Solidarity text to prisoners of “Lee Correctional Institution” from prisoners in Larissa (USA, Greece)
Above: Banner of solidarity hung by Utopia AD, Greece, with the prison labour strike of the US prisoners and with the anarchist prisoners around the world.
Solidarity text to prisoners of “Lee Correctional Institution” prison of U.S.A.
In light of what happened at the “Lee Correctional Institution” prison in the state of South Carolina, U.S.A., and with the tragic death of 7 of our detained and 17 seriously injured and with the full responsibility of the service of the prison, the director and the chief guard, as they knew they were members of rival gangs and intentionally placed them in the same wing, being proud about their cowardly result. We, the prisoners of the A’ wing based on solidarity with all South Carolina imprisoned fighters and all the prisons of America, declare our support in the general situation of this time, setting as a primary purpose the opposition to the dirty manipulations the director and the guards exercise in the prisons, having for result the death of our retained brothers.
On January 13, 1970, Nollen and 2 other black prisoners at Soledad prison, were shot and murdered by a guard while they were fighting with white racist prisoners, members of the “aryan brotherhood”. Four days later, a guard was beaten to death and thrown from the third floor of the wing. For this action that was considered as an act of retaliation, George Jackson and 2 other black prisoners were accused. The 3 of them became known as “Soledad Brothers” and were facing the death penalty. On August 7,1970, 17-years-old Jonathan Jackson armed with a machinegun, captured the courtroom in Marin of California, releasing three black prisoners of San Quentin prison and taking the judge, the prosecutor and three jury members as hostages. Jonathan Jackson’s goal was to trade the judges with “Soledad Brothers” asking for their safe transport to Cuba. Upon leaving the court, the police opened fire killing Jackson, the judge and two of the prisoners.
We will never forgive or forget the corrupted prison system of “Lee Correctional Institution” prison in the state of South Carolina, U.S.A., that led to death 7 of our detained as well as 17 seriously injured. Those who are racists and support murders and tortures against Black people, Portuguese and Latin people from white rabid dogs, we commit ourselves that they will always find us in their way no matter what. The South Carolina prison pigs, such as all states of U.S.A., must know that for the slaughter they caused on day they will pay for this because the currency haw two sides.
The start and end dates of the strike were selected to present the history of struggles in U.S.A. for the abolition of slavery and liberation of Black people. On August 21 1831, an African-American named Nat Terner participated with other slaves in a major revolt that freed slaves from plantations and executed slavesellers. On September 9, 1971, the rebellion in Attica prison began. The 1.200 prisoners captured 3 wings of Attica prison until 13th of September, holding 38 prison guards as hostages, demanding amnesty, the release of all political prisoners in U.S.A. and the abolition of torture.
MEN’S AND WOMEN’S DEMANDS OF FEDERATION AND STATE PRISONS AND IMMIGRANT RESERVATION CENTERS:
1. Immediate improvements to the conditions of prisons and prison policies that recognize the humanity of imprisoned men and women.
2. An immediate end to prison slavery. All persons imprisoned in any place of detention under United States jurisdiction must be paid the prevailing wage in their state or territory for their labor.
3. The Prison Litigation Reform Act must be rescinded, allowing imprisoned humans a proper channel to address grievances and violations of their rights.
4. The Truth in Sentencing Act and the Sentencing Reform Act must be rescinded so that imprisoned humans have a possibility of rehabilitation and parole. No human shall be sentenced to Death by Incarceration or serve any sentence without the possibility of parole.
5. An immediate end to the racial overcharging, over-sentencing, and parole denials of Black and brown humans. Black humans shall no longer be denied parole because the victim of the crime was white, which is a particular problem in southern states.
6. An immediate end to racist gang enhancement laws targeting Black and brown humans.
7. No imprisoned human shall be denied access to rehabilitation programs at their place of detention because of their label as a violent offender.
8. State prisons must be funded specifically to offer more rehabilitation services.
9. Pell grants must be reinstated in all US states and territories.
10. The voting rights of all confined citizens serving prison sentences, pretrial detainees, and so-called “ex-felons” must be counted. Representation is demanded. All voices count.
Freedom to all imprisoned fighters of Lee Correctional Institution prison and all prisons of America
Larissa prison Greece
This text is signed by 127 prisoners of the A’ wing
This entry was posted on Saturday, September 1st, 2018 at 11:30 am and is filed under Prison Struggle.