‘Prison Struggle’ Archives
Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington | Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee
Today is Sunday, March 29th, 2020. This is a follow-up report to an Urgent Update that I released last Sunday, March 22nd, 2020. This specific report details recent events in regard to the Covid-19 Pandemic within Facilities Operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Please be advised that there has been a Deliberate Attempt by the Main-Stream Media and The White House to ignore the Deadly impact Covid-19 has been having on Amerika’s World Leading Prison Population.
On the morning of March 29th, 2020 I interviewed a Registered Nurse who works for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Nurse requested that I not use their name. I will respect this employees request to remain Anonymous.
It was reported to me that there have been 8 Positive Cases of Covid-19 at Federal Correctional Institution Oakdale which is located in Oakdale, Louisiana. FCI Oakdale is the “Sister Facility” to USP Pollock. Of the 8 Cases at FCI Oakdale, 6 are prisoners and 2 are B.O.P. employees. There has been One Death at FCI Oakdale connected to the Covid-19 Virus! There are 6 Prisoners currently on ventilators at the facility. (more…)
Greece: A first statement on 2/3/20, from anarchist comrades D.Valavani, K.Athanasopoulou and Michailidis G.
Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
A first statement from comrades Valavani, Athanasopoulou and Michailidis
Difficult is the moment when freedom is lost. Especially when it had been won in adverse conditions. The situation gets worse if we consider that the blow we received on a material level has even stronger symbolic implications. Our cinematic arrest was followed by similar media propaganda, our graphic tour with bulletproof vests and the usual judicial management to find ourselves once again with an overblown set of charges, elements that form an extension of the handcuffs and weapons of the uniformed assassins.
A look at the wider social situation around us which is changing at a rapid pace so that we can slip away from our own microcosm a little.
From the magnitude of the workers’ exploitation and abolishing of labour rights to the stranglehold of animals in meat production units. From the intensive repression against protests and the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment from anti-terrorist services around the world, to deforestation and the disappearance of wildlife. From the financial exclusion of a growing social segment to the violent marginalization of most of the earth’s population. To the murders of the poor, the excluded, of all who are leftovers in the world of the mighty. From the provocative economic and business elite to the peoples being bombed, shot and uprooted. Where the interests of the powerful mean death, danger or a life drowned in submission. Nature, animals and humans mean nothing more than units generating profits and wealth. These and many others led us to choose the anarchist struggle, a choice that challenges the existing social order.
Our initial focus is on creating authentic and sincere relations, while at the same time there is the lasting need of our participation in the multiform struggle. After all, the anarchist struggle does not differentiate its means or support a hierarchy of forms of struggle. It is imperative and adjusts according to the conditions of each era, placing its bet on collectivization and diffusion on the social fabric.
Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
These words of love and war go to Jhonny Cariqueo and his fireproof father.
I never met you in person Jhonny, I knew you were a compañero, an inhabitant of Pudahuel who like many young people went out at night to commemorate another year of the Day of the Young Combatant back there in 2008.
Minions can’t bear the insolence to challenge them, not even with words nor with homemade weapons, and they throw themselves to the wild charge entrusted in them by the state. They take you after an act in a square in your commune. I imagine those moments, screams, weapons to the head, immobility, looks of hatred between both sides. You were transferred with other brave ones to the dungeons of the sadistic 26th Police Station, beaten and humiliated by those that are only courageous for abuse but not for combat. They beat you, your heart clenches, you communicate it to your captors, they in their cruelty just ignore you and mock you. My spirit burns with rage at imagining this. They release you. I imagine you coming to your house, with yours worries, tiredness, the desire to sleep, your father’s love.
Spend the night and imagine that you felt bad, your chest clenches, without you wanting it, the dead woman’s hand takes you on the shoulder. You pass away cause of the beating at the police station and the lack of attention where your great heart stopped working. Compañero, the police MURDERED you and that will walk with us for the rest of life.
