s a collection:
— Knoxville Radical Alliance (@knoxradical) July 26, 2018
— Anarchists Worldwide (@AnarchistsWW) July 27, 2018
Today is the international day of solidarity with antifascist prisoners. Here's some of our #postcards2prisoners. Please visit https://t.co/6Mqg7l1G24 for a list of comrades you can write to. pic.twitter.com/rsYHKjtC5l
— Always Antifascist (@RoseCityAntifa) July 26, 2018
— HARM 574 (@574Antifa) July 25, 2018
— New York City Antifa (@NYCAntifa) July 25, 2018
— Atlanta Antifascists (@afainatl) July 25, 2018
- People are still gearing up to the #PrisonStrike as actions and hunger strike kick off on the side. Groups like RAM are holding regular get togethers to write and send letters into the inside.
We had another successful letter writing for the #PrisonStrike!
— RevAbolitionNYC (@RevAbolitionNYC) July 26, 2018
- In Tampa, Florida, far-Right Trump supporters showed up outside of the #OccupyICE camp and held a protest. Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys also showed up at #OccupyICEPDX to harass those who were evacuating the camp.
- No Cop Academy held a blockade in Chicago.
— NoCopAcademy (@NoCopAcademy) July 25, 2018
- Neo-Nazis with Identity Evropa, one of the key white nationalist groups which have continued on after Unite the Right, were driven out of Comic Con in San Diego by a group of antifascist and antiracist convention attendees. Members of IE were driven out of the event and followed for upwards of a mile.
- Pablo Villavicencio, a man held by ICE, was finally released to his family in New York after weeks of protests. He was captured by ICE while working as a pizza delivery guy.
- Trumpers and ICE protesters squared off in LA.
- In San Antonio, #OccupyICE actions led to disruptions and the stopping of deportation trucks.
Every day a bus comes between 2-4 and leaves the ICE facility with people to transport
Today, our noise demo & media presence resulted in the bus not coming
Most employees have left but DHS is still here, but NO BUS
We shut shit down!!
— Abolish ICE SATX (@abolishICEsatx) July 24, 2018
- In Louisville, Kentucky, police have managed to shut down the #OccupyICE encampment, however it appears a new one is setting up.
- #OccupyICELA continues, and new events are being organized this weekend at the space.
That’s gonna do it for us for now, so go out and make some more news for us to talk about by Monday!