I attended your funeral, hugs between compas, faces of anger and pain, We made a basket and bought a flower crown. A diagonal red-black flag of Anarchy was designed, like your scream, like your rap, like your ideas. (more…)
Monday, March 30th, 2020
From Black Ink.
What is a friendship? Is it two people that hang around each other or talk to each other every day, or just two people that party together? No—a friendship is a bond you make with someone. A bond you can’t break. A bond so strong that no matter what happens it won’t break. But when a friendship is questioned by another person, show them how strong it is by showing them what a friend is for.
When your bro is down, be there by his side when he falls. When he needs somebody to talk to, lend him your shoulder. If he goes to battle, be there for him in that fight—be ready to take a bullet for your bro.
I can tell you this: I’m willing to die for my bros, for real. I’m ready to take a bullet or a beat-down for my bro, because at the end of the day, when my bro needs my help, best believe I will be there in a heartbeat, and I will be there till we done. If my help causes me to die then so be it.
They call me a racist for hanging around white people. Let me tell you something: there was more white people there for me in my lifetime than my own kind. If my own kind was there for me, they was there for what I got. Only a handful of my kind was real to me, and those are the people I still talk to today.
Yeah, I hang around white people, and I will continue to do that. I got a white friend inside prison called Daustin Luck, and let me tell you this: he is the most realest person I had in my entire life, and I would stand on that—I will die for that boy. You know why? Because he was so good to me. He didn’t care what I had. He was there when I was down and out, so I have a mission to be there for him. I devote my life to him.
There’s another person like that. We call him Guy. He is the most realest person I had in my life. Guess what? He blacker than my handful of black people and I will die for him. To these two people I will give my life, and get the tar beat out of me, fighting by they side, and beside my family and my girl.
I say to the world, right here, right now: when we come home, those that supported me in here and out there are the people I will mess with, because those people was there for me inside prison. They held my head above water when I went under. When I was on drugs in here they was there to drag me out. They didn’t stop messing with me because I used. My bro Luck used a lot, but he overcame and he got me through a lot of shit.
People of the nation: when these two people come home, please recognize them as real friends. Give them the same respect y’all do me because they deserve that shit. Remember these names and share them with the world, please:
DAUSTIN LUCK (1326362)
GUY WOOLFOLK (1007482)
I love these people to death. Get in contact with them, please. I beg you, let’s give them the same support y’all give me. If you want to send money or letters you can. Let’s show how y’all can support them.
The Ferguson Uprising took place the day after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. The brutal killing sparked mass protests and riots across America that had reverberations around the world. Write to Joshua, find his prison address and financial solidarity details on this page.
Saturday, March 28th, 2020
El viernes 27 de marzo del 2020 la Cárcel de Alta Seguridad suspende de forma indefinida las visitas y encomiendas dejando en la práctica completamente aislados a los distintos presos que se encuentran rehenes del Estado. No podemos entender estas medidas de forma distinta a una
acción represiva que lejos de buscar una “cuarentena” o medidas sanitarias deja a nuestrxs compañerxs presos a merced de sus carceleros sin la posibilidad de comunicación ni ingresos de elementos básicos para la higiene y la subsistencia.
Recordemos que en esta prisión se encuentran secuestradxs cumpliendo condena Juan Aliste, Marcelo Villarroel, Juan Flores, Joaquín García, Mauricio Hernandez Norambuena y algunos prisionerxs de la revuelta.
Hoy la ciudadanía consigue “permisos de tránsito” para abarrotarse en los supermercados e ir a producir, aún en las comunas con cuarentena total.
¡No aceptamos este aislamiento total disfrazado de medida sanitaria!
¡No dejaremos que sepulten a nuestrxs compañerxs en prisión!
On Friday, March 27, 2020, the High Security Prison indefinitely suspends visits and parcels, effectively leaving the various prisoners who are hostages of the State completely isolated. We cannot understand these measures differently than another repressive action, that far from seeking a “quarantine” or sanitary measures, leaves our comrades imprisoned at the mercy of their jailers without the possibility of communication or an income of basic needs for hygiene and subsistence.
Let us remember that in this prison there are our kidnapped prisoners serving sentences such as Juan Aliste, Marcelo Villarroel, Juan Flores, Joaquín García, Mauricio Hernandez Norambuena and some prisoners of the revolt.
Today, citizens get “transit permits” to fill up in supermarkets and go to their jobs, even in districts with total quarantine.
We do not accept this total isolation disguised as a sanitary measure!
We will not let our comrades be buried in prison!
Letter from John Bowden: ‘I Leave Prison Unbroken, My Political Integrity Uncompromised And Unyielding’ (UK)
Thursday, March 26th, 2020
On the 20th February, the Parole Board finally agreed to my release after forty years of my imprisonment and four previous parole hearings when my release was denied not because I represented a risk or danger to the public but because I was labelled an “anti-authoritarian” prisoner with links to anarchist and communist groups on the outside, specifically Anarchist Black Cross and the Revolutionary Communist Group.
Following a parole knockback of my release last year, I instigated a Judicial Review of the decision. Which although it did not succeed fired a judicial shot across the bows of the Parole Board and Ministry of Justice. And persuade them that future decisions on my release or not would have to be based on proper legal criteria. Specifically, whether my continued imprisonment could be justified in the Interests of public protection and-not just because I was labelled a “difficult prisoner” by the – prison authorities.
So, the parole panel considering my case in February of this year had to admit there was no real lawful justification for my continued imprisonment and so reluctantly agreed to my release. However, in its written decision, the Parole Board claimed that my “current risk factors” included “anti-authority views” and “attitudes supportive of the use of violence.” It also wrote: “During your sentence, you have evidenced that you have a mistrust of those in authority and professionals have previously reported that if you felt unfairly treated or discriminated against, coupled with any engagement with anti-social peers, then this could increase your risk of violence. Your attitude towards authority and your personality characteristics have also been considered by professionals to present a potential challenge in your future risk management.” (more…)
Thursday, March 26th, 2020
Compañeras y compañeros:
Tenemos la feliz oportunidad de comunicar que luego de más de dos años de la crisis epiléptica que alertó de la Malformación Artereovensa del parietal derecho del cerebro ha habido un avance efectivo en el abordaje clínico de la MAV. Es así como el pasado jueves 19 de marzo del 2020, muy temprano en la mañana en medio de un nuevo Estado de Excepción Juan fue trasladado desde la Cárcel de Alta Seguridad y sometido a una radio cirugía, que a través de rayos gamma ejecuto la resección de la malformación en sí. Este procedimiento fue la respuesta del equipo de salud que lo trató desde un comienzo ante los enormes riesgos que significaba una operación de cerebro convencional. Ésta cirugía pudo ser llevada gracias a la salud y fortaleza física con que nuestro compañero ha sabido sortear todos estos años de encierro y en particular con los efectos de una epilepsia sintomática.
Ahora nos encontramos en el comienzo del fin del proceso a pesar de la gran tecnología que ha sido desplegada y del éxito de la intervención los resultados definitivos no son perceptibles antes de un año.
Sunday, March 22nd, 2020
In this moment of not knowing what’s coming next, the failure of this system is more and more clear: a world wired for ever-growing speed, circulation, and productivity, suddenly has to stop. In this moment when power gets more power, fed by the general panic of an unknown and new situation, there’s a pressing need to listen out and to fight for those who are most affected, those who already know what it is to be trapped, isolated and repressed.
We will be publishing information, hoping to amplify unheard voices, and to break the silence that risks making an intolerable situation even worse. Now, more than ever, those caged by the state face precarious conditions, with low hygienic standards, very poor healthcare and overcrowded cells. While the ‘managers’ of the crisis carefully calculate how this or that measure can protect the political and economic order, the basic steps we need to take to slow down the contagion are clear: keep distance between each other, maintain good hygiene and avoid crowded places. Inside, this will be difficult or impossible for many. We are not going to ‘take this on the chin’! Prison makes us sick!
Take a minute to share this poster, as an easy and first step to practicing solidarity. Email us with any questions. We won’t share any details without consent.
Friday, March 20th, 2020
We learn that Anna (an anarchist imprisoned since September 6, 2016, for the Scripta Manent operation, sentenced on April 24, 2019, to 17 years in the first instance sentence of the trial) has been transferred from Lecce prison to Messina prison. The transfer does not seem to be due to disciplinary measures but to the need to find free cells in Lecce prison.
Anna reported that she is fine despite the somewhat troubled trip on her cell phone, but from first impressions the situation looks better than in Lecce, being in a cell with shower inside and kitchenette. They would have told her that also in this case it is a temporary situation.
In Messina there is an AS3 section (Alta Sorveglianza 3, “High Surveillance 3”), generally anarchists accused of crimes of terrorism or subversion of the democratic order are imprisoned in the AS2 circuit but currently there is no female AS2 section for imprisoned anarchists, so the comrades are placed in AS3 sections. The female AS2 section for anarchists, in L’Aquila prison (whose conditions were almost equivalent to detention under 41bis), against which a long hunger strike was carried out between May and June 2019, was substantially closed.
This is the address:
C. C. di Messina “Gazzi”
via Consolare Valeria 2
Italy – Italia
Monday, March 16th, 2020
On March 10 / 2020, the prison supervisory magistrate decided to reduce Lisa’s freedom of movement as she was “enjoying” semi-liberty (“tercer grado”, i.e. out in the daytime, weekends and other permits) by applying the 100.2, a condition that refuses exits at weekends and during the week unless justified for reasons of work.
This decision is the result of the appeal filed by the prosecutor of the Audiencia Nacional [National Court] last November asking for a return to “segundo grado” (or no chance to get out of prison), appealing to the fact that the comrade had not denied her anticapitalist and anarchist ideology.
Lisa’s lawyer appealed.
Libertá per Lisa e per tuttx!
Fuoco alle carceri !
Friday, March 13th, 2020
Liebe Freund*innen und Genoss*innen,
Wir möchten euch herzlich zu der folgenden Veranstaltung unter dem Titel “Solidarität mit den Kämpfenden in der Türkei” einladen.
Freitag, 20. März ab 18 Uhr,
Jockel Ratiborstr. 14c, 10997 Berlin
An dem Abend wird es um die Frage gehen “Wer sind die Hungerstreikenden in der Türkei, die seit dem 17. Mai 2019 für ihre Rechte kämpfen und warum tun sie dies?” Dazu Informationen über den Kampf des politischen Gefangenen Mustafa Koçak, der seit 2 Jahren in der Türkei inhaftiert ist und zu lebenslanger Haft verurteilt wurde.
Im Anschuss an den informativen Teil der Veranstaltung wollen wir mit Euch bei einem Konzert verschiedener Musiker*innen den Abend
Außerdem die Vorstellung der neuen Broschüre “Repression gegen revolutionäre Kunst und Kultur”, die Interviews, Texte und Materialien
von und zu Grup Yorum enthält.
Die Band “Grup Yorum” ist ein revolutionäres Musikkollektiv, welches in der Türkei massivster Repression ausgesetzt ist und ebenfalls seit einigen Jahren vermehrt in Deutschland Probleme bekommt, z.B. durch die Unterbindung von Konzerten. In der Türkei wurde ihr Kulturzentrum Idil mehrere Male von der Polizei gestürmt.
Berlin, Deutschland: Soli-Demo – “Schulter an Schulter in Solidarität mit den politischen Gefangenen”
Friday, March 13th, 2020
PDF: Flyer – Berlin
Kundgebung am Sonntag, den 22. März 2020
um 15 Uhr auf dem Hermannplatz
Anlässlich des 18.März als „Tag der Pariser Commune“ und „Tag der politischen Gefangenen“ rufen wir zu Solidarität mit den politischen und revolutionären Gefangenen weltweit auf.
Viele von ihnen sind seit Jahrzehnten in Haft. Sie befinden sich in Knästen, weil sie gegen Ausbeutung, Unterdrückung, Besatzung und imperialistische Kriege einen organisierten Kampf führen. Aktivist*innen sind politischen Verfahren ausgesetzt und werden teilweise zu langjährigen Haftstrafen verurteilt, ins Exil oder zur Flucht getrieben, wo sie wiederum verfolgt, angeklagt und eingesperrt werden. Menschen, die in Europa und der BRD ankommen, werden mittels Anti-Terror-Gesetzen, in Deutschland beispielsweise nach §129b StGB, jahrelang eingesperrt. So befinden sich in der BRD dutzende Revolutionär*innen aus der Türkei und Kurdistan in Haft.
Monday, March 9th, 2020
09.03.2020: The prisons are in revolt. As of this morning, there are 27 prisons where protests are taking place by inmates, some of whom are calling for amnesty because of the Coronavirus emergency. Eight prisoners died according to the new official report released after the riots of recent days: six of whom died in Modena prison during the prisoners’ revolt yesterday afternoon. For three of these yesterday, institutional sources claim that one of them died from opiate substance abuse, the other from benzodiazepines, while the third was found cyanotic, but the reason for this is unknown. For the other three there is no news, while a total of 18 prisoners have been hospitalized, mostly for intoxication. Two other deaths from a psychotropic drug overdose are recorded in the prisons of Verona and Alessandria during the night. The two had been the ringleaders of the protests and, according to the official report spread by the prison authorities, they had stolen psychotropic drugs from the infirmary.
Monday, March 9th, 2020
Here is a report from the Texas political prisoner Xinachtli, discussing his conditions of confinement and asking for people to show solidarity on May Day:
“Love is contraband in Hell, cause love is an acid that eats away bars. But you, me, and tomorrow hold hands and make vows that struggle will multiply.” – Comrade Assata Shakur, Black Liberation Army (in exile in Cuba)
In the spirit of revolutionary proletarian internationalism, from within the belly of this racist, fascist, neo-colonial military stockade, also known as the Guantanamo of Texas prisons, from the occupied territories of the U.S. Southwest under siege for over 500 years, I salute you, and thank you and all freedom-loving peoples of the world, who support me, the Texas prisoner freedom struggles, and the global fight against monopoly capitalism and imperialism.
Viva la revolucion obrera! Viva la lucha! Long live the struggle!
Since my return trip from Polunsky in Livingston, TX, from my Hep C medical treatment, I found a “new administration” in ad. seg. (meaning solitary confinement), more repressive than the last one when I left here in July 2019. Since my return on October 18, 2019, I have been repeatedly assigned to a “disciplinary segregation” cellblock, more punitive than the regular ad. seg. cellblock. I mean, the pigs claim it is just a temporary 30-day “assignment”, but they keep repeating me on it, saying it is due to “overcrowding overflow”, but of over 500 ad. seg. prisoners, who they could easily “rotate”, they have singled me out for repeated assignments to this merry-go-round, under false pretexts. (more…)
Sunday, March 8th, 2020
Anarchist comrade Damien Camélio is in prison. He is imprisoned in Pau prison, to serve a five-month sentence. He was convicted of violence against a police officer, due to an argument that took place in Saint Malo on July 31st, 2017.
Damien did not even know about this conviction: his signatures under the notifications of the date of trial, conviction and summons before the probation magistrate are false…
The comrade is in high spirits.
Solidarity means attack!
To write to him (Damien reads French and Spanish):
n° d’écrou : 28499
Maison d’Arrêt de Pau
14, rue Viard
64000 – Pau (France)
Translator’s note: Damien was arrested at the beginning of 2014 for three attacks signed ‘Groupe d’action directe internationaliste’ (against an army building in Tarbes, in the Pyrenees, against a prison in the same city and against a church of a sect close to the far-right, in Pau). He served two years in prison. He was re-arrested in December 2016, for damages (the windows of a supermarket, an employment office, the Chamber of Commerce and a Jaguar dealership), made during a spontaneous demonstration, in April 2016, during the movement against the ‘Loi travail’ [employment law], and served 8 months.